Before travelling

  1. Check your country's travel advice for Egypt
  2. Sign up for their email alerts to get the latest updates
  3. Find out where the nearest embassy or consulate of your country will be, in case you need to contact them in an emergency
  4. Tell friends and family where you're travelling to and leave them your contact details, insurance policy details and itinerary. Store them securely online
  5. Ensure you have enough funds to cover emergencies and unexpected delays. Take multiple means of payment with you (cash, debit card, credit card)
  6. Find out if traveller's cheques are appropriate for your destination and keep a copy of their numbers
  7. Invest in a good travel guide to help you plan your trip and consider using online travel forums for more detail about your destination
  8. Check with your service provider to make sure your phone works abroad. Consider leaving your phone's IMEI number with a friend or family member, to help block or locate the phone if there's a problem
  9. If you're going to be driving abroad, make sure your licence is current and valid and be aware of the driving laws in the country you are visiting
  10. If you're travelling with children who are unaccompanied by one or both parents, check permissions that you might need to get and check the policy of your airline or transport provider

Entry requirements, visas and passports

  1. Review your nationality's entry requirements of Egypt; most Europeans can get their visa at the airport of entry
  2. Make sure you've got the correct visas for Egypt and that your passport is valid
  3. Note that for Egypt, your passport must be valid for six months after the date you arrive.
  4. If you're a British citizen applying for a passport for the first time, you will be interviewed at a HM Passport Office to verify your identity and it takes up to six weeks to get a first passport
  5. Take a printed photocopy of your passport with you and also store a digital copy securely online
  6. Complete emergency contact details in your passport. That will help government officials to contact next of kin if you have an accident

Insurance

  1. If your vacation package does not include it, get travel insurance.
  2. Make sure your insurance covers any activities you are likely to do, including extreme or water sports

Health

  1. Twelve to eight weeks before your trip, check the latest Egypt-specific health advice of your country of origin
  2. Check if any travel vaccinations are necessary
  3. If necessary, contact your health adviser for information on managing any pre-existing medical conditions while you're travelling
  4. Take enough medical supplies for the duration of your visit and an additional supply in case of any unexpected delays
  5. Regulation of some medicines prescribed or purchased in your home country can be different in other countries. For further information, you'll need to contact the Egyptian embassy or consulate of Egypt

While you're abroad

  1. Think about what you are doing at all times and trust your instincts. Don't take risks that you wouldn't in your home country
  2. Don't openly display valuables such as mobile phones or digital cameras and consider attaching a padlock to luggage or backpacks
  3. Find out about local customs and dress, behave accordingly and obey local laws. There may be severe penalties for breaking a law that might seem trivial at home
  4. Be careful when taking photos, videos or using binoculars. These activities may be misunderstood or unwelcomed by local authorities, especially near military installations.
  5. Store useful numbers on your phone such as the local police (126) and the number of your home country embassy or consulate
  6. If you intend to participate in any adventure sports or water sports during your trip, only use appropriately licensed and insured operators. Before participating, make sure you fully understand the operating instructions and satisfy yourself that adequate safety precautions are in place
  7. Check your home country's import regulations for food and plants before you attempt to take them back