Biting insects (including mosquitoes) are common. Insect repellents can be useful in helping to prevent bites; the most effective are those containing DEET such as Off – local repellents are often more effective than those bought in your own country. You can also reduce the risk by wearing clothes that cover your skin, including your arms and legs, especially during the evening and at night.
Many hotels offer a degree of accessibility for holidaymakers with restricted mobility, such as ground floor rooms, lifts, level public areas, and beachside promenades, but few are equipped with specific disability-friendly features such as wheelchair ramps, wheelchair accessible bathroom facilities, etc. In addition the terrain and layout of resorts can be difficult for wheelchair users. The major tourist sites have limited access for wheelchair users, and some of the tombs in the Valley of the Kings are clearly marked as accessible for wheelchairs. It is important that you advise us of your particular needs so that enquiries can be made about the suitability of resorts, accommodation, and transport before you book your holiday. Some special arrangements may require an extra charge. If you do not tell us in advance about special needs or requirements that would affect your holiday experience, we cannot compensate you should we fail to deliver them.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit issues frequent updates for those travelling outside the UK. You can check the latest travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk
The local currency in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound (EGP) often written as LE. Currently there are roughly 9,5 EGP to 1 Pound Sterling. You can change your currency at any bank or bureaux change (many hotels have these). Pounds Sterling, Euros and US Dollars are widely accepted, though change may be given in EGP but the exchange rate varies enormously. We recommend that you carry most of your spending money in travellers cheques for security. Major credit cards are widely accepted but you may incur transaction charges. ATMs are available in resorts and larger towns and cities. Inoculations There are no compulsory inoculations required for visiting Egypt, but advice can change, so please take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. Sources of information include: www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org.uk, your GP or a specialist clinic.
The sun in Egypt is much more intense than in the UK, and severe sunburn is possible within a very short time. Take plenty of sun tan lotion with you, apply it regularly, and limit your sunbathing at first. Remember to reapply sun tan lotion after swimming. Watch out for redness and sunburn and don’t be afraid to cover up with a hat or T-shirt. With very hot sun and a seaside breeze, it is extremely easy to get dehydrated without noticing. Watch out for signs of heat exhaustion or sunstroke (drowsiness, dizziness, headaches and nausea) and drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids. Re-hydration salts are easily obtained and will help alleviate cramps. Remember, you can get sunburned or dehydrated even in the shade!
A tourist visa is required for all British, EU and EEA citizens. Although you can obtain one from your local Egyptian consulate it is more convenient to obtain one arrival at your airport. The cost is $15 and can be paid in Pounds, Euros or US Dollars. However, no visa is required for a stay in Sharm el Sheikh, unless you are going to visit any other area of Egypt. Visa stamps can be purchased from our airport representative to avoid queuing, subject to availability.
Often forgotten, but washing your hands regularly, and especially before eating and drinking, is one of the best ways to avoid picking up bugs. Antiseptic gels are also a useful precaution.