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Moving to Egypt from the USA

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Moving to Egypt from the USA

Moving to Egypt from the USA is an exciting adventure filled with visions of Hollywood movies—pyramids, camels, millennia of history, and the enigmatic allure of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.

However, the reality of relocating is quite practical. Shipping your household goods to Egypt necessitates the expertise of an international professional mover well-versed in the intricacies of international relocation. SDC International Shipping is the trusted mover that will assist you in preparing for your journey from the USA to Egypt.


Moving to Egypt with SDC International Shipping

When planning your move to Egypt, we are here to assist you every step of the way. Here’s a simplified guide to help you navigate the process:

  1. Find a Job: Secure employment in Egypt to support your relocation.

  2. Apply for a Visa and Residence Permit: Obtain the necessary visas and permits to reside in Egypt legally.

  3. Find Accommodation: Locate suitable housing in Egypt based on your preferences and needs.

  4. Get Private Health Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive health coverage during your stay in Egypt.

  5. Move Your Personal Belongings: When you’re ready to transport your household goods, rely on us to ship your possessions securely to any destination in Egypt.


Our Services:

  • International Shipping: We offer reliable shipping services to deliver your belongings safely to Egypt.
  • Customized Moving Solutions: Tailored moving solutions to meet your specific needs and budget.
  • Expert Handling: Our experienced team ensures proper handling and care of your personal items during transit.
  • Transparent Process: Clear communication and assistance throughout the moving process.

Count on SDC International Shipping for a seamless and stress-free relocation experience to Egypt.


Shipping Personal Belongings to Egypt

When you choose SDC International Shipping for your international household move to Egypt, rest assured that our experienced team will guide you through the necessary customs regulations for importing your home items.

To ensure a smooth shipping process, we advise against including prohibited or restricted items in your shipping container. Additionally, we may recommend purchasing certain items locally in Egypt to save on shipping costs and avoid high taxes on electronics and furniture.

Key requirements for importing household goods to Egypt include:

  • Original Passport
  • Work or Residence Permit
  • Bill of Lading or Air Waybill
  • Valued Inventory of Shipment
  • Letter stamped by an Egyptian bank authorizing customs clearance
  • Proof of Insurance
  • Employer’s Letter approving the work contract and import of household goods

Although physical presence at customs isn’t mandatory, taxes are applicable even on used household items and personal effects (excluding government employees).

We advise against shipping small and valuable items in containers and recommend bringing them in personal luggage or considering marine insurance for added protection during ocean transit.

SDC International Shipping offers both sea and air containerized shipments for transporting household goods internationally.

Please note that this list of requirements may not be exhaustive. For the most current information, refer to Egypt’s official government website.


Are You Interested in Packing and Storage Service?

Successful international relocation, such as moving to Egypt from the USA, requires careful packing of your household goods. At SDC International Shipping, we offer comprehensive packing and storage services to simplify your move.

You have the option to pack your belongings yourself or rely on our professional packing service. Our trained crew adheres to international export standards, using quality moving boxes and packing materials to meticulously pack and wrap each item in your home. We also specialize in handling specialty items like pianos and high-value artwork, providing custom wood crating and professional antique wrapping as needed.

Need storage in the USA or Egypt? No problem! We can arrange secure storage facilities to store your precious belongings until you’re ready for delivery.

Count on SDC International Shipping for expert packing, storage, and relocation services tailored to your needs.


Is It Worth Moving Your Car to Egypt?

Whether it’s worth shipping your personal vehicle to Egypt is a decision that depends on several factors and associated costs.
Here’s what you should know about importing a car to Egypt:

Customs Duties and Taxes
Egypt imposes high customs duties and taxes on imported vehicles. The duties typically range from 40% to 135% of the vehicle’s value, plus an additional 10-35% in taxes. These high import fees make bringing a personal car to Egypt quite expensive.

Vehicle Restrictions
Only new vehicles manufactured in the same year as importation are permitted for import. Used vehicles can only be imported if the owner can provide proof of being the first and only owner since the manufacturing date.Diesel passenger vehicles are generally not permitted for import into Egypt.Required Documentation
Prior authorization is required to bring your vehicle into Egypt. You will need to present the following documents:

  • Original vehicle title and registration
  • Original purchase invoice with receipt
  • Bill of Lading
  • Proof of insurance coverage


Shipping Methods
Our car shippers can work with you to recommend the best mode of sending your vehicle based on your needs and budget. Common shipping options include container shipping (which we recommend), and air freight. With the high customs duties, taxes, and documentation requirements, importing a personal vehicle to Egypt can be quite costly and complicated, especially for used vehicles. The decision ultimately depends on weighing the import expenses against the vehicle’s value and your personal circumstances.


Bringing Pets to Egypt from the USA

If you’re relocating to Egypt and want to bring your dogs or cats, there are specific requirements you need to follow for pet importation. Proper preparation is crucial to ensure a smooth transition for your furry friends.

Microchip Identification
All pets must be implanted with a 15-digit microchip that conforms to ISO standards 11784 or 11785 Annex A before entering Egypt. The microchip number will be recorded on the pet’s documentation.

Rabies Vaccination
Your pet must be vaccinated against rabies with an inactivated vaccine no sooner than 30 days and no later than 11 months prior to arrival in Egypt. The rabies vaccination certificate should state the microchip number and vaccination date.

Other Vaccinations
In addition to rabies, dogs require DHLP (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus) vaccines, while cats need FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia) vaccines. These additional vaccines must be administered between 21 days to 1 year before travel.

Veterinary Health Certificate
Within 14 days of your travel date, you must obtain an official veterinary health certificate for Egypt from a USDA-accredited veterinarian. This certificate needs to be endorsed/approved by the USDA.

At the Airport
Upon arrival in Egypt, your pets will undergo an inspection to ensure they appear healthy and free of communicable diseases. You are required to keep your pets in your custody for the first 3 months after entering the country.

While no specific import permits are required for personal pet dogs/cats, you will need to present the following documents:

  • Microchip records
  • Rabies vaccination certificate
  • Other vaccination records
  • USDA-endorsed veterinary health certificate
  • Your passport or work permit

Proper Pet Travel Carriers
Ensure you have suitable pet travel carriers or kennels that meet airline requirements for safe and comfortable transportation of your pets.

Professional Pet Relocation Services
Consulting professional pet relocation services can be highly beneficial as they can guide you through the entire process, handle documentation, and ensure all requirements are met for a seamless relocation of your beloved pets to Egypt.

By following these guidelines and working with experienced professionals, you can make the transition to Egypt as stress-free as possible for both you and your furry companions.


Shipping Cost and Duration for Moving to Egypt from the USA

When shipping to Egypt from the USA by ocean, the typical transit time is approximately 8-10 weeks. If you have time constraints, we can expedite the process by air, although this option is more expensive for the same volume of goods.

We operate from major US ports such as Los Angeles, Long Beach, California, Savannah, Houston, and more, providing convenient shipping options from both the east and west coasts.

The cost of international moving varies based on several factors:

  • Size and Volume of Consignment
  • Chosen Shipping Method (sea or air)
  • Distance Between Origin and Destination
  • Additional Services Required (e.g., door-to-door vs. port-to-port delivery)

To provide an accurate cost estimate, we offer custom quotes tailored to each unique move. You can fill out our online quote form, and our logistics agents will promptly send you an initial estimate based on your specific requirements.


Moving Destinations in Egypt

We have extensive experience moving clients to various cities across Egypt, including:

  • Cairo
  • Ismailia
  • Alexandria
  • Hurghada
  • Mansoura
  • Luxor
  • Giza
  • Sharm El Sheikh
  • Damietta
  • El Gouna

This list represents some of the destinations we serve, but we can also facilitate moves to other cities throughout Egypt.

No matter where you’re relocating within Egypt, SDC International Shipping is equipped to deliver your household goods safely and efficiently. Contact us today to discuss your moving destination and start planning your relocation with confidence.


Cost of Living in Egypt for Expats

One of the major advantages of moving to Egypt is the relatively low cost of living compared to many Western countries. However, it’s important to have realistic expectations about expenses based on current data.

Family Expenses
For a family of four, the estimated overall monthly costs in Egypt are around EGP 71,231 (approx. $2,150 USD) as of 2022 data. This figure includes expenses like housing, food, transportation, utilities, and other necessities.

Single Person Expenses
For a single person living in Egypt, the estimated monthly costs are around EGP 29,651 (approx. $900 USD). This covers basic living expenses for one individual.

Rental Costs
Housing is often one of the biggest expenses for expats in Egypt. Here are some approximate rental prices in expensive areas of Cairo:

  • 45 sq.m. (485 sq.ft.) furnished studio apartment: EGP 20,000 (approx. $600 USD) per month
  • 85 sq.m. (915 sq.ft.) furnished 2-bedroom apartment: EGP 25,000 (approx. $750 USD) per month

Rental costs can be lower in suburban areas or less central locations.

Cost Comparison
While the cost of living in Egypt is significantly lower than in countries like the US and UK, it’s important to have realistic expectations. According to 2022 data, overall costs in Egypt are around 86.3% lower than in the UK and 65% lower than in the US.

It’s advisable to research and budget carefully based on your specific living requirements and lifestyle preferences in Egypt. Factors like housing, transportation, healthcare, and education can vary greatly depending on your choices and location within the country.


Helpful Things to Know Before Moving to Egypt

Before relocating to Egypt, here are some helpful insights to keep in mind:

  1. Visa and Work Permit: You can initially enter Egypt on a tourist visa and later extend it to a work permit once you secure employment.

  2. Safety: While Cairo is generally safe for foreigners, it’s essential to take precautions against petty theft and pickpocketing. Avoid risky areas such as slums and impoverished neighborhoods.

  3. Investment Opportunities: The Egyptian government encourages investment in various industries including asset acquisition, oil exploration and production, refinery projects, and the petrochemical sector.

  4. Best Places to Live: Expats often prefer living in major cities like Cairo, Alexandria, Mansoura, and Luxor.

  5. High-Paying Jobs: IT professionals, healthcare workers, engineers, pilots, lecturers, marketing managers, and English TEFL teachers are among the highest-paying job roles in Egypt.

  6. Job Market: Most employment opportunities are concentrated in Cairo.

  7. Job Application: When applying for jobs, consider translating your resume into Arabic and highlighting your qualifications.

  8. Work Hours and Leave: A typical working week in Egypt is 48 hours from Sunday to Thursday, with an annual leave entitlement of 26 days.

Keep these factors in mind to ensure a smooth transition and successful experience living and working in Egypt. For more personalized advice and assistance with your relocation, feel free to reach out to us at SDC International Shipping.


What It’s Like to Live in Egypt as a Foreigner

If you’re considering living in Egypt as a foreigner, here’s what you can expect based on insights from our clients who have experienced life in Egypt:

  • Friendly and Welcoming People: Egyptians are known for their hospitality and friendliness towards foreigners.

  • Traffic and Driving: Drivers often disregard traffic laws, which can be challenging to navigate.

  • Beautiful Beaches: Egypt boasts many stunning beaches along its coastline.

  • Corruption: Unfortunately, corruption is prevalent in daily life.

  • Financial Influence: Like in many places, having more money can afford you greater control and influence.

  • Cultural Integration: Building relationships with locals is key for both business and exploring Egypt.

  • City Life: Cairo is bustling and crowded, but suburbs offer a quieter lifestyle away from the capital’s hustle.

  • Neighborhood Contrasts: Cairo showcases stark contrasts between affluent neighborhoods and impoverished areas.

  • European-Influenced Areas: Neighborhoods like Maadi, Zamalek, and Katameya Heights offer a more European-style living with modern amenities.

  • Vibrant Nightlife: Cairo boasts a lively nightlife scene with top-notch restaurants, shows, and clubs.

  • Delicious Cuisine: Egyptian food is known for its diversity and exquisite flavors.

  • Outdoor Activities: With plenty to do, from exploring historical sites to enjoying resorts along the Red Sea, you’ll find no shortage of adventures in Egypt.

Living in Egypt as a foreigner offers a blend of cultural experiences, culinary delights, and exciting opportunities for exploration and leisure. Embrace the richness of Egyptian culture and make the most of your time in this vibrant country.


Your Reliable International Mover to Egypt

SDC International Shipping is your trusted and affordable moving partner for relocating from the US to Egypt. Here’s why you can rely on us:

  • Reputable and Experienced: We are a reputable moving company with extensive experience in international relocations, including Egypt.

  • Licensed for International Moves: Our company is fully licensed and authorized to handle international moves, ensuring compliance with all regulations.

  • Global Network of Agents: We have a vast network of agents in every country where we operate, providing comprehensive support and coverage for your move to Egypt.

For a free moving service quote and to discuss your relocation needs, please call us at (877) 339-0267. Our dedicated team is ready to assist you in planning a smooth and successful move from the USA to Egypt.

Contact SDC International Shipping today and let us make your international relocation to Egypt a seamless and stress-free experience.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where do most expatriates live?
The capital, Cairo, is the primary location where expats reside. Popular neighborhoods for expatriates include Maadi, Downtown Cairo, Dokki, New Cairo, and Zamalek.

How do I obtain residency in Egypt?
Foreign workers and students can obtain temporary residence permits. To obtain Egyptian citizenship, you must have lived in the country for ten consecutive years and be proficient in Arabic. Egypt allows dual citizenship.

Which American Hypermarkets are in Cairo?
While there is no Walmart in Cairo, Carrefour is a well-known international hypermarket chain available in the city. Additionally, there are many decent supermarkets of local origin.

Can a US citizen purchase an apartment or house in Egypt?
Yes, a US citizen can buy residential property in Egypt. However, purchasing non-residential property is not permitted for foreigners.

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