Egypt Travel Tips

Posted On : 05/06/2024 Egypt Travel Blogger 50
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The Currency of Egypt

Egypt's currency is the Egyptian pound (referred to LE - Livre Egyptienne). One LE is equal to 100 piasters, or genaeh in Arabic. You will find 25 and 50 piaster notes and 1-pound coins.

As of May 6, 2024, $1 is about 47.40 Egyptian pounds.

In Egypt, most banks are open from Sunday to Thursday, from 08:30 to 14:00. However, banks at major entry points, like airports, are open 24 hours daily.


Egypt Travel Tips Regarding the Currency and the Recent Arrivals:

-Most major credit/debit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, all Euro cards, and JCB, are widely accepted in various hotels and shops.

-If you want to use an ATM, most accept E-Visa, MasterCard, and Cirrus cards.

-Be aware that, banks may be unwilling to accept the $100 notes issued before 1996.

- In Egypt, there are many Western Union branches, and it takes mere moments to have money sent to you. 

- Your duty-free goods must be purchased within 48 hours after arrival.

-If you wish to convert your currency, you can use USD, GBP, or Euros, as they are accepted in many banks and other places.

-TIP: Don't change your currency until you arrive in Egypt – the conversion rate is much better here! We can also assist you in getting a better rate.


Useful Egypt Travel Tips

  1. Culture Shock: Prepare yourself for a culture shock! Many seasoned travelers are amazed by the unique experiences Egypt offers.
  2. Respect Local Customs: Egypt is a Muslim country. Please respect their customs and faith. Public displays of affection, wearing revealing clothing, and homosexuality are frowned upon and illegal.
  3. Water Safety: Never drink tap water. It is safe for washing and showering but not for drinking. Use bottled water instead.
  4. Traffic: In Egypt, they drive on the right. Be cautious when crossing roads, especially in busy areas like Cairo.
  5. Entry Visa: Get your entry visa at your destination airport; it's often cheaper than getting it at home. You can also exchange your currency there.
  6. Hydration: Buy and drink plenty of water. It's cheaper to buy in shops than at hotels or cruise boats.
  7. Dealing with Traders: Use the phrase "la shukran" (no thank you) to politely decline offers from traders.
  8. Personal Safety: If someone is too pushy, inform your tour guide.
  9. Admission Fees: Carry enough LE for admissions to various sites. Plan each day in advance.
  10. Site Visits: Many tours to desert sites are scheduled for early morning or late afternoon to avoid the midday heat.
  11. Security Checks: Be prepared for delays at some sites due to security checks.
  12. Flashlight: Bring a small flashlight for visiting dark sites.
  13. Wet Wipes: Bring wet wipes to clean your hands after touching ancient relics.
  14. Medical Kit: Pack a small kit with essentials, like safety pins, plasters, antiseptic cream, and sunscreen.
  15. Footwear: Wear sensible footwear when visiting sites.
  16. No Flash Photography: Obey signs prohibiting flash photography to avoid damaging ancient artifacts.
  17. Historical Depictions: Don't be offended by ancient depictions of male genitalia.
  18. Water Supply: Bring plenty of water, especially when visiting sites like the West Bank at Luxor.
  19. Appropriate Clothing: Ladies should wear trousers when visiting the pyramids. Men should avoid shorts for the same reason.
  20. Medications: Bring a supply of any regular medications and your prescription.
  21. Mosquito Repellent: Bring mosquito repellent for outdoor evening events.
  22. Food Safety: Be cautious with your diet to avoid traveler's diarrhea. Only use bottled water.
  23. Hand Hygiene: Always wash your hands before eating.
  24. Bottled Water: Only use bottled water for drinking.


Egypt Entry Visa

Most tourists and visitors to Egypt can obtain an entry visa at any port of entry. All foreigners arriving in Egypt must have a valid passport (with at least 06 months left before expiration).

How to Get Your Visa at the Airport:

The Egyptian visa is a stamp (like a postage stamp) that you can buy from the visa office located in the arrival hall at the port of entry, just before the immigration booth. The visa stamp costs USD 25. Once you have bought your visa, stand in line to get your passport stamped by the immigration officer.

Useful Tip:

While buying your visa upon arrival, use the opportunity to exchange some currency.

Egyptian Weather

Egypt's summer is hot and dry in most of the country and humid in the Delta and along the Mediterranean Coast. Winters are mild with some rain but usually feature bright, sunny days and cold nights. Sun protection is essential, especially for fair-skinned individuals. Travel clothing should be light and comfortable, with dependable shoes being a must.

Average Annual Temperatures:

  • Coastal region: Max 37°C (99°F), Min 14°C (57°F)
  • Deserts: Max 46°C (114°F) during the day, Min 6°C (42°F) after sunset

The most humid area is along the Mediterranean coast, with an average annual rainfall of about 200mm. Precipitation decreases rapidly to the south; Cairo receives only about 29mm of rain annually.



Recommended Clothing

  • Dressy outfits for evenings out
  • Swimwear for hotel or cruise ship pools
  • Light and comfortable clothing (preferably 100% cotton)

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I use my credit card in Egypt? Yes, major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants, and shops. However, it's advisable to carry cash as a backup.
  2. What's the voltage in Egypt, and will I need a power adapter? Egypt's voltage is 220-240V with a frequency of 50Hz. Most outlets are two-pronged, so, you may need a power adapter.
  3. Can I visit the inside of the pyramids? Yes, you can enter some pyramids, including the Great Pyramid of Khufu, though additional fees and limited access may apply.
  4. Is tipping expected in Egypt? Yes, tipping is customary in Egypt.
  5. What souvenirs should I buy in Egypt? Traditional items like papyrus artwork, Egyptian cotton products, spices, and alabaster souvenirs are popular.



Egypt is a treasure trove of history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes, making it an irresistible travel destination. By adhering to Egypt Travel tips, you'll be well-equipped to fully immerse yourself in Egypt's unique experiences and ensure a memorable and enriching journey. Safe travels, and may your Egyptian adventure be filled with unforgettable moments!






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