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

Luxor

When to go

Visitors who travel to Luxor in its hottest months between June and September will be treated to high temperatures of around 40°C. If you're travelling with kids or prefer things a little cooler you may wish to book cheap Egypt holidays in one of the country's milder months. This still means warm weather as temperatures tend to hover around 30°C throughout the year.

December provides manageable heat for working on your tan, with highs of 25 to 30°C. However, the desert climate can get chilly at night, so remember to pack a warm layer for the evenings.

Health and safety

If you're visiting in the high season, make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and keep sun lotion on you at all times. Some areas of Luxor's coast offer calm shallows ideal for swimming with children, but other parts have strong currents and deeper waters, so it's best to check with your hotel before you swim.

The hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for all visitors to Egypt as it can be easily transmitted through food and water. With this in mind, ensure that you drink bottled water. Check with your GP eight weeks in advance about any other suggested vaccinations or precautions needed.

As with any holiday, you should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover yourself and family on your trip. If you're visiting Luxor specifically to take part in sports or watersports, including hiking, you should make sure your insurance covers this. See our holiday extras page for more information and for the latest health and safety information visit www.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 Luxor for visits of up to 30 days. It will cost £20 for a single adult visa, which can be obtained at the airport when you arrive. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt/entry-requirements

Getting around

Flights to this area arrive at Luxor airport, meaning your transfer time will be pleasingly short. Most tour operators include transfers as part of a holiday package so getting to your resort is easy. If you prefer to arrange your own travel, you'll find several 24-hour car rental places at the airport, where you can hire your own transport for your time in Luxor.

For public transport, buses are most recommended. They are cheap and many locals choose to travel this way as bus stops can be found everywhere. If you prefer to get a taxi, ensure you agree on the fare before hand, and always remember it's common to leave a tip at the end.

Advice for travellers with children

The increasing popularity of Luxor as a tourist destination means it shouldn't be too hard finding food and suitable entertainment for your kids. There are a good range of hotels that provide all the amenities you'll need for your holiday, and you can book All Inclusive Egypt holidays for a stress-free family getaway.

The heat in Luxor can be very intense during the peak summer months, so ensuring your child is in the shade, well hydrated and covered in sun lotion is a good idea if you want to avoid any heat-related issues.

Electricity

Connector type: Two-pin plug type C and F Voltage Info: 220-240 Volts

Emergency information

Egypt's emergency numbers are 123 for an ambulance, 122 for the police, and 180 for a fire.

British Consulate

If you're a victim of crime, affected by a crisis overseas, or if something happens to a relative or partner contact the British Consulate in Luxor.

Address: Gaddis Hotel, Khaled Ibn El Walid Street, Luxor, Egypt Phone (from the UK): +20 95 382 838

Hospital

The main hospital is located on Kornish Al Nile in Luxor. For any ongoing medical needs it is recommended that you stay in a 5* hotel with an on-site doctor.

Luxor Main Hospital Address: Kornish Al Nile, Luxor, Egypt Phone: +20 95 237 2025