FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - FAQ

WHAT ABOUT COVID-19?

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on us all, not least the Egyptian tourism industry. The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities along with the Ministry of Health and other government bodies are doing their utmost to make Egypt a safe place to visit. These measures have necessitated some strict requirements.

Arrival
All passengers travelling to Egypt, including Egyptians, must be in possession of a negative PCR test certificate for COVID-19, taken at a maximum of 72 hours before their flight departure time. Although this has been extended to 96 hours from certain destinations (Australia, Canada, China, France (Paris only), Germany (Frankfurt only), Italy (Rome only) Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, Suriname, Thailand, US, UK (London Heathrow only) and South America) due to long transit times, however, anecdotal evidence would suggest it is better to aim for the 72 limit. The certificate should be on a paper printout although a digital back up is recommended. All arrivals into Egypt will be subject to health measures; a temperature reading, the completion of a monitoring card with personal details, and confirmation of valid health insurance to airport authorities.

Masks
Individuals who do not adhere to precautionary measures such as wearing a mask indoors, on public transport, taxis, as well as enclosed public spaces, may be subject to an immediate fine or prosecution. Mask wearing is also mandatory in certain museums and archaeological sites. GnT Tours will provide you with a cloth face mask, however if you require more or something different, it is your responsibility to make sure that you supply what you need.

Restaurants
Restaurants and cafes are obliged to limit the number of patrons to 50 percent of capacity or less, or face penalties or even temporary closure.

Hotels
Hotels are required to have “Hygiene Safety” certificate after fulfilling the regulations announced by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and approved by the cabinet in accordance with the standards of the World Health Organisation (WHO). These precautions may affect some of the hotel services.

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These details are subject to change at any time, and it is advisable to check with the Egyptian Embassy or Consulate in your country.

Departure
For your return home, you will need to check the necessary requirements for arrival in your own country. GnT Tours will make arrangements for PCR tests to be carried out at a local hospital before we depart.

IS IT SAFE TO GO TO EGYPT

Our experience of Egypt is, yes, Egypt is safe.Like anywhere in the world, it depends on where you want to go and what you want to do. If you want to go back-packing across Northern Sinai, then perhaps no – it is not safe. If you want to wander around late at night on your own in Cairo, we would advise against it. We would advise against you wandering around any city late at night on your own. If you want to enjoy the historical sites of Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simbel and Alexandria and all points in between, then yes, Egypt is safe.

Tourism
Tourism plays a large role in the GDP of Egypt, and although it suffered greatly immediately after the revolution of 2011, and again with the Coronavirus, it will improve, thanks not only to the great work that is being done by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, under the auspices of Khaled el-Anani, but also the tourists who have gone back home and loudly proclaimed what a fantastic time they have had.

Economy
Most Egyptians are very aware of the economic value that tourism brings to their economy and will treat you accordingly. Egyptians are friendly people and will do anything to help you. Sadly, their economy has been suffering and so many people are desperate, and usually such help comes at a price. For most tourists that price means very little to them financially.

Government
The Egyptian government is also aware of the importance of tourists and has noticeably increased the presence of police at most major sites, as well as increased the various security procedures around entering such places. The tourist police are also usually not far away. The stricter controls over where you can go in any given area are also there for your added protection.

Respect
When travelling in a foreign country you will have a far better experience by integrating with the locals than if you try and distance yourself. For a lot of travellers, Egypt might be their first foray into a Muslim country, and the different traditions and societal behaviours that go with that can be somewhat of an adjustment, but that is all it is, an adjustment. You are a visitor in their country, so you need to do the adjusting. To that end it is our advice that you always dress on the more conservative side, so as to not attract any unwelcome attention. If you are visiting tombs and temples, it is better to show a degree of respect for the sites that you are in.

Haggling
Haggling from street traders and shop keepers is a part of life, as is the constant demand to visit someone’s shop, take their horse-drawn cab, or spend an hour on their boat. It is a game, and if you approach it as so, you will not be disappointed. Better to not say anything than get drawn into conversation. Once you say something, then you are deemed to have begun the game. A dismissive wave, or if you must say something a quick “Laa Shukran” (Arabic for “No, thank you”) will suffice.

Single Travellers
Egypt is perfectly safe providing you are aware of where you are and what you are doing. It is sometimes easier being in a group, rather than on your own, as single travellers look like easier targets. If you are a single traveller, usually you can tag on to one of the tour groups doing the rounds. GnT Tours will never leave you on your own.

Is Egypt safe? In our opinion, absolutely.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

The answer to that must be, “How much would you like to spend?” Egypt offers a multitude of hotels, hostels, b&bs and apartments to rent. They all have a price, usually depending on location and the services offered. Getting around can be expensive unless you have some idea of what you are doing. Then there are the entrance fees to all the museums and archaeological sites. These prices also vary, depending on what you wish to see or enter. Food is always good value for money, but drinks, and certainly imported wines and beers, can cost quite a bit. The GnT Tours Egypt Experience is a single cost all-inclusive price that covers your accommodation for the tour, all your transport, all your food and all your entrance fees. You could, if you wanted to, get off the plane in Cairo and not spend anything extra until your departure. Ts & Cs apply.

WHERE SHOULD I GO?

There are many great places to visit in Egypt from the Mediterranean in the north to the beach and diving resorts on the Red Sea, from the Pyramids in and around Cairo to the magnificent tombs and temples of Upper Egypt in the south. The GnT Tours Egypt Experience is about Ancient Egypt, and to that end we begin and end our tour in Cairo with the Pyramids, while the middle section is in Luxor, home to the Valley of the Kings, numerous tombs and temples, including the tomb of Tutankhamun

WHEN IS IT BEST TO GO TO EGYPT?

The best times to visit Egypt is between the end September and March, autumn and winter, as the rest of the year can be unbearably hot. The summer months are ideal for lazing on the beaches of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh, but are perhaps too much for spending time in the desert areas. The GnT Tours Egypt Experience runs in the autumn and winter as we spend a considerable amount of time outdoors on the edge of the desert.

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