Visas

All visitors entering Egypt would require a visa. Most travellers obtain their visa upon entry in Egypt. There are 3 types of visa:

Tourist Visa -  is usually valid for a period not exceeding three months and granted on either single or multiple entry basis.
Entry Visa – is required for any foreigner arriving in Egypt for purposes other than tourism, e.g. work, study, etc. The possession of a valid Entry Visa is needed to complete the residence procedure in Egypt.
Transit Visa

Nationals from UK , EU and USA travelling to Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba and Taba resorts ONLY, for a maximum of 14 DAYS, do not require a visa prior to travelling as a free entry permission stamp will be granted upon arrival. If they intend to travel outside of the above mentioned areas they MUST obtain a Visa

In addition to UK and EU nationals, citizens of the following countries can obtain visa upon arrival at any of the Egyptian ports of entry:

Australia, Canada, Croatia, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Macedonia, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, Ukraine and USA.

Malaysian nationals
Malaysian nationals can stay in Egypt for up to two weeks without a visa. If their stay exceeds two weeks, the usual requirements apply

For holders of travel documents and nationals from the following countries, visa APPROVAL MUST BE SOUGHT from the competent Authorities in Egypt, and applicants MUST apply in person at the Consulate Visa Section:
Iran, Tunisia, Somalia, Morocco, Algeria, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan (non residents in the UK), Djibouti, Mauritania, Comoros, Burundi, Rwanda, Liberia, Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Mali, Niger, Chad, Israel, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Moldova, Philippines,  Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Visa Fees

  • Country – Single Entry / Multiple Entry
  • Australia 18 US$ / 23 US$
  • Canada 25 $c / 31 $c
  • France, Germany, Holland, Italy 25 € / 30 €
  • Japan 5,500 Yen / 7,000 Yen
  • Malaysia RM46 /RM57
  • Portugal, Spain 25 € / 30 €
  • UK £15 / £18
  • USA US$15

Please double check with your local Egypt Embassy for before travelling.


Currency

The official currency of Egypt is the Egyptian Pound. For exchange rates with your local currency, www.xe.com has the latest updated foreign exchange.


Getting There

By Air

The easiest way to get to Egypt is by air. There are 3 main international airports in Egypt. They are Cairo, Alexandria and Sharm El-Sheikh. Most airlines fly into Cairo, the capital city.

Egypt Air is the national airline of Egypt. The airline flies non-stop to major cities in the world (www.egyptair.com Telephone & sales Egypt: Land line 090070000 / Mobile 1717)

From Europe

There are many direct flights flying into Cairo from many European major cities. Among the airlines are:

Air France flies from Paris (www.airfrance.com Telephone & Online sales : +202 2770 6250 , add: 2 Talaat Harb Square, Cairo)
Alitalia flies direct from Rome (www.alitalia.com Telephone & sales: +2-02-33330612, add: 92, El Nil St. Dokki, Cairo)
British Airways flies direct from London (www.ba.com Telephone & sales: +20 (2) 2480 0380, add: Intercontinental Residence Suites, City Stars Complex, Al Forsan Street, Heliopolis, Cairo)
BMI flies direct from London (www.flybmi.com Telephone & sales: +202 2269 0971/2, add: 6, El Sheikh El Marsafi St. Zamalek, Cairo 11211, P.O.Box: 1404
Iberia flies direct from Madrid (www.iberia.com Telephone & sales:  (202) 5789955 / 5795700, add: 15, Tahrir Square, Cairo)
KLM flies direct from Amsterdam (www.klm.com Telephone & Online sales: +20 (0) 22 770 6251, add: 2 Talaat Harb Square – Cairo)
Lufthansa flies direct from Frankfurt and Munich (www.lufthansa.com Telephone & Online sales: +2-02-19380, add: 6th El Sheihk El Marsafy street, Zamalek, Cairo, P.O.BOx 1404)
Olympic Airways flies direct from Athens (www.olympicair.com Worldwide Telephone & Online sales: +302103550500 (Athens – phone number)

From USA and Canada

Delta flies direct from New York (www.delta.com Tel: 20-2-2736-2030 / 2039, add: 5 Continents Travel, 15 Ismail Mohamed Street, Jeddah Tower, 2nd Floor, Zamalek, Cairo)
United flies direct from New York (www.united.com Tel: +202 3908099 / 5090, add: 42, Abdel Khalek Tharwat St., Downtown, Cairo)

From Australia and NZ

Currently there are no non-stop flights from Australia and NZ to Cairo. The best option is to fly direct via Singapore (www.singaporeair.com), Kuala Lumpur (www.malaysiaairlines.com), Dubai (www.emirates.com), Abu Dhabi (www.etihadairways.com) or Doha (www.qatarairways.com)

From Asia

Air China flies direct from Beijing (www.airchina.com Tel: +202 3908209, add: 18, Youssef El Gendy St., Downtown, Cairo)
Emirates flies direct from Dubai (www.emirates.com Tel: +20 21 9899, add: 18 Batal Ahmed Abdulaziz St. Mohandesseen, Cairo)
Etihad Airways flies direct from Abu Dhabi (www.etihadairways.com Tel: +20 2 578 1303, add: World Trade Center,, 1191 Cornich El-Nil, Cairo, Egypt)
Gulf Air flies direct from Bahrain (www.gulfair.com Tel: +25750852/25758391/25743336, add: 21 Mahmoud Basiouni Street, Cairo)
Hainan Airlines flies direct from Beijing (www.global.hnair.com Tel: 0020 111997788)
Malaysia Airlines flies direct from Kuala Lumpur (www.malaysiaairlines.com Tel: +202 2575 9102, add: 21 Mahmoud Bassiouny street, Downtown Cairo)
Qatar Airways flies direct from Doha (www.qatarairways.com Tel: +202 33035734, add: 34 Gameat Aldwal Al Arabeia ST, Mohandeseen, Cairo)
Singapore Airlines flies direct from Singapore (www.singaporeair.com Tel: +202 37 49 2879, add: 8, Geziret Al-Arab Street, Mohandesseen, Infinity Towers, 22nd floor, Cairo)



Getting Around

There are many ways to get around Egypt. It is quite easy to get around within the country. Travelling by air is the most expensive option. There is a good network of trains and buses available connecting the country. However, please note that services are below average and delays are quite common.

Cairo

Taxis

Taxis are abundant and cheap to get around. Taxis are metered but they are never used. Most of the time taxi drivers pick up other passengers along the way. You need to know roughly the going on rate for your trip because taxi drivers leave the fare up to you. Taxis at five star hotels are more expensive but they’re usually in better condition and drivers speak some english.

Metro

The metro is another way of getting around. Metro’s are clean and cheap, but they’re not as useful since they connect mostly to residential areas.

Buses

Buses is the cheapest way to get around and cover most areas. However, they are overcrowded and usually in very poor condition thus not recommended.

Domestic Flights

Egypt Air is the national airline and provides regular daily flights between Cairo, Luxor, Hurghada, Aswan and Alexandria. All domestic flights leave from Terminal 1 of Cairo Airport. Air Sinai is the only other airline providing services between Cairo, Luxor, Hurghada, Sharm El-Sheikh and St. Katherine Monastery. Fares are average for international standard. It is common that flights on both of these airlines are overbooked. Make sure to confirm flights and keep the confirmation number to minimize chances of not flying.

Trains

This is one of the better options to travel long distance. Train connects the Nile Valley, the Delta and Canal Zone. There are 2 types of trains – air-conditioned (A/C) and non A/C. Air-conditioned trains usually have first and second class compartments and is more comfortable. Non A/C trains are used for shorter trips or local stopping trains.

Long Distance Buses

Travelling by bus varies in terms of comfortability. There are 2 types of buses – air-conditioned (A/C) and non A/C. Air-conditioned buses tend to be newer and a lot faster. Please be aware that some buses advertises as A/C, but it rarely works or they never turn them on. Smoking signs are sometimes ignored. There are 3 main bus companies in Egypt – The Upper Egypt connecting to the Nile Valley, Al-Fayoum, Red Sea coast and Western Desert, The East Delta Bus Company connects with the Sinai beach towns (Sharm El-Sheikh, Nuweiba, Dahab, Taba) and Suez Canal towns (Port Said, Ismailia, Suez). Meanwhile the West Delta Bus Company connects with Alexandria, Marsa Matruh, Siwa and other West Delta towns.


Accommodation

There are many types of accommodation available in Egypt. The most comfortable and reliable are the international chains – Hilton, Sheraton, Marriott, Sofitel, Meridien, Movenpick, Swissotel and the Four Seasons. Services vary though advertised as ‘international standard’. It is increasing common for guests and non-guest to be screened by metal detectors at all entry points. It is also common to leave your passports during your stay.

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