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Egypt Travel Tips

Egypt travel tips on money saving, personal safety, sightseeing, and enjoying your trip to the fullest from InfoHub suppliers and community members.

Keep in mind
Submitted by M16291
During Your Trip keep in Mind to do ;
* Drink a lot of water, Egypt’s weather is very dry and it’s very easy to get dehydrated

* Carry some cash when heading to remote locations

* For sightseeing, make sure you have a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, light cotton or linen clothes, and don’t forget comfortable shoes

* While visiting religious locations dress modestly and take off your shoes before entering a mosque

* Respect the local customs : these include dress ... view more codes

* Visit the local tourist office if you have any requirements or questions

* Seek the help of the touristic police if you find yourself in any troublesome situation

* Always carry some kind of identification document

* Make sure your routine vaccination cover is complete

Do not :
* Don’t drink and dive! Alcohol might increase the decompression sickness risk

* Don’t assume you can pay with your credit card, always ask first

* Don’t take pictures where you’re not allowed to

* Don’t feel obliged to tip anyone for anything

* Don’t take anything from the natural parks and reserves and keep them as clean as you can

* Avoid leaving your hotel or apartment without telling anyone where you’re heading

* Don’t leave your hotel or accommodation without a guide or a map close at hand, unless you know where you’re heading

* Don’t come to Egypt without insurance. Medical treatments can cost thousands if you’re not insured.

* Don’t expect Egyptians to understand your language. Instead, learn some useful phrases. Locals will appreciate it.

Emergency Numbers
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Emergency Numbers

Tourist Police 126

Fire Service 180

Ambulance 123

Police 122

Telephone Guide 140

Cairo Airport Shuttle Bus 19970

Flying Hospital Service 37766393/2
Egyptian Cuisine
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Egyptian Cuisine ;
When it comes to food, Egyptians know their way around. It is all about generosity, never expect to be fed small portions, and always be prepared for unexpected extras on the house, such as freshly baked bread and dips, or a refreshing after-meal cup of “karkadeh” (hibiscus tea).

Egyptian cuisine caters to all types of palates, including hard-core carnivores, vegetarians, and vegans. It might not be as diversified as other Middle-Eastern cuisines, but it is simple and tasty, mostly ... view more relying on vegetables, herbs, lamb and chicken.
Get to know some of the must-eat Egyptian staples

some of the main Egyptian Dishes are :
Hamam mahshi (Stuffed Pigeon)
Dawood Basha made with small balls of kofta (ground meat with parsley and onions)

Mouloukhiya made from the leafy green vegetable called mallow in the West and eaten throughout the Middle East, it is a stew with a soup like texture,

Money & Currencies
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Money & Currencies in Egypt :

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Money & Currencies
The Egyptian Pound (EGP) is the national currency in Egypt. The pound (or “Geneeh” in Arabic) is divided into 100 “piasters” (or “Ersh”). Egyptian banknotes come in denominations of 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 pound, and 25 and 50 “piasters.”

Branches of major banks are available in abundance in all the major cities. Banks typically operate from 8.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Sunday ... view more to Thursday, with some branches extending their opening hours till 5.00 p.m. Hotel branches in some of the cities operate throughout the 24 hours. ATM are also widespread throughout the branches and in other locations such as supermarkets, petrol stations and shopping malls.

We have provided you with a currency converter to check the current exchange rate and get acquainted to the value of the Egyptian Pound. Simply enter an amount and select your country’s currency and click on the CONVERT button.

Submitted by M21126
It is Customary to tip in Egypt. Known locally in Arabic Language as "Bakshish" and is often an essential way to supplement very low wages. It is always at your discretion the amount to tip someone as it is essentially a sign of your appreciation for the service rendered but remember always if you are not happy with the service provided to you don't tip.

We are able to give you a guideline of recommended amounts in Egyptian Pounds at the end of your tour on a per person basis to help in your ... view more budgeting:

- Cairo Representative: 30 - 40 L.E
- Other Cities Representative: 20 - 25 L.E
- Guide: 40 - 50 L.E (Per Day)
- Driver: 10 L.E (Per Day)
- Felluca Captain: 20 - 30 L.E (For the 2 nights felucca)
- Cruise Captain: 15 L.E (Per night on Cruise Boat)
- Porters and Hotel Staff: 5 - 10 L.E (For services rendered).

Student Cards
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In order to get great value 50% reduction off the cost of the entry fees to museums and temples in Egypt; you should bring your international student card (If you have one).
Local Transportation
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In your free time; if you would like to go anywhere; taxies are the best method of local transportation but it is good idea to ask your representative/guide or the hotel receptionist approximately how much the fare should be for the journey you propose.

NB: Sure you will find Taxis at the hotel but will charge you more than those you can hail in the street but hotel Taxis usually speak English.
Photography and Video Camera
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Egypt is full of opportunities for great photography. It is allowed in many of the historical sites; however, flash is banned in most of the tombs.

At an increasing number of the historical sites, the government charges fees for photography and taking videos. It is forbidden to photograph bridges, railway stations, anything military, airports and other public works. Signs are usually posted.

If you want to take photos of local people; ask permission and respect their decision. Camera film can be found in ... view more Cairo but it is best to bring your supply from home.
Money Tips
Submitted by M21126
You will need to bring sifficient funds to cover meals which are not included in your itinerary; Entrance fees (In case not included in your package); souvenirs and your sundry expenses.

It is difficult to recommend a level of personal spending money which will suite everyone as this can differ so wildly but as a guide line we would suggest somewhere in the vicinity of 20$ - 30$ per person per day but you should take more if you plan on doing lots of shopping; buy souvenirs; etc...
Arrival at the hotel
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Upon arrival at your hotel; our representative will sit with you; go over the tour itinerary and collect the payment.

Please note - The official check in time for most of the hotels around the world is midday. If you reach the hotel earlier than this; you may have to wait for a room to become available only in case of high season period but in general our representative will help you to make early check in.

If you are arriving late at night or the early hours of the morning and you wish to go direct to your ... view more hotel; you will need to book an extra night's accommodation - For example: If your tour will begin dated February 28 and your flight will arrive Februaru 28 at 01:00 am; you will need to book an extra night for the night of February 27 if you wish to use a room before midday of February 28.
The Entry Visa
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Non-Egyptian visitors arriving in Egypt are required to have a valid passport. Entry visa may be obtained from Egyptian Diplomatic Bodies abroad or from the Entry Visa Department at the Travel Documents, Immigration and Nationality Administration (TDINA). It is, however, possible for most tourists and visitors to obtain an entry visa at any of the Major Entry Ports of Egypt upon arrival (Canadian, American and European community passport holders) for USD 15.oo per passport. Please check with the nearest Egyptian ... view more Consulate for specific details and regulations relevant to your nationality.

Citizens of the following countries are required to have a pre-arrival visa: Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chechnya, Chinese, Croatia, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Lebanon, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, The Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Sri-Lanka, Tadzhikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and all African countries.

N.B.: In the event of visa refusal at the port of entry, Egypt will not be responsible for passengers not holding the correct entry visa.

Prior to departure your country
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In order to be able to meet you at the airport; we need to be informed of your flight arrival details well in advance. So please ensure that we have the following information at least 1 weeks prior to your arrival.

1- Airlines and Flight Number.
2- Date and Time of arrival.

Note: If we don't have the above information; we will not be able to meet you upon your arrival.
When you go inside the pyramids
Submitted by M21000
Most of the tourists like to see the pyramids from inside so if you are closed fobbing, have high or low blood pressure, or have any articulations pain, or pregnant women it is not recommended as you will lean in a corridor in your way to the burrial chamber
have a safe tour...
Egypt Travel FAQ
Submitted by M19662
Question 13: What is the weather like in Egypt? When is the best time to visit?
Answer 13: Egypt has an overall mild climate, with the best time to visit being between October and May.

Question 14: Are there restrictions about bringing alcohol into the country? What is the legal drinking age in Egypt?
Answer 14: Yes, individuals may bring in up to two liters. The legal drinking age in Egypt is 21 years old.

Question 15: Is it possible to bring our pet with us on our vacation to Egypt?
Answer 15: Yes, pets ... view more may enter Egypt on the condition that you provide a certificate of origin and a health certificate. There are no forms for this, but a dated, signed letter is acceptable. The certificate of origin may be provided by the pet store where your pet was purchased or by a vet. The certificate of health must be provided by a vet.

Question 16: Where can I get printed brochures, maps and other media about Egypt?
Answer 16: The two best places to get brochures and other media are either a travel agency, or your nearest Egyptian Tourist Authority (ETA) Office.

Egypt Travel FAQ
Submitted by M19662
Question 7: Where are the best places to shop?
Answer 7: For craft goods and clothes, go to the souks or to boutiques run by organizations that support traditional craftsmanship. - In Cairo, go to the town center shopping centers, the Nomad and the Egypt Craft Center, to the fine boutiques and the "Souvenirs" souk in Khan al-Khalili Street. - Luxor souk: spices, fabrics - Aswan souk: Nubian baskets, shawls embroidered in Aswan. - In El Arish: Bedouin crafts, jewelry, etc. - In Alexandria, El-Attarine ... view more souk, which specializes in ancient objects and antiques. (Ancient Egyptian antiquities are not allowed to leave the country).

Question 8: Which airlines fly to Egypt?
Answer 8: International airlines - Egypt Air and the main charter airlines fly to Egyptian airports: Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, Aswan, Hurghada, Sharm El-Sheik, Taba, Saint Catherine, Borg-el-Arab, Assiut, etc.

Question 9: Can credit cards be used without any difficulty?
Answer 9: Credit cards and travelers checks are accepted in the main hotels and large boutiques. Most tourist stores also accept foreign currencies. Remember to keep a certain amount of small notes and change (25-piaster coins) handy for tips.

Question 10: what if I have a problem?
Answer 10: Complaints should be made to the Tourism Police.

Question 11: What is appropriate to wear when in Egypt? As a female, do I have to cover my hair when walking in the streets?
Answer 11: When traveling in Egypt, it isn’t necessary to cover your hair except when entering into religious buildings out of respect.

Question 12: We will be taking a cruise of the Mediterranean. As one of the port of calls, we are stopping for the day in Alexandria, Egypt. We know we need to have a visa for Egypt, even for the day. Can we get the visa when we arrive in Alexandria at the pier or do we have to get it ahead of time at an Egyptian consulate in the US before we depart on the cruise?
Answer 12: You may get the visa at the port.

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