Individual tourists traveling to Egypt must now obtain a visa prior to their arrival and can no longer do so upon arrival at an Egyptian airport.

The policy change does not apply to group tours, for which tourist visas can still be obtained upon arrival in Egypt.

The Egyptian Tourist Authority said the change was made by Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to the Egyptian Embassy in Washington, D.C., all visitors to Egypt are now required to obtain a visa from an Egyptian consulate, except for groups traveling with a tour operator.

The embassy estimates that most applications will be processed within 10 business days. In order to obtain a visa from an Egyptian consulate, tourists will need to provide two 2-by-2-inch passport photos; a passport that is valid for at least another six months and has an empty visa page; and a $15 fee, payable in cash or money order only.

Visa applications and money orders can be sent to: Consulate of the Arab Republic of Egypt, 3521 International Court, NW Washington, DC 20008.

There are Egyptian consulate offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston.

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