Customs & Currency
To avoid problems when entering or leaving the Egyptian territory, you should be aware of the rules regulating the country’s customs authority.
According to the Egyptian law, you are not allowed to import more than 200 cigarettes (or 25 cigars, or 200g of tobacco) and 2 litres of alcohol. It is also illegal to bring in drugs, firearms, and cotton.
On the other hand, it is considered illegal to export narcotics (drugs), firearms and cotton. Locally purchased gold and silver can be exported if for personal use or in small quantities.
Egypt’s strict laws control the import and export of antiquities and artefacts that are more than 100 years old. You will thus need to apply for a license to export any item of the sort.
There is no limit to the amount of currency you can bring in or out of Egypt. However, the traveller is requested to declare amounts of 500 Egyptian Pounds or foreign equivalent.
The Egyptian Pound (EGP) is the national currency in Egypt. The pound (or “Geneeh” in Arabic) is divided into 100 “piasters” (or “Ersh”). Egyptian banknotes come in denominations of 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 pound, and 25 and 50 “piasters.”
Branches of major banks are available in abundance in all the major cities. Banks typically operate from 8.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, with some branches extending their opening hours till 5.00 p.m. Hotel branches in some of the cities operate throughout the 24 hours. ATMs are also widespread throughout the branches and in other locations such as supermarkets, petrol stations and shopping malls.
We have provided you with a currency converter to check the current exchange rate and get acquainted to the value of the Egyptian Pound. Simply enter an amount and select your country’s currency and click on the CONVERT button.