EGYPT TRAVEL GUIDE
INTRODUCTION TO EGYPT
Pharaohs, pyramids, papyrus and the Ptolemies — Egypt has seen them all and more—making it one of the most exciting destinations in Africa. The legacy of a 6000-year old history is worn like a proud badge by this country, which boasts some of the most spectacular archaeological treasures existing in the world today — from the Sphinx at Giza to the marvels of Tutankhamen’s tomb. It is truly a land where the monument building instincts of man seem to have been on permanent overdrive!
Nature too has been more than generous here, from the life-giving Nile to the brilliant Red Sea coral reefs. For this combination of man-made and natural beauty, Egypt has stirred the imagination of travellers from all over the world—from Alexander the Great and the vandalising Romans to the plundering tomb-raiders who arrived at the turn of this century from Europe. Through all these invasions, Egyptian culture has not only survived but flourished - a testament of its inner vitality and resilience.
Today, Egypt is a country of contrasts, from its chaotic and over-populated cities to the vast deserts holding ancient secrets in their wombs.
EGYPT COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS
Egypt has resumed commercial flights into the country. Travelers must bring a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours of arriving in Egypt.Entry restrictionsEgypt's airports are open to travel including for tourism. Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks.Entry requirementsAll travelers (including those who hold Egyptian nationality) arriving from overseas, to any part of Egypt must present a negative PCR test certificate issued within the preceding 72 hours prior to flight departure to Egypt. However, travelers arriving from Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, France (Paris only), Germany (Frankfurt only), Guyana, Italy(Rome only) Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, South Korea, Suriname, Thailand, US, UK(London Heathrow only), Uruguay or Venezuela will be allowed to provide the test certificate issued within 96 hours prior to flight departure. Children under the age of 6, of all nationalities, are exempt from providing negative PCR test certificates. No other exemptions have been confirmed.All travelers arriving to Egypt will have their temperature checked, must completed a public health card with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities.Tourists flying directly into the airports in the coastal governorates of the Red Sea (Hurghada and Marsa Allam), South Sinai (Sharm El-Sheikh) and Marsa Matrouh that are unable to present acceptable evidence of a negative PCR test will need to undergo testing on arrival for a fee of USD 30 and required to self-isolate in a hotel while awaiting the test result. If the result is positive, travelers are subject to a 14-day quarantine in a separate room allocated for quarantine within the hotel. If symptoms persist, they will be transferred to a public hospital or private hospital of choice, under the supervision of the Ministry of Health.There are currently 3,159 active cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Egypt and 6,442 deaths as of Nov 15 2020
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EGYPT QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Cairo
- Currency: Egyptian Pound (EGP / L.E. / £.E.)
- Area: 1,001,450 km²
- Population: 98,42 million (2018)
- Language: Egyptian Arabic (official), English and French widely understood by educated people
- Religion: 85% Muslim (mostly Sunni) , 15% Coptic Christian (mostly orthodox) and other religons
- Electricity: 220V, 50Hz (Europlug and Schuko plug)
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EGYPT PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 7 January, Christmas (Coptic Orthodox Christian)*
- 25 January, Revolution Day (2011)
- 22 February, Union Day
- 25 April, Sinai Liberation Day
- 1 May, Labour Day
- 18 June, Evacuation Day
- 1 July, Bank Holiday**
- 23 July, Revolution Day
- 11 September, New Year (Coptic Orthodox Christian)***
- 6 October, Armed Forces Day
- 24 October, Suez Victory Day
- 23 December, Victory Day
Also, Sham el Nessim (Spring Festival)
EGYPT WEATHER SYNOPSIS
During the winter season (December-February), Egypt’s temperatures are mild with some rain, primarily over the coastal areas. During the summer season (June-August), the climate is hot and dry all across the country. Egypt experiences the effect of the Khamsin Wind, which brings sand and dust storms during spring, increased temperatures, and a drop in humidity.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
SNOW SPORT IN EGYPT
There are no actual ski resorts in Egypt, but you can visit the indoor ski areas of Ski Egypt and Snow City Egypt if you're desperate!
HIKING & CYCLING IN EGYPT
You can enjoy outdoor activities in Egypt throughout the year, but the best time for hiking is from September to April when the temperatures are more moderate.
BEACH OPTIONS IN EGYPT
Egypt has some beautiful beaches which are best enjoyed during the warmer months of March to November, although June to August can get extremely hot.
SURFING IN EGYPT
Egypt's peak surfing season is from November to May, although even during this time, there are only 2 or 3 days per week that are good for surfing and the waves are only about waist high. Surf spots include: Agiba Cove, Agiba Beach and Cleopatra Beach.
KITESURF IN EGYPT
Egypt offers a variety of spots perfect for every kitesurfer, whether complete beginner, freestyle pro or wave chaser. You can find great winds throughout the whole year with the most consistent winds from April to October. The main kite spots can be found in the Hurghada area as well as many amazing spots along the Sinai Peninsula and along the North coast.
For more details on kite surfing in Egypt expand this section!