Is Egypt Safe to Travel To? (2023)

When I booked my plane tickets to Egypt from our home in Canada, I was met with skepticism and dismay from many family members, who’s first question was “Is Egypt safe to travel to?” and “but you are leaving the kids at home right?” How I could consider a visit to what they considered a dangerous country was at the top of their minds. But having visited Jordan the spring before, and how my mind had been changed about the Middle East in general, I did not let their disapproval or concerns affect my decision to take my boys to Egypt!

Before I get into more about the pertinent question, “Is Egypt Safe?” I did have some supporters who were insanely jealous that I was going to the Pyramids of Giza and to tour Luxor and see the history that most of them had only seen in guidebooks! They wished me well and wanted to hear EVERYTHING about it. Personally before we booked our tickets, I did read a LOT of other blogs on those who had recently visited Egypt and asked their opinions on how safe is Egypt, and ALL of them told me to GO! Yesterday! They had a fabulous experience and Egypt needs more visitors!

This positive encouragement only excited me more as I put together an itinerary of visiting Jordan and then Egypt, including the best Hurghada excursions, and then from Egypt back to Jordan by boat.It came together quite quickly and as much as my mother-in-law was going crazy that I did not have our internal flights in Egypt nor our Cairo hotel booked a week before departure, I was happy with a bit of flexibility in our itinerary! There is nothing I hate more than having to leave somewhere we are loving because we have a hotel booked elsewhere! SO with a little context of our visit, here we go, Is Egypt safe to travel to?

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Visiting the Tomb of King Tut in Luxor. While Luxor is known as a city full of hassle, I never felt unsafe!

The short answer is, yes, despite the turmoil in some areas of Egypt and the economy at this time, Egypt is safe for tourists to visit. Whether you want to scuba dive from a liveabord in Egypt, or ride camels at the pyramids of Giza, adventures in Egypt are waiting!

What makes me qualified to say that it is safe? Well, I went there, with my mother-in-law and my two children, who are 7 and 5! If you want to read my OMG welcome to Egypt post, you might laugh about my first feelings in the country! But they will likely be the same concerns that one would have going into any country. Hoping your luggage arrives and getting to your hotel without being scammed is something you think about in any country!

If you just read the post, you will see my comment about “where are the security forces?” as I expected a military presence or some kind of security force. We drove to our hotel without incident and did find gated security to get into our hotel as well as security at the front door scanning our luggage. They wanted to take away my swiss army knife (this guy had a gun on his hip, what problem would a tiny swiss army knife cause – I carry it to cut up fruits and veggies for my kids usually) but then decided that I did not look threatening and let me keep it.

If you want to be more organized than me, check out this itinerary and day trips from Cairo post.

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Mattias steering our Felluca on our first sunset on the Nile in Luxor. I did check for life jackets!

The sun was setting as we checked in and I wanted to get out on the Nile to see it for myself! My first Egyptian sunset! There was hotel security on the beach and a bunch of felluca’s on the shore. One of the men on the beach beckoned to me to take a ride, I must have looked like fresh meat to him! When he told me the price for an hour sunset cruise I was flabergasted and said OK! I asked three times, “EGP60 for ALL of us, for an hour?”

“yes ma’am”

and “it will not get too dark too fast?”

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“no ma’am”

I grabbed my kids and onto the felluca we went! The security guard asked me my room number, another thing making me feel better about this!

We rode without incident, I checked for lifejackets first, and while my kids were scared (I tipped them in a Kayak in the summer and they will never let me forget it!), they warmed up to the calm waters and Mattias was thrilled to steer the boat!

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Luxor Is an amazing open air museum,while you may contend with the hassle for tips, I never felt unsafe

We arrived back to the hotel without incident, and then went to sort out dinner! I happily paid EGP60 and a EGP10 tip to our boat captain and said I might see him tomorrow for that hot air balloon ride he wanted to sell me! (I did ride a hot air balloon, but not from him. You can read about it here: Luxor Hot Air Balloons)

So Day 1, no scams, no rip offs, the typical “over-helping” for baksheesh where ever we went. But I was told Luxor was the hassle capital of the world, and so far, we were faring ok. I never once felt unsafe and the landscape on the Nile was breathtaking!

We had answered our own question on is Egypt safe to visit and felt pretty good the whole rest of the trip. Cairo was the worst for hassles at the Giza Pyramids. Luxor we hired a tour guide for the day and that might have helped, although it meant we also visited the overpriced shopping markets as well.

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This is Giza! An Amazing site to see and full of annoying vendors and rip offs. But is there a safety problem in Giza? Not in my opinion!

Because of this, I wrote a post about Tips for the Giza Pyramidsand I would encourage you to have a read! I also wrote this post about Things to know about visiting Egypt to give you some context on what to expect the first time you visit Egypt. It touches on what to wear and what to expect and should help to answer is travel to Egypt safe, for those who are considering visiting.

I also enlisted the help of other bloggers who have recently visited Egypt and have compiled their experiences at the bottom of this post

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As a women, conservative dress will garner less attention and keeping conversation short and to the point will help with any unwanted attention from men. I personally did not encounter trouble.

Travel as a Woman in Egypt

I was not personally hassled or bothered on the street in Egypt. I never once covered my hair, as non-muslims living in Egypt do not, nor is it a requirement. I did always wear long pants and long sleeves out of respect of their conservative dress. I would suggest the same.

When men want to chat with women in Egypt, they do not ALWAYS want something, but use your head. I was invited out for dinner from our Taxi driver after chatting with him about what the heck I was doing there as a Canadian, which I declined. I probably would have been just fine. But I had been told that eye contact and making conversation with men in Middle Eastern countries is often considered flirting. Something for you to keep in mind as you visit Egypt.

I have a post on What to Wear in Jordan that actually has a few photos from my time in Egypt in it, and everything in it also applies to Egypt. You can read it here: What to Pack for Jordan.

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You can see the chaos behind me in Giza. Vendors galore! The chaos is something to experience, but besides being annoyed and not wanting to get ripped off, I felt safe the whole time

Get used to the Baksheesh

Asking for tips constantly is really annoying. For anyone. But it has become a cultural norm in Egypt due to their severely poor economy. People are doing anything to feed and clothe their families. Taking that into context, I tried not to get annoyed at it. It was only at the pyramids where it really got to me. I was having a bad day. But it never made me feel unsafe.

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Shopping in the Luxor Souq. My kids love the extra attention, but if yours are nervous, keep them close to ward off unwanted conversation. I found it all harmless, but not all children like being talked to like mine do!

Safety in Egypt with Kids

My boys always get a lot of positive adult attention when we travel in the Middle East. They are very social kids (I am lucky) and adapt quickly to men wanting to shake their hands. I would not take any other precautions other than the same that I would traveling as a woman. I did lose Mattias in a Cairo mall, if you want a laugh (or a cry, I know you have felt how I felt), have a read here.

Personally the biggest threat to their safety in Egypt would be a car accident. We teach street smarts in parking lots and on busy streets and so far have fared just fine.

But if your children are not super social, let them know that they may find adults (mostly men) who want to say hi, shake their hands, and perhaps offer a candy to them. You know your own kids best, but I would not hesitate to take my children to Egypt again and they are already asking when we can go back!

Looking for a winter break holiday? Have a read of this post if you have ever wondered what it is like to travel to Egypt at Christmas.

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Further Egypt Travel Resources:

If you are planning your own trip to Egypt, check out this Egypt Itineraryfor ideas for trips up to 3 weeks long!

Also, check out this one week itinerary

Is Egypt Safe in 2019? Recent Testimonials

As I mentioned above, I asked other travelers about their experiences on safety in Egypt in 2018 and here are their responses.

Kate from Our Escape Clause on Egypt Safety during her layover
“We weren’t sure what to expect when visiting Cairo on a one day layover earlier this year, but we walked away incredibly excited about Egypt and happy to consider planning a longer trip!

Traveling as a couple, we felt very safe in Cairo. Though we were only there for one day, we managed to cover many of the tourist highlights: the ancient city of Giza, the Egyptian Museum, and a beautiful bazaar.
Because we were on a time crunch, we hired a tour guide for the day, and she made our trip incredibly easy. I am certain that without her presence the touts (at the pyramids and bazaar especially) would have been much more aggressive, but both places were populated enough that we would not have feared for our physical safety if alone.
During the independent portion of our travels–getting to and from the airport (including in the middle of the night), checking into our hotel, etc, we felt similarly safe.
Egypt is a beautiful country, and though you will need a thick skin and to practice saying “Lo, shokran” (No thank you in Arabic) a few hundred times if you’re traveling without a guide, I wouldn’t consider letting a dream destination pass us by just for that.”

Liliane Fawzy from My Toronto My World on Travel to Egypt, Is it Safe?

While travelling in Egypt for 10 days earlier this year I was happy to see that the country is quite different from what it’s perceived to be. Me and my husband did our own independent travel of Egypt visiting areas like Sharm El Sheikh, Luxor, Cairo, Alexandria and even visiting St. Catharines Monastery in Mt. Sinai. While I had no fears going into the trip I was a little bit worried about being without a large tour group, but since that is not my style of travel we went ahead with all our plans anyways. Surprisingly, we were left alone most of the time. Yes you will be hassled in the sense that everyone will try to sell you something and everyone will want to give you a ride in either their taxi or on their horse but all you have to do is say NO. Once you grasp the fact that these people are really only trying to make a living you realize there’s absolutely nothing to be scared of. We were out in the streets until 10 pm or so at night and we had no issues what so ever. Fair warning, every child you meet will ask you for selfies. It’s up to you on how to handle it but why ruin their perceptions of foreigners?

Carly Heyward fromFlight of the Educatoron Egypt, Is it safe to Travel to:

I took a tour in Egypt in June mostly because I was worried about safety and also partially because my mother was. Now that I’ve gone, I can say that on the whole, I’m glad I took the tour instead of striking out on my own as I often do.

The most I was every hassled was by vendors. My guide advised us not to make eye contact with the men, and especially, we were to avoid looking at any wares or entering shops. He said once they see even the slightest bit of interest, they’ll be all over you. On the tour, he’d take us to a few shops or vendors (which I’m sure he got a kickback from), but at least those vendors let us peruse at our leisure, and we didn’t feel so pressured. Overall, it was way more comfortable.

Some people also worry about sexual harassment in foreign countries, and I’ve heard about it from Egypt as well. While I did have many men catcall me, it was more to tell me I was beautiful, and it was always in passing. I never had a man follow me or follow up. It was always just him wanting me to know that’s what he thought, so I didn’t feel threatened. What was very unsettling at first (but my tour guide later said it was common), was for people (generally men) to take a picture with me. My guide said it’s almost a compliment because they want to show off the exciting foreigner they met. It’s possible because I have green eyes and red hair. What’s interesting is even a little boy took my picture, although he did it and ran off.

The last place I felt a little spooked was in certain temples. My guide called them “ghosts,” and they were men who hung around in the temples. They weren’t there for nefarious reasons, but they mostly just hung around in order to “sneak” you behind ropes or show you cool spots. All they wanted was money though.

Esther Namugerwa from The Adventurous Feeton Is Egypt Safe for Tourists

When Lindsay asked me to comment on “Is Egypt Safe” for this post, I was happy to compare what my experience in Egypt was to what I read on the internet, I get to wonderwhether we are talking about the same country but then again everyone gets a different experience ina certain place. So this is mine.

Did I feel safe in Egypt? Absolutely. The locals were very friendly to me and my friends and being awoman of color, almost everyone wanted to take photos with me regardless of age and gender. Andsince they were asking nicely and in excitement, I obliged and took like literally a million photos. So ifyou see my face in random photos, yes that me. However, sometimes the friendly gesture cansometimes seem overly done which makes you question the real intentions but they seemed reallygenuine.

Prior to traveling to Egypt, I read a lot of blogs about what to expect and how to navigate around thecountry. So by the time I traveled I had familiarized myself with most of the details and since I had alreadydesigned my travel itinerary I didn’t need a tour guide. What I did is to download all the necessaryapplications like Google maps, metro system app and Google translator to help us have a great trip.

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Overall, I can say is that I had a fantastic trip to Egypt and never felt any kind of threat from the locals.

Patrick Muntzinger from the German Backpackeron Is Travel in Egypt Safe?

While Egypt was an extremely popular tourist destination a few years ago, visitors dropped rapidly after the Arab spring as well as several terror attacks in the last years. Nevertheless, I was backpacking in Egypt with a friend and travelled overland from Cairo along the Nile to Luxor, Aswan and further into Sudan in 2018.

While the media might give us the impression that Egypt would be very unsafe due to terrorism, I never experienced any dangerous situation. While there are still terror attacks happening throughout the country every now and then, the risk to be actually affected by it is extremely low – changes are much higher to get hurt in a car accident at home. Generally, traveling along the Nile is considered to be safe – however, you should avoid the Sahara close to the border of Libya. Additionally, it’s also not recommended to travel overland around the Sinai Peninsula due to an increased risk of terrorism and violence against foreigners.

That being said, I experienced some serious hassle during my Egypt trip. After traveling solo around Southeast Asia, India and South America I’m very much used to the typical tourist scams and rip-offs, however, Egypt was next level even for a very experienced traveller. I’m very sorry to say that I never experienced local touts as exhausting, tiring, aggressive and rude as in Egypt. Every day, there were several occasions where people tried to rip me off and scam me and after some time, I felt like I couldn’t trust anyone anymore. Be prepared that some touts might become aggressive and intimidating in certain situations. I don’t think anyone would actually harm you – however, you will certainly need to show strengths and confidence at times to stand up for yourself.

Summing it up, I’d say that Egypt is safe when it comes to direct threat of terrorism – however, take good care of your belongings and be prepared for many exhausting and annoying moments during your trip.

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Lindsay Nieminen

Lindsay Nieminen hails from Vancouver, Canada and shares her love of travel on this website. She is passionate about showing others that they should not put off traveling the world just because they have young children or are single parents. She aims to encourage them to seek out adventure, whether it is at home or abroad by providing information on how just about everywhere can be a destination to explore as a family.

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Is Egypt Safe to Travel To? ›

Country Summary: Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Egypt. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, and have targeted diplomatic facilities, tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, western businesses, restaurants, resorts, and local government facilities.

Is it safe for an American woman to travel to Egypt? ›

Is Egypt Safe For Women Travelers? Egypt is actually pretty safe in my experience. Safe, in this context, meaning safe from physical assault, not necessarily safe from stares, harassment, and never-ending catcalls 😅. The truth is Egypt is the most tiring place I've ever traveled as a woman, both in a group and solo.

Is it safe to visit the Pyramids? ›

Is It Safe to Visit the Pyramids in Egypt? Travel to the Egypt pyramids is very safe. Pickpockets, purse snatchers and scammers are probably the biggest risk for tourists visiting the pyramids, and especially when there are large crowds.

How safe is Cairo for tourists now? ›

Tourists in this large city are at high risk for theft and scams, especially in busy tourist attractions. Many governments also advise caution in case of terrorism, political demonstrations, and sexual harassment. That being said, if you take the right precautions, you will still have a great time in Cairo.

Is it safe to visit Egypt in 2023? ›

Egypt is very safe to travel as long as you stick to certain destinations, work with a reputable local tour operator, and be a smart traveller.

Is Egypt friendly to Americans? ›

In short, Americans and other visitors can rest easy: yes, Egypt is a safe country for tourists.

Can I wear shorts in Egypt? ›

Egyptian men do not often wear shorts, but they are perfectly fine for a male tourist to wear. Aside from beachside resort cities, it is not recommended for female tourists to ever wear shorts in Egypt.

What happens if you get caught climbing the pyramids? ›

Although tourists were once able to freely climb the pyramids, that is now illegal. Offenders face up to three years in prison as penalty. In 2016 a teenage tourist was banned from visiting Egypt for life after posting photos and videos on social media of his illicit climb.

What foods should you avoid in Egypt? ›

avoid unpasteurised milk, cheese and ice cream. avoid food that has been left uncovered in warm environments and exposed to flies. ensure all meat is cooked thoroughly before you eat it, avoiding any meat that is pink or cold. avoid ice, unless made with filtered or bottled water, and tap water, even when brushing ...

Can you drink alcohol in Egypt? ›

As Egypt is a majority Muslim country, many locals abstain from alcohol completely. However, it is possible to find liquor stores and bars in some upmarket neighborhoods, and many hotels and resorts serve alcohol.

Is Egypt cheap or expensive? ›

The good news is that Egypt is generally considered to be an extremely affordable destination. It's considered WAY cheaper than most European places, with rates for everything from hotels to food just a fraction they would be just a quick hop over the Med in, say, Cyprus or Greece.

How much is a Coke in Cairo? ›

The price is 0.18 USD. The average price for all countries is 0.95 USD. The database includes 91 countries. (USD / 0.500 l, Source: )
Egypt - Coca-Cola - price, September 2022.
Egypt - Coca-Cola - price, September 2022

Is Egypt safer than USA? ›

Egypt was recently ranked the safest country in Africa — higher than both the United States and the United Kingdom, coming in 16th out 135 countries worldwide, according to the 2018 Gallup Global Law and Order Report.

Do Americans need a visa for Egypt? ›

U.S. citizens must have a visa to enter Egypt. U.S. citizens can obtain a renewable single-entry 30-day tourist visa on arrival at Egyptian airports for a 25 USD fee. A multiple entry visa is also obtainable for 60 USD. The Government of Egypt has created a website for the issuance of “e-visas.”

Can you drink the water in Egypt? ›

In Egypt, drinking water from the tap is not recommended. Water treatment plants in and around Cairo heavily chlorinate the supply, so the water in the capital is relatively safe to drink. However, it is advisable everywhere else in Egypt to purchase bottled water or drink treated or purified water.

How long can Americans stay in Egypt? ›

The maximum stay with a visa on arrival for US citizens is 30 days. When you complete the application for the e-Visa you have two options. American passport travelers can obtain a single-entry visa (valid for 30 days) or a multiple-entry visa (with a validity period of 180 days).

Is Egypt a US ally? ›

Egypt is a valued U.S. partner in counterterrorism, anti-trafficking, and regional security operations, which advance both U.S. and Egyptian security. The decades-long defense partnership is a pillar for regional stability.

How many Americans visit Egypt? ›

In 2020, the number of American tourists arriving in Egypt amounted to 173,000 , compared to 548,000 in the previous year.

Are jeans OK in Egypt? ›

Trousers and pants are perfectly acceptable for both men and women to wear in Egypt.

Is it OK to wear jeans in Egypt? ›

There is no dress code per se in Egypt. Egyptian women wear the same things we do including fitted clothing like skinny jeans and leggings.

What do female tourists wear in Egypt? ›

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. While women are expected to dress more conservatively than men, even the fellas should leave the short shorts and tight singlets at home.

What is considered rude in Egypt? ›

It is considered impolite to point the toe, heel or any part of the foot toward another person. Showing the sole of one's shoe is also impolite. Modest dress and presentation is highly valued in Egyptian culture. Greetings often occur before any form of social interaction.

What is illegal to bring into Egypt? ›

Prohibited items include firearms, drugs, and drones. As well as knowing the rules for passing through customs in Egypt, passengers must also meet entry requirements such as having a visa. Many travelers can now get an Egypt eVisa online thanks to the simple and rapid electronic service.

What do you wear to the pyramids? ›

For men, it's not acceptable to wear shorts so trousers and a t-shirt is a standard option, although there are some resorts which are more relaxed about this. For ladies, it's important to be modest and keep legs covered. Low cut tops, tight clothing or see-through clothing should generally be avoided.

Can you go inside the Sphinx? ›

Some tourists planning a Great Sphinx of Giza tour wonder if can you go inside the Sphinx enclosure. It is possible, but only during our private tour of the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx.

How much does it cost to go inside the pyramids? ›

If you want to go inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu, you have to pay EGP 440(about US$14.00). If you need to go inside the Pyramids of Khafre or Menkaure, you have to pay EGP 100 (about US$3.3).

What happened to the woman who climbed the Mayan pyramid? ›

After descending the pyramid steps, she was met by an angry crowd who yelled “jail jail jail” and “idiot,” though the woman seemed relatively unphased. Villalobos was then escorted from the site and taken to the nearby community of Tinum, where she received a fine of 5,000 pesos, roughly $250.

Is it safe to eat salad in Egypt? ›

Take a tip from the locals and always squeeze fresh lime juice over your salad - apparently this kills off any bacteria which may be lurking !! I always eat loads of salads in Egypt and have never had an upset stomach.

Is it safe to have ice cubes in Egypt? ›

It's important to stay hydrated while travelling in Egypt, but drinking tap water isn't recommended. Remember to avoid drinks with ice and to peel fruit before eating it, too.

How to stop getting ill in Egypt? ›

To protect yourself from illness: drink boiled water or bottled water with sealed lids. don't swim in fresh water, including the Nile River, to avoid waterborne diseases, such as bilharzia (schistosomiasis) (World Health Organization)

Can tourists kiss in Egypt? ›

Egypt is conservative. Very conservative. You won't find couples cuddling and kissing in public, as any type of public affection is a big no-no (even handholding isn't really approved of).

Do they speak English in Egypt? ›

English is widely spoken in Egypt as around 70 years ago Egypt was a British colony. It is also taught in Egyptian schools and many tourist centres also have guides who understand and speak English fluently.

Can you drink coffee in Egypt? ›

Tea is Egypt's national drink, while coffee is part of the traditional welcome. Karkadeh is a traditional drink made from boiling dried red hibiscus flowers, the water is then chilled.

Is $100 a lot in Egypt? ›

It is somewhat. 100 USD are equal to 1597 LE as we speak. It hasn't always been this way. Just last year 100 USD was equivalent to almost 1800 LE and in 2010 I think it was equal to about 8 pounds.

Can I use my credit card in Egypt? ›

Most businesses, restaurants and retailers accept debit cards, Visa, and MasterCard, however public service providers will not accept payment by credit cards. For example, utility bill collections, taxi services, smaller street kiosks will only accept cash payments.

How much is a can of coke in Egypt? ›

EGP 7.95(Inc.

How much cash do I need for Egypt? ›

For mid-range trips, we recommend budgeting up to 1800 EGP (approximately 120 USD) per day, while luxury trips with 5-star accommodation, private tours, and fine cuisine can cost double that.

How much do you tip in Egypt? ›

Generally, in Egypt, you should tip between 10 and 15%. If you are pleased with your time at the spa or health club, tip closer to 15%. If you are not pleased, tip closer to 10% or even a bit less. Feel free to voice any concerns you may have had during your visit to appropriate management.

How much is a meal in Egypt in USD? ›

Sit down meals range from $5 to $12 per plate in many restaurants. In upscale hotels and restaurants, the cost per plate will be higher. Tipping: For a sit-down meal, it is customary to tip 5 to 10% of the bill.

What is the most common crime in Egypt? ›

Rape is one of the most common crimes in Egypt. The Egyptian Centre for Women's Rights (ECWR) has called the problem "social cancer" and suggested that dress code is no deterrent at all.

Is Israel or Egypt safer? ›

According to the Gallup Institute's new survey, Egypt is the 16th safest country out of 135 countries polled for the "Law and Order" index, beating out the UK and the United States, which were ranked 21st and 35th respectively. Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, ranked as the 43rd safest.

Where is the safest place to go Egypt? ›

10 Safest Cities in Egypt
  1. Sharm El Sheikh. Supposedly, Sharm El Sheikh does have a safety index of 73.45, which means that it's safer than many other places in Egypt. ...
  2. Aswan. ...
  3. Hurghada. ...
  4. Luxor. ...
  5. Damietta. ...
  6. Dahab. ...
  7. Mersa Matruh. ...
  8. Alexandria.

Are masks required in Egypt? ›

Egypt maintains 14-day quarantine periods and other preventative measures in all cases for people who test positive for COVID-19 while in Egypt. Individuals who do not adhere to precautionary measures such as wearing a mask indoors may be subject to an immediate fine or prosecution.

Is it safe to travel to Egypt as a woman? ›

Is Egypt Safe For Women Travelers? Egypt is actually pretty safe in my experience. Safe, in this context, meaning safe from physical assault, not necessarily safe from stares, harassment, and never-ending catcalls 😅. The truth is Egypt is the most tiring place I've ever traveled as a woman, both in a group and solo.

How much does a Egypt visa cost? ›

How much is a visa for Egypt? The cost for standard processing of a Egyptian visa is USD $86.99. offer three different services: Standard processing (6 Business Days) - USD $86.99.

Can you swim in the sea in Egypt? ›

The most well-known destinations are Sharm el-Sheikh in the Sinai Peninsula and the area around Hurghada on the Red Sea coast, however, they are far from the only options. Our list of the greatest swimming spots in Egypt will help you narrow down your choices.

What is the leading cause of death in Egypt? ›

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, and chronic respiratory diseases, are currently the leading national cause of death in Egypt. NCDs are estimated to account for 82% of all deaths in Egypt and 67% of premature deaths.

How should I dress for a trip to Egypt? ›

Must-pack items for Egypt
  1. Long, baggy skirts and/or pants.
  2. Long-sleeved t-shirts.
  3. Bathing suit.
  4. Wide-brimmed hat.
  5. Sunglasses.
  6. Comfortable walking shoes.
  7. A scarf or shawl for women to cover their hair when visiting mosques.
  8. A light fleece or jacket if travelling outside of summer.

Do you need to cover up as a woman in Egypt? ›

Just remember to cover up from your shoulders to below the knee. While women are expected to dress more conservatively than men, even the fellas should leave the short shorts and tight singlets at home. Also, avoid packing anything in white.

Can a single woman travel to Egypt? ›

Egypt is a destination that many solo females overlook but if you ever get the chance to go, Egypt is one of the most magical destinations you will ever visit. Although some women may feel intrepid at the thought of visiting this country alone, there are many tours you can take to see this beautiful country.

Is it safe for a woman to walk alone in Egypt? ›

While Egypt is mostly a safe and welcoming country, it is recommended not to stroll alone at some places after the sunset. So, at such times, it's better to be accompanied by a trusted local guide than moving alone. Plus, they can also give you some valuable insights about the rich Egyptian history.

Can I travel in Egypt as a solo female? ›

As a solo female in Egypt, you're more likely to experience hospitable locals, befriend Egyptians, and make connections that you would not have otherwise made as part of a group. I experienced kind hospitality across the whole country. I made a few friends.

What is considered inappropriate in Egypt? ›

Basic Etiquette

It is considered impolite to point the toe, heel or any part of the foot toward another person. Showing the sole of one's shoe is also impolite. Modest dress and presentation is highly valued in Egyptian culture. Greetings often occur before any form of social interaction.

What is the dress code for the pyramids? ›

There is no official dress code for visiting the Pyramids, but it is recommended that you wear something comfortable and made of a breathable material like cotton or linen as it gets very hot near the pyramids.

Can I take my girlfriend to hotel in Egypt? ›

Can my girlfriend stay with me at my hotel in Egypt? According to government law, Egyptian citizens are required to present a marriage certificate. Foreign guests can check into the hotel without a marriage certificate or as unmarried couples.

Can unmarried couples stay in the same hotel room in Egypt? ›

In Egypt, it is technically illegal for unmarried couples to share a hotel room, and many hotels will require couples to provide proof of marriage upon check-in. However, some hotels in Cairo may be more lenient or discreet about enforcing these laws.

Is it rude to cross your legs in Egypt? ›

Much like the rest of the Arab world, Egyptians believe it is rude if you cross your legs so the sole of your shoe faces someone else.

What is the no of females in Egypt? ›

In 2021, Egypt's female population amounted to approximately 54 million, while the male population amounted to approximately 55.26 million inhabitants.
Egypt: Total population from 2011 to 2021, by gender (in millions)
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Do Americans need a visa to visit Egypt? ›

Passport and Visas:

U.S. citizens must have a visa to enter Egypt. U.S. citizens can obtain a renewable single-entry 30-day tourist visa on arrival at Egyptian airports for a 25 USD fee. A multiple entry visa is also obtainable for 60 USD. The Government of Egypt has created a website for the issuance of “e-visas.”

What should a woman know before traveling to Egypt? ›

Covering up (a long skirt or pants and a t-shirt is fine, though a long-sleeved shirt is ideal) also conveys your respect for Egyptian culture. Keep a scarf handy for visiting mosques. Always sit in the back seat of taxis, and stay alert, as there have been reports of assaults.

Is Egypt welcoming tourists? ›

Egypt - Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information. Reconsider travel to Egypt due to terrorism.


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