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Egypt updates its entry requirements effective 22 January

Egypt updated its entry requirements, effective 22 January. All arrivals who have WHO-approved vaccination certificates with a QR Code will be allowed entry provided that 14 days have passed since the second dose of a two-dose vaccination (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, Sinovac, and Sinopharm), or at least 14 days have passed after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).

Entry will also be granted to those with documentation proving that they have tested negative for the coronavirus within 72 hours of arrival. PCR, Antigen Rapid Tests, and ID NOW are the only recognized tests in Egypt. Children under 12 years old are excluded from providing such documentation.

In the event that the vaccination certificate or examination does not conform to the regulations established by the Egyptian state, the Antigen Rapid Test will be conducted upon arrival and in the event it is positive, the examination will be confirmed with an ID NOW test. It is worth noting that these tests usually yield results in 10 to 15 minutes.

In the event of the test coming out positive at a point of entry to a tourist city — Sharm El-Sheikh, Taba, Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Luxor, and Aswan — visitors will be allowed entry provided that they self-isolate for a period of five days in residence hotels, with a PCR examination on the sixth day. Once the PCR test yields a negative result, visitors can end their quarantine. If the result comes back positive, visitors will then have to quarantine for another five days, at which point they can carry on with their trip without performing another test.

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