Some tips before flying to Egypt

  1. Visa requirement- many countries have on arrival visa USD 25 , prepare cash
  2. Uber is the most reliable taxi service. At the airport, Uber pick up point is at parking area B5 or C2.
  3. – for Uber the most easy meeting point is near hotel. For example, if you want to take a Uber, find a nearby hotel and wait for your Uber there.
  4. Clothing must be appropriate and respect the culture
  5. The currency used is Egyptian Pound, USD is widely accepted as well. Egyptian pound rate is better in Cairo airport than in Dubai.
  6. Travel adapter for Egypt : For Egypt there are two associated plug types C and F. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type F is the plug which has two round pins with two earth clips on the side. Egypt operates on a 220V supply voltage and 50Hz.
  7. Negative PCR Covid test is required – done within 72 hours of arrival for all except kids below 6 years old
  8. To book for Luxor, Aswan Nile river tour, do check the availability and timing, Cruises does not run daily. You would need to take a flight or train to Aswan or Luxor for the cruise. Do note that some cruises does not includes admission fees and they can add up to be quite a bit so do your research before booking. Most does not includes wifi so it would be a good idea getting data package at the airport. Complimentary mineral water is provided in the room and tea/coffee provided over breakfast and afternoon tea. Any other drinks (soft drinks, juices and alcohol) will be at additional cost.

TIPS: If you are staying in UAE like we do, do note that many car insurance policy includes a complimentary airport pick up or drop off. Make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance and you can get a free transfer to airport. Those staying in UAE knows how expensive taxi fare is in UAE and this is definitely a steal.

Pros of travelling during COVID

  • Less tourist, less waiting time
  • Easier to book for tour, cruises due to low load and prices are competitive

Cons of travelling during COVID

  • Have to wear mask most of the time, can be uncomfortable
  • Need to factor in results of PCR test, and need to arrange for PCR test to be done prior to flying
  • Need to consider backup plan if tested positive and hence the need to extend the stay
Travelling in mask

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