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Egypt

Home of the original World Wonder

Egypt is a rich melange of colour. Begin your journey riding camel-back into the editorial dunes of the White Desert. Then head to the marina to snorkel the Red Sea’s coral-rich ecosystem. Finally, take to the verdant Nile Delta where the majority of the country’s ancient wonders are only a stone’s throw from its banks.


Quick Facts

  • Capital City: Cairo
  • Currency: Egyptian Pound (EGP)
  • Languages: Standard Arabic
  • Best Time of Year to Visit: October & February

LGBT Rights in Egypt

Gay Egypt Travel

Best Places to Visit in Egypt

More Info

Egypt is a largely conservative country. Caution should be practiced at all times and all public displays of affection should be avoided for the safety of yourself and your group. While large international hotels in tourist areas like Cairo won’t likely raise an eyebrow to same-sex  couples, we advise travellers to avoid budget hotels and/or reserve two beds. Further, gay dating apps should be avoided as local authorities have historically targeted gay men through them. Finally, while lesbianism is largely misunderstood and ignored in Egypt, female travellers should be cautious about PDA as well.

Gay Activity: Illegal
Lesbian Activity: Illegal
Gay Marriage: Not allowed
Right to Change Gender: Legal, surgery not required
Same-Sex Adoption: Single only
LGBT Discrimination: No protections

A small, underground gay scene exists in Cairo and Alexandria. However, it is entirely geared towards locals. We do not advise LGBT visitors attempt to participate in the gay scene.

Gay Villages
NA

Pride Festivals
NA

Best Gay Bars
NA

Best Lesbian Bars
NA

5. Luxor
This beautiful city is the gateway to the country’s highest concentration of ruins, tombs, monuments and obelisks. 

4. The Red Sea
The coral-rich Red Sea is a stunning jungle of colourful fish and aquatic plants. Wrecks make for exciting dive points, but there’s plenty to see with just a mask and snorkel.

3. Cairo
The country’s capital is layered in history. When you’re feeling ambitious, battle through the often hectic souks. For a more quiet respite, spend an afternoon appreciating the city’s spiritual mosques.

2. Pyramids of Giza
The Pyramids of Giza are the only remaining structures from the original list of World Wonders. And while their silhouette against the desert landscape is something of a cliche, you will never fully appreciate their size and mystery until you are dwarfed below them.

1. The Nile River
In our opinion, the best way to appreciate Egypt is from the fertile Nile River. Historically, the river has been the life force of the entire nation and all major cities and ancient civilizations were built on its banks. Besides being the perfect entranceway to the country’s most popular sites, it is also a naturally gorgeous ecosystem that showcases the country at its most photogenic.

Best Time to Visit: October & February bookend both the country’s winter and ‘high season’. While the occasional dust storm may delay some flights, the weather is reasonable and the crowds are bearable.

Electricity: In Egypt the power plugs and sockets are of type C and F. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. For more information visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/egypt/.

Time Zone: (GMT+2) Eastern European Standard Time

Vaccinations: Based on entry requirements, only travellers coming from a country with risk of Yellow Fever may be required to show proof of a vaccination. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, you should consult your doctor or a travel medical clinic, as Out Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

Visas: Most travellers require a visa to enter Egypt. Please visit the Arab Republic of Egypt’s website here for more information on how to obtain a single-entry 30-day visa.

July 28, 2020
LGBT Rights in Egypt

Egypt is a largely conservative country. Caution should be practiced at all times and all public displays of affection should be avoided for the safety of yourself and your group. While large international hotels in tourist areas like Cairo won’t likely raise an eyebrow to same-sex  couples, we advise travellers to avoid budget hotels and/or reserve two beds. Further, gay dating apps should be avoided as local authorities have historically targeted gay men through them. Finally, while lesbianism is largely misunderstood and ignored in Egypt, female travellers should be cautious about PDA as well.

Gay Activity: Illegal
Lesbian Activity: Illegal
Gay Marriage: Not allowed
Right to Change Gender: Legal, surgery not required
Same-Sex Adoption: Single only
LGBT Discrimination: No protections

Gay Egypt Travel

A small, underground gay scene exists in Cairo and Alexandria. However, it is entirely geared towards locals. We do not advise LGBT visitors attempt to participate in the gay scene.

Gay Villages
NA

Pride Festivals
NA

Best Gay Bars
NA

Best Lesbian Bars
NA

Best Places to Visit in Egypt

5. Luxor
This beautiful city is the gateway to the country’s highest concentration of ruins, tombs, monuments and obelisks. 

4. The Red Sea
The coral-rich Red Sea is a stunning jungle of colourful fish and aquatic plants. Wrecks make for exciting dive points, but there’s plenty to see with just a mask and snorkel.

3. Cairo
The country’s capital is layered in history. When you’re feeling ambitious, battle through the often hectic souks. For a more quiet respite, spend an afternoon appreciating the city’s spiritual mosques.

2. Pyramids of Giza
The Pyramids of Giza are the only remaining structures from the original list of World Wonders. And while their silhouette against the desert landscape is something of a cliche, you will never fully appreciate their size and mystery until you are dwarfed below them.

1. The Nile River
In our opinion, the best way to appreciate Egypt is from the fertile Nile River. Historically, the river has been the life force of the entire nation and all major cities and ancient civilizations were built on its banks. Besides being the perfect entranceway to the country’s most popular sites, it is also a naturally gorgeous ecosystem that showcases the country at its most photogenic.

More Info

Best Time to Visit: October & February bookend both the country’s winter and ‘high season’. While the occasional dust storm may delay some flights, the weather is reasonable and the crowds are bearable.

Electricity: In Egypt the power plugs and sockets are of type C and F. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. For more information visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/egypt/.

Time Zone: (GMT+2) Eastern European Standard Time

Vaccinations: Based on entry requirements, only travellers coming from a country with risk of Yellow Fever may be required to show proof of a vaccination. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, you should consult your doctor or a travel medical clinic, as Out Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

Visas: Most travellers require a visa to enter Egypt. Please visit the Arab Republic of Egypt’s website here for more information on how to obtain a single-entry 30-day visa.

July 28, 2020

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