Fast Facts: Egypt
Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.
U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid at the time of entry, though we strongly recommend it be valid for at least six months after your return date.
U.S. passport holders must have a visa to enter Egypt, which will be issued upon arrival. You may also apply for a visa prior to travel at an Egyptian embassy or consulate or through a fee-based visa service such as our preferred provider VisaHQ. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.
Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? We will pre-arrange your travel visa, which will be stamped upon arrival.
More information about passports & visas.
Egypt has two seasons: November thru March which is the cooler season, and April thru October which is its hot season. However, October is a good month to visit off-season. Late March to Early April bring sandstorms which reduce visibility.
Check out the current weather conditions in Egypt.
According to the Center for Disease Control, “A limited risk of malaria exists in parts of Algeria, Egypt, and Morocco. Taking an antimalarial drug is not recommended as the risk for travelers is considered to be extremely low. However, travelers should use insect repellent to prevent mosquito bites.”
Do not swim in fresh water or ocean water, as parasites are prevalent. Skin infections are common; even the smallest wound should be disinfected and covered with a bandage.
In Egypt, the currency is the Egyptian pound. Please review the current exchange rate for the Egyptian pound.
ATMs are widely used and can be found at most large hotels, in front of most banks and in some stand-alone locations.
A 12% service charge is included in the bill in most restaurants, but add a little extra since that 12% does not necessarily go to the waiter. Doormen receive a 1 pound minimum as well as other servicers.
Egypt's most famous items include jewelry, brassware, leather goods, carpets, shisha water pipes, carvings, rugs, gold, silver and copper ware, perfumes, herbs, and Egyptian clothing. Don't forget to visit the bazaars! Do remember to bargain!
220 volts. Plug C. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.
See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.