Egypt is an incredible holiday or backpacking destination, full of sites of historical importance, bustling metropolises, and beautiful beaches. But to make the most of a trip to this fascinating country, there are some things you should be aware of before you leave.
You will need to arrange a visa in advance
In the past, it was possible for some residents of countries outside of Egypt to obtain a tourist visa on arrival. But as of May 15th, everybody travelling to Egypt requires a tourist visa in advance. If the idea of trekking to the consulate closest to you in Australia sounds like too much hassle, you can lean on a travel agency with visa processing services to take care of it for you. A tourist visa usually lasts for 3 months and you can apply for a one month extension once you are in the country.
There are certain areas to avoid
There are many places in Egypt that are hubs of tourism such as the coastal areas of Sharm El Sheikh and the capital city, Cairo. But other places in the country are more dangerous for foreign visitors and you should steer clear of them. The region bordering Jordan is not considered safe to enter at present. Resources like CLS Capital Link Services can give you updates on areas that are safe to visit and which ones that aren't.
Egypt is a culturally conservative country, and it will be expected of you to dress modestly. This is particularly important if you are a woman because dressing as you do back at home could get you some unwanted and undesirable attention. Guys should wear trousers (opt for linen trousers to help with the heat, and keep your jeans at home) and a t-shirt, and women should wear trousers or long skirts, and something on top that covers the shoulders and the chest. In the resort areas of Sharm El Sheikh, you won't have problems relaxing on the beach in your swimwear.
The last thing you want to happen is to fall ill on your trip, and fortunately there are some ways to curb this risk. The water in Egypt is unsafe to drink and you should only drink bottled water. If filtered water in a restaurant tastes strange to you, do not drink it. You should also avoid the muddy banks of the Nile where flatworms live that can spread parasitic diseases.
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