All You Need to Know to Plan Your Trip
Get ready for the trip of a lifetime! Whether you’re visiting Egypt for the first time or you’re returning
to experience more, here’s everything you need to know and some insider tips to help you start planning your
We love welcoming people from around the world, which is why we strive to make your
entry to Egypt as easy as possible. There are currently 78
nationalities that qualify for a visa upon
arrival or an electronic visa that can be obtained via our portal.
Additionally, more than 180
nationalities can get a tourist visa upon arrival if the passport holder has a valid and used visa for
the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the Schengen Area, Japan, Canada, Australia, or New
You can check the full list of eligible countries and apply and pay for your visa
online using Egypt’s visa online application portal, Egypt Visa. Alternatively, you can obtain your visa
through Egyptian consulates worldwide or get your visa upon arrival for USD 25 from the bank counter in
the airport’s passport control area.
If you’re travelling directly to Sharm al-Sheikh, Nuweiba, and Taba with a limited
stay of up to 15 days, you will receive a free entry permit stamp upon arrival that allows you to move
freely across South Sinai destinations, including Dahab. If you intend to travel beyond this area or
stay longer than 15 days, you will need to get a visa.
Tips to Plan Your Trip
Here are all the essentials to prepare you for landing in Egypt! After reading
through the “All You Need
to Know” details, the only thing left to do is book your ticket, pack your bags, and count down the days
until you start your dream vacation.
When Is the Best Time to Visit Egypt?
Egypt’s climate is temperate and has short seasonal transitions, and its moderate
winter extends from November to March and summer from May to September. Winters are cool and mild, with
certain regions in the south remaining warm year-round, and summers are hot and dry with cooler, more
humid weather on the Mediterranean coastline and even less humidity on the Red Sea coastline. Almost
every day is a sunny day in Egypt, with average daylight ranging between 10 and 14 hours, depending on
the time of year.
What Should I Pack?
Light, loose cotton clothing is highly recommended when visiting Egypt, and a
light-medium jacket or
windbreaker should be sufficient if you’re visiting during fall or winter. Make sure to pack all your
hot and sunny weather essentials: sunscreen, lip balm, a hat, and sunglasses! Carrying a scarf or light
cardigan is encouraged, as visitors will be expected to cover their arms and legs when visiting certain
landmarks and sites, such as mosques, churches, and synagogues. Don’t forget comfortable shoes for
visiting archaeological sites.
Will I Be Able to Communicate?
Arabic is the official language of Egypt, spoken by the entire population of over 100 million citizens.
In urban centers and popular tourist destinations, many locals understand and are fluent in English. In
tourist areas, other European languages—such as French, Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish, and Italian—are
also commonly spoken.
What Is the Official Currency?
Egypt’s national currency is the Egyptian Pound (geneh), and the design of each note depicts the
country’s rich cultural heritage! Beautiful designs reflect images of ancient Egyptian figures, Islamic
civilization, Arabesque patterns, and Arabic calligraphy. Banknotes come in denominations of 1, 5, 10,
20, 50, 100, and 200. The one pound is also circulated as a coin. Currency exchanges are readily
available all around the country in nearly every major hotel, tourist destination, and airport.
Commercial banks offer ATMs with currency exchange services 24/7.
Will I Be Able to Go Online?
If you don’t have roaming services enabled, all of Egypt’s major telecom operators offer temporary
holiday lines for tourists. Visit any WE, Orange, Vodafone, or Etisalat shop and ask for a temporary
line with plenty of minutes and internet data to last throughout your trip. If you are working remotely,
you can also inquire about buying a MiFi device with a large data package. All telecom service providers
will need to make copies of your passport in order to process the required paperwork. The majority of
hotels offer free WiFi services for guests to use during their stay.
For the most up-to-date COVID-19 travel advisory and regulations for tourism,
To safeguard the wellbeing of Egyptian citizens and visitors, the Egyptian government has instituted the
following safety regulations:
A Vaccinated Workforce: To enhance the safety of interactions between
tourists and staff, all staff members working in the tourism industry have been fully vaccinated against
COVID-19. This includes, and is not limited to, staff working in hotels, resorts, cafes, restaurants,
bazaars, and archaeological sites.
Hygiene Safety Certificate: Hospitality and tourism establishments,
archaeological sites, and museums have obtained a Hygiene Safety Certificate to ensure the
implementation of proper health and safety practices.
Joint committees have been formed by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Chamber of Hotels Association in cooperation with the Ministry of Health to conduct regular inspections of certified hotels. Violations result in the suspension of the establishment's license.
How to Get There
Egypt has several international airports that you can choose from depending on where you wish to start
and end your trip.
You can fly in and begin your trip from several places around the country. Below is a comprehensive list
of Egypt’s airports:
- Cairo International Airport
- Sphinx International Airport (opening soon)
- Hurghada International Airport
- Marsa Alam International Airport
- Sharm al-Sheikh International Airport
- Taba International Airport
- Luxor International Airport
- Aswan International Airport
- Borg al-Arab International Airport
- Al-Alamein International Airport (opening soon)
- Marsa Matruh International Airport
- Asyut International Airport
- Suhag International Airport
Fly domestically on EgyptAir Nile Air, and Air Cairo.
- Port Said Airport
- Al-Kharga Airport
- Abu Simbel Airport
You can also enter Egypt through several sea ports:
- Alexandria Port
- Hurghada Port
- Safaga Port
- Taba Marina Port
- Nuweiba Port
- Ras Ghaleb Port
We want your trip to start on the right foot, so here are some insider tips to help! As soon as you land
and switch on your phone, you should receive an SMS with a welcome note and important hotlines to call
for all the information and services you may need—we’ve got you covered!
Photography & Filming Permits
Whether you’re standing in awe of the Giza Pyramids, riding a camel by the shoreline in Marsa Alam, or
staring out over the mountains from the top of Mount Sinai, taking stunning photos of your trip is
Taking photos and videos for personal, non-commercial purposes is allowed without a permit, and free of
charge in public places using any type of camera. This includes photography at archaeological sites and
museums but without the use of flash photography indoors.
Taking photos of children is forbidden, and Egyptian citizens can only be
photographed after obtaining
their written permission.
Photography without a permit is also prohibited in institutions such as ministries,
government facilities, police stations, buildings and sites belonging to the Armed Forces, and other
sovereign and security authorities.
If you are using the following types of equipment, you will need to obtain a special
- • Shooting equipment, such as professional photography umbrellas
- • Outdoor artificial lighting gear
- • equipment that occupies or blocks public roads
For more information regarding commercial photography and videography at
archaeological sites and museums, please contact the Cultural Relations Department at the Ministry of
Email: [email protected]
To ensure smooth entry, please make sure you declare your professional camera
equipment and drones at the
airport, as the use of this type of equipment requires special permits issued by the government.
Although credit cards are accepted in all the major cities and tourist destinations, Egypt is still a
cash-based society, especially when dealing with taxis, small shops, etc., so make sure to always carry
enough Egyptian cash.
With ride hailing apps widely used, navigating the streets of Greater Cairo and Alexandria is no trouble
at all. Taxis are readily available and required by law to have a working meter. Make sure that the
meter is turned on once you start the ride.
Here’s all the information you need about traveling from city to city inside Egypt!
A short, 60-minute domestic flight will get you to most places inside Egypt, transporting you swiftly to
beaches, resorts, mountains, and temples. Check out the extensive list of airports Here. Book
flight online with Egypt Air, Nile Air, and Air Cairo.
Egypt’s air-conditioned trains are a good option for scenic travel between Cairo and Alexandria, Marsa
Matruh, the Delta, and the Canal Zone, as well as for heading south to Luxor and Aswan. Tourists can opt
for first class ticketing, at reasonable prices, giving you access to waiter service, reclining
armchairs, and on-board entertainment. If you’re looking for more luxury, then go for sleeper cars with
a two-bed cabin, sink, plus access to a dining car and a bar serving breakfast and dinner. Schedules and
online tickets are available on the Egyptian Railways website. Seats
can be reserved up to seven days in
advance, but return tickets are not necessarily available for purchase from your journey’s starting
Hit the road and travel across Egypt by bus! Egypt’s three main bus companies crisscross the country.
The Upper Egypt Bus Company connects Cairo to the Nile Valley, Fayoum, the inner oases, and Red Sea
Coast all the way down past Marsa Alam. The East Delta Bus Company crosses over to Sinai and the Suez
Canal Zone, while the West and Middle Delta Bus Company heads north to the Nile Delta and Alexandria and
northwest to Marsa Matruh and Siwa. Tickets can easily be booked
Rent a Car, Motorcycle, or Bicycle
Renting a car can give you the freedom and autonomy to zip around and make your own schedule! For
slightly more money, you can hire a driver if tackling the streets of Egypt proves to be overwhelming.
Several private rental companies are readily available, with online booking and pickups from airports or
hotels. Another great way to get around small beach towns, local sites, or remote beaches is by
motorcycle or bicycle. Explore places like Luxor, Aswan, Hurghada, Dahab, Sharm al-Sheikh, Al-Gouna, and
Siwa from the seat of a two-wheeler and add to your holiday experience!
Sail down the Nile like the ancient Egyptians! In Cairo, speedy Nile taxis are available to shorten the
trip between neighborhoods. A quick internet search will provide you with rates, online booking options,
and drop-off and pick-up points. Dozens of cruise ships operate along the Nile, with most sailing from
Luxor to Aswan (or vice versa) on three- to seven-night trips with stops at major attractions. Luxury
Dahabeyas operate between Aswan and Luxor. Local ferries are also available to cross the Nile and Suez
Canal at various points. Don’t miss floating up and down the Nile in Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan on a
felucca for transportation and sightseeing while enjoying the serenity of the river.
If you’re planning on exploring the marvels of Egyptians deserts or going on an adventure to one of the more
secluded sites and hidden gems around the country, make sure to check with your hotel, licensed guide,
authorized travel agency, or tour operator if the destination is open for visitors and ask them to help you
make the necessary arrangements.
We wish you a pleasant stay, but just to be extra safe, keep these numbers handy for quick and easy
access in case of inquiries, suggestions, or emergencies! They will be sent to you via SMS upon arrival.
|Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities
|Air Hospital Service
|+(202) 377 66392/3
|Cairo Airport Shuttle Bus