15 things to know before traveling to Egypt
Author: Clark Tos
Are you planning a trip to Egypt soon? Here are 15 things to know before jumping on the plane to the land of the pyramids.
Egypt: culture, tradition and luxury
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When you hear the word “Egypt”, what comes to mind first? Pyramids? Temples? Pharaohs? Nile? crocodiles? Sheikh? Desert ? So you are quite right. Egypt is a must-visit country. . Between culture which is an integral part of Egypt and the luxury hotels that abound, you can only spend a dream stay .
Egypt is a historical country . Did you know that a large number of scientific discoveries were made by the Egyptians? The Egyptian empire was one of the largest, vast and advanced of antiquity. Contrary to what one might think, Egypt was an empire at least as powerful as the Roman Empire. Yet, many mysteries still surround Egypt, even now. This is precisely what makes it one of the destinations to discover at least once in your life.
Current Egypt is on horseback between tradition and modernity . Indeed, it is no less developed than any other western country. Thus, you will be completely out of place at times, but will always keep a semblance of landmarks so as not to be completely lost.
Between 2020 and 2021, because of the Covid, the borders of Egypt had been closed. This is not surprising, when we know that this was the case for all countries around the world. However, currently they are reopened, which gives you the opportunity to discover the country of the desert and the pyramids.
So quickly contact a travel agency, book one of the many flights, grab your backpack, and off you go to Egypt!
15 things to know before traveling to Egypt
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As with any trip, a trip to Egypt must be prepared . You cannot, on a whim, fly to this country the day after you have made the decision to go there. It exists some things to know for a trip to Egypt successful, smooth and unforgettable. Here are some fifteen !
You need a visa to enter Egypt
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The visa is the most important thing to do before planning a trip to Egypt. This document is mandatory for all nationals coming from France.
You can get your online visa . A digital copy of the identity page of your passport is required. You must also provide the address where you plan to put your suitcases during your stay in Egypt. If it is a hotel, you must give its name, a confirmation of the reservation, and the exact duration of your stay. If you will be hosted by acquaintances, an invitation letter is essential.
E-visa service for Egypt is open every day , and 24 hours a day .
This document is generally valid for a period of 30 days, whether it is a single entry or multiple entry visa.
The price of the visa application procedure costs €49.59 . The treatment period is one average duration of 10 days . It may be extended depending on the additional controls required.
Once the file has been processed, you will receive your electronic visa by email in PDF format. It must be downloaded to a smartphone or tablet and be easy to access during customs control.
The best time to vacation in Egypt
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Egypt is a touristic destination . Know that you are not the only person to have had the idea of visiting this country of a thousand wonders. So, be careful of the period you choose to go there. If you don't like crowds, avoid high season, especially between July and August. In addition, during this period, the sand wind is violent and prevents outdoor activities. Prefer the beginning of the year, between February and March . The temperature is lower while remaining pleasant (between 20 and 32 degrees Celsius).
Book your hotel several weeks in advance
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The hotels are numerous in Egypt. Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Hurghada or Sharm El Sheikh, you will find hotels at varying prices, ranging from the most affordable to the most luxurious.
If you want to make the most of your stay, it is advisable to choose a hotel between the mid-range and the high-end. So you can enjoy all the comforts of a trip to Egypt, and stay safe during your stay.
Plan a travel circuit
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We don't think about it enough, but plan a travel circuit is the best way not to waste your time and to discover a maximum of sites in E egypt . Indeed, the tourist destinations are very numerous in this country. If you disembark without any idea of where you want to go, you will waste precious time and end your vacation slumped in a deckchair admiring the hotel swimming pool. It would be a shame not to take advantage of all that Egypt has to offer. Hence, plan a travel tour and have the perfect vacation. With the Internet, you will find all the sites to visit in just a few clicks!
Try the Nile cruise
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According to Herodotus, the Egypt is a gift from the Nile . It is this river, one of the largest in the world, which crosses a large part of Africa . Egypt is located on either side of the Nile. Thus, one of the most pleasant and original ways to discover this magnificent country is to participate in a cruise which follows along the river. Cruising is a more interesting mode of travel than flying and less tiring than road travel. A cruise along the Nile is a great way to discover Egypt from top to bottom, while remaining in optimal comfort.
Plan a transfer from the airport to the hotel
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The transfers between the airport and the hotel are to be planned in advance. Of course, you can always wait to arrive on site and take a taxi to take you to where you are going to spend your stay . Nevertheless, transfers are more convenient. Just get in the hotel car and wait to arrive. Especially if it's your first time in Egypt, bet on security and opt for transfers!
Pay attention to safety
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As for the security , there are certain red zones in Egypt, ultimately as in any country in the world. It is therefore advisable either to be careful when going through it, or not to go through it at all.
By measure of health security , it is best not to drink tap water in Egypt. Admittedly, it is drinkable, but it is more calcareous than in France, which can create health problems. Always, to ensure your health, watch what you eat, especially if you are a fan of street food. Take an anti-diarrheal just in case.
Alcohol is not prohibited, but avoid drinking in public
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Egypt is a country predominantly Muslim . However, alcohol is not prohibited. You can easily find it in hotels or in certain places such as restaurants and lounges.
Nevertheless, it is frowned upon to drink alcohol in a public place . So, do it only in your hotel room or restaurant.
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As was said previously, Egypt is a country of culture , bathed in a history as old as it is fascinating. Some sites are absolutely worth visiting:
- The Temple of Saladin, Cairo;
- The Lighthouse and the Library, in Alexandria;
- The Temple of Amun, in Luxor;
- The Sphinx, at Giza;
- The Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, in Luxor;
- The Temple of Isis, the Temple of Kalabsha and the Botanical Garden, in Aswan;
- The Hurghada Grand Aquarium and the Hurghada Marina, in Hurghada ;
- The SOHO Square Sharm El Sheikh and the Hollywood Sharm El Sheikh, in Sharm El Sheikh ;
- The different pyramids scattered throughout Egypt.
This is a short list of places to visit in Egypt. If you search the internet, you will find even more.
Pyramids: Cheops is not alone in Egypt
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The pyramids are part of the history of Egypt. They are considered the tombs of the pharaohs who ruled the empire in ancient times.
The pyramids are large and majestic, fascinating and incredibly mysterious. And the pyramid of Cheops is one of 7 Wonders of the World . Thus, of all the pyramids in Egypt, Cheops is the most popular. But it also makes it one of those places that all travelers rush to.
Avoid mingling with everyone and opt instead to visit sites where travelers do not necessarily go. For example, you can visit the Red Pyramid , much less populated.
Treat yourself to the services of a guide during your stay
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When traveling, it is always best to hire a guide . This person is a specialist in his country and can guide you to all the sites you want to visit. In addition, the guide is best able to tell you the history of Egypt. Thanks to the guide, you do not waste time looking for such temple or such a valley. Just tell him about your travel circuit and he will take care of everything.
Attention ! Guide services are generally not included in your hotel booking. Take the time to ask them to prepare a guide for you on site so that you do not have to look for one once you arrive in Egypt.
Nights in Egypt
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If you like them nights of exit when you are on vacation, Egypt has something for you. You would think that Egyptian nights are calm, which is not necessarily the case. Places like the Mandarin Bar and Cocktail Lounge in Sharm El Sheikh are proof of this. Ask your guide for advice, he will know how to direct you to the best places to spend crazy nights in Egypt!
The essentials to put in your suitcase for a holiday in Egypt
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If there are things you should not forget to put in your suitcase, they are:
- Hat ;
- Sun cream ;
Egypt is a country bathed in UVB rays . It would be a shame to get sunburned and spend the holidays all red.
Take an interest in the history of the country
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Egypt is a country that enjoys millennia-old history . From the pharaohs to the pyramids, through anecdotes about the Nile and Cleopatra, Egypt is full of stories. A trip to this country is therefore an excellent way to perfect your general knowledge and learn more about its past. During your outings on the various sites of the country, take the trouble to listen to the guide. You will be amazed at all the wonders hidden in the history of Egypt.
Respect the ways of doing things in Egypt
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From your arrival in Egypt to your departure, the entire duration of the stay, you are in a country that is not yours . Know then that by respect , it is necessary that pay attention to small things . For example, it is forbidden to walk around in a bikini in a beach public in Egypt, this is seen as a cruel lack of modesty.
This also applies when visiting sites like temples. Know that a temple is considered a sacred place. So avoid making too much noise, touching everywhere, climbing on the statues... And above all, stay away from the red areas delimited by cordons.