Everything You Need to Know about Travelling to Egypt

From cultural norms and etiquette to staying healthy, read on to learn more about how you can make the most out of your visit to this part of the world.

When Visiting Egypt Do I Need To Get Any Vaccinations?

To ensure that you get all the necessary vaccinations, it is recommended that you consult your local physician before you travel to Egypt. Some of the most highly recommended vaccinations include Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Hepatitis A and Diphtheria.

How Safe Is Egyptian Tap Water?

You may get stomach upsets from drinking tap water in Egypt as it tends to be heavily chlorinated; otherwise it is generally safe. You will find that shops and eateries in the country usually stock bottled mineral water. This means that you can use the tap water for personal hygiene, i.e. showering and brushing your teeth.

Characteristics of Egyptian Cuisine

Egyptian cuisine, with its juicy grilled meats, vegetables and fish is quite appealing to most people; however, it is important for travellers to exercise some caution to avoid stomach issues caused by the local food during their holiday. Unless you are eating at one of the top hotels, cruise liners or restaurants, it is best to avoid salads as the tap water, which has a lot of chlorine, can cause stomach upsets. More importantly, travellers should avoid any food that appears to have been sitting for an extended period, and only eat piping hot dishes as this shows that the food has been properly cooked.

Is It Normal to Haggle for Prices?

When it comes to shopping in Egyptian markets and shopping centres, haggling and bargaining are quite normal. To ensure that there is room for haggling, before both parties can agree on a price that suits them both, traders usually quote inflated prices for their wares. To avoid being taken advantage of, you should have a maximum price in mind and then raise your initial offer slowly to this level.

Notable Egyptian Wares to Buy

You will find all sorts of wares in Egypt. While you will find a variety of small bazaars and souks in the smaller towns, the cavernous Khan al-Khalili bazaar in Cairo is littered with all sorts of regular as well as distinctly unique items. From genuine papyrus, Egyptian cotton clothing and sheets and leatherwear to mirrors, brass wear, mosaic lamps, marble and alabaster fashioned Pharaonic items, hand crafted sheesha pipes and backgammon boards, there is a huge variety of things travellers can buy in Egypt.

How to Behave and Important Cultural Norms

Even though a lot of emphasis is placed on how women dress  in this part of the world,  men should also dress like the locals, keeping their shoulders covered and wearing trousers. Even though many foreign visitors choose to wear shorts, this dress code is only appropriate at beach resorts. While both women and men are required to cover up completely, women also need to put on a headscarf when going to a mosque. Before entering the mosque, remember to take off your shoes.

Is Egypt a Great Destination for Family Holidays?

Whether young or old, the age and complexity of the tombs, temples and pyramids of Egypt provide a fascinating experience to people of all ages; most importantly, children will have a mind opening and inspiring Egypt holiday experience. It’s unlikely that visitors will get bored as there are many different fun activities they can engage in, from felucca boat rides on the River Nile to camel rides.

What Is the Local Currency?

The Egyptian Pound (abbreviated as LE) is the local currency and is broken down into a hundred piastres. Travellers will also find 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 denomination bank notes.

Are Egyptian Goods Reasonably Priced?

Based on purchasing power parity, hotel accommodation prices and taxes, Egypt was ranked as the 2nd most affordable destination for international travellers back in 2015; this shows just how competitively priced things are in the country. Holidaymakers can expect to pay around 30 USD for a three course meal at an upmarket establishment, or 10 USD for an affordable meal at a local restaurant; this means that the cost of dining out is slightly higher.