Egypt

For a trip to Egypt, you need a valid visa. Which type is suitable for your travel plans and whether you can also enter Egypt with an E-Visa depends on a number of factors. We support you in applying for your eTA travel authorization for Egypt.

Travel information

Country facts

Are you planning a vacation in Egypt? Before you visit the pyramids, swim at sunny dream beaches, or go diving at the Red Sea, we provide you with the essential facts for your trip to the land of the pharaohs.

Quick facts Egypt

  • Location: North Africa
  • Area: 1,001,449 km²
  • Currency: Egyptian pound (EGP)
  • Official language: Arabic
  • Population: approx. 102.3 million
  • Capital city: Cairo

Climate in Egypt

Egypt has a primarily desert climate with a few exceptions along the Mediterranean coast and altitudes. The average temperatures are about 33 °C in the south and about 25 °C in the north of Egypt.

Heatwaves of up to 50 °C are not uncommon in Egyptian summers, but they cause fewer problems for travelers due to the dry air compared to other hot and humid regions of the world.

If you are traveling to Egypt for diving, you can choose between the Mediterranean coast, which has an average water temperature of 21 °C, and the east coast on the Red Sea, which has a temperature of up to 29 °C.

Landscape and nature in Egypt

The vast desert landscape of Egypt is sparsely vegetated in many places and is mainly home to acacias, thorn bushes, and palm trees. However, the soils are fertile around the Nile Delta, where the landscape is green.

In the wetter areas live many bird species and a few crocodiles. Otherwise, you will mainly encounter the world-famous Egyptian camels on your trip to Egypt.

There are three national parks in Egypt: the Gebel Elba National Park, the Ras Mohammed National Park, and the Wadi-al Gamal National Park. Be informed about the correct behavior during earthquakes because tremors can occasionally occur due to Egypt's location in a seismically active zone.

Entering Egypt

You will need an eVisa or visa to travel to Egypt. Also, check the current entry requirements for Egypt before you travel.

Getting around Egypt

You can get around by car, bus, domestic flight, ferries, or even train within Egypt. However, the rail network in Egypt does not have an excellent reputation, and there are frequent cancellations and, from time to time, accidents.

Bus travel often turns out to be adventurous due to the staff's driving habits, so many tourists opt for all-inclusive package tours with their own drivers or rental cars.

The main tourist routes in Egypt are paved and can be driven in standard vehicles. However, if you want to move on desert tracks, you will need an off-road vehicle with four-wheel drive.

Attention

There is a 0.0 blood alcohol limit in Egypt.

Means of payment in Egypt

During your trip to Egypt, you should always have enough cash at hand. Credit card payments are prevalent in Egypt, but they are not possible everywhere. You will find enough ATMs in larger cities and tourist areas.

Travel and safety tips for Egypt

Since the local security situation can change spontaneously, keep up to date with current events and forecasts during your trip by reading the news and the weather report.