Since 2018, Egypt has seen a significant rise in popularity among holidaymakers. Given that the easiest way to explore this country and its myriad monuments and temples is via the river Nile, many choose to visit and explore from a cruise and stay package, spending time in the resort and on a cruise. For those simply looking for relaxation and fun in the sun, many base themselves in Red Sea resorts and visit tourist attractions on day excursions; while others seeking adventure can do so from a luxury river cruise.

But just how safe is it to travel in Egypt, and visit relics such as the pyramids at Giza? The answer is that it is safe, as long as you follow certain guidelines and respect the local culture and laws. Indeed, the same can be said for many popular holiday destinations around the World. While onboard a cruise ship and in the resort, you’ll be completely safe and well looked after by a highly professional crew, the only time you need to be mindful for your personal safety is during excursions to attractions and especially when visiting markets. Before jetting off on that dream holiday, here are some things you need to consider and plan for when out and about in Egypt:

1. Dress Appropriately

While swimwear is entirely appropriate in the resort and for sunbathing on deck, remember that Egypt is an Islamic country. Make sure you pack scarves, trousers and longer length skirts and dresses for visiting mosques, bazaars and souks. The rule is that women should have their legs, upper arms and shoulders covered, while men should wear shirts or t shirts to cover their chests.

2. Don’t Wear Expensive Jewellery

This is a rule for tourists just about everywhere. When visiting bustling districts such as the souks, it’s sensible to leave the Rolex in the hotel or cruise cabin safe. A lot of people leave jewellery with sentimental value at home when going on holiday, this seems sensible to us, as although your insurance will cover the cost of theft, nothing can replace a precious keepsake or heirloom.

3. Take Cash, not the Credit Card

When you visit tourist attractions or the markets, bazaars or souks, rather than use your credit card you should carry cash. This is also far easier for the bartering that will take place!

4. Be Respectful of the Local Culture

While you’ll be fine in tourist areas and in the resort, public displays of affection are frowned upon, especially in rural areas. Likewise, same sex relationships aren’t well tolerated so just be mindful of this, especially when going off the beaten track.

5. Never Accept Gifts From Strangers

Be aware of being scammed. One popular trick that market vendors use is to ask you to accept a gift, as a present, and then to charge you for it. Just say ‘no’ politely – in Arabic this is ‘la, shukran’ (likewise, ‘thank you’ is simply ‘shukran’) – and walk away. You might also find that locals offer to show you a shortcut through the market, and you end up either having to give them a tip or be led to at a particular shop where you’re expected to make a purchase. Again, politely but firmly decline the offer. By doing some research and employing common sense, you can avoid these scenarios. Alternatively, you can book a tour guide who will help you navigate the labyrinth of streets and avoid street scammers altogether.

6. Keep Your Politics to Yourself

This is about respecting local politics as much as local traditions. It’s not a good idea to openly criticise the system, especially on social media. Keep your posts limited to selfies!

7. Stay Within the Law

In the resort or on your cruise ship drinking isn’t an issue, in fact, it’s probably an integral part of your holiday. However, be aware that you can’t openly drink on the streets in Egypt, other than in licensed restaurants or bars; likewise, the possession or use of drugs is illegal and could land you in serious trouble with the authorities.

Another important restriction is on taking photographs of officials; that selfie with the policeman might have seemed a good idea at the time but it could get you in trouble if you don’t have their consent. Likewise, taking photographs of military bases is strictly prohibited. If in doubt, always check first, that’s the golden rule here.

So when it comes to Egypt, by being sensible and following these simple guidelines you can ensure your safety and that you get the most out of your wonderful holiday in the land of the Pharaohs. Be respectful, learn some phrases in the local language and be firm to avoid being scammed. However, the same can be said for most, if not all, holiday destinations. So if you’re interested in an amazing journey back to a mystical time, then rest assured it’s safe to go ahead and book your Egyptian odyssey today.

***This blog was written on and from the perspective of 15th October 2019***

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