Egypt Import Restrictions

In order to enter Egypt, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Egypt government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Egypt, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Egypt.

Egypt Import Regulations

Import restrictions

Senders should determine import restrictions from Egyptian authorities before posting:

  • Alcohol
  • Animal products
  • Bees, parasites and silkworms
  • Chemical products
  • Carpets
  • Fish of all kinds
  • Firearms and firearm parts
  • Plants and parts of plants
  • Soap
  • Tobacco.

Egypt requires an import permit for all goods except personal gifts up to 20 Egyptian pounds value. Before posting any item, senders should confirm that the addressee has any necessary permit.

Moslem religious books written in other than an Arabic language require a permit from the Customs Department. Copies of the Koran require a permit from the Department of Public Security.

Items of workmanship in precious metals must be marked as to metal content.

Special documentation

All commercial goods or merchandise must contain an invoice, a detailed list of contents, and a Certificate of Origin. Egyptian postcodes always precede the name of the city or town.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Egypt prohibits

  • Animals and animal products
  • Firearms
  • Lottery tickets
  • Meat and edible Meat Offal

Senders should contact Egyptian authorities regarding any further inquiries on prohibited items.