Egypt Travel Information

Egypt travel information designed to smash down barriers. Enjoy hassle-free travel in Egypt, the ancient Land of the Pharaohs. Find all the information you need right here before booking your Egypt tour package, and experience this intriguing land; its people; its blend of cultures and it inspiring history dating back thousands of years.

 

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Egypt Travel Information – Your Essential Guide

Egypt Travel Information

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If you are looking for Egypt travel information which is accurate, and which you can rely on when planning your trip to the Land of the Pharaohs, then you need look no further because you should be able to find all the answers and all the information you need right here.

When you turn to Egypt Tours Plus for Egypt travel information, or you book one of our high quality Egypt tour packages, Middle East Tour Packages or one of our all-inclusive Nile cruises, you are dealing with a company that has been making travel dreams come true ever since 1955.

With so much travel experience behind us, we believe that nobody is better equipped than we are to provide the best and most up to date Egypt travel information, so, without any further ado, let us take a look at some of the most common concerns people have about traveling to Egypt.

How Strict are Egyptian Tourist Visa Requirements?

Like most countries, Egypt requires you to have at least 6 months validity remaining on your passport at the time of your visit. For the citizens of most countries, obtaining a visa for Egypt is very easy, in that most people can obtain a “Visa-on-Arrival” at all international airports in the country, and also at most land border crossings. The Egyptian government has, in more recent times, also introduced what is known as an eVisa. These can be applied for online before you travel to Egypt. However, this option is not available to the citizens of some countries.

If you have any doubts, then it is recommended that you contact your nearest Egyptian consulate or embassy for the most up to date visa requirements. You can also find more detailed Egypt travel information regarding visas by visiting our Egypt Visa Requirements page. For country specific Egypt travel and visa information see below:

Is It Safe for American Citizens to Visit Egypt?

Yes it is! Egypt is as safe for Americans citizens to visit as it is for other nationalities. We would never even consider telling you it is safe to visit if we had any reason to believe otherwise. Countless people from the United States trave to the country each year. In fact, Americans account for a massive percentage of the tourists who visit Egypt every year, and the number is increasing year on year too.

If you are not entirely convinced, you can read more about traveling to Egypt as an American here.

Is It Safe for Women to Visit Egypt on Their Own?

If you are reading this it is most likely because you are looking for honest and reliable Egypt travel information, so that is what we want to give you. Yes, it is safe for women to travel to Egypt, either as part of a group, or even on their own. However, women, and particularly those traveling on their own, should exercise some extra caution, but this would apply regardless of what country you are visiting.

As one would expect, women, and especially single women, should avoid walking around alone at night in quiet and/or dimly lit areas, and as an added precaution, we recommend that women dress modestly, not only for their own safety, but also out of respect for the Egyptian people, most of who are still very conservative. For a wealth of related information and advice, please consider visiting our Traveling to Egypt as a Woman page.

When Is the Best Time To Visit Egypt?

This is one of the most common questions people have when they are searching for Egypt travel information, and it is not a particularly easy question to answer with just a few short lines. This is because there are several variables which one needs to consider before booking any guided Egypt tour or Nile cruise holiday. It really depends on what a person’s priorities are.

For example, do you want the best possible prices and rates, or is the weather more important to you? Also, a lot depends on where about in the country you are going to be, and what activities you want to take part it.

If low prices are your top priority, then we would recommend that you travel during the low season which typically lasts from May to October. However, while prices are at their lowest during this period, this is also the warmest time of the year. During the high season, on the other hand, the weather is more pleasant, but prices tend to be higher.

For a much more in-depth guide on when to visit Egypt, please click here.

Is Egypt a Good Destination for Elderly Travelers?

Absolutely! Countless elderly people travel to Egypt every year, and for many of them, it is not the first time they are visiting the country. Many have visited when they were younger, and have waited many years so that they can visit again after retirement when they have more time on their hands. The bottom line is that Egypt is one of those special destinations which people of all ages can enjoy.

Is Egypt a Child-Friendly Destination?

Quite often, parents with young children look for Egypt travel information about visiting Egypt with kids, and many are pleasantly surprised when they discover just how many parents take their young children with them when they travel to Egypt. We certainly would not recommend activities such as Egypt desert tours if you are going to be traveling with kids that are still very young. For further information, please check out our traveling to Egypt with kids page. For the most part, Egypt is a wonderful place to visit with children.

Is Egypt Travel Safe?

This is possibly one of the biggest concerns people have when they are contemplating a vacation in Egypt. Fortunately, the answer is yes, the Egyptian government is accutely aware of the importance of tourism and takes security very seriously. For the overwhelming number of tourists, Egypt travel is very safe, and it is even safer if you book your tour through a reputable travel agent. Anyone with concerns about the current security situation in the country can also the the travel advisory issued and regularly updated their own country’s government.

Travel Advice on What To Avoid When Visiting Egypt

There is so much information available online about what to see and do during a visit to the country, but there is surprisingly little information about some of the things which one should try to avoid doing when planning a trip to the country. Avoiding a few common mistakes can make travel in the Land of the Pharaohs so much more enjoyable and a lot more hassle-free as well.

No matter where in the world you travel to, all travel comes with a certain degree of risk. For example, you could get injured or become seriously ill during any vacation, and for this reason, traveling without adequate health insurance is something to be avoided. Other mistakes to avoid would include not using a tour guide when visiting certain sites, or not booking your Nile cruise ahead of time.

For the sake of personal safety and security, we also recommend that visitors avoid getting into debates that concern politics and/or religion when they travel around inside the country. Failure to do some research about Egyptian culture is another common mistake that people make. Doing a bit of research can help you to avoid things like dressing inappropriately at the wrong times. This may seem insignificant to some, but it can all help to make travel all the more enjoyable.

How Important is a Travel Guide?

As a travel company that has been providing high quality Egyptian holiday packages to people all over the world for nearly 70 years, we highly recommend having a professional travel guide with you when you travel in the Land of the Pharaohs. A professional guide will share an abundance of information with travellers relating to all the different sites and monuments they visit. This can and does make travel in the country so much more rewarding.

Expert guides are also able to give you accurate travel advice regarding a wide range of topics/subjects. There are just so many benefits to be had from having a guide with you when you travel in this fascinating country. The services of a good guide also adds another level of personal safety and security to your trip.

Is Egypt Cheap to Travel

Since the cost of living is lower in Egypt than it is in many other countries around the world, most visitors find that Egypt is a relatively cheap country to visit, and especially the citizens of most developed nations. However, much depends on the sort of lifestyle you want to enjoy when you travel to the country, and what sort of standards you expect.

If you have not found the Egypt travel information you were looking for, please browse through our site, or alternatively, please contact customer support and one of our travel specialists will be more than happy to answer any questions and provide any information and advice you need.

Information for People with Disabilities

For people with disabilities, travel can be rather challenging, not only in Egypt, but also in many other popular tourist destinations. Cairo in particular can be very challenging for people who are confined to wheelchairs. Many sidewalks are in a poor condition, and wheelchair ramps are virtually non-existant in the Egyptian capital. However, in town or cities that receive a lot of tourists, things continue to improve.

For example, many hotels and resorts in places like Hurghada and Luxor have rooms available with wheelchair access. Some Nile cruise ships also have elevators and are therefore better suited for those who have serious disabilities. If you are disabled, always mention this to your chosen travel agent before you book a particular travel package regardless of which country you want to travel to.

Getting Around – Facts and Tips

Travel within the country is generally affordable, easy and convenient, with Cairo being an exception. You can get from Cairo to virtually any part of the country by bus. Traveling on buses is cheap and for the most part safe. However, depending on your chosen route, you may need to book bus tickets in advance.

With traffic the way it is in Cairo, getting to the bus station can take up to two hours or more, and then another two hours or more trying to get back to your hotel. To get around this, many travelers will ask a travel agent to book tickets for them rather than risk wasting several hours stuck in traffic.

Trains offer another means of travel, but they don’t cover many routes. If you only need to travel to places like Luxor or Aswan, train travel can be a fun, affordable and convenient, and personal safety is generally not something you need to be concerned about.

In our professional opinion, arranging your travel through a reputable travel agent is by far the best way for visitors to get around during any Egyptian vacation. A reputable Egyptian travel company can provide you with all the information you need for getting around, or even provide clean, comfortable and safe transport, complete with your own private driver.

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