Egypt Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Customs Rules

Import regulations::

Free import (irrespective of age):
1. 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 200 grammes of tobacco;
2. 1 litre of alcoholic beverages;
3. a reasonable quantity of perfume and 1 litre of Eau de Cologne;
4. non-commercial articles up to a value of EGP 100.-;
5. personal effects, including electric appliances such as a razor or a hair dryer;
6. provided registered in passport (or passport replacing document), in small units and for personal use: articles such as a camera, radio, recorder, bathing, diving or fishing equipment, a small generator set etc. In case such articles are not exported, customs taxes and duties will be levied.
Prohibited:
- narcotics, drugs, cotton;
- all kinds of live, frozen or stuffed birds or any bird derived product.

Arms and Ammunition regulations::

Import of all firearms, including sporting guns, is prohibited.

Export regulations::

Free export of the same articles as shown under "free import" which have been imported by passenger.
Prohibited:
- drugs and food;
- gold and silver, purchased on the local market, unless in very small quantities and for personal use.

Pets::

Cats and dogs must be accompanied by a valid Government veterinarian good health certificate issued at point of origin (validity two weeks from date of issue). This certificate does not exempt the pets from Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture Doctor examination on arrival. Quarantine in case of suspicion will be maximum 15 days (charges EGP 1.50 excl. food).
Prohibited: Pet birds of any description may not be brought into Egypt either as cabin baggage, hold baggage or cargo, except live chicks, provided they meet all health requirments as stated by the General Organization for Veterinary Services and not being imported from infected/endemic bird flu areas.

Baggage Clearance regulations::

Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in Egypt.

Exempt: baggage of transit passengers with a destination outside of Egypt, provided it is labeled to that destination.

Exempt: baggage of passengers arriving at Cairo (CAI) on any Star Alliance carrier and continuing to Aswan (ASW), Borg el Arab (HBE), Hurghada (HRG), Luxor (LXR), Marsa Alam (RMF) or Sharm al Sheikh (SSH) is cleared at the airport of final destination.



Airport Embarkation Tax

No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.



Currency rules

Currency Import regulations:

Local currency (Egyptian Pound-EGP): up to EGP 5,000.-; foreign currencies: up to USD 10,000.- or its equivalent in freely convertible currency.

EGP obtained via postal (giro) cheques is permitted to be used for payment of hotel bills and tickets for air travel. Exchange of foreign currency is through official banks or money exchange offices.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency (Egyptian Pound-EGP): up to EGP 5,000.-; foreign currencies: up to USD 10,000.- or its equivalent in freely convertible currency.

EGP obtained via postal (giro) cheques is permitted to be used for payment of hotel bills and tickets for air travel. Exchange of foreign currency is through official banks or money exchange offices.




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