Egypt holidays

A holiday to Egypt will see you exploring a country that’s scenery is as magical as the stories of the Ancient Gods that once ruled here. Unleash your inner Indiana Jones or let loose your Lara Croft and explore dusty ruins and towering pyramids, set among the imposing desert dunes. Alternatively, if you prefer the sand to be closer to the sea, the coastline is peppered with salt-coloured beaches and cooled by the clear waters of the Red Sea.

The Red Sea is an attraction in itself and the icing on the cake for any holiday! There are spectacular snorkelling and diving opportunities, bringing you up-close-and personal with magnificent marine life such as corals and the famous Red Sea turtles. The coast’s resorts have something for everyone, from family-friendly sandy beaches, to dining with Bedouins in their desert villages.

What should I pack?

Unless you’re heading to Egypt in winter, you’ll need to pack for hot weather. You’ll need plenty of lightweight clothes, and don’t forget your sunglasses. Bring your sun cream too, and make it a high factor (30 and above) because the UV rays are pretty intense here. Things can cool down a little in the evening, so bring a lightweight jumper or a jacket to protect yourself from any chills.

Make sure you pack a pair of comfy walking shoes. They’ll come in handy if you’re planning on trekking through those ancient Egyptian archaeological sites. Women should pack a minimum of one long-sleeved top and a head-covering scarf, as you’ll need to cover up when visiting mosques or holy sites.

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This country is a sun-seeker’s paradise, with long, warm days throughout the year. 

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It takes between five and five and a half hours to fly here from the UK.

Hurghada International Airport lies approximately 8km southwest of central Hurghada; Marsa Alam International Airport lies approximately 60km north of Marsa Alam.

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Underwater explorers: With over 250km of coastal reefs, there’s plenty of opportunity for everyone from green-gilled snorkelers to the most seasoned divers. The crystal-clear waters are home to over 1,200 species of fish, around 120 of which are to be found nowhere else in the world, making it one of the world’s top destinations for underwater exploration.

Beach lovers: Soaking up the sun on a powder-soft sand beach is a highlight of any holiday. While all of the beaches are stunning in themselves, there are a few jewels in the country’s crown: look out for the Sunken City of the Sahl Hasheesh Bay, El Nayzak in Marsa Alam, and Soma Bay, near Hurghada.

Active types: While there are plenty of water sports for you to get involved with on your holidays to Egypt, there’s even more on offer on land! Go rock-climbing in Dahab, kayak along the Nile; head over to Cairo and you can even go skiing on an indoor slope, complete with over 7,000 tons of snow!

Fast facts for Egypt

Language: The primary language spoken here is Arabic, so make sure to pack a phrasebook.

Currency: The currency used here is the Egyptian pound (E£).

Local time: Egypt is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Hurghada International Airport. Transfer times to resorts are around 30 minutes. 

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Egypt is around 5 hours.

Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found at www.egypt.travel.

Visa / health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holidays to Egypt.

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Getting around Egypt

By minibus: Each resort has a good network of minibuses operating around the main towns. These usually operate on a fixed route and you can call out to the driver when you want to get off.

By taxi: It’s easy to flag down a taxi, but if they don’t use the meter, then ensure you agree a price in advance and pay only at the end of the journey.

By shuttle bus: Many hotels operate shuttle buses into town or the nearest beach.

Events in Egypt

New Year: No matter where you're staying on your holiday, there's always a party going on at New Year; a great way to kick things off!

On the waterfront: Friday night is Marina Party night in El Gouna, with live music and dancing beside the bobbing yachts.

Ramadan: The fasting month of Ramadan is marked across the country, although it won’t be as disruptive in the resorts as elsewhere in the country. Immediately afterwards, the festivals of Eid al-Fitr, and later Eid al-Adha, are holidays when Egyptian families will often travel to resorts, so these are likely to be busier.

Egypt safety and security

Do I need a passport?

You’ll need a valid passport to enter Egypt. Passports must be valid for at least six months from the date you enter the country, otherwise, you won’t be allowed to travel.

For more Egypt passport information and details of entry requirements to the country, head to: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt/entry-requirements.

Do I need a visa?

Depending on where in Egypt you’re travelling to, British passport holders may require a tourist visa to travel to Egypt. If you need one, you can get it online by visiting: Visa2Egypt and it will be valid for a maximum of three months.

If you’re a British national staying in the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba and Taba, you’ll receive a free entry permission stamp upon arrival. This will be valid for up to 15 days. If you’re planning on travelling outside these areas or staying for longer than 15 days, you’ll need to get a visa.

It’s also possible to obtain a tourist visa when you arrive in Egypt. They’re available at approved bank kiosks in airport arrival halls, before you get to the immigration counter. The cost of a visa is US$25 and they’re valid for a maximum of 30 days. However, it’s strongly recommended that you get one before you travel to avoid any border issues.

For more Egypt visa information and details of entry requirements to the country, head to: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt/entry-requirements. If you have any questions, contact the Egyptian Consulate in London.

Should I get travel health insurance?

You should always buy comprehensive travel and health insurance when you go on holiday. It means you’ll be covered for overseas medical expenses if anything happens, such as medical repatriation and legal costs. Just be sure to check what’s included in your policy before you buy it, and make sure it covers any activities you’ll be doing on holiday.

Any other tips?

It can get very hot in Egypt, so it’s important to stay hydrated. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times and fill it up as you go.

  • Depending on when you’re going on holiday, there may be mosquitoes around. You’ll need to wear insect repellent to ensure you don’t get bitten; it’s available to buy while you’re out there, but it’s worth bringing some along with you in case you can’t find any.
  • The political situation in the Middle East can be volatile, so please check with your holiday rep or hotel concierge if you want to head off on your own to go exploring. They’ll be able to give you advice on travelling safely in Egypt.
  • For more information and Egypt travel advice, head to: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt

 

Egypt weather

Temperature: 18-33 (°C)

When’s the best time to go?

It’s hot, it’s sunny, and it’s packed full of history: Our Egypt travel advice is to put a trip to this extraordinary and unique country right at the top of your bucket list. Egypt really is a year-round holiday destination. Temperatures often rise above 35°C in summer, and they hover around 20°C in winter. If you like things warm but not too hot then spring and autumn are the best times to go, when temperatures are in the high 20s.

Chances are you won’t have to worry about wet weather during your trip, as it hardly ever rains here. It can get chilly when the sun goes down though, so keep this in mind when you’re packing your bags. If you’re planning on diving during your stay, the water’s nice and warm in summer (around 28°C) but can cool down to around 20°C in December and January.

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