UK and Egypt

We develop and maintain relations between the UK and Egypt.

This is a historic moment for Egypt and the region. Egypt’s transition to a democratic state has the potential to be the role model for many other states in the region. Britain has a long history of strong shared interests with Egypt, and we will continue to be an active and engaged partner, offering our help and assistance as Egypt continues the process of rebuilding both itself and its leading role in the region.

Our services

Passport extension

Details of how to get a passport extension can be found here. Child passports can also be extended. If you want to make an appointment, contact our Consular section using the details at the foot of this page.

Visas

This Embassy does not deal with visa matters. For information on whether you need a visa to travel to the United Kingdom and how to apply, please see the UK Visas & Immigration page.

With immediate effect, all UK visa applications submitted in Egypt must include:

  • a photocopy as well as the original of all supporting documents being submitted as part of the application
  • a photocopy of the biographical page of each of the applicant’s passports (the page that includes the photograph) and all pages of the passport(s) that contain endorsements (visas, entry and exit stamps, and visa acceptance or refusal stamps)

If you are submitting an important document as part of a visit application and you would like that document returned to you, please inform the application centre staff when you are submitting your application.

All photocopies should be clearly legible and on A4 white paper (unless legal documents) and accompanied by an English translation if the original document is not in English.

As of 15th December 2013 the Visa Section in Cairo can no longer offer an in-person applicant advice or document collection service unless you have been contacted by the Visa Section or if you wish to withdraw your application. All document collections are handled by our Visa Application Centre. You need to allow for the processing time of 15 working days to have passed (as stated in our customer service standards) before enquiring about the status of you visa application.

This is so that we can focus on our working queues and enable us to deliver a more consistent and higher quality of service.

From the 10th December 2013, all UK visa applications submitted in Egypt must include:

  • a photocopy as well as the original of all supporting documents being submitted as part of the application
  • a photocopy of the biographical page of each applicant’s passport (the page that includes the photograph) and all pages of the passport(s) that contain endorsements (visas, entry and exit stamps, and visa acceptance or refusal stamps)
  • two signed copies of the printed application form

If you are submitting an important document as part of a visit application and you would like that document returned to you, please inform the application centre staff when you are submitting your application.

All photocopies should be clearly legible and on A4 white paper (unless legal documents) and accompanied by an English translation if the original document is not in English.

You can check a guide to UK Business Visitor and Work Visas for Egyptian Businesses.

Travel advice

Information on staying safe and avoiding problems when living or travelling abroad is on travel advice, with links to our embassies, high commissions and other diplomatic posts across the world.

Emergency Consular Assistance (24 hours)

For emergency assistance, such as in the event of the death, assault, arrest or hospitalisation of a British national, call the embassy on+2 (02) 2791 6000 and follow the instructions to be connected with consular officers. If you are calling from the UK about a British national in Egypt, call our Consular Assistance Team in London on +44(0)2070081500

Emergency travel documents

We may be able to provide an emergency travel document if you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel. If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, you should contact the British Embassy in Cairoas soon as possible.

For all other applications, please check what you must bring with you and then make an appointment at your nearest consulate using the links below.

Please call the British Embassy in Cairo for advice before making an appointment if: * you have never applied for a British passport before * you are applying on behalf of a child

An emergency travel document does not guarantee entry to every country. Read what an emergency travel document does.

We will need to have consent from both parents to issue an ETD for a child under 16 years of age. We may also request to see the child’s birth certificate

Book an appointment for an emergency travel document at the British Embassy in Cairo

Passport renewal

For information on how to apply for your first passport or renew an existing passport, please visit the overseas passport section of this website. Please note that our consulates cannot deal with individual enquiries about passport applications.

List of Lawyers and Interpreters

A list of English speaking lawyers who may be able to help you with legal matters in Cairo. A separate list of interpreters and translators is also available. Inclusion in these lists does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy Egypt or the UK government.

Registering a birth and a death

From 14 January 2015 responsibility for UK birth registrations and death registrations in Egypt will transfer from the British Embassy Cairo to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the UK.

There are no changes to the entitlement to register a birth or death. The processing time will remain the same. However, you will now need to allow extra time for the documents to be sent to and from the UK. See www.gov.uk/register-a-birth or www.gov.uk/register-a-death for further information.

You can find further information in this press release.

List of medical facilities/practitioners

Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government

Notarial and documentary services

The British Embassy in Cairo can perform various types of notarial services for British citizens and for non-British nationals whose requirement has a link to the UK. An appointment must be made for each service. Please visit our Notarial and documentary services page.

Booking an appointment

You must make an appointment in order to visit the consular section in Cairo for notarial or documentary services

Appointments are available 10:00 hrs – 13:00 hrs Sunday to Thursday.

Please contact the consular section on 02 27916000 with any queries you may have about notarial work. We are able to answer your calls between 09:00 to 14:00 hrs, Sunday to Thursday. Please ensure that you have read the information on this website first and call us only if you have further queries.

UK law states we have to charge for some services. Details of our current fees and the standards of service you can expect to receive are on display in all our consular offices.

Changes to notarial and documentary services in Egypt

Information about changes that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has made to the notarial and documentary services offered at its Missions overseas

Legalisation Service

We offer limited legalisation services. Guidance on how to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine so it can be accepted by foreign authorities. The UK does not require any documents to be legalised for use within the UK. Further information can be found on our Notarial and documentary services page.

Customer feedback on consular services

The House of Commons’ Foreign Affairs Select Committee is conducting a Parliamentary inquiry into the FCO’s consular services, and would like to hear your feedback.

Guides we produce

We also produce guides for British nationals who need information about services that are not provided by our Consulates, but that you may find useful in specific circumstances.

How else we can help

In addition to the services listed above we can also:

For more information on what services we can provide, see Support for British nationals abroad: A guide

Our people

British Ambassador to Egypt John  Casson

British Ambassador to Egypt John Casson

British Ambassador to Egypt

Contact us

British Embassy Cairo, main contact

British Embassy
7 Ahmed Ragheb Street
Garden City

Cairo
Egypt

* Emails:
- Press and Public Affairs: cairo.press@fco.gov.uk
- Political & Economic: economic.cairo@fco.gov.uk
- Consular: consular.cairo@fco.gov.uk
- Visa enquiries: https://ukvi-international.faq-help.com
- Trade & Investment: commercial.cairo@fco.gov.uk

Access and opening times

UKTI Office in Cairo

UKTI Office
7 Ahmed Rageb Street
Garden City
Egypt

Consulate General Alexandria

Consulate General
3 Mina Street, Kafr Abdou
21529 Roushdy
Egypt

Office hours:
Sunday to Wednesday, 08:00 to 15:30
Thursday: 08:00 to 14:00

Honorary consuls Sharm El Sheikh

Honorary consuls Sharm El Sheikh
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Egypt

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