When I was back in high school, one of the things that really piqued my interest from certain history books we were asked to read is the mystical and magical story of Egypt, their Pharaohs and their mummification, as well as the construction of the Great Pyramid. Up until now, this country is still in my bucket list. I am yet to see how different it is now from all the history books and documentaries I’ve watched, how beautiful their culture is, and of course, I’d love to meet some locals too!
I’ve been here once last year for a layover with Egypt Air but I never really got the chance to go out of the airport so this country is still something I look forward to seeing. If you only know how much I was itching to get out of the airport haha. Anyway, just thinking about it got me all excited and I know you are too! As early as now, I already did my homework for my future trip so I want to share with you how you can get that Egyptian Tourist Visa with your Philippines Passport! :)
DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY A TOURIST VISA FOR EGYPT WITH YOUR PHILIPPINES PASSPORT
1. Duly filled-up Visa Application Form;
2. 2 pieces 2x2 size recent colored picture (with white background);
3. Valid Passport which must have a remaining validity of more than six months;
4. Bank Certificate / Bank Statement;
5. Employment Certificate with compensation / Business Registration if applicable;
6. Travel Tour Itinerary/Tour Program; and
7. Copy of Philippine residency/ visa / Immigration ID Card (for foreign national applicants only).
Additional Requirements: Marriage Certificate / Birth Certificate, if traveling with family members.
STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE ON HOW TO APPLY FOR A EGYPTIAN TOURIST VISA WITH YOUR PHILIPPINES PASSPORT
In just two easy steps, you can get the chance to get your Tourist Visa for Egypt. All you have to do is:
STEP 1: Gather the above-stated documents;
STEP 2: Proceed to the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in the Philippines at 7th Floor, G.C Corporate Plaza Bldg., 150 Legaspi St., Legaspi Village, Makati City to submit these documents; and
STEP 3: Wait for the Embassy’s decision. If your visa is approved, then they will contact you to submit your visa for the payment and stamping.
What I love about this Embassy is they do not charge the visa processing fee unless and until your visa is approved. There is absolutely no risk in getting this visa! If your visa is approved, then wait for further instructions from the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt :)
FAQS ON HOW A FILIPINO CAN APPLY FOR AN EGYPTIAN TOURIST VISA
1) Do I need an appointment to submit my documents?
No, but you can only submit it from Monday to Wednesday from 9AM-12PM except holidays. This rule could always change so it wouldn’t hurt to call the Embassy beforehand.
2) What if someone is inviting me from Egypt?
Then additional documents will be required by the Embassy.
3) Can someone submit my application on my behalf?
Yes. Just provide him/her an Authorization Letter. He/she must also provide a Valid ID.
4) Do I need to have a confirmed flight ticket/hotel reservation for my application?
No. Neither of it is required by the Embassy.
5) How much is the visa fee?
It’s 1,500 Pesos and is only payable in cash.
6) Can this fee be refunded?
No. Note that you will only be asked to pay if your visa is approved and until you submitted your passport for visa stamping.
7) Will they keep my passport while I wait for the results?
No. Your passport will be with you the entire process and you will be asked to give it only when your visa is approved.
8) How long is the visa processing time?
More or less 15 days.
9) How long is the visa valid for?
From 30-180 days, depending on your application.
10) Do I need to have a ‘show money’?
Definitely as one of the requirements is the Bank Statement/Bank Certificate. Here are 7 Practical Tips On How To Have The Right Show Money.
11) What if I’m a student, digital nomad, or a business owner?
Depending on your personal circumstances, you could submit the following documents instead of the Employment Certificate:
For Self-Employed including Digital Nomads- Business Registration for current and previous year and Income Tax Return (That’s why you need to register with the BIR! Income Tax Return is very important!);
For Students- Enrollment Certificate from your school, approved leave of absence (if applicable), and Affidavit of Support from parents (preferably in Red Ribbon Authentication); and
For minors- The minor’s birth certificate; The application form has to be signed by both parents; In cases where one parent has full custody over the child, the family court order has to be attached; Certified copies of ID/passport of both parents.
For more information, please contact:
Egyptian Embassy - Manila
7th-floor G.C. Corporate Plaza, 150 Legaspi St., Legaspi Village, Makati City