Safe Traveling Tips For Egypt

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1. Posted by craZyKas (Budding Member 2 posts) 32w Star this if you like it!

Hi Everyone!

I'm a new member here and am looking for some advice on an upcoming trip. Myself and two other friends (we are all females) are planning a trip to Egypt for the first time in November 2020. We are planning to see as many of the main attractions as possible in the two weeks we will be there but also plan on spending time experiencing modern day culture in the cities of Cairo and Alexandria. My question to you all today is focused around safety and security. I know that there are many travel warnings issued currently and of course as I'm writing this post the COVID19 pandemic is dominating the world. However, we are still looking forward and planning this trip. I have one friend that wants badly to go with us but I can tell she is very hesitant about traveling around the country safely. She keeps tying to change the destination while the other two of us are extremely set on having this lifelong desired experience. Do you have any tips and advice regarding safe travelling through Egypt for 3 gals in their 20's?

Thank you,

Kas

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2141 posts) 32w 1 Star this if you like it!

I've walked around Alexandria with three female friends. They got plenty of unwanted attention from local men - watching, following, and if they strayed more than a couple of yards from me, touching. Having a man appear to be your keeper seemed to be the way to keep them at bay.

There were tourist police around both Alex and Cairo but their main interest seemed to be side-hustling trying to extract money from tourists for guiding or taking photos.

If you go ahead with this I'd dress dowdy and be very covered up - arms, legs, cleavage. But personally I'd choose somewhere with less hassle and more respect for women. Of course, our experience of a few years ago may not be representative.

3. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1430 posts) 32w 1 Star this if you like it!

Yes, the hassle factor still is there.

A friend and I were in Cairo last summer for a short encore visit (we were traveling from Lebanon to Tunisia). We hired a guide in advance who drove us around. At our request he took us to places not usually visited by tourists.

Suggest you hire a guide, too. Your hotel can help procure one. Note, however, that many guides will take you to places to shop, for which they derive a hefty commission.

There are lots of accommodations in Cairo. We like one operated by the Anglican Diocese of Egypt in quieter Zamalek near the center. If you don't mind splurging a bit, try to have dinner at least once in the dining room at the nearby Marriott. It's quite an experience.

The Egyptian Museum is much less crowded during the evening. The museum opens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It closes, then reopens from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (separate admission).

Since you're American, a visa is available at the Cairo airport. We each paid US$25. There is a National Bank of Egypt ATM at the airport.

4. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1559 posts) 32w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting berner256

If you don't mind splurging a bit, try to have dinner at least once in the dining room at the nearby Marriott.

Shhhh - don't mention the M#$%@&?*. I mentioned it once but I think I got away with it.

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6. Posted by craZyKas (Budding Member 2 posts) 32w Star this if you like it!

Thanks, this is all very helpful!

Andy, do you have suggestions for other places to visit with "less hassle"?

Berner256 I appreciate the tips regarding a guide. We are considering a 10-12 day tour so we would be part of a group for the duration of the tour. Do you have any comments/recommendations for that situation?

[ Edit: Edited on 16-Apr-2020, 22:54 GMT by craZyKas ]

7. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1430 posts) 32w 1 Star this if you like it!

I think a small group tour is ideal to get you started. I've used several to 'test the waters" in regions or places I'm not familiar with.

Companies I've used include G Adventures, Intrepid and Nomad. The latter took me on my first trip to Africa, from Cape Town to Victoria Falls. It was a great experience. I learned a lot.

I also use group tours to get to destinations where it would be difficult to travel on my own. These include the Amazon, the Sahara and Papua New Guinea.

8. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2745 posts) 32w 1 Star this if you like it!

" Do you have any tips and advice regarding safe travelling through Egypt for 3 gals in their 20's?"

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Don't fall in love with one of the many hundreds of escorts (gigolos) just waiting for new friends to show up!

Good luck.

9. Posted by wolfmiller (Budding Member 7 posts) 30w Star this if you like it!

I went to Egypt a couple of years ago with a friend and family. I made it seem as if I was married by wearing a ring on my left ring finger and I didn't get hassled. My friend who was with me didn't and she did. Not sure if it was because she was way prettier then me or not but worth trying. If you are going to see the sights I would suggest booking with a tour group so that you are all together and you'll have a guide who will help with any hassle you get. It is so worth going though :)

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