Entry to Egypt is permitted with sterile personal equipment only, without weapons, magazines, bullets and/or bullet cases.
The import of the following goods into Egypt is prohibited
Narcotics – Khat leaves are considered as narcotics in Egypt.
Pornographic material and video tapes.
Two-way radio transmitters, satellite phones, GPS and any other navigation equipment.
Gas tanks for field cooking and boiling.
Before entering Egypt passengers should verify again that none of the above listed items has been forgotten in the personal equipment or the vehicle.
Passengers who have previously been arrested in Egypt for possession of one of the above items, shall contact the Terminal Duty Manager for assistance.
Information regarding passage with a private vehicle
Passengers must hold the paid passage fee voucher and a vehicle licence translated into
English. The vehicle must be free of any foreclosures or encumbrances.
Translation services are available at the Memsi branch at the Terminal or any one of Memsi's
branches across Israel.
Passengers who wish to pass with a vehicle not registered to their name are required to
resent a notarized power of attorney in English or Hebrew.
Entry to Egypt with a vehicle is permitted under the following conditions:
"Private" or "Composite Truck" vehicle, whose owner is present inside the vehicle.
Vehicles not approved for passage: "Commercial", "Diesel", "Convertible", "Public Light Bus",
"Bus", "4x4", "Rental".
Recommendations to passengers departing to Egypt:
The most congested time of the day at the Terminal is at 05:00. The most convenient hours are
09:00 until 12:00 and 17:00 until 21:00.
Passports must be valid for at least three months. There is no possibility to extend passports at
the Terminal. Israeli citizens may depart with an Israeli passport only.
Paid passage fee – in order to save queuing time, it is recommended to purchase a passage
fee voucher in advance at the post office with no commission.
Sterile personal equipment, with no weapons, magazines, ammunition or any other items of
Passengers who intend to reach Cairo or stay in Sinai and Taba for more than 14 days are
required to apply for an Egyptian visa from the Embassy of Egypt in Israel or the Egyptian
Consulate in Eilat.
Passengers crossing the border on foot are recommended to park their vehicle at a regulated
parking in Eilat.
Passengers departing by car – when the drive-in booths are operative, the entire departure
process is performed from the vehicle.
Passengers departing to the "Hilton Taba" area are required to present the hotel reservation to
the Duty Manager or the service steward/stewardess, in order to be entitled to an exemption
from the passage fee.
Do not leave your personal baggage unattended in the Terminal.
Stay of exit order – for details contact the National Police Headquarters by phone:
Goods purchased upon departure from Israel at the Duty Free shop are exempt from taxes up
to the amount defined by customs regulations (signs on this issue are posted at the Duty Free
shop). Passengers staying in Egypt for a period shorter than 72 hours are not entitled to
exemption from customs duties. The Terminal Duty Manager is available for assistance.
Passengers should adhere to the instructions of the stewards and pay attention to the
announcements made through the public address system.
Passengers are required to comply with Ministry of Agriculture regulations and avoid importing
prohibited goods (detailed information appears on the signs at the Terminal). Passengers
travelling with live animals must hold a valid governmental veterinary certificate.
Security guidelines for travellers to Egypt:
Inform local security authorities, and if required the security officer of the Israeli Embassy in
Cairo, of any suspicion that may arise.
When purchasing goods, make sure that you are present at the time of packing.
Do not leave your passport with the hotel reception clerk or any other agent for registration;
make sure that you are present at the time of registration and take your passport as soon as
the process is completed.
Request the hotel representatives not to receive any mail, envelopes, parcels, flower bouquets
etc. on your behalf. The items will only be accepted by you at the reception desk. In case of
suspicion or doubt concerning the identity of the sender, do not open the item and inform
security services immediately.
Make sure that your baggage and personal equipment are constantly under supervision during
the entire trip. No luggage should be sent to the bus baggage compartment prior to its
identification by the owner.
Public transport – it is recommended to use taxis from regulated stations only or a taxi which
you have stopped by your own initiative.
Holy Month of Ramadan
During the holy Month of Ramadan it is important to exercise extra sensitivity as well as wear modest clothing.
Avoid eating, drinking alcohol and smoking in public.
Alcohol should only be consumed in complete privacy.
Avoid playing loud music.