Sharm el Sheikh Facts File
Sharm el Sheikh is located on the coastal strip between the Red Sea and Mount Sinai in Egypt and is a holiday Mecca in no uncertain terms. This region is internationally known for its great diving sites, just off the coast where a rich diversity of marine life can be experienced. The weather during the peak summer months is hot, very hot and pale skinned northern Europeans should stay clear or be prepared to keep in the shade. The best time to visit Sharm is between the months of October through to April where you will enjoy the sunshine much better.
Vaccinations and health
Hepatitis A vaccine is now recommended for all travellers to Egypt. We advise that you always check with your local GP regarding to vaccinations. Do not leave it to the last minute. Some vaccinations can take a length of time to start working properly. Allow at the latest 8 weeks before departing.
Sharm el Sheikh has a subtropical desert climate and has two distinct seasons; a hot summer and milder winter. During the summer months the temperatures range from the low of 29 degrees Celsius in April to highs of 36 degrees Celsius in July. The night time temperatures see a relief from the intense heat of the days with temperatures ranging from 20 degrees Celsius in April to 28 degrees Celsius in July. Winter day time temperatures remain high with temperatures of 26 degrees Celsius in November being the high and 21 degrees Celsius in January being the low.
220v - 2 pin, round plugs, European adapters.
The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound.
The dialling code for Egypt is 00 20
The time difference is + 1 hours.
The official language is Arabic but English is understood especially around the main tourist areas.
Visa and passport
Currently British holiday makers do not require a visa to visit Sharm but will need one if planning to leave Sharm whilst on holiday, i.e. visit Cairo. It is always worth checking as rules can change. You must have a passport with at least 6 months validity.
Getting to Sharm el Sheikh
There currently no direct flights from the UK into Sharm el Sheikh Airport. This is due to the FCO forbidding travel, due to the airport not being up to date with its security equipment.
Sharm el Sheikh Transport
Taking a taxi can be a very expensive way to travel to your destination, since there are no meters and the drivers frequently charge way over the odds. If taking a taxi always ask for the price before getting in. The cab driver will play dumb so keep asking. There is also a bus service which is very cheap albeit the journey time can vary. You can also hire a car and there have been recent improvements to the road network. To hire a car you need to be over 25 years of age, been driving longer than 2 years and hold a full license.