Egypt Travel Advice

Make sure you are up-to-date with the pre-departure essentials before your trip to Egypt. 

Passport & Visas

All travelers entering Egypt require a tourist visa. We recommend that you apply for a visa online two weeks prior to your trip via this website. You can also get a visa at the Cairo International Airport based on your nationality for a maximum of 30 days. It costs US$25, and you can pay it in GBP, USD, or EUR.

Citizens of the EU, Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, and Canada may purchase their visa stamps upon arrival. If you are a citizen of South Africa, you should arrange your visa beforehand.

Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months from your arrival in Egypt, and you should carry your passport or travel document with you at all times.

Check with your embassy or your official government website for regulations. Bear in mind that the Egypt travel advice is for guidance only, and you are advised to check the details as it is your responsibility to have all the official documents ready before traveling.

You can consult the latest travel advice from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. We recommend all travelers to check their Government National Travel Advisory prior to their departure: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA 

Travel Insurance 

You need to have valid and adequate travel insurance before your tour with Travel Talk begins. It is your responsibility to have your insurance ready, but we are more than happy to provide you with guidance in the process. You can visit our travel insurance page for more details. For now, here is some Egypt travel advice that you need to keep in mind when choosing the right plan.

  • To prevent any unwanted surprises, make sure your plan covers emergency medical situations, cancellations, and threats against your personal belongings.
  • Based on your tour, there may be adventure activities that your travel insurance does not include. So, look carefully at what your policy covers. 
  • Make sure you have the latest information regarding safety and health issues. You can find useful Egypt travel advice on governmental websites.
When to Go
  • Fall & Winter & Spring

The best time to visit Egypt free of the desert heat is from September to May. During the three seasons, the weather is comfortably warm across the ancient lands of Egypt, with temperatures rarely dropping below 20°C. Especially spring and fall are perfect times for sightseeing in Giza and the temple-studded banks of the Nile. The air is purified from sand winds, giving way to crystal clear skies ideal for a memorable photographic experience. September is the shoulder month that combines balmy weather and few crowds.

  • Summer

In the scorching summer months, temperatures vary between 35-40°C. But with the right clothing, exploring Egypt’s myriad wonders is still a joyous occasion. Summer offers the best time for Nile cruises when you can enjoy the atmospheric sites with fewer crowds. While you will appreciate the facilities of a luxury cruiser at this time of year, traditional feluccas are also a delight. 

egypt travel advice
Passport & Visas

All travelers entering Egypt require a tourist visa. We recommend that you apply for a visa online two weeks prior to your trip via this website. You can also get a visa at the Cairo International Airport based on your nationality for a maximum of 30 days. It costs US$25, and you can pay it in GBP, USD, or EUR.

Citizens of the EU, Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, and Canada may purchase their visa stamps upon arrival. If you are a citizen of South Africa, you should arrange your visa beforehand.

Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months from your arrival in Egypt, and you should carry your passport or travel document with you at all times.

Check with your embassy or your official government website for regulations. Bear in mind that the Egypt travel advice is for guidance only, and you are advised to check the details as it is your responsibility to have all the official documents ready before traveling.

You can consult the latest travel advice from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. We recommend all travelers to check their Government National Travel Advisory prior to their departure: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA 

Travel Insurance 

You need to have valid and adequate travel insurance before your tour with Travel Talk begins. It is your responsibility to have your insurance ready, but we are more than happy to provide you with guidance in the process. You can visit our travel insurance page for more details. For now, here is some Egypt travel advice that you need to keep in mind when choosing the right plan.

  • To prevent any unwanted surprises, make sure your plan covers emergency medical situations, cancellations, and threats against your personal belongings.
  • Based on your tour, there may be adventure activities that your travel insurance does not include. So, look carefully at what your policy covers. 
  • Make sure you have the latest information regarding safety and health issues. You can find useful Egypt travel advice on governmental websites.
When to Go
  • Fall & Winter & Spring

The best time to visit Egypt free of the desert heat is from September to May. During the three seasons, the weather is comfortably warm across the ancient lands of Egypt, with temperatures rarely dropping below 20°C. Especially spring and fall are perfect times for sightseeing in Giza and the temple-studded banks of the Nile. The air is purified from sand winds, giving way to crystal clear skies ideal for a memorable photographic experience. September is the shoulder month that combines balmy weather and few crowds.

  • Summer

In the scorching summer months, temperatures vary between 35-40°C. But with the right clothing, exploring Egypt’s myriad wonders is still a joyous occasion. Summer offers the best time for Nile cruises when you can enjoy the atmospheric sites with fewer crowds. While you will appreciate the facilities of a luxury cruiser at this time of year, traditional feluccas are also a delight. 

Useful Tips for Egypt Tours

money

Money Matters

The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound (EGP). We recommend that you wait until you go to the city center to change your money.

ATMs are available and credit cards are widely accepted, except in some remote locations and local shops.

Tipping is highly favored across Egypt. We recommend tipping ~10% of the total bill.

Egyptian food

The Food Scene

Check out our Egypt Food Guide for the tasty local dishes you must try.

We strongly recommend not to drink tap water.

Dinner is served between 20-24.00 in most restaurants. But Egypt’s food scene revolves around its food stalls.

As Egypt is a Muslim country, you will find alcohol only in selected hotels.

Egypt Travel Advice

Solo Travels

Are you traveling alone? You can stay in a single room if your accommodation in Egypt has the single supplement option.

You can also choose to be roomed with a solo traveler of the same gender.

Feel free to contact your tour leader if you require assistance.

Egypt Travel Advice

Know Your Vessel Well

You can choose one of our Felucca or Luxury Nile cruises.

Feluccas are traditional sailing boats without engines. They are preferable if you are looking for an authentic experience.

Luxury cruisers have en-suite facilities and a swimming pool on board, perfect for Nile cruises in summer.

Ramadan

Traveling During Ramadan

Ramadan is the Islamic holy month, during which Muslims fast from dawn until sunset. It is widely celebrated in Egypt.

Ramadan dates change every year. You are advised to check the dates before you plan your trip.

You can trust your tour leader to arrange your meals during the holy month.

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Why Book With Travel Talk

At Travel Talk our passion is providing unforgettable adventures and unique experiences for, and with, avid travellers like you. That’s why we only run tours to the most breath-taking destinations which we specialise in. Each tour is designed to take you to the heart of a new authentic culture.The wellbeing and safety of our passengers, staff and communities visited have always been our utmost priority. We are committed to ensuring your peace of mind with our enhanced Safe Travels protocols and Special Flexible Conditions, so that you can book and travel with confidence.

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