Egypt Warnings or Dangers
Egypt has some of the most impressive remaining ancient sites in the world, and has therefore long been a popular destination for world travelers. It’s perhaps because of this that one its biggest drawbacks for visitors is scams and price gauging.
Beware the barkers
While there is little danger of being killed or violently hurt, your wallet will be under constant assault in Egypt. People selling various items seems to never stop, and they can be quiet aggressive and pushy. Whether you are in Cairo, Luxor or Hurghada, the situation is the game. There is also a constant push for Backsheesh (tipping). People on tour boats on the Nile have said sometimes vendors come up to the ship in their own boats.
Overcharging and Scams
Taxi drivers will over charge you if you do not set the price before getting in, and they will take a longer route if they think you don’t know the area. The same is true with money exchange counters, which can also short change you. Scams also include fake tickets to the Giza Pyramids. Merchants have also been known to try to shortchange shoppers in Cairo stores.
Temperatures can get well over 100 degrees on an average summer day in Egypt. Have plenty of liquids and protection from the heat. Avoid sunstroke by keeping hydrated and avoid being out in the sun too long.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings or dangers in Egypt.
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