Egypt Travel Tips&FAQs
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Egypt is one of the safest travel destinations in the world right now, due to low crime levels is negligible when compared with the crime rates of many Western countries. In Mid 2021 world Health Organization places Egypt at the lowest level of coronavirus spread Risk across the world due to the measures taken by the Egyptian government that helped control the spread of the virus and ensure the safety of each traveler such as the cleansing of all the visited attractions on a daily basis which help record the lowest number of infections and the highest number of recovery cases on the global scale.
Visitors and travellers to Egypt are required to carry a passport valid for at least six months from there arrival date. However, in an effort to revitalize tourism in Egypt the following nationalities can purchase a 1-month entry visa on arrival. The Nationalities that benefit from the aforementioned exception are Australia, Canda, Croatia, the European Union, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Macedonia, South Korea, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, United Kingdom and The U.S.A. The Process for acquiring these entry visas is extremely simple and only takes a mere couple of minutes through any bank window before proceeding to customs.
The best time to travel to Egypt is during the winter from September to April as the climate becomes a little tropical accompanied by a magical atmosphere of warm weather with a winter breeze. You will be notified in the week of your trip if the Climate is unsafe and if any changes have been made.
The entire country of Egypt deserve to be explored with its every heavenly detail but there are places that must be seen before any other such as the breathtaking Hurghada’s red sea, The wonders of Cairo the pyramids of Giza, the great sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, Khan El Khalili Bazaar, the wonders of Luxor like Valley of the Kings, Karnak & Hatshepsut temple and the wonders of Aswan such as Abu Simbel temples, Philea temple, Unfinished obelisk and The Wonders of Alexandria like Qaitbat Citadel, Pompey’s Pillar and Alexandria Library.
Egypt is a very easy place to move around due to the constant transportation between the city through cars, trains, and domestic flights that operates 24/7. Within the cities, there are Uber and Taxis plus if you are booked with a travel agency then it will provide you. Domestic flights, Nile River Cruises, and Private vehicles are the most suitable options to move across Egypt.
- When in Egypt, you must respect all the archaeological monuments and sites by not touching, scratching, or sitting on them as they are what remains of the ancient Egyptian heritage.
- You should dress conservatively despite the fact that there is no specific dress code in the cities, it is known that women will feel much comfortable if they cover their shoulders and do not wear shorts, plus this becomes very relevant when visiting mosques and churches.
- Drink a lot of water and apply sun cream to stand the heat and the sun.
- Despite the fact that hotels and main shops in the tourist areas would accept credit cards and foreign currencies, but smaller restaurants and stores are unlikely to do so especially when you go further into the tourist areas and the desert.
- Be careful when paying Buying souvenirs.
- Always keep your camera phone with you at all times.
- Always keep your professional tour guide and driver with you when you go on a desert excursion.
- Always check the time of the ensa time lock during your Nile cruise booking.
- Attend a sound and light show in Luxor along with the archaeological spots through the Nile.
- Focus on having a good time and don’t take long to return to Egypt.
Egypt has a variety of delicious cuisines but we recommend “Foul and Ta’meya (Fava Beans and Falafel)”, Mulukhiya, “Koshary”, a traditional Egyptian pasta dish, and Kebab & Kofta, the Egyptian traditional meat dish.
Some travelers might suffer sunburn or heat stroke from the heat and sun during the summer if they are not careful; however, taking the proper precautions and drinking bottled water can eliminate any health risks.
- All attractions in Egypt are being cleansed on a daily basis while taking all the necessary precautions. All travelers to Egypt will show a negative PCR test prior to boarding and on arrival in Egypt. The test needs to have been completed within 72 hours of flying to Egypt. Here are the safety measures taking by Egypt Tours Portal:
- Regular temperature checks for staff.
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized.
- Hand sanitizer provided for travelers and staff.
- Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival.
- Social distancing enforced throughout our tours.
- Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons.
- Guides, reps, & drivers are required to regularly wash hands.
- Face masks provided for our travelers, tour guides, reps, and drivers during tours.
- 24/7 Follow up with our guests & staff in case of any symptoms appeared and immediately take the necessary actions.
- Accommodations are licensed to meet the general regulations for hotels & tourism resorts with a maximum of 50% of its total capacity.
In a restaurant, it is good to give between 5 and 10% tip directly to the waiter. For a small favor, like carrying luggage or parking a car, a few Egyptian pounds would be appropriate. Often times in Egypt you will find someone tending to the bathroom to keep it clean. Giving them at least five Egyptian pounds is an appropriate amount. Tipping your tour guide and vehicle driver is completely optional but should be considered if you’re provided with great service. If you decide to tip feel free to give what you think your experience was worth.
The tap water in Egypt is heavily chlorinated and tastes terrible. It’s okay for brushing your teeth with, but don’t drink it. Especially if you have a sensitive stomach. Buy bottled water.
The unit of currency used in Egypt is the Egyptian pound, written £E or LE. The Egyptian pound is divided into piastres (pt). My top tip is to recognise the difference between the 50 pt against the 50 Egyptian Pound notes since they are very different in value.
Make sure that if you’re given change or are paying for something, that you’re not duped into thinking that 50 piastres (or cents) is the 50 Egyptian pounds note. This is a common scam that is used on unsuspecting tourists. When I found out about this, I made sure I kept both denominations on me so I could tell them apart. Compare the difference of the 50 pt and 50 LE in the photo above.
In general, for women traveling to Egypt, anything that is below the knee should be fine. Short sleeves should be fine as well, but nothing too short or too tiny. You do not need to cover your head in Egypt but do dress modestly. Wear pants or long skirts. In the summertime it is hot, so loose-fitting pants are going to be more comfortable than a pair of skinny jeans. It is also dusty and dirty, so white clothing will appear soiled far more quickly than clothing of other colors.