Know before you go
Know before you go
Egyptian State Tourist Office – Egyptian House 170 Piccadilly - London W1J 9IJ - t 0207 493 5283 - fax 0207 408 0295 www.egypt.travel
Egyptian Embassy – 26 South Street – London W1K 1DW - t 0207 499 3304/2401 - www.egyptianconsulate.co.uk
Consulate of the Arab Republic of Egypt – 2 Lowndes Street - London SW1X 9ET - t 020 7499 3304 - fax 020 7235 5684 - www.egyptianconsulate.co.uk
Republic of Ireland
Egyptian Embassy – 12 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge - Dublin 4 - t 353 16606718/6566 (Consular section) - www.embegyptireland.ie
When to go
Apart from the Mediterranean region, Egypt enjoys a subtropical desert climate. Generally speaking, it is hot and sunny, except from December to February when the weather can be a little capricious. The best time to visit Egypt is autumn.
There is a 2-hour time difference between Egypt (GMT+2) and the United Kingdom and Ireland so, in when it is 12noon in London, it is 2pm in Cairo. Egypt observes daylight saving time (GMT+3) from last Friday in April to last Thursday in September .
EU nationals are required to hold a passport valid for 6 months after the date of return.
Tourist visas can be obtained on arrival at the airport or from consular missions abroad.
Also see Practical A to Z.
Recommended vaccinations: DT polio, typhoid and hepatitis A and B.
Travel insurance is advisable (automatically provided by some bank cards).
First Aid Kit
Don’t forget to pack painkillers, antiseptic lotion, anti-diarrhoea medication anti-mosquito cream, eye drops and antiseptic hand lotion.
www.egypt.travel – Egyptian tourist office.
www.sis.gov.eg/fr – Highly informative Egyptian State Information Service.
www.touregypt.net – Very informative commercial site.
www.egyptdailynews.com– Independent local news and current affairs.
www.visite-egypte.com – An independent blog recommended by the official tourist board.
www.fco.gov.uk - www.dfa.ie – For travel advice issued by government bodies.