Why Egypt should be on your travel shortlist


With the current pandemic raging around the world and lockdowns being implemented and lifted faster than you can count, travel might be the last thing on your mind. Or perhaps it’s been on your mind for the past few months. The travel itch is something that is hard to get rid of. Thankfully, some countries offer solutions, and one of those potential countries is Egypt. With modern international airports and a quick and easy visa system, Egypt is set to become one of the biggest winners of the year in the field of tourism.

Why visit Egypt?

The African country is primarily known for its towering pyramids, and of course the mighty Sphinx. And indeed, no trip to Egypt is complete without having seen these imposing structures. While Egypt has some 120 pyramids in total, the most famous ones are those at Giza, just outside of the capital Cairo. The Giza complex offers in-depth tours throughout the various structures, including the largest of Egypt’s pyramids, the Pyramid of Khufu. However, Egypt also offers far more than just the pyramids. For some, wandering through the desert and looking at ancient buildings gets old quite fast. Among other things, Egypt has some of the nicest resorts in the world. These have been perfected over the years to provide the ultimate tourist experience. Those wanting to relax can lay down at the pristine beaches the resorts are located at, or enjoy the various relaxation programs they offer. More active travellers can go snorkelling, diving, hiking and all manner of other physical activities. In short, Egypt has something to offer for everyone.

The current situation

Currently, Egypt is one of the few countries that has opened its borders to international travel. This means that as far as the Egyptian government is concerned, foreign tourists are welcome to enter the country. However, as might be expected in today’s climate, there are various rules and requirements that must be observed. First and foremost, travellers that have been infected with the coronavirus, or been in contact with someone who has had it, cannot enter. To prove their health, a negative Covid test must be provided on arrival, which cannot be older than 96 hours. Alternatively, this can be done at the airport, but an extra fee is charged in that case.

Take note, however, that your own government’s travel advice might differ from that of the Egyptian government. Most domestic governments strongly advise against international travel until the coronavirus is fully under control. While they cannot forbid citizens from going abroad, you might be subject to a mandatory quarantine on your return. This can last anywhere from 7 to 14 days, depending on your destination.

Mandatory: Egypt tourist visa

Another thing to keep in mind is that getting a visa is mandatory for all British travellers headed to Egypt. There are different types of visas with varying prices, but the easiest one to acquire is the digital tourist visa. As the name suggests, this visa type can be applied for online, without needing to visit the embassy. After filling in the form and completing the payment, the visa is sent to you by e-mail. Make sure to print it and keep it somewhere safe.

A helpful tip is to also set up a short travel schedule, outlining how you intend to spend your time in Egypt. While not mandatory, this might be asked for at the airport in Egypt, and having one ready can save you valuable time.