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1. Booking

  • Why book with GoLuxor Travel?
There are many reasons to book your trip through GoLuxor  Travel. We have been in the business of operating high quality tours in Egypt for along time and pride ourselves on using this experience to create consistently high quality, personalized tour experiences.

2. Visas and Arrival

  • How can I obtain my visa to visit Egypt?
Visitors to Egypt must have a passport valid for at least six month after their arrival and all foreign citizens must obtain a visa to enter Egypt. You can apply for a tourist visa at any Egyptian embassy or consulate around the world. Travelers of the following nationalities can purchase a 1 month entry visa without application upon arrival in Egypt: Australia, Canada, Croatia, European Union, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Macedonia, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States. This only takes a few minutes to do at a bank window before you go through customs Egypt generally has three types of entry visas. Entry visa–valid for one month; given to any non-Egyptian citizen entering the country without a previously purchased visa Transit visa–given to any non-Egyptian citizen entering the country for a limited period of time for transit reasons Tourist visa–valid for up to 3 months and available with single or multiple entries; purchased by the majority of visitors to Egypt from a Egyptian embassy or consulate before arriving in the country

3. Languages

  • Do Egyptians speak languages other than Arabic?
English is studied in school all over Egypt. This is why most Egyptians, who live in the cities, speak or understand at least some English words or phrases. Fewer Egyptians can speak French, Italian, Spanish, and German; however, professionals, who work in the tourism sector, are accustomed to visitors who cannot speak Arabic and they will speak enough English and other languages to fulfill the needs of most travelers.
  • Do I have to learn Arabic in order to enjoy my visit to Egypt?
– Many travelers enjoy their stay in Egypt without learning a single word of Arabic; however, it is always good to learn a few Arabic words to expressing greetings or thanks. If you are planning to visit some places other than popular tourist destinations, it is advisable to learn some Arabic phrases. Generally, Egyptians are friendly and are happy to help anyone, especially foreigners and tourists, even if there is a language barrier.

4. Taking Photographs

  • Can I take pictures while visiting the monuments in Egypt?
Photography is allowed in most of the historical sites and museums in Egypt, but some of them have extra charges for taking in a camera. However, in some museums, like the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, and some historical sites, like the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, photography is prohibited and visitors are asked to leave their cameras at the reception before entering.
  • Can I take photographs of the people, streets, etc. in Egypt?
Egyptians are well known all over the world for their tolerance and hospitality; however, it is always polite to ask permission before taking a photograph of people, especially women, and stores or products. Photography is non-permitted around army bases, airports, dams, bridges, and in metro. In most places where photography is prohibited there will be signs to notify you.

5. Health Issues

  • Are there any health issues that I should worry about in Egypt?
Generally speaking, tourists face few unique health problems in Egypt, but occasionally travelers experience some gastric disturbance resulting from drinking tap water or eating from a local restaurant not recommended by their tour guides or the receptionist in hotel. Some travelers might suffer sunburn or heatstroke from the heat and sun during the summer if they are not careful; however, taking the proper precautions and drinking bottled water can eliminate any health risks.
  • Are there certain vaccinations to be taken before traveling to Egypt?
There are no obligatory vaccinations that should be taken before being granted with the visa of Egypt. However, it would be recommended for the senior people and for young children to take vaccinations against Hepatitis C, Typhoid, and an oral dosage of Tetanus.

6. Currency and Banking in Egypt

  • What is the official currency in Egypt?
The official currency of Egypt is the Egyptian pound, or (Geneh) in Arabic, and commonly abbreviated as LE. One Egyptian pound is 100 piastres, or “irsh” in Arabic. There are banknotes of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 LE and there are coins of 25 piastres, 50 piastres, and 1 pound. It can sometimes be difficult to find change for large bills so it is always advisable to have change on hand for taxis and tips.
  • Will I be able to exchange dollars, Euros, or other currencies in Egypt?
There are a large number of banks and exchange offices that can change cash and travelers's checks in Egypt. Moreover, many touristic shops, restaurants, and bars will actually accept dollars or Euros at rates that are relatively close to the official ones. Makes sure you know the current exchange rate of dollars or Euros to Egyptian pounds.
  • How common is the use of credit cards in Egypt?
– Credit cards are widely used in Egypt in hotels, many shops, restaurants, and cafes. Most stores in markets like Khan El Khalili and the Luxor touristic market accept credit cards. The most common types of credit cards used in Egypt are Visa, Master Card, and American Express.

7. Security and Safety

  • Is Egypt safe to visit, especially after the political events that took place after the Egyptian Revolution?
Tourists have been visiting Egypt for centuries and Egyptians have well-earned reputation for warmth and kindness toward visitors. Egyptian cities are generally very safe, especially in area where tourists frequent. Since the Egyptian Revolution in 2011, there has been intermittent unrest and political violence in Egypt, but even the most intense episodes have occurred in a relatively small area of Cairo and other cities. Tourist sites, mostly located far from these areas, have not been affected and there is no negative feeling toward foreign visitors among Egyptians. While Egypt is certainly still dealing with a political transition, it has not significantly affected the experience of tourists in the country. Luxor and Aswan Travel has only rarely had to even slightly adjust tour itineraries to avoid protests and there has never been an instance when our clients were in danger. Most of our clients rave these days about how safe they felt during their trip.
  • Is Egypt considered a safe destination in comparison to other countries in the world?
Egypt generally has a very low crime rate. Travelers will be safe in Egypt if they take sensible precautions that would apply to any tourist destination around the world.
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