Alexandria is Egypt’s second-largest city and its largest seaport.
It is also the country’s window onto the Mediterranean Sea.
One of the cities that still have so much soul, despite all the generic malls and chain stores, Alexandria somehow was able to keep its glowy charm over the years.
There are a lot of things to see and do in Alexandria.
Alexandria Library is a must-see as it is one of the biggest in the world, add to this many coworking spaces and cultural centers like the opera where music concerts and cultural events are always held.
Warnings & Dangers in Alexandria
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
You might say that the situation in Egypt isn’t the safest for a visit because of the recent terrorist attacks in the country, but it a safe country when it comes to violence and serious crimes. Still, you should exercise vigilance at every step.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
Most forms of transportation are reliable and available in Alexandria. Keep in mind that drivers love to take advantage of non-Alexandrians, so it's best to agree on the fare before you get in. There have also been reports of thefts happening in buses. Use trains as they are the safest option.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
Pickpockets and purse snatching are common in Alexandria, especially in crowded places, around tourist landmarks and on the metro, train stations or airport. Be very careful and keep your belongings tightly by your side.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
Alexandria is located in a seismically active zone, with earthquakes that cause severe damage. The last major one was in 1955, which - granted - was a long time ago, but it caused 18 deaths and 89 injuries, with 40 houses completely collapsed and about 420 houses ruined.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
When it comes to mugging, it exists in the form of carjacking, with muggers usually holding some kind of weapon to get you to leave your car. If you find yourself in such a situation – do not resist. These people are usually only after your car and don’t plan on hurting you.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
Terrorists are somewhat likely to carry out attacks in Alexandria. Although most attacks occur in Northern Sinai, there is a risk of terrorist attacks across the country. You should avoid crowded places and gatherings.
SCAMS RISK : HIGH
Scams are Alexandria's biggest problem. There is so many of them that they cannot all be listed, but to name a few – never enter a taxi without negotiating the price first; if you want to enter a museum, you might get stopped by someone telling you that you have to wait for the museum to open and that you can enter their shop and have some tea while you wait; these and similar scams where locals act like your friends are very common so use caution.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Many women have traveled safely to Alexandria, without having any problems. However, many women will have a problem with being cat-called on the streets, while they might find whistles and comments directed to them offensive. Avoid parts of cities that are filled with bars and clubs, and visiting them alone, since there is a higher chance of running into intoxicated people, and wear clothes that cover your arms, legs, and chest to minimize the unwanted attention.
So... How Safe Is Alexandria Really?
Alexandria is somewhat safe and although there is some crime in this city, it’s mostly petty crime and rarely violent.
Pickpockets are a problem in Egypt’s major cities, like Alexandria.
When it comes to violent crime, it is rare, and you shouldn’t worry too much about being mugged or robbed.
If you do end up in such a situation, don’t hesitate to yell “Harami” (which means criminal) and chasing the person who robbed you.
People on the streets will probably jump to your aid.
The biggest concern for the travelers is terrorism that has recently been occurring in this country.
However, you shouldn’t panic or delay your trip to Alexandria as the odds of actually being affected by terrorism or low, and the areas that might be the reason for skepticism are backed up with extra security.
One of the biggest problems in Alexandria is scams.
Scams are very common in Alexandria.
You will cross paths with Alexandrians who will start a conversation with you, wanting to befriend you and show you around and then asking money for their services.
Whatever the locals tell you, take it with a grain of salt.
And if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
How Does Alexandria Compare?
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- Visas - Most countries do need a visa to enter Alexandria, but the procedure of acquiring one isn’t too complicated: you can get a renewable single-entry 30-day tourist visa on arrival at the airport for $25. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past the day of entering Egypt. If you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local Egyptian embassy for further information.
- Currency - The Egyptian pound is the official currency in Alexandria. ATMs are widespread throughout the city and credit cards are accepted by most establishments.
- Weather - Alexandria has a hot desert climate characterized by generally dry weather year-round and throughout the city. The average annual temperature is 20.6 °C
- Airports - Borg el Arab International Airport is the busiest airport serving Alexandria. It is located about 40 km southwest of Alexandria, in Borg El Arab.
- Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Alexandria, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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