Travelling or living in Egypt or Sudan

All the useful information if you are travelling to or living in Egypt or Sudan.

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Do you live in Egypt or Sudan? Entry in the consular population register is not compulsory, but is nevertheless recommended. Only Belgians registered in the consular population register can receive administrative assistance, such as that offered by the communes in Belgium. Registered Belgians can also count on more effective consular assistance in an emergency.

Are you visiting Egypt or Sudan as a tourist? Check out our Travellers Online information below.

Travel advice

You can read the travel advice for Egypt and for Sudan on the general website of the FPS Foreign Affairs.

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Contact details for Belgians in distress

For urgent cases (accidents, lost/stolen documents, etc. - no visas!) after working hours and during weekends, Belgians can reach the Embassy in Cairo via the emergency number +20 (0)122 210 34 33.

Practical advice for Belgians in Egypt

This information is for all Belgians in Egypt, those officially registered in the consular register of this post, those on temporary transit, and those staying in Egypt as a tourist.

Some basic precautions are in the interest of us all. Remember that it is sensible to:

  • renew your passport at least seven months before the expiration date. Many countries refuse entry to people in possession of a passport with less than 6 months validity.
  • keep us informed of any changes in your mail and residential address, telephone, mobile or fax.
  • fill up the fuel tank of your car when it’s half full.
  • always keep the following in the house: 
    • stock of drinking water and a food supply for a week
    • an amount of cash money
    • first aid kit with e.g. bandages, aspirin, alcohol, antiseptics, medication to treat diarrhea, disinfectant, water purifiers, knife or scissors. 
  • keep an independent light source (s) and your most used chargers (phone / laptop) at hand.
  • always keep a bag at hand with your identity documents, (Belgian) passport, credit cards and documents you do not use every day but which are indispensable in case of hasty departure.
  • try out one or two routes (by car or on foot) to the assembly point of your area / sector.

In the event of a security risk or other type of crisis:

  • Know that we, for organizational reasons, have divided the country in different geographical areas and the city of Cairo into different sectors. In each of those areas and sectors, we can count on the voluntary help of compatriots who have accepted to act as warden. I take this opportunity to thank them for their dedication. These wardens are your and our intermediaries. It is through them that we, in case of a (serious) crisis, in addition to the information on our website, will share the most relevant recommendations, information and any instructions.
  • At your registration or first contact with the Embassy you have been provided with the contact details of your head of sector. (If not, please inform us about this.) We recommend you to maintain contact with him / her.
  • In case of a serious crisis, it is possible that the Embassy advices the compatriots of a particular area or sector to gather at the assembly point, that in agreement with those responsible was appointed for each area or sector. Please note that such a meeting cannot happen at the expense of the Belgian Treasury.

Travellers Online

No country is completely safe from crisis, attacks, or accidents. Register your trip on Travellers Online. This will make it easier for the FPS Foreign Affairs to inform and support you. Your details will always remain confidential.


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