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All travelers to Egypt must have a passport valid for 6 months after arrival and all foreigners without exception need a visa to enter the country. You can apply for a tourist visa at any Egyptian consulate or Embassy around the world.
If you are from North America, Western Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Ukraine, Malaysia or Singapore, you can get the tourist visa upon arrival in Egypt. There is a bank counter before entering customs that sells them and it should only take a few minutes depending on the number of people.
Egypt has always been a very safe destination for tourists, especially the locations which are considered to be “touristic”. However, since the Egyptian Revolution took place in January 2011, there have been sporadic episodes of political unrest in some areas of Cairo and especially in the borders with Palestine and Israel. It is important however to stress the fact that these attacks have been very discontinuous and under no circumstance have they been aimed at tourists. People tend to consider Egypt as a violent country and comparing its situation with that of other surrounding countries like Syria or Libya, which is far from the truth.
Egypt is undoubtedly dealing with a Political transition which like any other country, tends to have some bumps. However, there have been no major incidents with tourists and the most visited cities in Egypt like Cairo, Luxor, Aswan or Hurghada have not been affected by this transition. Wherever you go you will have a feeling of safety as the Police, the Tourism Police and the Army are always visible and present in practically all the major locations.
Egyptians have historically earned themselves a reputation of being extremely friendly to tourists, and now more than ever they want to showcase that reputation in order to help the industry recover and be able to make a living after a really tough few years.
The official spoken language in Egypt is Arabic, however English is taught and commonly used throughout the country. Spanish, German, French, Italian or Russian are spoken to a lesser extent, however professionals of the tourism sector understand the need to learn other languages so they will know enough to be able to communicate with you.
Our Galaxia Tours personnel speak perfect Spanish, English, Chinese, Russian and Portuguese.
Common and helpful phrases in Arabic:
Not really. Occasional intestinal upsets in people who normally suffer from weak stomachs tend to happen, and they are caused especially from drinking tap water or eating street food from places not recommended by your local guide or Galaxia representative.
Also, bear in mind that during the summer months, the temperature in Egypt can get quite hot so make sure to use sunscreen to protect you from the sun, and remember to stay hydrated throughout your stay.
There are no compulsory vaccines for travelling to Egypt.
Hotels in Egypt are classified from 1 to 5 star deluxe. After that you have pensions and unclassified hostels that cater especially to backpackers on a tight budget.
Deluxe hotels compare just fine to international standards and belong to famous international chains like Four Seasons, Marriott, Hilton or Sofitel to state a few. They are modern, luxurious hotels with all the usual facilities that you would expect included. Four star hotels are below international standards for a hotel of that category. However, they are still very capable of offering a decent service along with the usual facilities you would expect. This doesn’t mean that you can’t find the occasional over achiever that will exceed your expectations.
Anything below 4 stars we believe is risking your stay. 3 star hotels tend to be “shabby” and basic things like AC or cleanliness are less than reliable, not to mention WIFI which is practically nonexistent. If a 3 start hotel has those types of problems, you can imagine what the 2 and 2 star hotels are like. They are barely clean, rarely get AC, located in old un-renovated buildings, but on the upside they tend to be well located.
Since most tourists don’t have the privilege of staying in Egypt for enough time to truly experience it in its entirety, here is a short list of what we feel are the most important monuments/activities to be seen:
As soon as you step outside the airport you will be bombarded with transportation offers. Here are your best options:
The railway service in Egypt can be considered decent. It connects The Nile Valley, the Delta and the Suez Canal. They don’t, however, connect to the Red Sea Coast or the Sinai cities.
The trains are divided in 2 categories: Luxury A/C train and the “Local” train. The local train can get really crowded and is uncomfortable to say the least so we wouldn’t really recommend it. The AC train has 2 classes and is much more comfortable. The First class tickets are more spacious and private and they’re not that much more expensive. In our point of view, given that nowadays the difference of price between the trains and the flights is not that much, we recommend tourists to travel by air instead of the railway. However, if you are running on a tight budget and/or would like the experience of travelling the Nile Valley by train, we recommend the Luxury AC train that is quite comfortable and safe. The trains to Luxor and Aswan are overnight trains so you will have a room and be offered a hot meal which makes the ride much sweeter. As for the Alexandria trips, we undoubtedly recommend you take the train as it is just 3 hours and very comfortable.
All travelers to UAE must have a passport valid for 6 months. If you are a citizen of one of the following countries, visas are available upon arrival to the UAE airports (entry & Exit Stamps) for a period of 30 days:
Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, New zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (Except the British overseas citizens), Vatican, Hong Kong, Hungary, Kuwait, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brunei, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, United States of America.
For all other nationalities, a visa will be needed to enter the UAE. Galaxia Tours processes visas, here is what you need to know:
Galaxia Tours UAE, can provide you with the following visas:
Not to exaggerate or anything, but the UAE is one of the safest destinations in the world, if not the safest. In fact, it has been designated as the world’s safest travel destination by the International Travel Industry on a couple of occasions.
The crime rate is minimal, and in the improbable event that something happens, it’s mostly non-violent and happens away from the tourist areas. Despite it being located in the Middle East, with all that entails, it has never suffered from a terrorist attack.
A big part of the reason why it’s so safe, is because of its strict legal system. For instance, drunk driving can be punished with immediate deportation from the country. Drug possession or use can also result in deportation or imprisonment.
The official spoken language in UAE is Arabic, however English is taught and commonly used throughout the country. Dubai is a very international city, with people from over 200 countries living in it, meaning that there needs to be a common language that serves all, that language is English.
Our Galaxia Tours personnel speak perfect Spanish, English, Portuguese and Chinese.
Common and helpful phrases in Arabic:
Not really. There are no required vaccinations to travel to the UAE, the country is extremely clean making it unlikely to get any serious illnesses, and there are very good hospitals and doctors in case of emergency.
One thing you should keep in mind is that some medicines that are commonly sold abroad, are not sold in the UAE without a prescription. So in the case you need any prescription medicine, make sure to bring that prescription with you.
Also, bear in mind that during the summer months, the temperature in the UAE is quite hot so make sure to use sunscreen to protect you from the sun, and remember to stay hydrated throughout your stay.
Hotels in the UAE are classified from 1 to 7 star deluxe. After that you have Hotel apartments classified as Deluxe or Standard, and pensions are limited but available.
There is a misconception that accommodation in Dubai is extremely expensive because of the city’s reputation as a luxury destination. A few years ago that would have been true, however as the years have passed Dubai’s hotel industry has expanded and opened up to people of all budgets. Today, there is a wide range of reasonably priced hotels 3 stars and above as well as the most luxurious hotels in the world that have prohibitive prices.
Dubai is a very young City, and the tourism sector is even younger. This means that most of the hotel properties are very new making them very comfortable and very nice. A four-star hotel in Dubai could easily be a 5-star hotel anywhere else in the world, the same could be said about the 3-star hotels. Even two-star hotels are more than decent. All offer all the basic amenities such as the availability of AC and WIFI.
Here is a short list of what we feel are the most important monuments/activities to be seen/done:
Travelling between the UAE’s 2 major cities is very easy and affordable. The distance between the 2 is around 150km and there are several options to get there: