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Egypt Travel Tips and Information

Egypt Travel Tips and Information

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Official NameThe Arab Republic of Egypt
Population95.69 million
Country CodeEG
Country Code (international calls)20

The flight time to Egypt is approximately ---- hours. Check the climate, currency, religion, manners, other information of Egypt below. Wishing you pleasant travels to Egypt.

Egypt is located on the northeastern corner of Africa. Egypt is bordered by Israel and the Gaza Strip to the north-east, by Sudan to the south and by Libya to the west.

Visa and Immigration Procedures to Egypt

There are three types of visas available to those traveling to Egypt. There are tourist visas, entry visas and transit visas. An Egyptian tourist visa is valid for 3 months and for the purpose of tourism only. The entry visa is fr those entering Egypt for work or study. Visas can be obtained from Egypt embassies worldwide. Citizens of nations listed on Egypt's immigration website are eligible for a one-month visa on arrival at the major entry points such as Luxor International Airport and Cairo International Airport.

Things/Items Allowed into Egypt

Travelers over the age of 18 are permitted to import 200 individual cigarettes or 25 cigars or 200g of tobacco and 1 liter of alcoholic beverages. All passengers are permitted to bring in personal effects such as clothing cameras, laptops, and shoes.

Things/Items Forbidden out of Egypt

・Compressed Gas ・Gas Lighter ・Radio Active Materials ・Ammunition ・Animal Products ・Pesticides ・Explosives

Things/Items Forbidden into Egypt

・Compressed Gas ・Gas Lighter ・Radio Active Materials ・Ammunition ・Animal Products ・Pesticides ・Explosives

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Egypt's Attractions

Egypt has several attractions that one can visit. Egypt, for instance, has the Giza Pyramids. If you travel to the Egypt city of Aswan, note that you will have to travel 720 km to Cairo to see the Pyramids. One needs to remember this when planning their trip to Egypt. That will enable one to visit all the beautiful sites in Egypt with plenty of time. In the Egypt city of Luxor, one may visit the Valley of Kings and Queen Hatshepsut Temple. The Egypt city of Alexandria has sites like the Pompeii Pillars, Kome El-Dikka Amphitheatre, and several other attractions. The Egyptian city of Sinai has several ancient cities one may visit. I visited the cities of Taba, Nuweiba, Sharm El-sheik and Dahab. The cities gave me a glimpse of how ancient Egypt operated.

Security concerns when visiting Egypt

As a visitor, I was cautioned aginst visiting certain sites by the Egyptian authorities. The sites were those around the Nile valley centre. Some years ago, Islamic radicals targeted tourists with the aim of destabilizing the tourism industry. All this was geared towards toppling the Egyptian government. The government of Egypt came up with measures to counter these radical groups. Egypt also experienced the Arab Spring. The people protested against the Egyptian government in 2011 leading to the resignation of then president Mubarak. The media portrayed the country as a dangerous place, while on the ground, the country was safe. Some of the most beautiful attractions are in Minya, Sohag, and Asyut, located in the Nile valley in Egypt. The attractions here are the Asyut monasteries and the Akhetaten city of old, as well as several other sites. Egypt's police will not allow one to visit these areas alone so be prepared for an escort to these sites.

Entertainment for all ages!

Previously, there was not much entertainment available to tourists outside Cairo. In the month of Ramadhan and during public holidays, one can go out to watch theatre productions or listen to traditional Egyptian music at Beit Zaeinab Khartoun. It is located behind the Azhar Mosque. Egypt is also famous for the Tanoora dancing performance. While in Egypt, take a dinner cruise on the Nile and you will be able to see this. A hotel called the Wikala of El Ghoury also offers the dancing performance, free of charge, at 9 p.m., every Wednesday and Saturday. I enjoyed watching belly dancing while in Egypt. Egypt belly dancing is a blend of gypsy, folk, and Ottoman movement patterns. When the sun goes down in Egypt, the historical sights are illuminated and tourists are treated to a lights and sounds show.

Egypt Travel FAQs

Q. What is the climate like in Egypt

A. Egypt has a hot desert climate, with some scorching days during May through September. The rest of the year is cooler. Winter (Dec–Feb) is generally mild, with cold nights in the desert. Be sure to layer your clothes so you can adjust accordingly and avoid heatstrokes. The best time to visit Egypt is from October to April as the weather is most pleasant during this time and it will not be too hot or too cold.

Egypt - Direct Flights to Major Airports

Airports handling direct flights toCairo International Airport・Hetrow Airport ・Istanbul Atatürk Airport ・Hamad International Airport ・Frankfurt Airport etc.

Airports handling direct flights toLuxor International Airport・Amsterdam Airport Schiphol ・Hamad International Airport ・Kuwait International Airport ・Gatwick Airport etc.

Airports handling direct flights toHurghada International Airport・Geneva Airport ・Gatwick Airport ・Amsterdam Airport Schiphol etc.

Flight Routes to Egypt

You can travel from the United Kingdom to Egypt using United Airways, Thomson Airways, Easy Jet and Egypt Air. Other routes include traveling from Turkey through Turkish Airlines, from Qatar using Qatar Airways, from Ethiopia using Ethiopian Airlines, from Germany using Lufthansa and from various other countries. Cairo International Airport is the main port of entry into Egypt and is also the hub for the national carrier, Egyptair.