How To Open A Bank Account In Egypt

Although Egypt may not be the first place that comes to mind when considering expat-friendly destinations, the country is becoming something of an expat hotspot, in part due to its unique culture and constant sunshine. As long as you stay alert to the ever-changing political situation there, you will most likely find Egypt an accommodating … Read more

How To Learn The Language In Egypt

Egypt is an ancient country which has traditionally been the nexus of multiple trade routes, both by sea and by land, and if you are moving here to live and work, you will need to know a little about the languages that are spoken here.The official language of Egypt is Literary Arabic, also known as … Read more

How To Rent Or Buy Property In Egypt

Renting property If you are moving to Egypt for work, your employer probably has plenty of experience in finding rentals, so make sure you use it, as the best way of finding properties is word of mouth. You can also register with an estate agent, but note that the industry is not regulated. If any … Read more

What Quality Of Healthcare Can You Expect In Egypt?

The quality of healthcare that you can expect in Egypt will depend on whether you are accessing the public or the private healthcare sector. It is unlikely that, as an expat, you will be reliant on the public sector, and your access to public healthcare as a foreigner is about to be severely restricted – … Read more

What Cover Is Available For Sports Injuries In Egypt?

Egypt is a fascinating country and you can do a range of activities there, including water sports, such as snorkelling, kiteboarding and windsurfing. These can be found in the Red Sea resorts, such as Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh. Quad biking in the desert regions is also popular in Egypt.If you are planning on taking up … Read more

How To Register With The Health System In Egypt

Egyptian health insurance has undergone a recent overhaul and its goal is to have fully universal coverage for all citizens by the 2030s. However, unfortunately, this is not currently intended to apply to expat residents. Egypt technically offers universal health coverage now, but, in practice, most citizens, including expats, choose to pay out-of-pocket, or to … Read more

How To Keep Your Health Insurance Costs Low In Egypt

If you wish to take out health insurance in Egypt, then realistically you will be restricted to private cover. Although public health insurance is currently available, assuming that you are paying contributions into the national scheme, the Egyptian government is at present overhauling the healthcare and health insurance system. They plan to make it a … Read more

How To Keep Fit And Healthy In Egypt

You will have plenty of opportunities to keep fit and healthy in Egypt, whether you are living and working there or just visiting as a tourist. The coastal Red Sea resorts, such as Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh, offer a wide range of activities, including water sports, such as snorkelling, swimming (with or without dolphins), windsurfing … Read more

How Much Do Health Procedures Cost In Egypt?

The cost of your healthcare in Egypt will depend on whether you are registered with the national health insurance scheme or have private cover. Although Egypt is supposed to have universal health insurance, in practice most people do not use it. This is due to the limitations of the current system, such as lengthy waiting … Read more

Dental And Ophthalmic Care In Egypt: How To Find The Right Options For You

Egypt is currently in the process of modernising its public healthcare system, to implement a truly universal level of health coverage by the end of the decade. However, it is not clear yet how far this will extend into non-emergency dental and ophthalmic treatment, and it’s currently not intended to apply to foreign workers. As … Read more

How To Apply For A Visa In Egypt

For nationals from the United Kingdom (UK), European Union (EU) and United States (US), it is a straightforward process to apply for tourist and business visas in Egypt. Indeed, tourists from these regions travelling to Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba or Taba, for no longer than 15 days, do not require a visa at all … Read more

How To Find A Job In Egypt

Despite a degree of political unrest, Egypt might be an easier choice of destination for employment than one might think: the country has, after all, been a multicultural hub for centuries and there are currently many expats working in the region. The application process for obtaining a work permit is is complex and can take … Read more

Sylvia Ferrara, Cairo

Who are you? My name is Sylvia Ferrara. I’m 51 years old and have two adult children that still live in the USA.Moving abroad is something that I had in my mind as a child. I knew it would be on the continent of Africa but I had no idea which country I’d eventually move … Read more

Driving In Egypt? Here’s What You Need To Know

Every country has its own way of doing things. The Brits love to queue, while other countries prefer to elbow their way to the front of a gaggle. Americans see tipping in a restaurant as mandatory, while in Japan it’s an insult to leave a few notes for the waiter.Something as simple as getting from … Read more

Renting An Apartment In Cairo: What Expats Need To Know

Almost all expats heading to Egypt will find themselves based in Cairo. For thousands of years, the city of a thousand minarets has been the bustling hub of business and government in the country.In recent years, Cairo has lost some of its appeal as a trading city, with political unrest and terror attacks scaring away … Read more

Cairo’s Most Desirable Neighbourhoods For Expats

One of the most important decisions you will have to make as an expat is where to base yourself. You want your new home to be in a safe area of your chosen country, with all the specific amenities that you need for your lifestyle. You will have to consider many aspects such as whether … Read more

How Much Does It Really Cost To Live In Cairo?

Cairo is not the most common of expat destinations. Political turmoil and an uneasy security situation has hit international business confidence in the land of the Pharaohs.Normal daily life in Egypt is far removed from the war-torn chaos that afflicts many of her neighbours in the Middle East. Libya, to the West, is still in … Read more

A Guide To Expat Healthcare In Egypt

Egypt doesn’t always appear in lists of the most popular destinations among expats. This is largely because of the prevalent economic and political instability there, especially since the dawn of the Arab Spring in 2011, which resulted in many migrants fleeing the country. Although Egypt has regained some stability in recent years, there continue to … Read more

Kimberly Loth Hurst, Cairo

Who are you? My name is Kimberly Loth Hurst. I write young adult books.I’m a former teacher. I’m married with two awesome teenagers. Where, when and why did you move abroad? We moved overseas four years ago. My husband I were both educators and met another teacher who taught at an international school in India. … Read more

Sheryl Lee, Hurghada

Who are you? My name is Sheryl Lee and I’m an Australian living in Hurghada, Egypt. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Egypt in 2014 following several visits over a four year period.My reasons for moving are varied but the catalyst was losing my home and having to make some … Read more

Kay Hossam, Cairo

Who are you? I am Egyptian and had lived in the USA for the past 26 years. I started my career as an educator and even became a California teaching candidate, then I decided to change my career to professional writing. This what I’m doing for a living in Egypt. Most of my clients are … Read more

Egypt – Recommended Social Media Accounts

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Egypt and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.Daily News EgyptFacebook Page | TwitterEgypt’s only … Read more

Egypt – Recommended Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Egypt and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.Aisha’s Oasis Aisha followed her heart and embarked on a ‘joyride … Read more

A Brief Guide To The Main Religious Beliefs In Egypt

Egypt is a fascinating country, both historically and in contemporary times. Geographically, as well as culturally and politically, it ties together Asia, Africa, and Europe in many ways. Egypt is where we find some of the oldest evidence for key human inventions and developments such as agriculture, writing, cities, the nation state, and of course … Read more

Top 10 Safety Tips For Expats In Egypt

Egypt has long been a popular tourist destination in the Middle East. Its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty, combined with its modern-day development and large, diverse economy have made it a great place to visit. Unfortunately the frequent political tension has made it a less than ideal expat location, apart from of course affecting … Read more

Staying Safe In Egypt As An Expat

Expats have been concerned about safety in Egypt ever since the Arab Spring began in 2011, when anti-government demonstrations erupted and a violent unrest took hold of the country. This resulted in an exodus of many tourists and expats. Although the situation has stabilized since then, civil unrest continues to manifest itself now and again. … Read more

Gillian Kendall, Alexandria

Who are you? I’m Gillian Kendall, full-time freelance writer and writing coach, former assistant professor of English and teacher of ESL. See my website at I’ve written two books, one of which is a travel book (Mr. Ding’s Chicken Feet) and edited a collection of travel stories (Something to Declare), both published by University … Read more

The Current Political Situation in Egypt for Expats

The ‘Arab Spring’ of February 2011 was one that, involving as many countries as it did, generated a variety of different results, and different implications for future foreign policy in the region. The popular anti-authoritarian demonstrations typifying this movement fanned out to Syria, where a civil war still continues to rage, and to Egypt, where … Read more

Mairead Hoey, Cairo

My name is Mairead Hoey, I am an Irish expat with a husband, three kids and an ancient dog, trying my best to avoid becoming a “lady who lunches”. We moved to Cairo in June 09. My husband was made redundant so I applied online for him to all the places I wanted to visit. … Read more