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Egypt is best known for its temples, hieroglyphs, mummies and pyramids. Less well known are its ancient churches, monasteries and mosques punctuate the landscape.
There are airports in Cairo, Alexandria, Sharm el Sheikh, uxor, Marsa Alem and Aswen. Many major airlines fly into Egypt.
There is a high security risk in Egypt at the moment. The resort areas off Sharm el Sheikh and the tourist areas such as Luxor are safe enough but be sure to check out the area you are heading to online before you go. The country has been unsettled ever since President Morsi was removed from office in 2013. If you see demonstrations beginning leave the area as quick as you can.
Car jackings and muggings have increased in the last few years.
For more tips on staying safe, visit our security section.
Outside the major cities, healthcare is very basic. Cairo has the best hospitals. Make sure you have travel insurance.
It is recommended that anyone travelling to Egypt gets a Hepatitis A vaccine.
Avoid live animal markets where poultry are present as there is a small risk of bird flu.
Minfadlak – please
Shokran – thank you
Taxis – agree on price before you leave
The best time to visit Egypt is probably October and November as the weather is warm but not too hot. It does get very hot in the summer but it’s a dry heat, it rarely gets humid.
In an emergency look for the tourist police. They wear green and white armband and many speak English. 123 is the emergency number.
Egypt is a Muslim country so be conservative in the way you dress and act. Do not kiss in public.
La Shukran means no thanks. Remember this when you are getting hassled by merchants. If you are looking to buy; keep only a small amount of money on you so you can get a better price. If the merchant sees a large amount of money in your wallet he will look for a higher price.
For travel tips on packing, camping, flying and much more, visit our travel tips section.
Try to obtain your visa before you travel. Visa requirements differ from country to country and even if you are entitled to get your visa in the airport on arrival, this can take a long time. However you may save money by waiting until you get to Egypt.
Most expatriates find work before they arrive; this can be in the field of education or working for a multinational. You can also come on a tourist visa and look for work yourself but this is more difficult. Most jobs will be based in Cairo, a city of 18 million. There is work in other towns also, especially Red Sea resorts and towns. It will be bar and restaurant work mostly, as well as dive instructor work.
If you do decide to settle here, try to learn Arabic, although English is widely spoken and French is understood as well.
Your employer is in charge of getting your work and residence permit. You will need your tourist visa, birth certificate as well as any diplomas and certificates that you have.
Cairo has had problems, but it’s quite safe. There’s lots to do here and there is a high standard of living compared to the rest of Africa and a very low cost of living compared to Europe.
Visit expatarrivals.com for more information on visas for Egypt.
Ancient Egyptian pyramids were built as tombs for the Pharoahs.
The ancient Egyptians invented toothpaste.
The Sahara and Libya Desert make up most of the area of Egypt.
The Nile is the longest river in the world and runs through Egypt, from South to North.
Egypt has the largest Arabic population in the world, who make up 90% of the entire population.
Tutankhamen’s tomb was only discovered in 1922 and had been untouched, and was still full of priceless treasures.
The Great Pyramid at Giza took 20 years to build.