Fast Facts: Egypt

What is the weather like in Egypt?

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 into Egypt?

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


What is the currency?

In Egypt, the currency is the Egyptian pound. Please review the current exchange rate for the Egyptian pound.

ATMs: ATMs are widely used and can be found at most large hotels, in front of most banks and in some stand-alone locations.
Tipping: 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 in Egypt?

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!


What are the voltage requirements in Egypt?

Voltage: 220 V; 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.

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