Egypt Travel Information

Photo Located in the middle east Egypt borders Libya in the west, Sudan in the south, the Mediterranean Sea in the north, and the Red Sea and Israel in the east. Egypt is full of many different kinds of wild life, although most of the animals that the ancient Egyptians worshiped are gone wildlife is still in abundance. Expect to see some of the 430 different types of birds that pass through Egypt every year. As well as camels and donkeys in abundance. They are some of the most valuable types of animals and a large source of transportation. One of the biggest and most popular tourist spots in the world. Egypt has something for everyone to enjoy. From an exciting nightlife to some of the oldest tourist attractions in the world. You can find it here in Egypt.

Egypt's climate is hot and dry most of the year. During the winter months of December, January and February - average daily temperatures stay up around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Egypt's history and culture is one of the most famous and well known in the world. Much of which is tied to the Nile river that runs through the country. The river has been the source of economic, social, political and religious life since the area was first settled. Stories of dynasties and pharohs fill the history of Egypt. With pyramids, temples and many other public works or art it will be hard for you not to notice this countries rich past.

As for the culture of Egypt, both the life and lifestyle have changed little in hundreds of years. Although Egypt is famous for belly dancing, wiggling the body around is generally regarded as vulgar and a sign of promiscuity. Many of the dancers at belly-dancing shows at the resorts and tourist hotels are in fact European or American, because it's considered improper for Arab women to behave so provocatively.

The main currency is the Egyptian pound. Egypt is terrific value. It is possible to spend as little as US$10-15 a day if you're prepared to stay in the cheapest hotels and hostels, eat local vendors' food, limit yourself to one historic site a day and travel on packed third-class trains. The major expense for the traveler in Egypt is transport and site entry - the latter has taken some severe jumps in recent years. Entry to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo will cost you around US$18 and the newly opened Tomb of Nefertari near Luxor is a hefty US$60. Be aware that traveler cheques are accepted almost everywhere so it is wise to keep your currency varied to protect against pick pockets.
Remember to keep in mind of you have any questions while your there to visit the tourism offices and they can give you up to date information.

Important: Travel to Egypt may require a travel visa. Whether a visa is required for travel depends on citizenship and purpose of journey. Please be sure to review Travisa's Egypt visa instructions for details. Visa instructions for other countries are available on our do I need a visa page.

Country Statistics

Full country name: Arab Republic of Egypt
Capital city: Cairo
Area: 1,001,450 sq km
Population: 83,688,164
Ethnic groups: Egyptian 99.6%, other 0.4%
Languages: Arabic
Religions: Muslim
Government: republic
Chief of State: President Muhammad MURSI
Head of Government: Prime Minister Hisham QANDIL
GDP: 519 billion
GDP per captia: 6,500
Annual growth rate: 1.8%
Inflation: 10.2%
Agriculture: cotton, rice, corn, wheat, beans, fruits, vegetables
Major industries: textiles, food processing, tourism, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, hydrocarbons, construction, cement, metals, light manufactures
Natural resources: petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, phosphates, manganese, limestone, gypsum, talc, asbestos, lead, rare earth elements, zinc
Location: Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Libya and the Gaza Strip, and the Red Sea north of Sudan, and includes the Asian Sinai Peninsula
Trade Partners - exports: Italy 8.7%, India 7.3%, Saudi Arabia 6.1%, US 5.2%, Turkey 4.9%, Spain 4.2%, France 4.2%
Trade Partners - imports: US 10.7%, China 9.1%, Germany 6.3%, Italy 5.1%, Kuwait 4.7%, Turkey 4.4%, Saudi Arabia 4.3%