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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD (foreign office travel advice)

Hurghada

When to go

Hurghada is in a enviable position when it comes to its sub-tropical desert climate. That said, visitors here can expect mild to warm winters and hot to scorching summers. From June to September temperatures average in the mid 30s°C. This means it's a great area to visit throughout the year, though be aware that depending on when you go, temperatures can cool in the evenings.

Health and safety

Hepatitis A is a recommended vaccination for all travellers to Egypt. Otherwise ensure that you get in touch with your GP eight weeks prior to travel to find out about any additional vaccinations you may need. As with any holiday, you should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover yourself and family on your trip.

If you're booking Hurghada holidays specifically to take part in sports or watersports, including hiking, make sure your insurance covers this.

See our holiday extras page for more information and for the latest health and safety information visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt/health

Passports and Visas

British citizens will need a passport valid for at least six months from the day of travel. You will also need a visa to enter Hurghada in the Red Sea region. It's £20 for a single adult visa, which can be obtained at the airport when you arrive.

By law, you must carry your passport with you and may need to show it when paying by credit card. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt/entry-requirements

Getting around

Flights land at Hurghada International Airport and most tour operators include transfers as part of a holiday package so getting to your resort is easy. Many of the region's hotels are located along the resort strip to the south of Hurghada such as in Soma Bay and Sahl Hasheesh. For trips to Hurghada city during your stay, convenient microbuses run a regular service between the old town centre and back again.

If you'd like to head further afield, there are a few daily buses that will take you to destinations such as Cairo and Luxor. Hiring a car is also an option and you'll find agencies near the airport and around Hurghada city centre. For peace of mind it might be wise to book a car in advance.

Advice for travellers with children

As the airport is only a 15-minute drive away from Hurghada's centre and the coastal resort strip, this is a convenient place to take your children. The 35 kilometre stretch of sandy beach is also popular with families and is easily accessible from the hotels along the coast. Many hotels also offer kids programmes and amenities such as waterparks, and you can always book All Inclusive Hurghada holiday to take the stress out of your trip.

The crystalline waters provide and an array of coral reefs and stunning marine life to explore. Your hotel can advise you on the best and safest places to take your children snorkelling and swimming. The desert landscape is also a fun and exciting environment for all the family to enjoy with vehicle and camel rides available.

Electricity

Connector type: Two-pin plugs, type C and F

Voltage Info: 220 volts, 50 Hz

Emergency information

You can use the following numbers to reach the emergency services in Hurghada;

Ambulance: 123

Police: 122

Fire: 180

British Consulate

If you're a victim of crime or affected by a crisis overseas, or if something happens to a relative or partner call Honorary Consul for Hurghada, Mr John Kenny.

Email: john.kenny-honcon@fconet.fco.gov.uk

Mobile +20 1515 343 915

Hospital

El Salam Hospital is a fully-equipped and leading facility for primary, secondary and emergency medical care.

Address: El Salam Hospital, Arabia Beach, Hurghada, Red Sea, Egypt

24-hour emergency phone: +20 653 615 012 or +20 653 615 013