Egypt Travel Tips

  • Currency

    The official currency of Egypt is the Egyptian pound £ which is divided into 100 piaster. There are coins for 25 and 50 piaster and 1 pound in addition to notes of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 Egyptian pounds. We recommend that you take sufficient local currency for buying gifts, souvenirs etc. on your shore visits as there maybe little opportunity to visit a bank or exchange office. However, no more than 5,000 Egyptian pounds per person can be taken either into or out of Egypt. Please exercise normal precautionary measures when carrying cash.[br] Actually most of things you will pay in Egyptian pounds like meals, souvenirs any local expenses etc... tips can be either in pounds or dollars, it is fine to bring not much cash with you and if you need more money you can use your credit cards but just make sure to contact your bank before your arrival in order to reconfirm that you are traveling to Egypt as sometimes the banks make security issues with credit cards against some countries so you need to make sure that your cards will work in Egypt.

  • Climate

    Throughout the year, days are commonly warm or hot, and nights are cool. Egypt & Middle East has only two seasons: a mild winter from November to April and a hot summer from May Rainfall is confined to few days in the year all through Egypt. If you are traveling between March and May you might encounter the Khamaseen “literally the fifties” wind which blows from the south and carries dust particles that cause temperature to raise to 100°F (38°C) in the desert. Temperature averages between 80 and 90°F (27 - 32°C) in summer and between 55 and 70°F (13 to 21°C) in winter. However, on the Red sea coast and southern Egypt temperature is a little higher to reach 109°F (42°C) in summer.

  • Food

    The range of Egyptian food is very wide and cosmopolitan. Mostly you will find the dishes a combination between Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. There are plenty of restaurants and snack bars that offer good range of inexpensive food. Typical Egyptian food of falafel and Beans “ful” is sold every where. Western style restaurants are now present in most Egyptian cities like Pizza Hut, Mac Donald’s, Kentucky,…etc. Food is also available in large restaurants or from street corner stalls and snack bars. Egypt is famous for its street coffee shops where you can smoke shisha and have a drink while watching people passing by. Muslims do not drink alcohol although they are tolerant of visitors drinking in moderation.

  • Dress Code

    Egypt is a Muslim country, it is advisable to dress conservatively when visiting churches and mosques. For men do not wear shorts and as for woman do not wear any thing short or sleeveless unless on the beach or by the pool. This will save you unwanted attention. If you are traveling in the summer loose, light cotton clothing is absolutely essential. Don’t forget to bring with you your sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes, and a hat.

  • Electronics

    The electric current voltage is 220 Volts, with European-style plugs. For TV broadcasting, Egypt uses MESECAM which is a derivative of the SECAM standard. Usually, VCRs sold in countries using MESECAM can also play tapes recorded in the PAL standard. All of these standards, however, are incompatible with the US standard (NTSC).

  • Tipping

    Most Egyptian are of low income, tipping plays an important role for people working in tourism field in raising their standard of living as normally it represent about 60% of their income. It is up to you to pay the tips you want according to the service you receive. So tipping is up to you and it is not compulsory issue but it is kind of appreciation to all people working for you and involved in your trip like drivers, guides, porters, company representatives etc..

  • Entry Visa

    Most tourists and visitors come to Egypt can obtain an entry visa at any of the major airports or ports of entry. All foreigners arriving in Egypt should have a valid passport (with at least 6 months left, before expiry) to get an entry visa.[br] The visa is simply a stamp (like a mail or postage stamp) that you buy from the visa office, which you arrive at, just before the immigration booth; you can't miss it! The visa will cost you around $15 and after buying it; you just stick in any empty page on your passport. Don't worry; it’s so easy! Once you have bought your visa then stand in line to get your passport stamped by the immigration officer.[br] Citizens of Europe, USA and North America, Latin America can obtain their visas upon arrival, Most Citizens of Asia and all African countries should have a pre-arrival visa.

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Om Kolthoum Museum

Location: Cairo

Om Kolthoum Museum Honouring Egypt's - and probably the Arab world's - best-known singer, the small Umm Kulsoum Museum in Rhoda has photographs and memorabilia of her life. A short film portrays her early life when she...

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