Egypt Travel Faqs
Egypt is as safe as any of the European countries. The security and army personnel of Egypt work 24X7 to ensure safe and pleasant holidays.
Egypt Travel Faqs
Egypt is as safe as any of the European countries. The security and army personnel of Egypt work 24X7 to ensure safe and pleasant holidays.

Is Egypt safe to visit?

Egypt is as safe as any of the European countries. The security and army personnel of Egypt work 24X7 to ensure safe and pleasant holidays. More to the point with NILE HOLIDAYS , you can enjoy Egypt to your heart’s content without stressing and worrying. Leave your stress with us and discover the Egypt’s colour and mystic.

Can my tourist visa be extended to more than one month?

You can do it by applying to Mogamma, in Tahrir Square, Cairo or to the equivalent offices in Alexandria, Luxor or Sharm El-Sheikh. The timings are 8:00 to 15:30. Along with your expired passport, take a photocopy and a passport photo with you.

What happens if you overstay your Egyptian Visa?

If you have stayed a few days, you may not be asked for fine but be prepared. But if it is few months, a large amount of fine will be collected before you board the plane. Sometimes, renewal is not allowed, in that case also, you may have to leave the country with fine.

Are children required to apply for Egypt Visa?

Children can apply for visa even if they are included on their parent’s passport to avoid doubts. And must in case of, they are of 16 years or older.

Do I need a Visa if arriving by cruise ship for a short visit?

Ask the cruise ship operators if they have provisions, but basically shore excursions for a day or two won’t need an additional visa. However, land excursions do need visa.

Can I revisit Egypt after Jordan visit?

Once you leave Egypt, your passport will be stamped. You may need multiple visas for Egypt in case you plan to explore Egypt further.

Why do we need passport numbers?

All passports are checked during standard hotel check in procedure throughout Egypt. This info is forwarded to police on advance. You can skip the process but have a copy of your passport along with you for hotel check-ins, so they don’t keep them overnight to copy but on the cruises, passports are kept in the pursers office until they departure.

Do we need travel insurances?

Usually no. But if you have one, it helps. Also if you are having any medications, keep prescriptions during security checking. And avoid tap water and if you are not accustomed to rich foods, avoid street foods.

Do we have to pay for Mummies room?

Normally yes. Mummies room are extra and camera are not allowed in museums. Outdoors cameras are allowed, so fill your memory cards with Egypt’s glory and colours.

Do we need to pay camera fees?

No. camera and videos are allowed for free. However check with your guide which sites and where cameras are allowed and where not.

What are Ramadan dates for 2018?

Ramadan starts on 15th May 2018 and ends in 14th June 2018 followed by 3 days of celebration that ends in 17th June 2018.

Can I wear a swimsuit in beaches?

In certain areas, survey the area first. Not everywhere swimsuits are allowed. The resorts are designed for that. Public beaches may not be comfortable either. But you can wear shorts etc. But wear sunblock wherever you go. Swimsuits and exposing attire maybe not allowed but the sun is all around and the climate is too hot.

What else do we have to follow?

Our operator and guides will update you of any restrictions there is. Like the dress code is modest all around; comfortable and covered shoes are advised. Hair tied back and covered most times due to sun. Ladies are expected to sit next to ladies and males are not supposed to talk to Egyptian ladies directly. Hand holding in public is allowed and during sightseeing and activities, don’t touch everything without permission. Feel free to enjoy Egypt as to your heart’s content and listen and observe your surroundings.

What voltage does Egypt have, and what kind of plugs?

Egypt has a voltage supply of 220V and the plugs are the 2 round pin type that is common throughout Europe can be found in shops selling luggage or other travel goods.

Do we have to pay extra while travelling in groups?

Just the opposite. Travelling alone you will pay for everything alone. In groups it will be less, but we have various tailor-made packages which can be planned when you book with us.

Can we use cheaper accommodations?

Yes you can. But they are not often clean or comfortable. Tourists are advised to use 5 star or higher if they want to explore Egypt without stress and have fun.

 Are there any legal restrictions or limits on how much money I can take into Egypt?

There are no restrictions or limits on taking in money. However, carry some Egyptian cash with you for tipping or buying snacks, bottled water toilet paper etc.  Even cards are acceptable in places, but you should use Egypt currency locally which will be cheaper.

Do we need to learn Arabic or English for Egypt visit?

A few words of Arabic will make you feel connected but it’s not compulsory. We have guides with multiple language skills not to mention licensed and experienced who will not only guide you through Egypt sites and streets but will also be eyes and mouth whenever you required. But once in hotel, they will return to their homes.

Can I bring a personal supply of cigarettes and alcohol with me when I am visiting Egypt?

Yes, you are allowed 1 liter of alcohol and 200 cigarettes to bring with you. However, it is advised to buy your supply of cigarettes and alcohol in Egypt after arrival. There are duty free shops in the airports in Cairo, Luxor, Hurghada, El Gouna and Sharm El Sheikh. And tourists are allowed to purchase up to 3 liters of alcohol and up to 200 cigarettes on arrival.

Can we buy them elsewhere in Egypt?

Tourists have 48 hours after arrival to buy these products from any duty free shop in Egypt. There are also several other locations in Cairo and in hotels in Sharm El Sheikh, El Gouna and Hurghada where you can buy. But they may cost more.

Can we arrange our own transportation?

You can. But it will be time taking, uncomfortable and often not advisable. However, your guide will help you with your transport and other queries.

For more questions and doubts feel free to call our operators at NILE HOLIDAYS any time…

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Frequently Asked Questions.

Some of the most common questions asked by tourists.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it Safe to Visit Egypt?
It is straightforward, yes, as millions visit in relative safety each year. Egypt's crime rates are low (almost not exist). Security is good and there are Tourist Police, who are always nearby upon your request at all tourist sights.
Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine to join a trip in Egypt?

Egypt lifted all COVID-19-related entry restrictions for all travelers, whether Egyptians or foreigners. However the answer is yes because it protects you against any diseases that may come your way.

The COVID-19 map is updated regularly and due to the ever-changing nature of the regulations, we strongly advise that you check with your airline and if they endorse or recommend any provider before you travel.

What are the formalities for entry to Egypt?

Obtaining required travel documents including visas is your sole responsibility. Entry visa requirements vary by country of residence and by nationality “passport you are holding”. Entry requirement are subject to change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please contact your nearest Egyptian Embassy or Consulate for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality.

We recommend you secure an e-Visa prior to travel as it will speed up the immigration process on your arrival. Online applications can be completed at:

When is the best season to go?

Spring (March–May) and autumn (Oct & Nov) are the best times to visit Egypt, when it’s hot but not debilitating so. In summer (June–Sept) the south and desert are ferociously hot and the pollution in Cairo is at its worst, with only the coast offering a respite from the heat. During this time, sightseeing is best limited to early morning or afternoon “Historical places are opening almost from 06:00 to 17:00”. In winter (Dec–Feb), most places are reasonably warm during the day, but chilly at night, while the desert can get very cold indeed. The Mediterranean Coast can be windy and wet in winter.

If weather is your primary concern, it is clear now that the best time to visit Egypt is during the northern hemisphere fall, winter or early spring (October to April), when temperatures are cooler but you are still guaranteed sun. To avoid the crowds at ancient sites like the Pyramids of Giza, Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel, try to avoid peak season (Christmas and New Year holidays). Tourism in Egypt is booming this time of the year so make sure you plan in advance.

What is the internet access like in Egypt?
Internet access is growing in Egypt, with internet cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots becoming increasingly common in large cities, though access may be limited in smaller town and remote areas and the speed will likely be slower than what you are used to back home. All four and five star hotels in Egypt must provide internet access. Often it will be free WiFi access in the hotel lobby, and free or chargeable WiFi, or dial-up access in your hotel room. So don't worry, you'll be able to post that perfect Instagram shot in front of the Pyramids with no trouble whatsoever! You can buy a local SIM card to use for your local communication and your family/friends can also reach you.
Can I use my mobile/cell phone while in Egypt?

To avoid roaming charges, it's probably best to buy a local SIM card in Egypt. Local SIM cards can be used on most unlocked phones from Europe, Asia and Australia and some unlocked phones from North America, but because Egypt's mobile phones run on a GSM network, a lot of cellphones from the US may not work. You'll still be able to access WI-FI when it's available, but a mobile plan may not be an appropriate way to get connected.

For most other travelers, picking up a local SIM is probably your least expensive course of action. Egypt has four main telecommunications providers – Orange, Vodafone, Etisalat and WE – and you can visit one of their kiosks or stores to get a SIM card. Here, they may ask for a passport and confirmation of address, then you will be able to get your mobile connected.

Can I use ATM in Egypt??
ATMs, once a rarity in Egypt, are now common in large cities and tourist destinations. Moreover, most tourist shops, restaurants, etc. accept Credit cards (Visa Card and MasterCard) as well as foreign currencies. In many places you will be charged a percentage of the sale (anywhere between 3% and 5%) to use them.
Do I need to change money before travel to Egypt?

The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound (EGP, E£ or LE). You don't have to change money before arriving in Egypt. Money exchange service is easily available through banks and the Money exchange bureau. You will get a better rate for your USD, Euro or Sterling pounds, etc. in Egypt.

How much cash should I bring to Egypt?

Many travelers like to arrive with some local money to pay for initial expenses. Booking at Nile Holiday programs will include the prices of accommodation, transportation and some meals depends on your requested tour package. However, don’t plan on exchanging all the cash you’ll need for your trip to Egypt before you arrival. You can bring up to 10,000 USD or the equivalent in foreign currency and then swap it for Egyptian pounds at a currency exchange. Currency exchanges are found in all airports and many big hotels. Banks will also exchange foreign notes. Tour operators and hotels actually prefer to be paid in dollars, Euros so consider keeping some notes aside. Of course, exchange rates are subject to constant change. For the most up-to-date rates use an online currency converter like XE com

What to wear in Egypt?

Egypt is a desert country that means the climate will be hot, sunny and dry.

Summer temperatures in southern cities like Luxor and Aswan can reach heights of 50°C (122°F) and don’t always drop at night. So, Light fabrics like linen, cotton and athletic gear made to take the heat are best. Just remember to cover up from your shoulders to below the knee.

Women are expected to dress more conservatively than men, for visits to mosques, female travelers should wear clothing that covers from ankle to elbow as well as decolletage and hair. Aside from mosque visits, you don’t have to cover your head. But being culturally sensitive by covering up is expected and respectful. The people of Egypt are well aware that not all people travelling are Muslim. If you want to swim, you can pack your regular swimsuit. All hotels with pools that cater to foreigners do not have dress codes.

Winters are generally mild, although temperatures can fall below 10°C (50°F) at night. If you’re travelling in winter, don’t underestimate the cool change that can come in the evenings, especially if you’re spending the night in the desert or on a Nile cruise. A light fleece or jacket should be sufficient to keep you warm on Egypt’s chillier nights specially at the end of December and January.  

Must-pack items for Egypt Trip?

  • Long, baggy skirts and/or pants

  • Long-sleeved t-shirts

  • Wide-brimmed hat

  • Comfortable walking shoes

  • Power adapter

  • Spare batteries/charger

  • Sunglasses

  • Bathing suit

  • Flip-flops

  • A scarf or shawl for women to cover their hair when visiting mosques

  • A light fleece or jacket if travelling outside of summer

  • All Travel documents

  • The below packing list should be used as a guide only and is not intended to be a complete packing list to suit every one.

  • If you have any questions about what to pack, please get in touch with us.

Is tipping customary in Egypt?

Tipping is customary for pretty much all services in Egypt. If you’re happy with the service provided by waiters, drivers and other workers, leaving a small tip is a good way to show your appreciation. For smaller purchases, rounding up the bill or not asking for any change is an appropriate way of leaving a tip. The amount you tip in Egypt will depend on where you are and what type of services you’re buying. As a general rule, expect to tip around 5-10% of your bill. Tipping encourages excellent service in the future and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry. Carrying small notes in the local currency will make tipping easier in Egypt. Of course, you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service

What is shopping like in Egypt?

Shopping in Egypt is one of the most important experiences where all the beautiful natural and man-made artifacts which include jewellery, leatherwork, cotton textiles, glassware, brass and copperware are in your reach at very affordable prices. The Shisha, the traditional Egyptian waterpipe, a large collection of backgammon boards, decorative boxes, and many other handicrafts made by local artisans are spread all over the touristic markets in Egypt. Some of the fantastic local markets that you can explore on your trip to Egypt are the Khan El Khalili Bazaars in Cairo, the tourists market in Luxor, Aswan, Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh.

Cairo’s bazaars offer an infinite choice of jewellery, cotton textiles, leatherwork, glassware, brass and copperware, plus the world’s best selection of bellydancing costumes. The most popular souvenirs are Egyptian Papyrus Paper, the gold or silver cartouches with names in hieroglyphics. Alabaster figurines and vases are cheaper in the alabaster factories on Luxor’s west bank. While Aswan’s market is the best for spices, incense, basketwork, perfumes and natural essences and the elegant handmade perfume bottles are another popular souvenir.

Cotton textiles, the worldwide famous Egyptian cotton made products would be a good choice to buy in Egypt. Many shops, found in touristic and local markets and in large shopping malls sell pure cotton made shirts, trousers, and the famous traditional Galabeya, the Egyptian loose all in one robe. There are also some nice scarves, bed sheets, and bed covers sold almost everywhere in Egypt.

What if I have a problem?

Complaints should be made to the Tourist Police. For assistance, contact your agent, guide or hotel reception.

What if I have other questions?

Please email: [email protected], call or WhatsApp us at +201000027316 or contact your preferred Travel Professional.

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