Monday, November 29, 2021

Useful Information on Egypt Trip Planning

I got back to Kenya from Egypt a couple of days ago and I have just been taking it easy catching up with friends and relaxing. I figured while still in this relaxed mode maybe it would be a good idea to post some useful tips that might come in handy when planning a trip to Egypt. Here goes... 

Flight - I flew to Cairo directly from Nairobi on EgyptAir. It was a 4 hour nonstop flight. 

Entry Requirements:

Covid Test - has to be taken within 72 hours and the certificate presented at the airport. 

Yellow Fever Certificate - I always carry mine whenever I travel and this time around it came in handy as it was requested at the airport in Nairobi.

Visa - you can get an Egyptian evisa or buy it at the airport in Cairo for $25. I opted to buy it at the airport in Cairo. I was concerned about getting change back since I didn't have the exact amount but it turned out not to be an issue.

Currency - in Egypt they use the Egyptian pound and the exchange rate in dollars is 15 Egyptian pounds for every dollar. 

Language - English is widely spoken in the touristic areas and from my observation, so are Spanish and French. I did not experience any language barrier.

Accommodation - there are plenty of hotels, guest houses and airbnb's to choose from. I stayed at a guesthouse that I found on in Giza right by the pyramids.

Dressing - I would say dress in what you are comfortable in and what is weather appropriate because temperatures can get pretty high. I saw a mix of everything in the big cities in terms of clothing but It could be different in smaller cities. 

Best Time to Visit - Temperatures are cooler and more comfortable between October and April so for me personally this would be the ideal time to visit if you want to avoid excessive heat.

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