Hurghada International Airport is located inland, 5 km (3.1 mi) southwest of El Dahar, the downtown of Hurghada. On your approach to Hurghada you will see the mountains on the right and a myriad of blue and turquoise tones of the Red Sea on the left. On your plane journey over to Hurghada you should receive a immigration landing card, requiring your personal details and where you are staying in Egypt. If you do not receive a card you will be given one at the same time as your visa.
To obtain a visa, go straight to the Banks and currency exchange kiosks inside the terminal building, these are located before the customs and immigration counters. For visits of up to 30 days, you can get a visa by payment in Sterling, US Dollars or Euros; the visa fee is US$25. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Egypt. The Bank Cashier can also exchange any currency you wish to convert into EGP.
If you stay longer than 30 days, you may apply for a visa extension, at the Egyptian Passport and Immigration Office. Alternatively you can get a visa from an Egyptian Consulate outside Egypt before you travel.
After collecting your visa, proceed to the Immigration counter where you present your passport and landing card, your passport is stamped for entry and you can go collect your luggage. Finally you pass through the customs area before departing the airport for your onward journey
The Egyptian pound is the national currency of Egypt. 1 Egyptian pound consists of 100 piastres. Currency exchange is possible at the Bank kiosks in the arrivals terminal hall. Pounds Sterling, Euros and US Dollars can be exchanged in local banks or bureaux de change. Major credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are available in all major resort centres, and in some hotels. Your Bank or credit card company may charge transaction fees for card payments overseas.
Travellers cheques are not widely accepted, they can usually only be cashed in main Bank branches.
Shops, Hotels and Restaurants readily accept the usual credit cards, although cash payments are usual in markets and smaller establishments.
There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency you can take in or our of Egypt.
Currency: Egyptian Pound (EGP / LE).
Euros, pounds sterling and US dollars are widely accepted.
Egypt Customs Regulations
Free import (irrespective of age):
- 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 200 grams of tobacco
- 1 litre of alcohol
- A reasonable quantity of perfume
- Non-commercial articles with a total max. of USD 200
- Goods for personal use
- 5000 Egyptian pounds maximum
- narcotics, drugs, cotton
- all kinds of live, frozen or stuffed birds or any bird derived product.
Guns and Ammunition regulations:
Import of all firearms, including sporting guns, is prohibited.
Caution: drug handling is severly punished in Egypt (prison to death penalty in particularly serious cases).
Free export of the same articles as shown under "free import" which have been imported by passenger.
- drugs and food
- gold and silver purchased in Egypt, except for very small quantities for personal use
Purchases in Duty Free Shops can only be made during the first 48 hours after your arrival and items must not exceed a value of 200 US dollars per passport.
For further assistance please contact the Egyptian Customs authorities directly. They will provide the latest information about customs regulations and export-import procedures.