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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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.
Passports and visas
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.
Health and Safety
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