Yes, you can travel to Egypt. All boarder are open, there is no nationality restriction, and all historical sites and museums are open!
From 01st September 2020, it is mandatory to submit a negative PCR test, print on paper, in order to enter the Egyptian territory. This measure applies to ALL travelers. The test must be done within 72 hours before arrival in Egypt. Child less than 6 years old not need test.
Here are the main rules to remember:
– Face masks must be worn in all enclosed areas: transportation, accommodation and enclosed sites
– Temperature measurement at each entry of sites and accommodation
– Hand disinfection at each site entrance, transportation, accommodation
– Social distancing of 2m.
Egypt is a safe destination, has served as one of the best and safest tourist destinations for decades.
You will have a peaceful and enjoyable trip to any of its extraordinary cities to do all the activities and visit all of its famous landmarks and beaches. The tourist police, the army and others provide full safety and security for your visit to avoid the occurrence of any issues.
Yes, you need a Visa to come in Egypt. The cost for a single-entry, 30-day tourist visa is $25 (or equivalent in Euro), must be paid in cash (no credit or debit cards accepted), and your passport must be valid for at least six months from your arrival date.
You are allowed to take your tourist visa upon arrival in Egypt if you are citizen of Australia, Latin America, Europe, UK, Canada, USA, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, China… 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.
Visas can also be purchased beforehand through Egypt’s Visa e-Portal: https://visa2egypt.gov.eg. Forty-one different nationalities are eligible to purchase the e-visa, however, it’s far easier to simply buy the visa at the airport.
From another country like India, Pakistan, Maghreb Countries, African Countries… You need to head to the Egyptian Embassy in the country where you live in case you have a residence permit, but if you do not have that permit, you need to apply for the visa at the country mentioned in your passport.
Deciding when to come to Egypt depends a lot on where you want to go.
Cairo is hot in the summer months (June-August), especially Luxor and Aswan, so winter (October-May) is definitely the best time to visit these areas. In the winter season, the weather is mild, bright and sunny in most days. The coldest month are January & February.
Summer is also the time when the Mediterranean coast is at its most crowded, but winter can get pretty cool (January-February).
March to May or September to November is the best time to enjoy the warm days without the crush of bodies on the beaches and the midday heat of high summer.
In the summer season, it is dry and hot in most parts of the country, and humid in the Nile Delta and Mediterranean coastal areas. The hottest month are July & August.
Sun protection is the most important consideration in summer, especially for the fair-skinned. Pure cotton clothes and sunhats are essential.
Most tourists choose to travel to Egypt in winter (October-May).
The fixed deposit amount is 25% of the tours total price Except for Group where the deposit is 50%. More details on our page “Term & Conditions”
Yes, Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in tourist shopping areas, hotels and cruises. But are less commonly accepted by smaller vendors in remote towns and rural areas. Make sure to call your credit card companies and let them know you will be traveling internationally.
ATMs are common in large cities and are found in and near shopping centres, tourist areas and 5-star hotels. ATMs are far less common in rural areas and smaller towns so you’re advised to be prepared for this by having enough cash before travelling out of the city.
Carry enough cash for purchases since credit cards aren’t always an option in Egypt. We recommend taking at least $100 ($1-5 bills).
Service charges are by default included in the bill when dining in a restaurant. However, these fees go to the restaurant and not the waiters. Knowing this it is advisable and courteous to directly tip the servers with an additional 5-10 %.
For a small favor, like carrying luggage or parking a car, a few Egyptian pounds would be appropriate. Not more than five. Often times in Egypt you will find someone tending to the bathroom to keep it clean. Giving them one Egyptian pound 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.
For your tour guide: $5-$8 per person per day
For your driver, full day: $2-3 per person per day
For the cruise staff: $5-10 per person per day. Put your tip in an envelope and give it to boat reception. This money later will be distributed among the crew on board.
Photography is allowed in most of the historical sites and museums in Egypt, but some of them have extra charges for taking in a camera.
Unfortunately, taking photos is not allowed inside tombs, and visitors are asked to leave their cameras before entering. Therefore, you must follow the rules to prevent the occurrence of any problems.
Ask permission before taking pictures of people, especially women. Some local people dressed in traditional clothing will pose in front of temples and pyramids, and expect a small tip if you take their picture.
Because of the sun and heat, it’s best to wear lightweight clothing, especially cotton fabrics, in light colors. Floors at the sites are not level so you should wear sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots. Take all sun protect like hat, sunglasses, sunscreen…. Dress code on the Nile cruises & hotels are very casual.
During the visit of mosques, is request for men & women to cover your arms and legs. In some mosques, women will be asked to cover their hair. Both women and men will be asked to remove their shoes before entering a mosque.
Women should avoid very tight clothing, keep their shoulders and knees covered, and avoid very revealing necklines.
Don’t drink the tap water. Bottled water is available everywhere; make sure the caps are unbroken. Just to be on the safe side, use bottled water to brush your teeth. Ice in large hotels is ok, but ice in smaller local restaurants is probably made from tap water and should be avoided.
Egypt has a voltage supply of 220V and the plugs are the 2 round pin type that are common throughout Europe. For UK & American, take adapter.
The main dishes is the “Fool”, Egyptian mash beans with spices, and “Koshary”, a traditional Egyptian pasta dish with lentils, chickpeas, tomato sauce and grilled onions.
The “Kebab” and “Kofta” is the Egyptian traditional meat dish.