Best time to go to Cairo

The sunshine sticks around all year long in Egypt. In the summer months, it’s around 35°C in the Nile region and it tops 40°C in the Red Sea region. Spring and autumn are in the high-20s, too. Rain is practically unheard of, apart from a few drops here and there in the winter months. But even then, we’re still talking a pleasant 21°C. If you’re diving, water temperatures can reach the high-20s in summer, but in winter they fall to around 21°C.

Passports and Visas

As a British citizen, you must have a valid passport and a visa to enter Egypt. For a small fee, you can apply through our visa and travel authorisation partner – Sherpa.

If you’re only travelling to Taba and/or Sharm el Sheikh, you won’t need a visa. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit

Don't forget to arrange your travel insurance before you go.

Health and safety

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover you while you’re away. For the latest health and safety information, visit

Further Reading

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  • Travel Aware

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    Travel Aware – Staying Safe and Healthy Abroad
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