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Our Guide to Travelling During Ramadan

Our Guide to Travelling During Ramadan

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, put simply, is one of the pillars of Islam and is sacred to Muslims all over the world. It’s believed to mark when the Quran (the Islamic Holy Book), was first revealed to the Prophet Mohammed. It’s an occasion dictated by the rising and setting of the sun, with the daytime reserved for contemplation and introspection, as well as being a time to refrain from drinking water, eating food, smoking and even swearing. Evenings are then a chance for families and friends to gather, enjoying quality time with one another and celebrating. Muslims follow the lunar calendar, which means Ramadan will naturally fall 11 days earlier with each passing year, and even if you aren’t a practicing Muslim, Ramadan can still play a big part in your travels, especially when journeying to Muslim majority countries such as Egypt and Indonesia. This year, in 2023, Ramadan falls from the 22nd of March to the 21st of April and while daily life slows down a considerable amount, with our trusty guide you’ll be sure to have a newfound respect and interest for the countless gracious locals, delicious food and undeniable culture found when travelling during Ramadan.


  1. Respect
  2. Eating and Drinking
  3. Relaxing
  4. Clothing
  5. Appreciation



When travelling during Ramadan, non-Muslims should show respect to those who are fasting and pay attention to avoid offending any Islamic values. If you demonstrate culturally insensitive behaviour that’s considered offensive, there can often be serious repercussions. As a rule, eating, drinking and chewing gum in public places during the daytime (even in your car) should be avoided. While it’s understood that non-Muslims aren’t under the same obligations to fast, a sense of awareness and understanding will be hugely appreciated. In fact, in some Muslim countries it’s illegal to eat and drink in daylight during Ramadan so be sure to research where you’re going before jetting off (we can of course help advise on this).


Eating and Drinking

It can be easy to assume that with all these traditions and observations, your day and diet will be dictated by Ramadan when travelling to a Muslim country, but this is seldom the case. While some restaurants will close or operate amended opening hours during Ramadan, many will cater to tourists, meaning you can indulge yourself with countless delicious and authentic meals throughout this time. Although, it’s always good to be mindful and respectful towards Islamic traditions, with the restaurants and eateries you gravitate towards. Spots dedicated to dining, like cafes, parks or pizzerias are always a safe bet, but be conscious when enjoying your delectable mouthfuls to avoid flaunting the flavours, as many servers and those around you will likely be observing Ramadan. Spending time in an Islamic country during Ramadan can be a hugely rewarding experience, with those willing to dine a little later being greeted by sunset celebrations. As night falls and fasting breaks, people gather for a meal, which becomes an excuse to celebrate, socialise and of course eat. The consensus for many Muslim countries throughout this time is that alcohol should be avoided in public (plus you’d likely struggle to find somewhere that’ll serve you!), but we will be able to advise whether or not your hotel will serve alcohol as normal.



When travelling during Ramadan, embracing the slower pace of life is a must, as most restaurants and tourist' sites operate with reduced hours or close entirely. This means tourists can expect to get little done before or after sunset, as Ramadan followers head homeward or out for meals as their fast breaks at nightfall. Plus, the post-Iftar food-induced coma will likely encourage many to relax and unwind, something travellers are encouraged to do too. This makes planning your day and travel in advance a must, to avoid last minute taxi rides with hangry drivers longing to get home!



There isn’t an official dress code for those travelling during Ramadan, but modest clothing is encouraged. Especially when journeying to countries like Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates. We recommend loose fitting pieces made from natural fibres like linen, cotton or even silk, that are still breathable but cover as much of the arms and legs as possible. Women aren’t required to wear hijabs (head coverings) or abayas (long floor length robes) but carrying a scarf or pashmina while travelling is recommended for those wishing to show cultural respect. It’s also often needed when visiting sacred sites and mosques, to cover the hair and neck. Plus, it’s always handy when the midday sun or desert conditions become too strong, acting as the perfect face, eye and scalp protector!



Ramadan is a time for sustained religiosity and those fortunate enough to travel and experience this will appreciate the toughness that fasting presents. It’s a time of togetherness, reliance and intense joy and affirmation. From reading the Quran to prayers at the Mosque, the festivities, traditions and beliefs throughout this time are a privilege to witness. As a visitor, travelling during Ramadan is a truly wonderful time to be out and about, embracing the excitable atmosphere and sharing a little of what makes this month so special to more than a billion people from around the world.