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Egypt at a Glance

Monuments from the ancient Egyptian dynasties as well as the later ruins of the Roman Empire can be found throughout Egypt. Visit soaring pyramids, experience the crumbling ruins of Roman outposts and explore Egypt's heritage in a variety of museums and archaeological exhibits.

Don't forget to check out Cairo, a busy modern city, but also a medieval capital with  ancient mosques, schools and public buildings co-existing with modern high-rises. As the capital of Egypt during the middle ages, Cairo has one of the best collections Islamic architecture in the world.  

While you might not think it, Egypt is home to sparkling seacoast along the Red Sea. Snorkel and look at fish, coral and shipwrecks, lounge on the beach and catch some rays. Sample local cuisine and enjoy Egypt's legendary hospitality towards visitors. 

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Passport / Visa Requirements

Travelers to Egypt can purchase a visa easily in the airport in most cases. You must have a valid passport with one available page for stamping. For trips to the West Bank from Egypt, a security screening is required. For travelers who've had difficulty with visas in the past or who are entering the country through a remote or contested area, purchasing a visa in advance is a good idea. Contact an Egyptian Consulate for more information. American citizens can refer to the U.S State Department website for guidance as well. 

Need to Know

Severe Weather Summertime in Egypt can be unbearably hot. It's wise to stay cool and well hydrated if you travel from June to September. 

Safety Concerns Egypt is a fairly safe place to travel. Keep your valuables out of sight and be on the look-out for scams and hustles. Women might be more comfortable walking with a man to avoid cat-calls and hassling, especially at night. Terrorism and street protests also pose a danger to foreign tourists. Check the U.S. State Department website for updated information on Egyptian travel alerts.

Health Concerns Avoid raw fruits and vegetables while eating out and drink only bottled water to avoid stomach problems while you travel. 


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