The Egyptian government has announced travel and immigration restrictions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Key points:

  • Inbound and outbound passenger flights have been suspended by the Egyptian government. Inbound and outbound commercial passenger flights shall not begin operating again until further notice. Only special flights, arranged by the government, to return Egyptian nationals who have contacted Egyptian embassies in advance, to Egypt.
  • The majority of the government bodies have suspended its services until April 23. Services provided by free zone, labor and immigration authorities are included in the suspension.
  • Pending immigration applications are now on hold and expired work and residence permits extensions are not possible currently.
  • Individuals outside Egypt who have work and residence permits that have expired could be required to secure a new entry visa to come back to the country following the expiration of their permits.

Analysis & Comments: The new travel and immigration restrictions will impact the movement of people into Egypt. Employers should account for affected travelers and rearrange travel schedules accordingly. Significant delays may occur for consular and in-country processing. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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