Tips For Travelling to Egypt in 2023*

Egypt is one of the most famous travel destinations in the world with the amazing pyramids in Giza to the longest river on earth, the Nile River. Here are some important things you need to know before you travel to Egypt in 2023.

The local currency is the Egyptian Pound. As a rule, the best exchange rates are found once you've arrived in Egypt - US Dollars, British Pounds and Euros are the easiest currencies to convert, and you can take cash out at the majority of ATMs.

British passport holders travelling to Egypt normally need a visa. You can either buy it online from the official visa2egypt portal before you travel or you can pay on arrival which is 25 USD in cash.

If you wanting to drink alcohol whilst in Egypt it's best to buy it at Duty Free as it is hard to source. As Egypt is a majority Islamic country, most people do not drink. So you will need to go to expat areas or super touristy areas such as cruise ships/ resort areas to buy if you are not staying at a hotel.

You will also be able to buy alcohol at almost all the high end restaurants, check out Drinkies which is an alcohol delivery service.

The cuisine is very vegan and vegetarian friendly. For Vegan options ask for Seyami foods, which is what Coptic Egyptians eat during their fast which is Vegan (with the exception of fish). In Egypt, drinking water from the tap is not recommended. So make sure you use bottled water to drink and brush your teeth.

Be prepared to tip
You are expected to tip after every service given, for example if someone just took a photo for you. If you are staying at a hotel the workers prefer USD or GBP as it is easier for them to exchange. Generally, in Egypt, you should tip between 10 and 15%.

Dress modesty
Light fabrics like linen, cotton and athletic clothing are ideal for the heat. Just remember to cover up from your shoulders to below the knee, especially at religious sites. While women are expected to dress more conservatively than men, even the guys should try and dress modesty as well.

Get a tour guide
Travelling in a new country can be very daunting, so finding a guide could be a godsend. Typically most tour operators come with a driver, and it will save you lots of stress, time, and money. If you are travelling in a group a tour operator can showcase the best Egypt has to offer. Hurghada excursions are great for making the most of your trip to Egypt.

Learn a few sayings
If you are wanting to explore the country it is ideal learn a few saying. "La Shukran" means No thank you if you want to politely want to tell someone in the market that you do not want to buy their goods. "Sabah al-khair" means Good morning and "Yalla" means lets go!.

Best time to Visit
The best time to visit Egypt is between October and April, temperatures are cooler but you are still guaranteed sun, ideal if you are wanting to spend Christmas in the sunshine. The cheapest time to visit is in May

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