Frequently Asked Questions

Is Egypt considered a safe destination?

No overseas travel is without risk and every major city has petty crime, but you will be in a group and never on your own. Egypt generally has a very low crime rate. You will feel safe in Egypt as the government is taking sensible precautions to protect the tourist industry which is a major source of income for its population. The US government has the same safety ranking for Egypt as the UK, for example. Plus, we’ll have our own local security personnel with us every step of the way. Our local tour company is very experienced and has been in business since 1955.

How can I obtain my visa to visit Egypt?

Visitors to Egypt must have a passport valid for at least six months upon their arrival. A 1-month entry visa without application can be purchased upon arrival in Egypt at the airport (our local guides will greet you and assist with the visa purchase). This only takes a few minutes to do before you go through customs. Obtaining a visa upon arrival is available to travellers from the following countries: Australia, Canada, Croatia, European Union, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Macedonia, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States.

What is the best currency to take to Egypt?

US dollar, pound sterling, and euro are accepted mainly in tourist areas and major cities. All these three currencies can be exchanged easily into EGP at the official exchange rate at any Egyptian bank, bank desk in airports, foreign exchange counter in most upper hotels, and even at the same place where you buy your entry visa upon arrival in Egypt. Some credit cards or cash cards also can be used to withdraw Egyptian pounds at any ATM in Egypt. Please check with your local banks before departure. But if you are going to barter for souvenirs and trinkets it’s best to pay in Egyptian pounds. The Egyptian pound is the official currency in Egypt and is commonly abbreviated as EGP, LE or E£. It is divided into 100 piastres or 1,000 millimes. Check your current exchange rate from Egyptian pounds.

Do Egyptians speak languages other than Arabic?

Most Egyptians, who live in the cities, speak or understand at least some English words or phrases. Our local tour guides are all very experienced and speak English.

Is it a common practice to give tips in Egypt?

This is a fully inclusive tour. However, it is customary to give your guides and our drivers tips at the end of journey for good service. CMI staff will take a group collection at the end.

Can I take pictures while visiting the monuments in Egypt?

Cell phone photography is allowed in most of the historical sites and museums in Egypt. Flash photography is not allowed in some historical sites, like inside the Valley of the Kings in Luxor for the protection of the delicate artwork on the walls. We advise using cell phones rather than cameras as on occasion visitors are asked to leave their cameras at the reception before entering. We advise buying a good full-colour book while you are there that has pictures of some of these prohibited places.

Are there any health issues/COVID requirements that I should worry about in Egypt?

Like most overseas countries, there can be issues with drinking tap water. Bottled water will be supplied and available for you at all times. Egypt can be hot, so hats and sunscreen are recommended at all times. We will be supplying you with a courtesy hat on the first night’s orientation meeting.

This section is regularly updated.

Egypt has recently waived PCR testing and vaccination requirements to enter. However, this does not mean that Covid has disappeared. We are in a foreign country with travellers from all over the world. Thus, travel insurance is more important than ever. No one wants to be sick and in a foreign hospital, or at best isolated in a hotel somewhere (govt. requirements). Of course, being vaccinated will help to protect you from serious illness and hospitalization (see our vaccination article). Be sure to check your travel insurance as some companies are not covering Covid-related claims.

Please check back as these requirements are changing regularly.
All workers in the tourism industry have undergone mandatory vaccination.

Is this tour suitable for people with people with mobility limitations?

Please be aware that we will be visiting many ancient sites and some are still being excavated. One needs to be reasonably mobile as this tour involves moderate amounts of walking, at times over uneven surfaces particularly inside some of the temples where the floors are severely cobbled. This tour will not be suitable for people with limited mobility that hinders them from walking unassisted and/or who require a wheelchair. There are no disabled facilities, such as elevators, on the cruise boat.

Is there any special dress advice?

In the tourist areas, the locals are used to overseas visitors. Dressing with relative modesty is a way of respecting the local culture. Casual clothing is fine, but women should avoid tight or revealing clothing. Shorts and t-shirts are fine for men.
Please note that on the cruise, footwear such as flip flops are not permitted in the dining area (it’s nice to dress neatly for dinner anyway! 😊)

Are children permitted on the tour?

Children age 12 and older who are traveling with one or both parents (or legal guardians) are welcome on the tour. All tour participants pay the same price, regardless of age. Please note that the maximum room occupancy is three, so if two children are accompanying both parents, it will be necessary to reserve two rooms.

What happens after I submit my registration?

Payment Details – Effective as of May 25, 2022

Spaces are limited on each tour so no reservation is confirmed until payment is received.

Within a few business days of submitting your request for registration, you will receive an invoice in US dollars from Creation Ministries International–US (the tour organizer) for the full cost of the tour for you and any travel companions for which you registered. The link to pay the invoice will take you to PayPal, but you do not have to have a PayPal account to pay with a credit card. If you want to pay from your bank account, you will need to set up a PayPal account and link it to your bank account. You will pay in US dollars and PayPal will charge you in your own local currency based upon the exchange rate at that time, plus currency conversion fees.

Places will be designated on a first come, first serve basis, and subject to room availability

Please note: New registrants will no longer have the option to pay by INSTALLMENTS. The full tour costs will be due within 3 days of receiving your invoice. No discounts are available.

Registrations are now closed.

What is the Cancellation Policy?

Please note that some parts of the tour, such as internal air travel and cruise fares are booked and confirmed as soon as you have paid the deposit, and are non-refundable. For this reason, full refunds are not available. Creation Ministries International urges all participants to purchase travel insurance as it is not provided by us nor the tour company. (Note: many credit card companies offer travel insurance if you use their cards to book your trip. Check with your card provider).

  • Once you have paid either the full price of the tour or the 50% deposit, your reservation is confirmed. If you cancel from that date through February 28, 2022, we will retain 25% of the tour cost plus the cost of internal air- and cruise fares which may or may not be refunded at the discretion of the ticket issuer.
  • If you cancel from March 1 – April 15, 2022, we will retain 50% of the tour cost plus the cost of internal air- and cruise fares which may or may not be refunded at the discretion of the ticket issuer.
  • If you cancel from April 16 – June 11, 2022,  we will retain 75% of the tour cost plus the cost of internal air- and cruise fares which may or may not be refunded at the discretion of the ticket issuer.
  • No cancellations after June 11, 2022. If you cancel after this date or fail to arrive in Cairo at the beginning of the tour, no refund will be given.

Note: Travel insurance is not included. Obtain your own coverage before departure.

Registrations Now Closed

We hope you enjoy the tour!