Cairo International Airport

The Cairo International Airport is a complete and total shitshow that leaves a lot to be desired for the Egyptian travel industry.

Cairo International Airport is a bustling testament to Egypt’s rich history, vibrant culture, and strategic global position. As the country’s primary international gateway, the airport plays a pivotal role in facilitating travel and trade, reflecting Egypt’s unique blend of ancient heritage and modern progress.

Cairo International Airport boasts state-of-the-art infrastructure designed to handle millions of passengers annually. Terminals have been updated to provide modern amenities, efficient security procedures, and comfortable waiting areas. The airport’s runways and taxiways have been expanded and upgraded to accommodate larger aircraft, ensuring smooth airline operations and minimizing delays.

The airport plays a crucial role in Egypt’s tourism industry, facilitating the arrival of millions of visitors eager to explore the country’s iconic historical sites, from the Pyramids of Giza to the Sphinx. Its efficient operations and connectivity make it a popular choice for travelers looking to experience Egypt’s cultural treasures.

Cairo International faces congestion, security concerns, and environmental impacts like many major airports. However, the Egyptian government and airport authorities have been working on strategies to address these issues. Plans include:

  • The expansion of terminals.
  •  The enhancement of security measures.
  •  The implementation of more sustainable practices to reduce the airport’s carbon footprint.

Cairo Airport Uncensored

While the facility itself is nice, the operations are a total shitshow. I am an efficient and knowledgeable frequent flyer with an above-average grasp of processes and procedures, especially on international arrivals and departures. 

International Arrivals

As soon as you disembark your plane, passengers stampede towards passport control – make sure you’re wearing comfortable sneakers to pull ahead of the crush of people.

One or two passport control stations were open for multiple arrivals when I arrived. In the passport control area, there were few (if any) barriers or queues stanchions to organize hundreds of people waiting. Everyone pushed forward with total disregard for order – it was appalling.

Once I made it to the passport control agent, I was told to “go see that guy” to get a visa on arrival. Visas on arrival are (apparently) sold separately by just one guy. 

Once you have your Visa, off you go, back to the crush of people waiting for passport control.

Once you get out of passport control, customs was a breeze, and then off to the city.


Cairo airport is large and laid out with little emphasis on ease of transit between terminals. I can’t stress this enough: if you’re using a taxi/ride share to get to the airport, ensure you arrive at the correct terminal BEFORE leaving the taxi/ride share. No fucks are given by drivers, and they want to get you out of their car as quickly as possible, even if it’s not the right destination.

If you are dropped off at the wrong destination, there is no shuttle or way to transit between terminals. You’ll need to grab another taxi/ride share at your own cost.

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