Egypt’s Interior Miinstry warned in a statement about an American website, dubbed ‘GCL Internet Services’, which has been allegedly offering e-visas to Egypt at double the official price.
The ministry stressed that tourists who are looking to obtain an Egyptian visa must do so using the official government website.
Egypt’s tourist visa is issued for $25, or at $60 for multiple entries.
Since December, incoming tourists and visitors were able to apply for an online visa from the comfort of their homes without the need for embassy appointments, after Egypt officially launched its electronic visa services at the Cairo ICT Expo, aiming to lure tourists back into the country.
“The Egypt eVisa aims to simplify the process for visitors to Egypt to obtain the correct travel authorization. The online visa program will not only accelerate the process for visa applications prior to traveling but also improve the system of customs and border control upon arrival in Egypt,” Egypt’s eVisa website said.
Eligible applicants from 41 countries, including the US, Canada, France and the UK, will be able to apply for travel authorization online and will receive their visa electronically. The applicants for the Egypt eVisa must be nationals from an eligible country and have a passport with a validity of six months from the arrival date.
According to the website, the eVisa for Egypt is a single-entry visa. It is valid for a maximum stay of 30 days, and is “compulsory” for travelers wishing to visit Egypt for tourism, business and transit purposes.