Years after leaving Egypt and largely ceasing to blog, I’m still getting a fair amount of traffic on my post about the visa renewal process–as well as questions about how the process may have changed in the last  few years.

One reader who used my original post as a guide very kindly offered to update my post to reflect her experience, and she writes that “I believe the steps I had to take are part of the general procedure now, as I have heard from other people that they had the same experiences.” Many thanks to her for this update!

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. The passport-sized photo is 30 EGP and the photocopies are cheaper (can’t remember the exact price). 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 8AM. 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 (window 12)–it’s near the end of the hallway. They will ask you to fill in the paperwork first and point you to one of the tables in the hallway.
7. Find the table and get your paperwork. It’s an A3-sized paper to fill in.
8. Go back to window 12 and hand everything in. They will write some things on the paperwork and in your passport. You will get a paper that states how many stamps you need to buy. You can buy these at window 6.
9. Find the window (6) that sells stamps. It is not the one across window 12, but go back into the hallway and take the first hallway to the left. The first window 6 that you will encounter is not the right one, you need to be at the second one (blue number 6).
10. Hand in the paper you received at window 12 and the guy will ask you to pay LE 20. He will give you a stamp on the paper you gave him, but note: these are not the stamps you need! Go to the next window on the right and collect your physical stamps.
11. Give your completed paperwork, stamps, passport photo and visa photocopies to the first window(12) where you got your paperwork (you will keep your passport). They will ask you to come back the next day at 9AM (or any other day that you wish to collect your visa, as long as it’s at 9AM).
12. 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).
13. Return to the Mogamma the next day, go back through security, back up the stairs and down the hall. Look for window 38, hand in your passport and they will tell you to come back the same day at 1PM.
14. Get out of the building again 😉
15. Return to the Mogamma at 1PM and join the massive throng of people waiting for their visas at window 38.
16. 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. Note: this can take up to 2 hours!
17. Make your escape.

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

126 thoughts on “HOW TO RENEW YOUR TOURIST VISA AT THE MOGAMMA–Updated December 2016!”

  1. Hello,
    That information are great , but please mention for which nationality as not all go to window 12 🙂

    1. Hi Maya,

      All info here is for US citizens, since that’s my nationality. If you have updates as to which nationalities should go to which windows, please add this information in the comments!



    2. Window 12 is for Non Arab passport holders who require an extension on their visa!

      1. Actually, it’s not for everyone. My Russian friend had to do it at Window 31

  2. Hi, I went to the Mugamma on 15/03/2017. The female employee behind the counter told me I needed a stamped tenancy agreement to prove where I was residing. I was told to come back when I have this in my possession. I was a bit confused and went back on 19/03/2017. On this occasion a male employee took my application and went through the usual procedure and told me to come back the next day to hand in my passport and collect my visa. No questions asked. The fee is now 575 EGP per visa. It all depends on the mood of the employee. If your staying in a hotel get proof and if your staying in a rented accommodation you may or may not need a tenancy agreement to obtain a visa extension

    1. Furthermore I’m a British passport holder.

      And found this website very helpful 🙂

  3. Hi everyone,

    Thanks for the info. Does anyone know where to go in Nasr City? I went to Tahir and was told I needed to go to Nasr City.

  4. Today a friend, who is living in Egypt, told me it’s possible to get a 1 year visa with proof of rental lease. Any proof to confirm this.

    1. Hi Dawud,

      I’m really not sure about this–let me know if you find out any more details!



  5. Hi, can we ( my husband and i ) renew our visas before the 15 days grace is over or after the 15 days and will it affect our visa renewal?

    1. Hi Anna,
      In my experience you can renew more easily before the 15 days grace period ends. Afterwards I think you’ll need to pay an extra fee. Let me know how it turns out!

      1. Yes, the Visa dilemma–what a disaster traveling along the main highway through a checkpoint. Held- 3HOURS LATER only to learn that my stamps from Mogamma were only good for 2Weeks- well past my stay in Egypt. When we SORTED through Mogamma with 10,000 people squeezing, fighting, yelling, women and children crying to passing out from near lung collapses. Only to find that I’ve been invalid in Egypt for weeks. Since taking inbound Egypt Flights, the airlines didn’t care, didn’t mention that my Visa had expired. ITS ALWAYS about getting your last dime in Egypt, squeezing you for that last penny!. The grace period has also expired and was told by the Egyptian Military and the Egyptian police at the checkpoint PENALTIES at Egyptian airports will have to be paid, if Visa isn’t extended. Haven’t been able to pinpoint how much fees for penalties, however, arrive at the Airport 4HOURS before flight in order to deal with the jumbled system that is Egypt.- March2018-We never found Mogamma square that easily to traverse. Many Egyptians will distract you with questions, unnecessary pleasantries. To say guards speak minimal English is laughable. Have done the process once, unfortunately the 2nd stamp canceled out my original Visa, per the Police & Military-Back to the grounds looking forward to a LONG NIGHT’S sleep to be there 1st open door along with the other 5-10K people.
        Hi Anna,
        In my experience you can renew more easily before the 15 days grace period ends. Afterwards I think you’ll need to pay an extra fee.

  6. my girlfriend is american and we are planning to extend in the next few days so we are going to mogamaa, i wanna ask do we need a paper or a document saying she is renting a house or just what you said above. im getting really confused. hope anyone can help

    1. Hi Baher,
      Thanks for your comment! I’m afraid that I’m not sure what the regulations are with regards to bringing the house rental document. Best of luck and let me know what you find out!

  7. Hello, thank you for posting the useful information above, what are the opening days and times for mogamma please?


    1. Hi Ummi,

      I’m afraid I don’t have that information–I remember the hours being 8am-2pm, but it’s been long enough since I lived in Cairo that things may have changed.

      If you find out any updated information, please share!

  8. Hello, do you know if you are able to extend for a 3 month multi-entry visa during the grace period?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Joe,

      I think so, but you might have to pay a little bit extra or do a little bit of extra paperwork. Let me know how it goes!


  9. Hi so apparently I need a stamped rental agreement – I can’t get one so does anyone have experience with renewing a visa with a hotel stamp?
    Best wishes,

      1. Hi Laura,
        this is really important – there is a new regulation that they enforce most of the time that you need a proof of address. I went with my tenancy agreement but it was not official – it had to be stamped at a registration office. My landlady didnt want to do this because as soon as the flat becomes more official they have to pay more taxes. What I did was book a hostel online which require payment on arrival and free cancellation, printed my booking and used this, and after they successfully accepted that I cancelled the booking the next day. This worked perfectly and allowed me to get around the issues.

        1. Hello:
          Did you get your visa at Mugamma or somewhere else?I was told to provide proof of rent too but I am staying with a friend,I may go your route
          I just need an extension for two or three months as I am leaving latest December 2017

        2. Hi Sasha,
          I was also refused an extension on my visa and in a similar situation, which hostel do you recommend?

  10. Hi
    My visa is expired 6 months.Please help what can I do?If I go Mogama Tahrir to renew is possible to get arrested??

    1. Hi Dania,
      I think that you’ll just have to pay a fine–I haven’t heard of anyone being arrested for overstaying their visa. Best of luck!

  11. Hi Laura,
    I am living in Cairo since March. I got a visa extension on June cause I had a tourist visa that expired. I had to pay a fine plus the visa valid for 3 months. It was easy (just the nice …procedure you described before, exactly like that, jajaja). I traveled out of the country before this extension expired on September. When I came back, I payed the visa in the airport (valid for one month) again, so no major problem. I will stay till December 2017 and this visa expires in end October. Can I ask fro the extension again, considering I have a new visa stamp from the airport? I dont want to have any problems or pay a huge fine when I have to leave on December.

    1. Hi Olivia,

      I’m so glad that it was easy to extend your tourist visa even after it expired!

      I don’t think that there should be a problem getting an extension for the new visa–it’s definitely worth a try!



  12. I haven’t been able to renew because of the contract requirement. I am leaving soon so I will just pay an overstay fine. But does anyone know if I can travel by flight domestically without problems?

    1. Hi Lia,

      I didn’t have a problem taking a domestic flight with an expired visa in 2012, but I’m not sure if they’re stricter about that now.

      Please let me know if you find out more info on this!

      1. Just did a return flight to Luxor from Cairo and can confirm they did not check my visa status (which was expired by a couple days).

  13. Hi. Does the hotel booking confirmation still work.I am staying in an apartment but my landlady also refuses to stamp the rent agreement letter.I have an entry visa which expires next week can i book into a hostel anyone who has tried that recently???.

  14. Hello, I am currently in Alexandria and was told the delays are now of at least 15 days to get a stamp for a rent plus the processing fee. Nobody at the office spoke English though some locals stepped in to translate, eventually sending us to some kind of attorney who could officialize our rental contract. Price quoted was over 5000EGP. We walked out without taking it, feeling it wasn’t fair but also that the 15+ days delay wasn’t reasonable. Aside from Cairo and mugamma, does anyone have experience with other passport offices in the country ?

    1. Hi Erik,

      I’ve never been to any of the other offices outside the Mogamma. Hopefully someone else will know something about them and be able to help!



    2. We are also in Alexandria and are required to have the stamped rental contract. Our landlady was able to obtain this stamp in one day. This is our second extension and neither time have I heard about a 15+ day waiting period to get the rental contract stamped.
      I have never gone with her personally so maybe this is something they tell foreigners?

  15. Hi, my 30 days tourist visa will expire 01 November 2017, but I was registered in 18 October 2017. Is my visa expired date will be one month after registration OR to ask visa extension before 1 Nov 2017.

    1. Hi Tekle,

      This is a strange situation! The expiration date on your visa should be 30 days from when you entered the country. But if it’s marked as ending sooner, it probably makes sense to renew it early. Good luck!

  16. Today I have been to tahrir square to renew my tourist visa for 3 montjhs, but the lady simply stamped on my passport and told me that the new stamp is valid for one month and to comrback after a month for another renewal. Infact there was a problem of language commumication with me. So how do you see it your comments please.

  17. Today I have been to tahrir square to renew my tourist visa for 3 montjhs, but the lady simply stamped on my passport and told me that the new stamp is valid for one month and to comeback after a month for another renewal. Infact there was a problem of language commumication with me. So how do you see it your comments please.

    1. Hi Delam,

      This seems unusual, but if they gave you another 1 month stamp, then going back in a month and trying to renew again then seems like the best option.

      Good luck and let us know how it goes!

        1. Dear Delam,

          I am going to Mogamma this week, can you tell me how much you paid for that stamp you got?


  18. Dear Delam,

    How much did you pay for your 1 month renewal? I am going there this week and don’t know how much I should withdraw.


  19. ..yes..there is a another place for you to get your visa now the police station dept 1 in nasr city if you have not previously had your visa from tahrir mogamma, and you are in the vicinity of madinat nasr they will send you to the police station. Yes it’s a new rule you have to show tenancy agreement stamped and you should really try to get that done when you newly come especially if you are staying for 6-12 months.

    Also I heard the fine has gone up to 100 guinea per month if you have overstayed your visa.

    And the visa price varies everyone you will visit for some strange reason.

    I have to go soon with my young children so nervous !

  20. Hi Laura know how I can renew Visa for Rehab City, I was told they don’t do this at Mogamma? Is this correct?

    Also would I need lease stamped?

    1. Hi Ifran,

      I’m really not sure about Rehab City–sorry not to be more helpful! Please post here with anything you find out!


      1. Gave me a date to come back in a March! Lol crazy, he said stay as long as you want. I am not too content with this though, rather prefer having my visa renewed now.

  21. Laura, I just got back from Day 1 in Mogamma. I went there at 7.30am and just got back to my hotel at 2.30pm. The visa fee is through the roof! It is now EGP 570. A person in front of me had no problem (she had overstayed by a day and did not have housing proof, but still had no issue). When I went to the window, the lady (plump, wearing hideous clothes) was already barking at me and others. She asked me for my residency and also asked me to go register at Window 55 (took 2 hrs 30 mins for my turn there). I had to return to my hotel to get a stamped copy of my stay (so, housing agreement should be with you, just in case). I had to then seek out a policeman to sign off on my application after looking through my stamped hotel reservation. So, all in all 7 hours of madness made me EGP 570 poorer and curse the window 12 lady countless times (in my mind, of course.) You know I first felt bad for the workers there, doing the same thing, again and again, for years. Now, I say, they deserve it. Totally pissed.

    Laura, thank you for all the info because it really helped position me everywhere. Thanks!

  22. Laura,
    I think one of the best things a foreigner who does not speak Arabic can do is to hire a reliable local to go with them to the visa office. This person can translate, help hold places in line, etc.
    An officially stamped renter’s contract is now required. The person they rent from should be able to obtain this in just a few hours at the local office. Unfortunately, due to dishonesty with tax information, many landlords are unwilling to make an official contract.
    We use a man here in Alexandria to help us at the visa office who is honest, knowledgeable, and speaks very good English. (I believe he travels between Alexandria and Cairo). If anyone wants his contact info, just comment here and, if I get notified, I’ll pass it along.

    1. Hi Dear, Thank you for the information. May I have information to contact for help from this honest person please?

    2. Hi Ashley,
      Could you please send me the details of this person you used. I’m in Cairo with my family and required his services.
      Many thanks

    3. Hi Ashley,
      Can you pass pleade the contacts of this man in Cairo /Alexandria?
      And would like to ask if there is any posibility to extend Visa in Alexandria?

      Thank you in advance

  23. Hi I have 2 days left in my visa to complete 30 days. Can I apply tomorrow for extension. Because today I gone through the process and from last days i was going to Mogamma but didn’t get any response due to language.

    1. Hi Pruthvi,
      If you only have 2 days left on your visa, now is a very good time to get it renewed. If you’re having trouble because of language, maybe find a friend to go with you? Best of luck!

  24. Hi laura.pls advise.i got a multiple entry visa. I came in sept 19 .I consumed 3 mos as my visa is multiple. I went to mogamma this morning to renew my visa they asked me to present a rental agreement.i wasnt able to renew because am staying with a friend. Im a filipino by the way.

    1. Hi Anne,

      I’m unfortunately not sure how to advise you on this. Some people have reported success with using a hostel for their rental agreement, so that might be an avenue you could try. Let us know how it works out!

  25. Just got back from the police station in Nasr City for my renewal. Arrived at 7.30am and received my waiting ticket only to wait 6 hours with a bunch of other people, they didn’t start calling the numbers out until 11.45ish, was an incredibly long and tiring wait. Finally at 1.30ish was called in ( i was the last ticket number) and spoke to the Head, wrote my name on a list and gave me an appointment for after 3 months!!! Didn’t take any paperwork from me, just had a brief look at my passport and wrote my name, citizenship and Egyptian address down.

    Sincere advise from me, if you’re able to renew your visa in Tahreer, even if it means going back and trying more than once, would be better than going through what I did since its pretty ridiculous to give me an appointment 3 months after my visa expires.

    Also make sure to bring your rental contract stamped since they might ask for it.

  26. Hi Laura,
    I am staying with a friend in Ain Shams. I want to renew my tourist visa for another 3 months. I’m also newly engaged to an Egyptian man I’ve known for almost two years. Is it possible for me to extend it a second time? I will put my friends address down as my temporary residence. Will being engaged give me help with this matter? Hope you or someone who reads this can help.

    1. Hi Linda,

      Congratulations on your engagement!

      I know that marriage will let you get Egyptian citizenship, but I don’t know about engagement.

      When I was living in Cairo, I extended my visa multiple times without a problem, so hopefully you won’t have any problems extending your visa and listing your friend’s address. Let us know how it goes!


  27. I start to renew my visa at alagouza immigration centre and they asked me to bring a house rent contract and I brought the a legal contract after fighting a lot with the lessor. Finally after checking every thing they asked me to bring an electric bill.I told them that the bill is paid by the landlord I am simply paying the house rent everything included
    (electric bill, gas) within the rent. The lessor is not cooperative he didn’t want to give me the electric bill. I am under medical treatment for gastric cancer. Now I became fedup with the processing and I decide simply to finalise my medical treatment and to pay fine when I leave. I would very grateful if I get your valuable advice.

  28. I understand that the visa renewal laws have changed. I am an American Citizen looking to visit Egypt long term. Does anyone know about the new rules for extending a tourist visa for 2018? Thanks!

    1. Hi Daileen,

      I’m unfortunately not up to date on the 2018 rules. Anything you find out, please share!



  29. Hi Laura,

    You are so kind to reply to all these people! Now I am writing for advice for a friend in Cairo who wants to extend his tourist visa. When people write about “getting their apartment rental agreement stamped,” what sort of offices do the stamping? How to find them? He hired a lawyer (!) who told him to get it stamped at the US Embassy (he is a US citizen), but that didn’t make sense, since no one in these messages has mentioned that.

    Thanks! There is really a need for information on this subject.

    1. Hi Kathleen,

      Thanks for your comment! Unfortunately I don’t have any more information on rental agreement stamps than what you’ll find in this thread–it wasn’t a requirement when I lived in Egypt so it’s not something I fully understand. Anything you learn, please share!


  30. I’m in Egypt now with one of those new 30 day e-visas. That went nicely, but do you know if an e-visa can be renewed and if so how? On online also, or at Mugamma?

    1. Hi Theo,

      I’m afraid I don’t know anything about e-visa renewals– please share anything you learn!



  31. This is the best information available online to date for visa extension. Thank you so much and God bless you. I just got my extention done today.

    I have a follow-up question… For the extended period, is it a multiple entry visa. If no, is there a way to get multiple entry if I travel outside Egypt during that period.

    Can someone please advise. Thanks.

    1. Hi Asif,

      Glad you got your extension done and that you found this page helpful!

      I was able to get a multiple entry visa years ago without too much difficulty– it was a similar process to a regular visa renewal, but with a higher fee. I think that if you leave Egypt without a multiple entry visa, it’s probably easier to get a new single entry visa than to get a multiple entry visa outside the country, but I could be wrong– you would have to check with the Egyptian consulate in your home country to see what they say about visas. Good luck!

  32. I recently renewed my visa at the Mugamma. A couple things to add to this very, very useful list:

    1. Don’t put down your address on that A3 form. Go online, book into a hostel/hotel (search for hotels that don’t require upfront credit card info.), and write that down as your address. Be sure that the hotel/hostel is in the Cairo district, as opposed to Dokki, which is in Giza; many of the hotels downtown, near Tahrir, would apply. How long you stay at the hotel is unimportant. Print out your hotel reservation. Without this, the staff at Window 12 will ask that you have a stamp on your rental agreement. Many landlords/ladies will be loathe to get this stamp for you since it might have consequences on their taxes, or so they think. Tourists tend not have rental agreements, and the three-month extension visa is only for tourists; the gov. is trying to make it harder for people to stay on in the country without the correct paperwork.

    2. The Mugamma only issues three-month extensions (for 570 LE), which are no longer multiple-entry. As soon as you leave Egypt, you will need to purchase another visa on your back in to the country.

    3. The limit at which you can overstay your 30 day entry visa is 13 days. In total, you have 43 days before you will be fined for overstaying. This also means that if you go to the Mugamma after 43 days, you will have to pay a fee for overstaying; I paid about 1,050 LE for this a few months ago.

    PS one of the commenters last year said something about needing a stamp from the hotel! That must’ve been purely to torture the individual. The rules can change according to the mood of the bureaucrat you’re faced with; it helps to smile at them even when they’re not very nice. Good luck!

    1. Hi, I will go to renew my visa tomorrow in Alexandria, I have overstayed 4 years, the guy at the school where i work, whom deals with foreign teachers visas , said the total cost to require a one year renewal will cost 3000le, reduced from 5500le.. He brought the form to me to fill in and told me to get a photo and that’s it.. He did not mention to bring rent contract.. Also, because I am applying for 1 year, it will be passed to Nat Sec for approval.. That kind of worried me, but my boss just said in Egypt there is a solution to everything.. and to look in his eyes and trust him Haha… I do hope so, i feel nervous though, i love living here.

        1. Thank you Laura, sure i will.. somebody told me today, that the new law in Egypt is that when applying for an extension, we must have a medical too, but I have not been asked? Have you heard of this new law?

        2. Oh, i forgot to say about how it went lol… well, i went there with a colleague, who skipped by hundreds of people and walked through to the employee section, where the staff sitting behind the service counters are, he told me just wait outside.. i saw him moving from one desk to another.. seemed to know everybody there, all laughing etc.. Then he went off to managers office and came back and took me back into staff section..they gave me a receipt to sign.. and gave me my passport back.. and that they will be in contact with me colleague in about three weeks.. It took 30 minutes and i was out again.. I guess my boss is indeed an important man 🙂

    2. Hello Anon,

      Can you please tell me how many days you overstayed your visa to get a 1050 pound fine?

      As it stands, if we stay until our booked departure we will be a total of 45 days (meaning 2 days after the grace period)

      Currently trying to calculate if it is cheaper to fly home earlier.

      Many thanks

  33. From my experience (and aftet asking a lot of people about theirs), it seems like one needs a rental contract to renew their visa. From whst people have told me the woman at window 12 tends to akways ask for this contract, but an elderly gentlemen who sometimes works next to her tends to be a lot more laid back and does not always ask to see a rental contract.

  34. Hello!

    Do you know what days the building is closed? Is it open on Friday or Saturday?

    Also, I will be staying with my fiancées family (he will come with me), do I have to provide proof of this?


    1. Hi Annie,

      I’m not sure of the opening days. Having your fiance with you will definitely help — let us know how it goes!

  35. I’ve been stuck in a similar situation, classic landlord blabbers “We no like official stamp because tax problem”
    After having overstayed my visa by 2-3 months. They said I had to pay 1050EGP at the airport or else I won’t be catching my next flight. At first it sounded like a lot but I quickly realised they were only after a mere $60 in equivalence.
    I asked the man at the airport the costs of overstaying. He told me it’s 1050EGP for 1-90 days of overstaying. Which is really fair to be honest.

    I personally think its much better to pay the fine of 1050EGP ($60) rather than paying 550LE for renewal while wasting hours upon hours tirelessly in overcrowded, poorly ventilated, disorganised agency. But that depends on how bad you wanna save 500EGP ($28).

    1. Since the new price for the 3 month visa is 1210 egp, I would gladly pay the fee at the airport rather than going to mogamma 😀 and apparently it’s even cheaper at the airport

  36. Hello!

    After three visits at mogamma i couldn’t get a visa. Actually im staying on a airbnb which i coudnt get a contract.

    First i tried regularly without a contract. They denied me. (The women on the counter)

    Second time i tried with a online booking from a hostel for some days. I printed the conformation out. I went to the counter, there was a new women. Sadly the man (which should be easier) isnt there anymore.

    The new women said i have to go to the police sign the conformation, which they didnt do bcs it wasnt an official letter.

    Now for the third time i went to a hostel, did a booking for one night, got the stemp with letter (sadly just for 1 day) and she denied me again and sad i need now a contract for at least one month.

    Im tired of this and wont go again.

    Can sombody tell me how much the fine for overstay two month is? And can i pay it on the airport at the end?

    Thank you

  37. Hi Laura,

    Do you have experience or know about re-entry (visa/stamp)? My visa is Tourist Single entry even we applied for Multiple One at Egytptian Embassy back home in Jakarta, the visa duration is 90 days. I arrived in Cairo on Feb 28th 2018, I am here because my Swedish husband is working in here. We are planning to go to Stockholm then back to Cairo, but it’s difficult with the Single Entry Visa. We contacted Egyptian Embassy in Stockholm and hoping we can get visa while we are there but they said that have to send my documents back to Cairo and it takes 1 month (this is confusing). We dont have much time since my Husband need to work. Then i heard about this re-entry and need to go to Mogamma..


    1. Hi Lindy,

      Your situation is really complicated! Unfortunately I don’t know the best course of action for you. Best of luck and let us know how it goes!

  38. hello Laura,
    I am so worried for myself. I have a 6 month overstay visa and i want to leave the country next month.
    I am worried they will detain me if i go to Mogomma building. Should i just go straight to the airport on the day of my flight after a long overstay? I have a ugandan passport and i got one month visa last year. I am here with my husband and son. My husband’s visa was extended and just expired last month and i applied to use my marriage for extension but was rejected, My husband is sudanese. As for my son his visa was granted till next month. Can anybody please give me some advice on what i should do?

    1. Hi,

      That sounds so stressful! Unfortunately, I don’t know enough about how Egyptian visas work with Ugandan and Sudanese passports. I know that in the case of my American and British friends who have overstayed their visas, they’ve had to pay a fine at the airport but nothing more serious than that. I don’t know if it will be the same for you and your family or not. Best of luck and let me know how it goes!


      1. Thank you for the feedback. I spoke to someone and they told to just go to the airport on my flight day and pay a fine of 3000 LE for one year overstay. I will let you know how it goes when i travel next month. I hope it goes okay.

  39. Hi . I am British and have overstayed my visa a few years.. I recently applied in Alex for a one year renewal.. I paid the fine and they wrote a number in my passport and said because its for one year it will be passed for a NS check.. its been nearly three months and I have heard nothing, even though they said they would either call me to ask more questions or tell me to go get my visa within four weeks.. Firstly.. what does the NS check involve and do you think its possible they have lost my paperwork?

    1. Hi Sharon,

      I don’t know anything about NS checks — please fill us in on anything you find out!


  40. Hi Laura.
    I tried to apply for my visa extension at mogamma but the infamous lady at window 12 wanted a stamped lease, which ofcourse with egyptian landlords is difficult to get. Unless they get a lawyer to stamp it for them.

    I overstayed my visa for 4months. It expired in january 2018 and i left the country yesterday may 2018. If anyone is in an expired visa situation and is worried about whats going to happen at the airport, i would advise them not to worry. They should just get to the airport as usual, when they get to customs desk ask where to pay the overstay fine and the guy will point to an office next to the que, go there and they will ask you to pay 1055EGP. They will give you a receipt after which you will then go straight to the front of the line, have your passport stamped and be on your way. The whole process will take less than 5 minutes

  41. Hi I am US citizen. What’s the max extension for a touristic visa? What is the fee and also do they give multiple entrance visa? I stay in my kids house who also have Egyptian citizenship. Do they need to come with me for proof of address ? Thank you indeed.

  42. I am from Pakistan and getting marry to an Egyptian woman. I learnt from the internet that I need a resident stamp that is free of cost from Mugamma but I didnt able to find that stamp counter in Mugamma. Anyone can tell me from which counter I can get that stamp and if it cost than how much it cost, I am very confuse and that place is giving me a lot of stress

  43. Hey, I just wanted to update you. I renewed my visa last week and they have increased the prize. Now you pay 1210 egp for a 3 month touristic visa…

  44. Has anyone recently succeeded in multiple-entry with a 3 month visa??
    I’ve already paid mine and am at the end of the process for getting the stamp now. Really annoyed if it’s true you have to pay again for leaving the country.

  45. Also thank you so much for this, Laura. I can only imagine the “infamous lady” people talk about here is the hijabi with glasses during the first step. Avoid. At. All. Cost.

  46. Hi all, the “rule” of 13 days of grace period still applies? I will leave the country with the visa expired by only 8 days, and I’m wondering if I will need to pay a fine when leaving the country. Thank you,

  47. Hi all
    I’m flying to epgyt 10th of this month
    I want to extended my visa for a further month I will be staying with friends how to I go about extending my visa I’m English

    1. Too late now, but I’d strongly recommend getting a three month visa *before* arriving in Egypt.

      To extend by a month while in-country, you have to go to the Mogamma. It’s an expensive and time consuming ordeal. You might be better off just overstaying and paying the fine at the airport when you leave…

  48. My experience – UK passport –

    Last week I arrived at the Mogamma at about 8.30am. Got 2 photocopies of my passport info page and of my original Egypt entry stamp from the little copy shop by the stairs. 1LE per copy. I already had a passport photo.

    After that I went upstairs and collect the form, which was being dished out by a police officer at a table as you enter the same corridor as Counter #12. There was a massive scrum and a woman fainted and the forms weren’t actually available til about 9am.

    Filled in the form and went to Counter #12. Luckily I didn’t get the infamous woman others have mentioned, but a kindly if stressed old guy. He then wrote something and returned the form and instructed me to have it signed by the same police officer. By then a very long queue had formed. I waited for about an hour or so. Then back to Counter #12, where he gives you an invoice for the bank. To the bank counter to pay, then back to the #12.

    I was told to return the next day at 9am and go to Counter #38. I returned three days later and wouldn’t recommend delaying any further as you’re tempting fate…

    I submitted my passport to #38 just after 9am, was given a form to complete, which I did, and was then given a numbered ticket. This is new – they photograph and fingerprint you now. I then had to wait along with about 100 people for my turn. There’s digital displays calling the numbers, but there is no order. 03 might be called after 71 followed by 28 or whatever. There’s a long corridor with seating. Just wait and play on your phone.

    The guy who was in front of me at #38 got called after about 40 minutes. I waited nearly two hours. Once my number was called, I headed to the glass office with the cameras (you’ll have walked past it to go find a seat to wait). This process was quick – photo taken, fingerprints recorded on a digital pad, and the visa issued. And you’re done – you do not have to return at 1pm like before.

    I then applied for “Re-Entry Visa” (which allows you to leave and return to Egypt within the validity of your visa). The counter for this is almost opposite the original counter # 12. The woman there was super helpful and friendly. She gave me a form to complete. The process is: go downstairs and get photocopies of your passport info page, the original entry stamp, and the new visa. Complete the form. Go back to the counter, then see the police officer at the end of the corridor (the wait was about ten minutes). He’ll sign your form, you then return to the counter. She’ll give you an invoice for the bank. Go pay and return to the counter.

    I was told to come back tomorrow morning at 9am and go to Counter #37. Hopefully that will be it!

    So – Day One took about 2.5 hours in total. Day Two, just over two hours. Day Three – ??? (will update)

    [I wasn’t asked for proof of address etc. I’d actually overstayed by six days, but they didn’t seem to care about that. (by the way, I don’t speak any Arabic. you can just about manage without, although do try asking any Sudanese person you see as they tended to speak both English and Arabic fluently and were very happy to assist.)]


    Three month visa: 1200LE (apparently it’s the same price for 1/3/6 months, although for the latter you will need more paperwork eg. proof of address)
    Return permit/visa: 435LE (i think this is the fee per return, but I only need the one)
    Photocopies: 7LE

    So, a pretty expensive $92 / €80. The price you are charged may vary! I’d say if you are overstaying by less than a month, it’s probably better to just pay the fine at the airport – I *think* it’s 1000LE but maybe someone has current info.

    1. update: the Re-Entry stamp was easy. Counter #37 at 9am, dropped off passport. Returned at 1am and collected. Took about 15 minutes in all.

    2. I left the country in December with an expired visa (only for one month) and I had to pay at the airport 1505 EGP as a fine. The process of paying the fine took me just 2 minutes. No questions asked by the police officer.

      1. Update: I re-entered from Israel via Taba. The passport control guy clamied the re-entry stamp I paid for at the Mogamma is not valid if entering from Israel. Pretty sure this is BS. After much arguing followed by a failed attempt at haggling, the guy wouldn’t budge and I had to pay $25 for a new one month visa plus $20 for a “guarantor” (only necessary if travelling beyond Sinai). Quite infuriating but it’s Egypt so what can you do?

  49. Overstaying – hoping someone had current info! I have a one month tourist visa, expiring 22nd February. I will be spending the next few weeks in Sinai, before crossing into Israel on 13th March.

    I understand there’s a 14 day ‘grace’ period when overstaying. If I go to Taba on eg. 1st March, ‘exit’ Egypt and turn right back around, will I be granted a two week Sinai-only visa? Or will over staying by a week affect this? Also is the overstay fee still 100LE?


  50. Hello everyone!
    I have a question…
    I had a passport expiring in November 2018 on which I had a residence permit valid for 3 years, expiring in 2020
    Now I have renewed my passport and so…
    I have a residence permit expiring in 2020 on the expired passport and a valid passport without a residence permit.
    Can anyone tell me if my residence permit is still valid?
    What should I do to fix this problem?
    In addition to Mogamma, is there another immigration office where should I go ? (someone told me to go to Nasr City but I did not understand where)
    thank you

  51. To those finding the place in nasr city, its the police department 1 beside panda supermarket.

    To anyone here, any updates about the current process.
    I’ve tried going to mogamma, got rejected and asked to go to nasr city. Went to nasr city department and they said my rental agreement is not official and need the official stamp, which is quite impossible.

    My next option is book for one night and use the hotel booking to show to window 12 as proof. My question is, are they strict on the hotel booking as well and need an official proof from hotel or the print of booking sufficient?

    Really thinking of overstaying and paying the fine due to all these hassle of back and forth. Is it really just fines and no other problems?I’m a muslim so don’t know if they are more particular on that. If anyone has latest update on the fine for overstaying for 5-6months, do reply me here. Thanks!

  52. To anyone finding the place in nasr city, its the police department 1, beside panda supermarket.

    I’ve been to mogamma, got rejected and asked to go to nasr city since my address is around there.
    Went to nasr city department and they said my rental agreement is not official and needs official stamp, which is quite impossible.
    The next step is for me to try booking a hotel for a night and printing it out as proof at mogamma.
    My question is, will they ask for official proof from hotel or a print of the booking is sufficient? If anyone has any idea on this, do let me know as this seems to be my only option left.

    I’m really thinking about overstaying and paying the fine instead if everything fails. The hassle of back and forth makes it really more worthwhile to just pay the fine. However, is it just fine or are they going to detain u for the overstay? I’m a muslim and don’t know if they are particular on this.
    Also, if anyone has a clue on how much the fine is for a 5-6months overstay, do update me pls.
    Thank you so much.

  53. Dear Laura,

    Thank you for your information about renew Egypt visa but, we would like to inform you that there are a new local for it. The Mogamma Square (2016) site is not operational anymore. Now (2019) is in the Abasseya Square and we describe full process in our blog (in Spanish language) if you like update the information in your blog (Marcando Sendas,

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