9 hour transit in CAI: visa-on-arrival or TWOV

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Old Jun 4, 18, 2:18 am
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9 hour transit in CAI: visa-on-arrival or TWOV

I'm going to transit via CAI with 9 hours between flights (both are non-MS). I will have to collect my luggage and change terminals. I have an EU passport.
Will I need to get a visa-on-arrival or will I manage to TWOV (travel without visa)?
Anyone with actual experience?
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Old Jun 4, 18, 4:52 am
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I'm going to transit via CAI with 9 hours between flights (both are non-MS). I will have to collect my luggage and change terminals. I have an EU passport.
Will I need to get a visa-on-arrival or will I manage to TWOV (travel without visa)?
Anyone with actual experience?
As far as I know, there's no way to enter Egypt without a visa. The only exception is when you're on Egyptair, with a planned stopover, and they take care of your accommodation; in that case there may be a way to surrender your passport for the duration of the layover. In all other cases, it's a $25 visa.
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Old Jun 4, 18, 9:18 am
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I'm going to transit via CAI with 9 hours between flights (both are non-MS). I will have to collect my luggage and change terminals. I have an EU passport.
Will I need to get a visa-on-arrival or will I manage to TWOV (travel without visa)?
Anyone with actual experience?
TWOV from recent actual experience.
If your airlines have interline baggage agreements (most majors do) , then you can also thru check your luggage, even though terminals are different.
Miraculously things seem to work out transitting airside at CAI.If you desire to leave airport, then entry visa is simple and quick, pay USD25 in any major currency at 24/7 bank just before immigration.
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Old Jun 4, 18, 10:20 am
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TWOV from recent actual experience.
If your airlines have interline baggage agreements (most majors do) , then you can also thru check your luggage, even though terminals are different.
Miraculously things seem to work out transitting airside at CAI.If you desire to leave airport, then entry visa is simple and quick, pay USD25 in any major currency at 24/7 bank just before immigration.
Thanks for your answer.
Just to see that I understand correctly, if I have to collect my luggage then Iíll have to pass through immigration where Iíll show them my passport and my 9 hour later flight confirmation and without paying for a visa-on-arrival they will let me go land-side?
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Old Jun 4, 18, 1:37 pm
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Thanks for your answer.
Just to see that I understand correctly, if I have to collect my luggage then Iíll have to pass through immigration where Iíll show them my passport and my 9 hour later flight confirmation and without paying for a visa-on-arrival they will let me go land-side?
The only way to go landside without paying (unless you're a non paying foreign citizen e.g. Jordanian)is if you're making a more than 8 hour connection MS flight to MS flight AND MS give you the hotel room.
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If you are not MS pax connecting with hotel, then you have to collect your luggage you will be escorted from immigration(with NO permission to enter Egypt)to collect it and take it (via airside) to your next flight check in and to the flight.From what I've seen this normally is what happens to people transferring to/ from flights to /from Yemen which are regular to CAI and "don't officially exist". This is daily common occurrence and the transit staff and transit police are very good at their jobs ie getting passengers and luggage from flight to flight which can involve changing terminals.
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Old Jun 7, 18, 2:05 am
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You can TWOV.

Have a printout of your next flight available. When you land, find any official looking official and explain to him that you need to transit but you have some bags etc. They'll take your passport and flight itinerary printout, come back after a bit and direct you to some area where the airline representative will show up with a boarding pass, and your checked bags will get there too.

But just in case be prepared to pay for visa on arrival if things change.
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Old Jun 7, 18, 2:48 pm
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The TWOV option seems like a big hassle. I'll go with paying $25 for Visa on Arrival.
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Old Jun 7, 18, 3:03 pm
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The TWOV option seems like a big hassle. I'll go with paying $25 for Visa on Arrival.
Thanks for your responses.
TWOC at CAI is less hassle.
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Old Jul 9, 18, 9:54 am
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In the end, I went for a visa on arrival. It was simple and easy.
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