All travelers from outside the Middle East will need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the day you plan to return from Egypt. You must also provide proof that you intend to return or continue your travels elsewhere. You are responsible to ensure your passport is current and that your name on your passport matches all your other travel documents. If you find that your name differs between any documents, please let us know right away.
You will need a visa to travel to and inside Egypt. Most nationalities can obtain one when they arrive at Cairo airport but please check visa requirements for your country because Egypt does require a visa to be issued before travelling for some nationalities. When you leave Egypt, you must show proof of entry via a stamp on your valid passport. If you don’t provide this stamp, officials may prevent you from leaving Egypt.
Egypt is very dry in some places so be prepared for a hot and dry climate but it can get cold in the nights and evenings during the winter months. February to April and October to November are the best times of the year climate-wise to visit the pyramids and the Valley of the King although it can be very hot and dusty in April because of winds blowing in from the Sahara.
Updated weather forecasts can be obtained from Weather.com.
Egypt is a liberal country but women should dress modestly as per the customs and culture of the country. Women do not need to cover their heads as in some other Islamic countries. In the summertime it is hot, so loose-fitting clothing is the more comfortable. Around the pool or at the beach all swimwear is acceptable but topless bathing is frowned upon.
It is recommended that travelers take out insurance in case of any need to cancel their trip or should any medical emergency arise whilst abroad. Most insurance policies also cover baggage loss/damage or problems in completing the trip due to circumstances beyond your control. Read your policy carefully to see exactly what you are covered for.
The Egyptian currency is called the Egyptian Pound (LE). Notes come in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 100 and 200 LE. Coins come in denominations of 10pt, 20pt, 25pt, 50pt, and 1LE. Note: some tour operators and hotels only accept hard currency. We recommend that you bring a minimum of $100 US per person for each day’s expenses.
Tipping is a way of life in Egypt and it is expected that you leave a tip even when a service charge is included in the bill. The amount that you tip is at your discretion based on your satisfaction with the service you receive but is usually about 8 to 10% of your bill. Always have small notes to hand to tip drivers, porters, and housekeeping.
Exchange places are easily found in all big cities and tourist destinations. Visa, Maestro and MasterCard are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants an big shops but souks and smaller shops will expect to be paid in cash.
Egypt’s power grid is set up for 220V AC. but some rural areas only have 110V AC. Sockets are either the “Type C” Euro plug or the “Type E” and “Type F” Schuko plug. We recommend you bring an adapter with you because it is not always easy to find the one that you need.
Mobile phone roaming charges are different between carriers, so be sure to check costs with your phone provider.
Large cities and tourist areas have many Internet cafes where you can pay to use the WiFi or wired network ports. Hotel in-room or lobby WiFi can be expensive, so check the rates before connecting to their services.
* Time Zone: UTC + 2
* Electricity: 220V AC + 110V in certain rural areas
* Telephone: Country code for calling you from outside Egypt is 20
* Emergency numbers in Egypt: Police: 122; Tourist Police: 126; Ambulance: 123; Fire: 125
Make a list of all the medicines and medical items you need to bring with you on your trip, plus dosages of prescription drugs, details of prescription glasses and any other medical necessities. Put spare eyewear and medications in both checked and carryon bags in case some of your luggage gets lost in transit.
There are many non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines available in Egypt, but it is often difficult to get prescription medication. Bring water purification devices or iodine tablets in case bottled water is not available. We strongly recommend bringing some type of over-the-counter diarrhea medication.
Medical Needs Checklist
* Basic first aid and medicine kit (band-aids, antiseptics, pain meds)
* Pepto-Bismol, Imodium, electrolyte powders for adding to drinking water to solve dehydration problems, and anti-diarrheal medications
* Anti-histamine cream for insect bites and allergies
* SPF 30 or higher sunscreen, aloe-vera lotion for sunburn treatment, large-brim hat, lip balm, insect repellent, and sunglasses
There are currently no vaccination requirements for travelers visiting Egypt.