Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Egypt visas can either be obtained from the Egyptian Embassy or Consulate in your home country - advised, or a more expensive option, at the port or airport of entry of arrival on Egypt
Most tourists and visitors to Egypt can obtain an entry visa at any of the major airports or ports of entry. All foreigners arriving in Egypt should have a valid passport (with at least 6 months left before expiry) to get an entry visa. The visa can also be obtained from Egyptian Diplomatic and Consular Missions abroad, or when in Egypt ( for extension or renewal) from the visa department at the Travel Documents, Immigration and Nationality Administration (TDINA) building.
Citizens of the following countries should have a pre-arrival visa: Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chechnya, Croatia, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, India, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Lebanon, Macao, Macedonia, Moldavia, Montenegro, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, The Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Sri-Lanka, Tadzhikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and All African countries.
There are 2 types of Egyptian Visa:
Tourist Visa: is usually valid for a period not exceeding three months and granted on either single or multiple entry basis.
Entry Visa: is required for any foreigner arriving in Egypt for purposes other than tourism, e.g. work, study, etc. The possession of a valid Entry Visa is needed to complete the residence procedure in Egypt.
Actually Egypt is a lot safer than many places in the world, even safer than many of its neighboring countries. It’s a fact that some incidents happened in the past but that was years ago and security measures were taken to prevent such incidents from happening in future and indeed they were successful.
The ideal month would be February. September and October are still very hot while visiting the Valley of the Kings/Queens but after that day temperatures cool down. Evening temps can be quite cool in November, December and January will day time temps ranging from about 70-80’ F.
The best conversion rates in Egypt are for the US dollar, so make sure to bring your cash in US, however, most major currencies are exchanged in Egypt but not with a good rate as the US dollar.
On the hotels the choices are endless and leave nothing to be asked for. A wide range of fresh fruits are in abundance as are dishes that cater to both Egyptian and European culinary desires. Chicken and lamb are the most common meats with beef served in a variety of ways. Many different types of salads, fresh breads and delightful pastries along some exotic deserts are at every meal. The hotel meals are all open buffet and offer as many “second helpings” as you want.
Yes there are and you will receive your cash in Egyptian Pounds.
Yes, hotels entertaining foreign guests have English speaking staff. If you need help, you can ask the receptionists.
Yes. Most 3 star or above hotels have internet accesses in their guest rooms. If not, you can get it in the business center of the hotel, but have to pay extra money for using it
When sightseeing, wear light cotton clothing, a hat, sun cream and sunglasses to make the weather conditions bearable. When visiting religious buildings and when in town, dress correctly. Women must cover their heads, shoulders and legs. Take off shoes before going into mosques.
Private hospitals are your best solution. Always bring receipts and follow the directions of your travel insurance company.