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Latest Travel Information

Updated 07 January 2022



Entry Requirements for Visiting Egypt

Can you travel to Egypt?

Yes. Egypt is welcoming visitors from the UK.

Do you need to be fully vaccinated?

No. Visitors do not have to be Covid vaccinated, but unvaccinated visitors will need to present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival.

Do you need a Covid test before you go?

If you are fully vaccinated 14 days or more before travel, no Covid test will be required.

If you are not vaccinated, you will need a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours prior to departure. The PCR test certificate must be issued by an accredited laboratory and must be stamped or have a QR code. You cannot use the NHS testing service for this purpose. You should arrange to take a private test.

Are you exempt from testing if you have been vaccinated?

Yes. If you completed a full Covid vaccination 14 days or more before travel, you are exempt from having to take a PCR test.

How do you prove your vaccination status?

Egypt will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 vaccination record, via the NHS Covid Pass app or downloadable certificate (www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-covid-pass). An NHS vaccine appointment card will not be accepted as proof of vaccination status.

Are you exempt from testing if you had Covid recently?

No. Proof of Covid recovery will not be accepted. You must present a negative PCR test certificate.

Are children exempt from testing?

Children under 6 years on date of arrival are exempt from Covid testing. Older children who are not fully vaccinated must present a negative PCR test certificate.

Do you need to take a test on arrival?

If you are fully vaccinated or have taken a PCR test before arrival, no test is required.

If you cannot prove your vaccination status or present a PCR test certificate, or if you have travelled recently in a high risk country, you will be required to take a PCR test on arrival, at a cost of $30 per person. You must self-isolate at your hotel until you receive your test result. In the event of a positive test result, you will be required to quarantine in a hotel room, or at a local hospital, for 14 days and will incur additional accommodation and travel costs.

Do you need to fill to a form before you go?

You are required to complete a monitoring card with your personal details and to provide confirmation of a valid health insurance policy. The monitoring card is a paper form which will be handed to you for completion during your flight.

Where can I find out more?

View Egypt entry requirements at: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt

Entry Requirements for Returning to the UK

Updated 07 January 2022

Do I need to take a test before I come back to the UK?

As of 4am on Friday 7 January, if you’re fully vaccinated or aged 17 and under, you don't need to take a test before you come back to the UK.

If you’re not fully vaccinated, you will need to take a test. This test needs to be taken in the two days before you depart for the UK and can be a lateral flow or PCR test. You’ll need to show proof of your results via a printed document, an email or a text message in order to be allowed to return to the UK and your results need to be in either English, French or Spanish, so no translations will be accepted.

If you need to arrange a pre-departure test while you’re abroad, you should seek advice from your travel provider, accommodation provider, local doctor or pharmacist as to where you can book and pay for one that meets the UK Government testing requirements. Tests in destination will most likely be available from your hotel or in resort, at a local clinic, or in the airport. You can also check the FCDO travel advice for the country you are visiting to find details of local testing providers.

Pre-departure tests can also be arranged through a private testing provider in the UK, but this will need to be pre-booked before you go on holiday. This is so you can take your test kit with you in your suitcase and take the test on a video call with your test provider so they can watch you take the test and then issue you with your results.

Do I need to take a test once I’m back in the UK?

Yes, and any tests you need to take once you’re back in the UK will need to be arranged before you come back from your holiday, as you’ll need to include the reference number on your ‘Passenger Locator Form’ that needs to be filled out up to 48 hours before your journey home.

If you’ve been fully vaccinated and are returning from Egypt, from 4am on Sunday 9 January, you will no longer need to self-isolate on arrival and can take a lateral flow test instead of a PCR test. This test needs to be taken on or before day two of your return, with your date of arrival classed as day zero. If your lateral flow test is positive, you will need to self-isolate immediately and order a free NHS PCR test from gov.uk to help monitor variants. This testing change also applies to children aged 5-17 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and children aged 11-17 in Scotland.

If you’re not fully vaccinated, there are no changes to the testing requirements. You will still need to take a PCR test on or before day two of your return, and an additional PCR test on day eight of your return. You’ll also need to quarantine at home for 10 days. If you’re in England, you have the option to use the Test to Release scheme on day five.

For full details please see the UK Government website for details.

NOTE: you must book your Day 2 test before your return flight to the UK. You will need the booking reference when you complete your Passenger Locator Form.

Passenger Locator Form

  • You must complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before boarding your return flight to the UK.
  • The Passenger Locator Form can be completed online at www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk
  • If you cannot show a PLF when you check-in at the airport, you will be denied boarding.

Guidance notes from the UK and devolved governments

Your holiday is 100% protected

We are part of a family-owned travel business that has been operating for more than 30 years. We’re proud members of ABTA and every one of our holidays is 100% protected by our ATOL licence, ATOL number 9749.

ATOL Protected

The ATOL scheme is run by the UK Government’s Civil Aviation Authority. In the event of the holiday being cancelled or disrupted or a travel company ceasing to trade, the ATOL scheme will support consumers to minimise disruption to their holiday or, if they are no longer able to travel, provide a full refund for the holiday. This means that when you book a holiday package with us, your money is 100% protected.

Our Holiday Assurance

For added peace mind, for all new bookings made after 01 January 2021, we offer this assurance:

1. If any of the following occurs you will be able to amend your booking fee-free or claim a full refund:
• The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to your destination.
• The Government advice changes to make it illegal to travel abroad.
• If it becomes a requirement to quarantine on arrival at your destination, with no option to forgo this.
• If your destination is placed on the “red list” prior to departure.

2. If either of the following occurs you will be able to amend your booking fee-free:
• After your holiday is booked the advice changes requiring you to quarantine on return to the UK. We are currently allowing fee-free amendments for all holidays due to travel until 31 December 2021, changes to bookings will need to be made within 7 days of the new measures being announced.
• After your holiday is booked new requirements mean you are unable to travel due to new vaccination or testing requirements, or the area you are travelling from returns to lockdown.

Refund Credit Notes

If your holiday is cancelled by us, we will issue you with a Refund Credit Note to the value of the amount you have paid to date.

Your Refund Credit Note gives you the flexibility to book an alternative holiday with us in future, and to take advantage of our rebooking discount incentives.

The Refund Credit Note enjoys the same ATOL protection as the original holiday booking: in the unlikely event that we cease trading, you will receive a full refund via the ATOL scheme.

Travel insurance

We hope that you will never need to claim on your travel insurance, but it is important to make sure that you and your belongings are properly covered just in case the unexpected happens. We recommend taking out travel insurance at the time you book and strongly recommend choosing a policy with specific Covid-19 cover.

What do we do to protect our guests?

Your safety is our main concern. We work closely with the FCO, airlines, other tour operators, and the local authorities in resort to make sure that all aspects of your holiday are completely safe, and to plan appropriate steps should the FCO advice change.

The Egyptian authorities take visitor safety very seriously:

  • • There is a special tourist police force that operates in tourist areas, plus security checkpoints at airports and on the roads into each resort.
  • • Hotel security is managed by the hotel security team in conjunction with the tourist police.
  • • Unauthorised people and vehicles are prohibited from hotel grounds by law. (This is why a regular taxi can take you to the hotel gates, but only specially licensed "limousines" can take you to the hotel door).

Our resort team is also there on the ground to help you get the most from your holiday, but also to answer any questions you may have about security in resort.



    • At a Glance

      Available to book now: Yes

      Entry Requirements for Vaccinated Travellers*
      • • Test before travel: No
      • • Form before travel: No
      • • Test on arrival: No
      • • Form on arrival: Yes
      • • Quarantine on arrival: No
      • • Self-isolate on arrival: No

      Return Requirements for Vaccinated Travellers*
      • • Test before travel: Yes
      • • Form before travel: Yes
      • • Test on return: Yes
      • • Quarantine on return: No
      • • Self-isolate on return: Yes
    • Travel Advice

      For the latest travel advice from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, click here

      Foreign & Commonwealth Office



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