Egypt Travel Information
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Approximately 5 to 7 hours direct from European countries and 11 hours direct from US (East coast) and 14 hours direct from US (West coast).
Cairo time compare to your country time using this link https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/
Passport and Visas:
Passports must be valid for at least six months and most western countries should be fine to purchase a tourist visa upon arrival (30 U.S $ Single entry, 60 $ Multi Entry) which allows them to stay in Egypt for up to one month.
Some nationalities may be required to purchase a visa prior to arrival; you can find an Egyptian consulate or embassy in your home land by the Egyptian foreign ministry website.
In 2019 Egypt Launched Electronic Visa Issuing online, here is the Official Government website link https://www.visa2egypt.gov.eg.
Egyptian Dialogue Arabic is the national language. English language is widely spoken around the country by Egyptians guides and citizens. As well many Egyptian guides are multilingual.
The Egyptian Pound (LE), Exchange offices and Banks widely found for changing Multi Currencies, rate may vary but not much if you changing little money.
But can save you 100 LE, if you change 1000+ euros or dollars or GBP.
Currency restrictions by Egyptian law:
Check latest requirements through visiting the electronic Visa web site as these regulations changes from time to time.
You Can find machines in all major tourist and modern towns and Sure in All cities for exchange of Egyptian currency, Bank exchange rates differs and there are surcharges applies depends on your bank policy and the bank you using its machine.
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in all but may not be possible in the smallest hotels and restaurants throughout the country it is wise to ask before you make a purchase or eating in a restaurant, and to keep receipts for checking exchange rates and charges on your statement for your records.
Banking working hours:
Sun-Thurs 08:30-14:00. Currency exchange is generally also open in the evening 1800-2100.
Egypt duty free:
The following items may be imported into Egypt by travelers over 18 without incurring customs duty;
• 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 200g of tobacco.
A 2L of alcoholic beverages.
Or you can buy from duty free in all the Egyptian International Airports; you have 48 hours allowance to buy from your arrival time.
Or you can buy local alcohol from many restaurants in the city of Hurghada…
Public hospitals are open to tourists. The standard of care is good in most hospitals and most doctors are speaking good English, many private hospitals accept international insurance agencies and Dan insurance for divers are accepted with all hyper medic champers.
If it happened and you are in need of emergency assistance during your stay as example; in self-cater apartment and you can’t reach to anybody for help (Usually just saying load help, you’ll find someone checking on you as Egyptians are very helpful people by nature), you dial 123 for an ambulance.
Ensure if you alone to know where you at to mention to them.
Make sure you have access to some funds as little as 1000 LE. as you’ll be asked to pay for medical services, and always obtain a receipt for your insurance company and don’t forget your insurance card.
There are also no vaccinations needed to visit Egypt unless you are arriving from an infected area.
Health certificate required if traveler is traveling to Egypt from an infected area.
From 2020 PCR COVID for corona virus is a Must before entry to Egypt.
All Latest Covid safety standards are applied in hotels, Liveaboards and in major tourist areas in the Red Sea as Hurghada, Marsa Allam and Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab.
Cases were found are very small numbers, Comparison to the rest of the world, Even that these area’s harbor s Multi Nationals and weekly new travelers.
Egypt has been able to survive specially people completely obeyed to the strict measures taken once the Virus was reported spread worldwide.
Despite The ongoing strict measure in Europe and Other countries, Egyptian Tourism industry has proven healthy standards, As Tourists still comes from East Europe as Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and Germans, Some British and as well Swiss all still do comes to the Red Sea Safe Heaven. But all has to issue a PCR test before departure their home lands or at arrival. The Final conclusion is: Egypt is much safer in the corona era than Europe or America.
The Warm winter weather, The Sun shine, the obey to the measures and safety standards taken all together helped and still helps to create safe travel and healthy tourism industry.
In Case you felt sick immediately contact your guide or reception or call hotline 105 for corona fast respond help, make sure to quarantine yourself until doctors check you.
By God Welling (Inshaa Allah) you’ll be always safe and happy in the Magical Red Sea and in Egypt in General. Always keep in mind to avoid the crowds of strangers that’s helps a lot in these times to avoid infection in general wherever you go worldwide.
Electricity and Communication:
European two-pin, 220V / 50Hz. Telephone: Egypt has an efficient telephone system and mobile network coverage.The country code for Egypt is +2. You can purchase a Simi card for as little as 10 $ and make international calls for as little as 10c a minute.
Or By using international call apps, look app store there are few to choose that best fits your destination call, they have Good rates for long calls.
Egypt is a warm climate country all year around. Check our web site weather widget for the everyday weather up date in Hurghada, in the footer .
You can also research online for next week’s weather accumulations statistic web site that usually used by Kite surfers and gives accurate future feasibility for the following 2 weeks weather status by Wind Guru