Travel Planning
Cairo
Travel Planning
Cairo

Cairo at a Glance

Known to be the loudest city in the world for its hawkers and car horns, Cairo's residents prefer to call it the Mother of the World. Join the 20 million people who live in the metropolitan area and get to know why Cairo is such a magical place. 

During the middle ages, Cairo was a center of government, religion and learning. Walk through the crooked streets of Cairo's medieval core and admire the mosques, schools and public buildings that have been here for hundreds of years. Tranquil gardens, exquisite tile work and careful construction are some of the reasons why these ancient and sacred buildings are still in use today. 

Cairo has fabulous museum collections of artifacts from the Islamic Empire and its pre-Islamic civilizations. Dig in and find out what the people of Egypt have been doing for the last two thousand years. 

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December - February
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March - November
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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.