Egypt is located in the Middle East/North Africa and has a population of 81.7 million people. Egypt has been a popular tourist destination for centuries due to the mysterious wonders of the pyramids, temples, tombs and the sphinx, as well as the colourful bazaars; Egypt is an archaeological and cultural wonder. Egypt is also home to rugged desert landscapes, the famous River Nile and some of the best diving and snorkelling around. The official language of Egypt is Arabic, although English and French are also widely spoken.

Medical tourism

See the box to the right to view a full list of available treatment areas.

Best time to travel

Egypt is a large country with varied weather, but the best time to visit is in from February through to April and October through to November. The summers can be quite hot and exhausting.

Money and costs

The national currency is the Egyptian Pound (EGP, symbol E£). Find up-to-date exchange rates and conversion through a currency conversion tool.


Tourists from the USA, Canada, Australia, the UK and the rest of the EU are required to apply for a visa when visiting Egypt for stays of up to three months. The exception to this is for EU nationals travelling to Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Newiba or Taba resorts for up to 14 days, who will receive an entry permission stamp on arrival. Also, visitors from all countries, except nationals of the EU and the USA, must register with the police within one week of arrival in Egypt, although often this service is normally undertaken by hotels.

Getting there

Cairo, Borg El Arab and Luxor are the international airports that serve Egypt, with Cairo being the busiest point of entry.

Dialling codes

To call Egypt, the country dialling code is +20.

Useful links

Find more in-depth information on Egypt at:

Lonely Planet -​eygpt

Egypt Embassy in the USA -

Egypt Embassy in the UK -

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Page last updated: Friday, 2nd September 2011