Fast Facts: Egypt
Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.
What is the weather like?
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.
What is required for entry?
See our Visa page for information on passports and visas to Egypt.
Are there any health precautions I should take?
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.
Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization
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
Are tips & service charges customary?
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.
What are the best items to shop for?
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
What are the voltage requirements?
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.
information about electrical standards around the world.
Can I take my cell phone?