Don’t do it in Egypt: 7 things you do face a fine or jail

Don't do it in Egypt
Don’t do it in Egypt

Egyptian resorts are quite loyal to tourists and often turn a blind eye to the many sins of foreigners. Against this background, it is easy to lose vigilance and foolishly commit something like that, for which the local authorities will simply be forced to punish. Cautious “Subtleties” remind of what exactly should not be done in Egypt , so as not to get into trouble with the law.

1. The country is prohibited from photographing the military, police, military equipment and strategic military facilities. Even if an administrative building or some kind of helicopter accidentally got into the frame, and this became known to the authorities, then at least the photo will be asked to be removed. In more serious situations, the unwary tourist faces a fine or arrest, but in fairness it should be mentioned that this rarely happens.

2. For negative statements about the political system, in general about the country, as well as for insulting the current government or the president, they can be arrested. You should not chat on slippery topics, not only on the street or in a hotel, but also discuss them on social networks: it happens that such comments and posts come to the attention of the Egyptian police, so it is better not to risk it.

3. In Egypt, drinking alcohol and being in public places under the influence of alcohol is a criminal offense . In hotels, this law does not apply, however, on the streets of, for example, Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh, you cannot appear openly drunk. The tourist will not be imprisoned for this, but the fine will definitely be rolled in, and also subjected to public censure.

4. It is forbidden to export corals and their parts from Egypt , shells and other seafood, as well as fragments of attractions, even if they look like unremarkable stones. For this, he faces a large fine and a ban on entry into the country for several years.

5. Swearing in public in Egypt is absolutely impossible. Many local residents from resort areas perfectly understand English obscene expressions and can complain about an overly emotional tourist to the police.

6. Tourists may well get a fine for damaging corals and throwing garbage into the sea. In recent years, the administration of the resorts was seriously puzzled by this issue and took up the development of punitive measures against violators.

7. For illegal entry or indecent acts on the territory of archaeological sites and excavations, an unaffordable fine or imprisonment for at least a month is imposed. The concept of “obscene actions” includes behavior that shocks others: words, gestures, actions, appearance. In general, it is better to behave calmly and not shock the local public.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Egypt

Q. Is Egypt a safe country?

A – Egypt is almost crime free; As Lonely Planet notes, “Crime in Egypt, violent or otherwise, is negligible compared to many Western countries, and you usually move around safely by day or night.” Most of the crime is petty theft, with little violent crime.

Q. Is Egypt an Islamic country?

A – Islam is the predominant religion in Egypt with about 90.3% of the population. Almost all of Egypt’s Muslims are Sunni, with Shia being a small minority. However, the latter is not recognized by Egypt. Islam has been recognized as the state religion since 1980.

Q. What is Egypt famous for?

A – Egypt is very famous for its ancient civilization and monuments to the majestic pharaohs, such as the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Great Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, GEM (The Grand Egyptian Museum), Saqqara and Dahshur.

Q. Can you drink alcohol in Egypt?

A – Egypt’s laws towards alcohol are quite liberal compared to most Islamic countries, except during the month of Ramadan when alcohol is strictly prohibited and only foreign passport holders are allowed to purchase alcohol. The legal drinking age in Egypt is 21.

Q. Which religion is Egypt?

A – Today, the majority of Egypt’s population is Muslim, with Jews and a small minority of Christians.

Q. Is it expensive to travel to Egypt?

A – Egypt is cheaper to visit than places like Europe, North America, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Traveling through Egypt is about the same price as traveling through Southeast Asia. If you are a budget traveler, you can see and do a lot in Egypt without spending a lot of money.

Q. Is Egypt the oldest country?

A – It is considered one of the oldest countries in the world and was first settled around 6000 BC. The first dynasty is believed to have been founded around 3100 BC. China is one of the oldest countries in the world. Historians say that the first evidence of civilization in this country dates back to more than 4,000 years ago.

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