How to Renew Your Tourist Visa at the Mogamma

After posting my rather tongue-in-cheek entry about my perilous journey to the Mogamma to renew my Egyptian tourist visa,  I noticed that a number of people came to my site wanting more information on how, exactly, to go about renewing your visa if you want to stay longer in Egypt. Here’s my step-by-step guide.

EDIT 1/3/2017–A reader who renewed her visa in December of 2016 provided an excellent update to this post–find it here!

What to Bring:

  1.  Yourself.
  2.  Your Passport.
  3.  A photocopy of your passport photo page.
  4. A photocopy of your passport visa page–if it’s not your first renewal, bring copies of your initial visa page and your most recent renewal.
  5.  A passport-sized photo of yourself.
  6.  A pen.
  7. Lots of patience.

I usually get the photocopies and passport photo done ahead of time at a local place, but if you forget, you can get them done when you get to the Mogamma. Photo and copy center is to the right, past the ridiculously crowded staircase.  You will probably need to use your elbows to maintain your place in line.

What to Do:

  1. Arrive at Mogamma, the earlier the better. The building opens at 9.  I highly recommend making sure there’s nothing major happening in Tahrir before you go.
  2. Go through security. If you’re carrying a camera, they’ll ask you to check it at the entrance.
  3. If you didn’t get  your photocopies and passport photo in advance, do so now.
  4. Go up the massive, crowded staircase on your right.
  5. Go down the linoleum lined hallway to the right at the top of the stairs.
  6. Look for the window for visa renewals–it’s near the end of the hallway.
  7. Get your paperwork and find a spot to fill it in.
  8. Find the window that sells stamps. The person who gave you your paperwork will tell you how much you need to buy in renewal-stamp currency.
  9. Give your completed paperwork, stamps, passport photo, passport and visa photocopies, and passport to the first window where you got your paperwork.
  10. Get the hell out of the building. (For the sake of brevity, I’ve omitted all of the wait-in-line-in-an-overcrowded-unairconditioned-hallway steps, but you should be aware that they’re a big part of the endeavor).
  11. Spend the next 2 hours doing something relaxing, preferably a little ways away for mental space. You’ll need the time to recharge.
  12. Return to the Mogamma, go back through security, back up the stairs and down the hall.
  13. Join the massive throng of people waiting for their visas.
  14. When the people behind the counter hold up your paperwork with your photo attached, your visa is ready. Elbow your way to the window to pick up your passport.
  15. Make your escape.

Congratulations! You’ve just renewed your visa for another 3 months!

Note:

This information is accurate at the time of posting. Egypt’s visa laws and procedures have been fluctuating wildly since the revolution started, and every few months there’s a scare within the expat community that visas will no longer be renewed. Several people have reported in the last week that the Mogamma told them that they were on their last 3-month renewal and that they would not be able to renew again. Three months from now, that may or may not still be the case.  Check with your friends before you go to renew your visa, just to be on the safe side. Good luck!

 

58 thoughts on “How to Renew Your Tourist Visa at the Mogamma”

  1. So is the 3 month renewal the only option? or do they offer longer renewals for a higher fee? i’ve herd that in Alexandria longer renewal are issued?

    1. The first time I tried to renew my visa in November 2011, I applied for a 6-month extension and was told that length of time was no longer being granted. I’ve gotten 3-month extensions each time thereafter. I haven’t gone for a renewal anywhere besides Cairo, so I don’t know if other options are available in other places.

  2. Hi, may I ask you that the tourist visa that we get after the renewal is single entry visa or multiple entry visa? Because I want to renew my visa first and go to Turkey and go back to Cairo again.

    1. Hi! Apologies for the delayed response. Your renewed visa is good only for a single entry–getting a multi-entry visa is separate. You can complete both sets of paperwork in one mogamma trip, but you may or may not be able to submit them at the same time–it’s possible they’ll want to process the renewal first, and then process the additional entry. The good news is that if they process them separately, the multi-entry doesn’t take as long, so you can get out of there sooner on the second day 🙂

  3. my egypt visa expiring on 14th, and I m leaving on 15th ,
    if I not go and extend my visa , for one day only, do I face
    any problem on airport , what is you suggestion pls advise,
    I am staying in Fayoum city, which 2 hrs drive from Cairo.

    1. Hi Linda, sorry about the delayed response! In general, if you overstay your visa there’s a fine at the airport. For one day, they may or may not charge you–it kind of depends who’s on duty that day. Hope you got home safely and didn’t have any problems–do let me know how it turned out!

  4. Hi there! Thanks for the useful information (I’ve been looking on all kinds of sites for such info). Any idea about pre-arrival ? As in better than going to Mogamma, why not extend your stay from your country’s embassy?

    1. Hi, thanks for your question! I’ve actually never gotten my visa for Egypt pre-arrival, so I really can’t speak to how the process differs or what the pros and cons might be. If you choose to go this route, please let me know how it goes!

  5. Hi Laura, could you advise if there is any other place to renew visa ather than the Mogamma? Is there a place in Sharm El Sheikh or does one must travel to Cairo for renewal? Thank you in advance. Take care :)!

  6. Hi Laura, my reply was not posted, sorry if duplicate… wanted to ask if one can renew the tourist visa in Sharm El Sheikh? Or do you absolutely must go to Cairo Mogamma? Thank you in advance :)!

    1. Hi Anrym, sorry for the delayed response! I’m actually not sure about renewing your visa in Sharm…I’ve only ever renewed my visa in Cairo. I’ve heard there are other visa renewal offices elsewhere (I know that there’s one in Alexandria, for example), but I don’t know about Sharm-el-Sheikh specifically. If you find out the answer, please let me know!

    1. Hi Emily,
      Probably you’ll have to pay a fine next time you leave the country. But if you have an Egyptian husband, you should also be able to apply for Egyptian citizenship! I’m not sure of the citizenship process, but I do know that once you complete it you won’t need to worry about visas for entering and exiting Egypt. Let me know how things work out!

    1. Hello! I think that you would need to get a completely new visa in this case–you wouldn’t be able to renew one that’s been cancelled.

  7. i will be invite my Egyptian friend to Poland for invitation, Polish ambassy asking for certificate of Mogamma. what is it? he just pick up his first new passport. never ever travel before.
    what is this certificate? how long he need wait for this document? how much costs?

    1. Hello! I wish I could answer this…I assume it’s some sort of permission to travel, but unfortunately I don’t actually know anything about visa regulations for Egyptians visiting other countries, only for expats visiting or living in Egypt. Sorry not to be more help!

  8. hello anrym , theres a place to renew your visa from EL – TOUR , you can obtian in your first visit to them one month easy and if you need more you should fill the application , i did it to my girlfriend last april .

  9. Hi

    My visa in Egypt expired 3 months ago, how much is it to renew the visa and how much will I be fined if I go and renew it this week. I’m in cairo.

    Thank you

    1. Hi Kyle,

      The first question to ask is how much longer you’re planning on remaining in the country. If it’s not long, you might just want to wait and pay the fine on exit. I think the fine is around $30 based on a friend’s experience a few years ago, but I’m having trouble substantiating that through any of the official visa sites, so don’t quote me on that.

      If you’re planning on staying longer than another month or so in the country, you should probably try to get your visa renewed. A regular single-entry tourist visa is $25, and a multi-entry visa is $35. You will probably have to pay a fine on top of that for overstaying your current visa, but again, I’m not sure quite how much (though the $30 ballpark would still be my guess).

      Best of luck and let me know how it turns out!

  10. Dear Laura,
    my fiancee from Montenegro has come to visit me in Egypt , i need to know for how many months is the duration of her entry visa,also she came here two times before (1st time for a week, 2nd time for a month) so
    when will her visa expire?
    how can we extend it?
    for how long will be the extension?
    can the engagement papers help in that ?

    1. Hi Ramy,

      Thanks for your message! A normal tourist visa lasts 3 months. If your fiancee is already in Egypt on a regular tourist visa, it should expire 90 days from the date stamped at entry. A regular tourist visa can be extended at the Mogamma for another 3 months using the process I laid out in my post.

      I am not sure whether there are special engagement visas or not, but I do know that once you’re married your fiancee would be able to apply for Egyptian citizenship. I know you need your marriage license for that, but I’m not sure what other paperwork is involved.

      Best of luck, and let me know how it goes!

  11. Dear Laura,
    Thanks for your advice, i have went to Mogamma and they told me that the visa which the tourist takes at airport is considered as emergency visa, so it is valid for one month only. also they asked for two photocopies of my fiancee’s passport cover.at the end they took the application with all needed copies of papers and told me to return after 15 days.

    We were lucky, the application was the last taken one before they close the window.

    1. Hi Laura,
      I think that there may have been a change in circumstances since you provided this information.
      I have just spent hours over a two day period attempting to obtain a visa extension in Muggama.
      I have been unsuccessful to date and have now given up and opted for the fine on exit rather than spend more time at this office.
      It is totally chaotic-regardless of how early you arrive.It is totally overcrowded,with no queues and everyone is pushing and elbowing their way forward in a shambolic,confused ,irritable melee.There are few clerks in attendance and their obvious disdain and non cooperation is obvious to all.Coupled with this is the heat,noise and chaos at all levels.
      The easier option is to pay a small fine on exit unless you have endless patience,time and a high tolerance for confusion and bureaucracy gone mad.
      Pat Dec 2014

      1. Hi Pat,

        I’m sorry you had such a difficult time! I have definitely heard that things have been getting worse in the visa renewal department since I wrote this post.

        Laura

  12. I came here in egypt on a 1 month visa I got it extended for 3 more months I am loving egypt and still so much.to.see and do can I get another extension as a tourest? Can I get a 6 moths extended?

    1. Hi Susan,

      Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond! At this point you’re probably back in your home country, but I’d love to know how you handled this for future reference.

      Cheers,
      Laura

  13. Helloo, thank you so much for the informatiob it really will help me out. I was wondering how much would it cost me to extend my 30 day visit visa for another month? and if i do not how much will i be fined? Thank you so much xx

    1. Hi Julie,

      I’m glad you found my post helpful! I’m afraid I don’t remember the exact prices for renewals–I think it’s less than 100EGP, but I’m not completely sure. Likewise, I don’t remember the amount of the fine, but I think it’s ballpark around 200EGP. Let me know what you decide to do and what the prices end up being–I would love the updated information!

      Laura

  14. Hi Laura, I have just been to the Mogamma where they issued an “Overstay” stamp on my passport, and I now have 6 days to leave the country. Does this stamp mean that I won’t be able to return? Thanks

    1. Hi Richard,

      I’m sorry to hear that! Unfortunately I’m really not sure about this…I don’t _think_ that you’ll be barred from entering the country again, but rules seem to be changing on an almost weekly basis lately, so I really can’t say for sure. Best of luck, and please let me know how it goes!

      Laura

      1. If a tourist visa is obtained for one month. Is it now possible to extend this? I guess most posts relating to visa extension and overstay fines etc relate to western passports what is the situation if the passport holder in from Philippines or similar country. Does anyone have experience

        1. Hi Andrew,

          Thanks for your comment! I’m afraid I don’t have the answer to your question, but I would love to know how your visa situation got resolved with your passport from the Philippines.

          Best,

          Laura

    2. Hi Richard, how did it work out for you… My friend had a similar situation.. were you able to go back to Egypt?

    3. Hi Richard and Laura,
      I had the same problem. Yesterday, they marked the overstay stamp on my passport and gave me 6 days to leave. I have to return back to Egypt for sure. Will egypt embassy in india give me new visa this time to re-enter egypt ? Will appreciate your response. Thanks and Regards

      1. Hi Raaj,

        Thanks for your message, and I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to reply! I’m afraid that I don’t have the answer to your question, but I would love to know how things turned out for you. Please let me know how everything went with your visa!

        Best,
        Laura

  15. Hey Laura thank you for this awesome web site but I have one question. I am student in the future university in Egypt location in Cairo. My student visa was finished something like 1,5 month ago I was can’t go because education. I don’t make any problems in mugamma when I will go there ?

    1. Hi Bekhzod,

      Thanks for your comment! I think that you should be able to renew without a problem, but you might have to pay a small fee. Please let me know how your visa renewal went!

      Best,

      Laura

  16. first of all let me thank you for sharing your experience with us . and let me ask you if you have any experience with the below inquiry .
    iam married to an egyption man and i have my own visa , but i have 2 kids 4 and 6 years , i want to know how to get visa for them ?

    1. Hi Nataly,

      Thanks for your question, and apologies for my delayed response! I’m afraid I don’t have the answer to your question, but I would love to know what you were able to find out about getting visas for your kids if you have a moment to share.

      best,

      Laura

  17. Hi Laura, thanks for the advice, helped me prepare (paperwork wise and mentally!), thought I’d write an update as there hasn’t been a comment in a while.

    I just had my visa done at mogamna – actually wasn’t too bad an experience (partly due to ya info).

    Some minor things that were different/tips now:

    – I got there at 7.30am and waited in line behind prob 150 people… The doors opened just after 8am.

    – I wouldn’t get the photos done there, it seemed pretty chaotic at the photo places (I got mine at a local place before).

    – if you don’t seem to be getting anywhere / lost / need advice.. Look for one of the army (I guess) guys that are dressed all in white and have gold stars on there shoulders… Assume most of them speak ok English and seem helpful (to a unsure tourist!)..

    – it cost me 20 Egyptian pounds !! That’s all 🙂

    – I wasn’t able to get it all done in one day. After the initial paperwork etc I was told to return the next day at 9am to window 38… I got there just after 8.. Handed my passport over and told to come back at 1pm..

    – the whole process took me 2.5 hours over three visits.. And that includes 30 mins of standing in line…

    – I only wanted a month and wrote that on the application though got three months!

    Hope the process for future people is as (somewhat) straight forward as my experience was 🙂

    1. Hi Leigh,

      Thanks so much for this update! It’s really helpful to have the experience of someone who’s currently in Egypt 🙂

      Cheers,

      Laura

  18. I am jai

    Hi. I have arrived on 01/09/2016 at cairo with 30 days validity visit visa which will be expired on 01/10/2016 . I need to extend my stay in Egypt. How can I renew my visa. How long can I renew because I need to stay more 6 months. what are the documents need to submit? I need clear advice.

    Thanks.

    ow to renew egypt expired visit visa from egypt if stayed more than 30 days

    1. Hi Jai,

      Thanks for reaching out! Unfortunately the rules keep changing for visa renewal, and since I’m not in Egypt anymore it’s hard for me to get clear updates. I would love to know how your experience went with your renewal to have more updated information. I hope that everything worked out well!

      Cheers,

      Laura

  19. Hey my visa expirited at 12 of month,and im going 13 of month too renew it..I scare even too go after all that wich i read haha xD but i have a question,if visa expirited and i go re new it,how much am gona pay?and also i will pay some money extra because it expirited?thanky in advance

    1. Hi Valeriya,

      Thanks for your comment! There is usually a fee for having an expired visa, but it’s pretty small. I don’t remember the exact amount. I hope that your renewal went well and I’d love to hear about it!

      Best,

      Laura

  20. Hi,
    I want to learn Arabic language from Egypt.So I seen many Language Institutions they all have 15 levels courses & to complete all the courses One need 1 and half years visa so how can I get visa for this time please let me know
    Thank You

    1. Hi Shah,

      Thanks for reaching out! As far as I know, you can only get a visa for three months at a time, so you would have to get the initial tourist visa when you come to Egypt and then renew it every three months for the year that you plan to study there.

      Best,

      Laura

  21. Hi Laura!

    Your post was really helpful in renewing my visa last weekend. When I googled about the visa renewal, your post came up pretty high, even when it’s already 4 years old. However, the process has been changed a little and not in a good way I’m afraid. To help future travellers, I would be happy to write down the process that I encountered last weekend. Would you be open to add a section to your post with the new process? Or I could write it in a comment like this, but not all people will scroll down all the way and read everything I’m afraid. Any way, I would be happy to help!

    Let me know!
    Regards,
    Ellen

    1. Hi Ellen,

      That would be fabulous! I’ve been thinking that it’s really time for an update, but since I’m no longer in Egypt I no longer have firsthand experience of the new process. I’ll send you an email for details!

      Cheers,

      Laura

    2. Hello, can you please share your experience? I’m soon coming to Egypt and I want to stay there for more than 1 month. Can I still renew my entry visa or it isnt possible anymore? I’m thinking to get a 3-month visa for multiple entries from the Egyptian embassy here, in order to be safe for 3 months, but I don’t know if this is renewable.

  22. Hey Laura,

    you post is very helpful, although I want to ask you if you know a few more things as I’m not in Egypt yet. I’m thinking to get the 3-month visa for multiple entries from the Egyptian embassy in my country (I have a EU passport). Although this visa, as they informed me, is for a maximum stay of 3 months in a period of 6 months. Will I be able to renew this type of visa or if I stay 3 months in a raw i won’t be able to return for 3 more months? The embassy don’t give me clear information and they told me that this is up to the Ministry of interior in Egypt.
    Any help is welcome, thank you!

    1. Hi Lenia,

      Thanks for your message! I think that you should be able to renew this type of visa, but I’m really not sure…ultimately it is up to the Ministry of the Interior as your embassy said, and sometimes the rules for visa renewals can change without a lot of advance announcements. Best of luck and please let me know how it goes!

      Best,

      Laura

  23. Hello,
    I have question regarding multiple visa. I work for travel agency, and I am often in Egypt in transit. Every transit is separate visa and another page of passport. Please let me know if I can exchange this single visa on arrival into multiple visa for 3 monts or 6 months. Is it possible at all? kind regards and all best.

    1. Hi Milos,

      Thanks for your question! When I was in Egypt it was possible to get a multi-entry visa, but I’m not sure whether or not the rules have changed. It might be worth checking with the Egyptian embassy in your country–please let me know what you find out!

      Best,

      Laura

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