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Family Trip to Egypt: What you need to know

 

Egypt is a country with a certain magnetism and beauty that you will not find anywhere else. Beyond the impressive pyramids and ancient landmarks the country offers a myriad of activities to be enjoyed with your family. However, before you rush to book your flights and pack your children’s bags, there are a few things you must know to travel to Egypt with your family.

Traveling with the family can be a fun and memorable experience, however, it can bring about stress too. In order to prevent headaches, it’s crucial that you are prepared. One of the most important things when traveling to Egypt is to consider the entry requirements and travel documents. Currently you will need to apply for Egypt e-Visa in order to travel to and within the country.

Travel Documents

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has officially launched the Egypt e-visa this December. Similar to many other nations, Egypt saw the need to create an electronic authorization system to allow entry into the country. Travellers from eligible countries such as Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, the U.S. and many others must obtain their Egypt e-visa online in order to enter the country.

In order to apply you need a passport with a validity of at least eight months from the date of arrival. You will need to provide your travel itinerary, and hotel or accommodation details. Once your Egypt e-visa is approved you will need to print it out to present it at a port of entry.

Getting a Tour Guide in Egypt

If you want to make the most of your trip to Egypt, especially if you are traveling with your children, consider hiring a tour guide to explore the country. Look for a professional and experienced guide.

As fascinating as the country is, there are certain things that could be difficult to organize or even reach on your own. A tour guide will often set you up with transportation. Consider doing some research beforehand and check travel forums where other people share advice and useful tips.

What to wear

Egypt is a country where you must consider what you wear. If you don’t dress appropriately you might attract negative attention. It is also wise to be mindful and respectful of their culture.

Women should consider covering their knees and shoulders at all times. Take comfortable clothing and a scarf in order to enter temples, mosques and other religious sites. Men should also think about taking long pants to wear to certain restaurants or events. Avoid packing tank tops or gym clothing.

Take comfortable shoes and light clothing. Egypt is very hot, and clothes made of light material will feel like a lifesaver. If your destination is a resort in the Red Sea, swimming suits will be acceptable in these area.

Entertainment for your kids

Traveling as a family can be exhausting, and you may not be able to keep up with your kids energy. For those moments you wish some quiet time or simply avoid your children from getting bored, pack some games, books, or a tablet. It’s also a good idea to take a game you can all play as a family while at the airport.

Yes, it is safe to travel to Egypt

Though the country has experienced some riots and attacks, it is safe to travel to Egypt. Be mindful of how you act and be respectful of the culture.

Always follow the advice of local authorities or locals. If you are advised not to go to a specific place, it is best to follow that advice.

Be vigilant when you are in large crowds and beware of scams. Try to book things though a recognized institution, museum or a reliable source. Check with the staff at your hotel or accommodation for additional tips on how to stay safe and make the most of your trip.

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