The difficult of transiting from flight to flight depends on the airport. Connecting from an international to an international flight in the USA requires going through passport control, customs, baggage re-check and security while in Amsterdam (for example) you can often walk from gate to gate without re-clearing security between international flights. Here’s how to transit in Cairo.
Cairo Transit: Terminal 3 to Terminal 3
This article will focus on transiting within Terminal 3 in Cairo (CAI), which means essentially connecting from an EgyptAir or other Star Alliance flight to EgyptAir or another Star Alliance flight.
Transiting from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1 is a bit more involved — read Lucky’s story here.
Step One: As you exit your flight, follow the signs for “connecting flight”
The terminal is certainly showing signs of aging, but is clean and no longer smells like an ashtray. As you exit the plane, you will likely have to proceed down an escalator.
The length of your walk will depend upon your gate position. My recent transit in Cairo (connecting from London to Beirut) involved 12 minutes of walking to reach the transit desk. Moving walkways and restrooms are available on the way.
Step Two: Collect Transit Boarding Pass
If you need to collect your boarding pass, a transit desk is available. There are special lines for business class and Star Alliance Gold passengers in Terminal 3. Collect your boarding pass from the desk, then proceed right to a podium in which your boarding pass and passport will be scrutinized.
Step Three: Proceed Downstairs to Re-Clear Security
After your passport is checked, you will be directed downstairs (departures levels) and asked to re-clear security. This check is fairly cursory: a more in-depth check is performed at the gate of your flight prior to boarding. Laptops can stay inside your bag and shoes remain on.
Once you clear security, you are now in the departures area and can proceed to your gate, a lounge, or one of the many shops or restaurants in the terminal.
I realize that is rather self-explanatory to follow signs for transit, yet I always appreciate being able to picture where I will be walking. Hopefully this guide will help you get through Cairo quicker during your next transit there.