01 September 2020
COVID-19 Situation in Egypt
The Singapore Embassy in Cairo is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Egypt. Singaporeans who choose to remain in, or travel to, Egypt should bear in mind the risks involved and should take extra precautions by practicing social distancing, avoiding crowded areas and observing good personal hygiene.
Medical testing and treatment at public and private hospitals are not subsidised for foreigners in Egypt. Singaporeans should purchase their own comprehensive medical and travel insurance and be familiar with this coverage and terms for Egypt.
Singaporeans should also keep abreast of local developments and updates to local COVID-19 measures by monitoring local media and official social media pages of Egyptian government agencies.
Travel to Egypt
From 1 September 2020, all travellers would be required to produce an official medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result performed within 72 hours before their arrival into Egypt. The medical certificate must contain the date and time the test was performed and be issued and stamped by an authorised medical facility. Children under six years old are exempted from this requirement.
Given that entry requirements may change at short notice, travellers are advised to refer to the latest advisories issued by the Egypt Ministry of Health and Population, the Egypt Embassy in Singapore, and the respective airlines to ensure that you have the latest and most accurate information prior to departure.
All arriving passengers will be subject to temperature screening and be made to complete a health declaration card which would require passengers to state their contact information as well as place of residence in Egypt. Visitors will also need to provide proof of a valid health insurance policy covering them during their stay in Egypt.
Singaporeans who are instructed to be quarantined for observation, hospitalised in Egypt or require urgent consular assistance should contact the Embassy’s 24/7 Duty Officer at +20 109 806 4310 or the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Duty Officer at +65 6379 8000. Singaporeans in Egypt are also encouraged to e-Register with MFA at www.mfa.gov.sg to allow the Embassy to contact them in the event of an emergency or crisis.
Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory
Given the current COVID-19 situation in Egypt and the advice of MOH issued on 22 March 2020, Singaporeans are advised to defer all travel to Egypt. Please refer to the MOH COVID-19 website and SafeTravel website for updates on the latest precautionary measures implemented to further reduce the importation of COVID-19 to Singapore. These include travel advisories and further restrictions on travellers coming into Singapore.
A state of emergency remains in force since April 2017. While Egypt is generally stable, occasional security incidents continue to take place in Cairo and other parts of the country.
Singaporeans are advised to plan their travel to Egypt carefully and avoid any travel to the Western Desert, Egypt's land border areas with Libya, Sudan and Gaza and the North of the Sinai Peninsula (where active military operations are on-going). Singaporeans intending to travel to the tourist and resort towns in South Sinai are advised to travel by air to Sharm El Sheikh International Airport.
Singaporeans should purchase comprehensive travel and medical insurance and be familiar with their coverage.
Those visiting or living in Egypt are reminded to monitor the local news closely, observe instructions from local authorities, and avoid areas where there are plans for large crowds to gather. Singaporeans are strongly advised not to take photos or video recordings of any demonstrations or security officials and their equipment. The import or use of any form of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles is strictly prohibited in Egypt, unless prior permission has been obtained from the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority.