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General Information

Arrival at International Airports

  • Filling out registration card (normally distributed on board the air craft)
  • Visa Stamp (US$25 cash through agent or at the bank counter)
  • Passport control (Passport valid 6 months)
  • Luggage colleciton
  • Customs (declaration of video camera)
  • Leaving the terminal

Domestic Fight duration:

  • Cairo-Luxor (60 min)
  • Cairo-Aswan (75 min)
  • Cairo-Sharm El Sheikh (60 min)
  • Cairo-Hurghada (50 min)
  • Luxor-Aswan (30 min)
  • Aswan-Abu Simbel (30 min)

General Information:

  • Passport should be valid for at least 6 months
  • Visa can be obtained at any Egyptian airport upon arrival for EU-USA-Canada citizens
  • No need to buy LE or US$ before arrival
  • Exchange rate is determined by central bank
  • Credit card accepted in most of the hotels and resorts
  • Traveller Cheques can be exchanged in banks
  • Foreign currency exchange in every bank
  • The unit of currency is the Egyptian pound (LE) divided into 100 piasters
  • Tap water is clean but contains chlorine
  • Bottled mineral should be used for drinking only
  • Dress code for visits of mosques (no shorts or short sleeves)
  • Voltage: 220V
  • North American sockets need adapter
  • Weather in summer is warm and always sunny
  • Weather in winter is mild and suitable for all water sports activities

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the formalities for entry to Egypt?

You need a valid passport (valid for at least 6 months after the end of your stay) and a visa to enter Egypt, for which a fee is payable. According to your country of origin, you can check for specific regulations and obtain your visa either from Egyptian Diplomatic Bodies abroad or at any of the Major Entry Ports When you arrive.
Visitors entering Egypt at the overland border, to visit Gulf of Aqaba coast and St. Catherine, can be exempted from visa and granted a free residence permit for fourteen days to visit the area.

Is it a safe destination?

Egypt is a safe destination.
Crime in Egypt nearly does not exist. Security is good and there are specially trained Tourist Police, who can speak English and they are always nearby upon your request.
The main Nile Valley sites are protected by the police. In Cairo, too, the police are always close at hand. In the Red Sea resorts a constant but discreet guard is maintained, and security measures have been strengthened at Sharm el-Sheikh.

When is the best season to go?

Between November and March: daytime pleasantly warm; cool evenings and nights. Daytime temperatures: 20-25°C (77°F) in Cairo, 24-30°C (86°F) in Luxor, 22-32°C (89.6°F) in Aswan.
– June to September: Strong change to warm sun, very little shade. Sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat and a bottle of water are essential. Temperatures 25-35°C (95°F) in Cairo, 30-40°C (107.6°F) in Luxor, 31-40°C (107.6°F) in Aswan.
– In April/May and September/October: Mild temperatures, ideal for touring the country.
– On the Nile: December to February is the high season for cruising. In March/April and October/November, things are less busy and the temperatures are mild.
– On the Red Sea: all year round destination.

Currency and exchange rate

The national currency is the Egyptian pound (EGP), known as the guineh in Arabic. It is divided into 100 piasters (irsh in Arabic). There are ATMs in the main towns and in certain hotels.
Money exchange service is easily available through banks and certain bureau. You can also use money change service on the web.

Can I use my laptop in Egypt?

Taking a laptop on vacation to Egypt is easy.
A lot of hotels provide free high-speed Internet access and a you will find Wi-Fi hotspots in the main towns.
Pack an Internet connection kit that contains a spare phone cord, an extra Ethernet network cable, a phone adapter and a surge protector.
And prepare for differences in electricity. You may need an adapter to accommodate type “C” plugs in Egypt.
Check the voltage capacity of transformer block on your laptop.
If it cannot handle 220 to 230V, buy a new transformer.

What type of clothes should I wear for sightseeing?

When sightseeing, wear light cotton clothing, and remember your hat, sunscreen and sunglasses so you can cope with the conditions. When visiting religious buildings or walking around town, dress correctly. Take off your shoes before going into mosques. Women must cover their heads, shoulders and legs.

Is it easy to rent and drive a vehicle?

The traffic is dense in the main cities. And you need to have international license to drive. In the cities, it’s best to take a taxi. For day trips, hire a car with a driver. In the desert, off-road driving is not recommended. It’s better to go with a guide.