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How to Plan a Trip to Egypt: Frequently Asked Questions

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Monuments that transcend time, legends that speak to civilizations across the world, and a destination that has become a traveler’s dream, Egypt is a beguiling desert and thriving oasis with the following providing answers to the most frequently asked questions from travelers.

Open now to American travelers, it is a very unique time to visit, and should be a consideration for any that have Egypt on their bucket list.

From the golden pyramids soaring over the sands to the tombs hidden in the hills, the bustling lanes of the Grand Bazaar to surprising pristine beaches on the Dead Sea, Egypt promises great discovery for every kind of traveler, from desert dunes to the Nile riverbanks and beyond.

Can I travel to Egypt this year?

Last reviewed: September 15, 2021

All travelers must have proof of a negative Covid RT-PCR test taken a maximum of 96 hours before flight departure, but 72 hours or less is recommended. Travelers must present paper copies of the test results written in Arabic or English; digital copies will not be accepted. Children under age 6 are exempt.

Entry requirements are subject to change and your Zicasso travel specialist can provide updated information at the time of your inquiry.

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How far in advance should I plan an Egypt vacation?

Your perfect trip to Egypt is possible and our Egypt travel specialists are ready to help you plan it.

Travelers are welcome now to explore the country’s ancient heritage in the tombs and pyramids, embrace thriving culture featured in the Grand Bazaar and discover the surprising beauty of the beaches on the Red Sea. By planning your trip sooner rather than later, you will have more options for your preferred experiences and the accommodations you want.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, we recommended travelers to Egypt reserve their trip approximately eight to nine months in advance, especially when traveling during peak season.

If you prefer to travel during the high season we now recommend booking your trip between 10 and 12 months in advance. By planning and reserving your trip early you give yourself better chances for booking your preferred accommodations, tours, and guides, which can make all the difference to your trip.

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How can a travel specialist help me plan my trip to Egypt?

Egypt is open now and you can book your next trip through Zicasso for travel in 2021 or 2022. Every journey to a new country represents cultural and logistical differences that can inspire plenty of questions or reflect perceived challenges, but after Covid-19 the answers to familiar questions may have changed.

“Do I have to wear a mask inside the museums?” “Do I have to wear a mask when touring a tomb or ancient city?” “Is the Grand Bazaar open?” “How can I travel to Aswan or Abu Simbel?” “Are the beaches on the Red Sea open?” “Do I need a negative Covid-19 test before returning home and how can I get one?” By working with an Egypt travel expert all these questions and more can be answered before you book your trip. A travel specialist is also available to help handle emergencies that may arise during your trip — from an accommodation adjustment to an activity change.

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What should I do when visiting Egypt?

Our Egypt travel specialists have compiled recommendations for any length of trip. Below is a short list of the must-see destinations, with the various experiences you can enjoy while traveling through Egypt.

Cairo | Luxor | Aswan | Abu Simbel | Alexandria | Hurghada

  • Explore the Egyptian Museum to view the exceptional display of antiquity
  • Discover the great history of Cairo
  • Wander labyrinthine-like medieval lanes at Khan el-Khalili souk
  • Discover the size of the Temple Complex of Karnak and view stellar designs
  • Traverse the renowned Valley of the Kings to find 63 tombs, including that of Tutankhamun
  • Delight in the layers of history embodied in the Luxor Temple
  • Discover numbered plaques and reconstructed buildings that date back to 3000 BC
  • Delight in sensational views and ancient honeycombed tombs

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When is the best time to visit Egypt?

The best time to visit Egypt is from mid-October to April. This allows you to avoid the heat but also comes with larger crowds.

While summer can be hot in the desert, it can also be a great time to visit Egypt if you prefer smaller crowds. Visiting in summer also has the added bonus of less expensive accommodations and more availability. Visitors to Egypt in summer often find they have certain destinations to themselves during private tours.

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Is Egypt safe for travel?

Egypt is safe for travelers. A mixture of high-quality accommodations, customized and private tours, and local authorities help travelers stay safe. Visitors also find comfort in knowing how guides, travel specialists and local authorities work together to stay informed about local and regional safety.

Advice from locals will always give you the best chance of having a unique experience. Guides are often happy to offer recommendations on delicious and safe restaurants or specific neighborhoods to visit after a tour ends. While traveling in Egypt is safe, it is always better to follow your guides and travel with official private transfers, such as pre-booked cars or taxis to and from restaurants, hotels, museums, or other destinations to ensure your safety. By traveling on pre-booked excursions, with knowledgeable guides and on the advice of a travel specialist, you will not only stay safe, but ensure you see the tremendous history.

Which airports should I be looking at?

The most convenient airport to fly in and out of in Egypt is Cairo. It is also the busiest airport in the country. The second-busiest airport is Hurghada Airport (HRG). The top active airports in Egypt are:

  • Cairo International Airport (CAI)
  • Hurghada Airport (HRG)
  • Sharm El Sheikh Airport (SSH)
  • Alexandria Borg El Arab Airport (HBE)

Can Zicasso help me with flights?

Zicasso Flights is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation. By employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso, our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 service and support, and complimentary consultation of routing versus pricing with an expert flight specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Does Zicasso assist with travel insurance?

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

Ready to plan your Egypt trip?

Egypt embodies the wonder of the ancient world and the active hum of contemporary life. From pyramids to pharaohs' tombs, enticing oases to distinctive Coptic Christian architecture, you can find the blend of cultures in the layered heritage of Egypt. Egypt Tours & Vacation has sample itineraries that can help inspire the right trip for you or allow you to discover helpful tips for planning your trip with Zicasso’s Egypt Travel Guide. Learn more about how to experience your perfect trip by speaking with an Egypt travel specialist by filling out a Trip Request or by calling 1-888-265-9707.

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