Before Your Visit
Embarking Egypt Visit is an exciting experience as there is almost no end to the possible activities and sights that await you. Whether you are heading to the sandy location of the Great Pyramids or the underwater cities of coral in the Red Sea, there are a number of things you should know that will help you have an easier and more pleasant adventure. Browse through the available information on Visas and Travel, read the tips on how to reach the different locations in Egypt and what to do on your first visit to different locations, and check when the best time to visit is.
Visa & Travel Info
Going through any border around the world requires certain formalities such as visas, or specific procedures. Please look at your country to find out what you need to get into Egypt and begin your adventure. View More
Whether you’re travelling from Europe, North America, Asia, Oceania or the Middle East, the indisputably easiest way to get to Egypt is by plane. Egypt boasts 10 international airports that welcome millions of tourists and visitors each year. Most of these airports welcome regular flights from several international destinations, as well as charter flights, departing mainly from Europe and the Middle East to the paradisical Red Sea coast airports.
Egypt also has its own national airline, Egypt Air, which flies from the main cities of the European Continent, North America, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. View More
First Time in Egypt
Is it your first time in Cairo, or Sharm el-Sheikh, Luxor, Hurghada, or any Egypt location and you aren’t sure what to expect? Pick your intended vacation spot from the list below to find some information that might come in handy. You’ll feel welcome in each and every Egyptian town or city you’ll visit. Nonetheless, each destination has its own special spirit which you might want to know about before going there.
Wherever you chose to go, you will easily stay connected with family and friends back home through:
Mobile phones: you can chose to roam with your international number by registering on any of the three mobile phone operator networks in Egypt. Alternatively you may want to purchase a temporary visitor line from one of the providers. “Vodafone Egypt, MobiNil and Etisalat Egypt”
Land-lines: in addition to their availability in all hotels, payphones are also available in some cities.
Internet: wireless internet is available in a large number of restaurants, hotels and coffee shops throughout the country. Some may provide the service for free while others may charge you for it. Hotels offer wired and wireless access in the comfort of your own room. Some cities, like Sharm El Sheikh, are fully connected using wireless internet connectivity. View More
Customs & Currency
Egyptian Airport and Port Authority Customs
To avoid problems when entering or leaving the Egyptian territory, you should be aware of the rules regulating the country’s customs authority. According to the Egyptian law, you are not allowed to import more than 200 cigarettes (or 25 cigars, or 200g of tobacco) and 2 liters of alcohol. It is also illegal to bring in drugs, firearms, and cotton.
On the other hand, it is considered illegal to export narcotics (drugs), firearms and cotton. Locally purchased gold and silver can be exported if for personal use or in small quantities.
Egypt’s strict laws control the import and export of antiquities and artefacts that are more than 100 years old. You will thus need to apply for a license to export any item of the sort.
There is no limit to the amount of currency you can bring in or out of Egypt. However, the traveller is requested to declare amounts of 500 Egyptian Pounds or foreign equivalent. View More
Money & Currencies
The Egyptian Pound (EGP) is the national currency in Egypt. The pound (or “Geneeh” in Arabic) is divided into 100 “piasters” (or “Ersh”). Egyptian banknotes come in denominations of 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 pound, and 25 and 50 “piasters.”
Branches of major banks are available in abundance in all the major cities. Banks typically operate from 8.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, with some branches extending their opening hours till 5.00 p.m. Hotel branches in some of the cities operate throughout the 24 hours. ATMs are also widespread throughout the branches and in other locations such as supermarkets, petrol stations and shopping malls.
We have provided you with a currency converter to check the current exchange rate and get acquainted to the value of the Egyptian Pound. Simply enter an amount and select your country’s currency and click on the Convert button. Currency Calculator “Converter”