Frequently Asked Questions
Egypt is one of the most exciting and vibrant countries in the world—and, not surprising, most first-time visitors have a few questions before they arrive. We have compiled a brief FAQ here to answer some of the basic questions our clients have had about Egypt.
Is Egypt safe to visit?
Yes! Egypt has been becoming more stable, despite what you may hear in the news. At tourist sites, police are always present, the same as you would find at major tourist sites in places like Europe or America. When traveling by road, you will encounter police or military checkpoints, in part to ensure the security of all who travel through Egypt. Egypt is committed to the safety of its own people and all the thousands upon thousands of people who choose to visit every year.
When is the best time to travel to Egypt?
November to April is the main tourist season in Egypt. From November to February, the normal daytime temperatures for Cairo are between 20-23 degrees Celsius, and nighttime temperatures of 8-15 degrees. From March to April, daytime temperatures are between 25-30 degrees, and 15-20 degrees at night. Expect warmer temperatures to the south of the country, and cooler in the north. During the summertime, temperatures are between 30-40 degrees throughout Egypt (perfect beach weather).
Do women need to cover up in Egypt?
Egypt is a relatively liberal country compared to its neighbours. Women can more or less wear what they want while visiting ancient sites or walking around the city. If women visit any religious sites (Christian or Muslim), they are advised to wear long pants or long skirts, and to bring a long-sleeved shirt to cover their arms. Other than that, wear what you want! Men should also wear pants and shirts with sleeves (no tank tops) into religious places.
What should I pack?
Pack as you would for any trip!
- Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes for the
- warmer months
- A fall/spring jacket for the cooler months
- Sunscreen (can be expensive to buy in tourist places)
- Bathing suits (any kind you please)
- Good walking shoes: sneakers are recommended for walking around the ancient sites due to the rocky nature of the pathways
- Dress clothes for going out at night
- Prescription medications, with the written prescription (for showing to customs if asked)
Do I need any special vaccinations to travel in Egypt?
People who have the regular vaccinations recommended by their home country health organizations are well protected for travel in Egypt. Please check with your local travel health clinic for specific advice about traveling to Egypt. Malaria is not a concern.
Can I drink alcohol in Egypt?
Yes! Alcohol is available in Egypt, especially at tourist hotels and resorts, as well as some restaurants. It is not generally acceptable to walk down the street with a beer in your hand. At your hotel or a nightclub, have a drink as you please!
What currency is used in Egypt?
Egypt uses its own Egyptian pound. Credit cards can be used at most major stores, but smaller shops (including most places in Khan El Khalili) accept only Egyptian pounds. You can exchange your currency for Egyptian pounds at some hotels, and at banks. Some tourist shops will exchange currencies; make sure you check the rate yourself before attempting to change money.
What if I’m not that into history? What does Egypt have to offer me?
Egypt has much to offer beyond a history lesson. From 5-star shopping malls, to night clubs, beaches, and concerts, there’s sure to be something to interest everyone!