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

Egypt Travel FAQ
Submitted by M19662
Question 1: Could you tell me if UK nationals require a visa if restricting their visit to the Sinai Peninsula?
Answer 1: UK nationals need visas to enter Egyptian land, which the Sinai is.

Question 2: We’re going to Egypt in the near future. Do we need a visa? How much do visas cost and where is the easiest place to get them?
Answer 2: Yes, you will need a visa. They cost $15 (US) per person. Please contact the Egyptian Embassy or Egyptian Consulate nearest you.

Question 3: What type of clothes should I ... view more wear?
Answer 3: When sightseeing, wear light cotton clothing, a hat, sun cream and sunglasses to make the weather conditions bearable. When visiting religious buildings and when in town, dress correctly. Women must cover their heads, shoulders and legs. Take off shoes before going into mosques.

Question 4: Where can you find real Egyptian cuisine?
Answer 4: In Alexandria: Mohammed Ahmed, Kadura, Zephyrion In Cairo: Felfella, Andréa's, Alfi Bey, Samakmak. In Luxor: Muhammad Cafeteria, Peace Abuzeid. In Aswan: Al-Masry. In Sharm El-Sheikh: Fish Restaurant.

Question 5: What souvenirs should I bring back home?
Answer 5: Gold and silver jewelry and semi-precious stones, Bedouin embroidery from the Sinai, basketware, cotton linen, papyrus, rugs, blown glass, spices, etc.

Question 6: Is it safe to swim in the Nile?
Answer 6: Swimming is not recommended

Dress Code
Submitted by M21109
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
Electric
Submitted by M21109
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).
Currency
Submitted by M21109
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.
Photography and Video Camera
Submitted by M21109
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.
Student Cards
Submitted by M21109
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).
Visa to Egypt
Submitted by M21109
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. 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 Consulate ... view more 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, Moldavia, Montenegro, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, The Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Sri-Lanka, Tadzhikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and all African countries.

Best Restaurant in Cairo - Egypt
Submitted by M19662
Here below our recommended restaurants list in Cairo:
- Al Saraya restaurant
- Cleopatra restaurant
- Caviar restaurant
- Nile Crystal
- Nile Pharaohs
- Al Ezba restaurant
Egypt Travel tips
Submitted by M19221
When you decide to visit Egypt, you always worry about climate, save places to visit and stay, where and what to eat, 5 important figures are mention: climate, attractions, safety, health & food and Accommodations.

1) Climate: The climate in Egypt is for the most part, hot and dry. This applies to most of Egypt for the majority of the year, with the exception being the winter months of December, January and February, when in the North it can get cooler. Average temperatures range from 20-25 degrees Celsius ... view more on the Mediterranean coast to 28-30 degrees Celsius in Aswan in the south

2) Attractions: Egypt is not the place where the pyramid is located. Actually within the country there are approximately 97 pyramids, among them is the The last surviving member of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the world's oldest tourist attractions and the reason most people visit Egypt today, just nearby there are two other huge pyramids, pyramid of Chephren and pyramid of Mekernus, both pyramids were built by kings of the same royal family of 4th Dynasty. Not far from the great pyramid is located Sphinx with human face and body of lion, symbol of strength in ancient Egypt.

3) Safety: Egypt is reliant on terrorism after suffering several attacks in the past. They have increased security and security measures especially after the war that is going on in Israel and Lebanon.

4) Health and Food: Thousands of years ago, ancient Egyptians left evidence of their love for food. Well-preserved wall paintings and carvings have been discovered on tombs and temples, depicting large feasts and food variety.

5) Accommodations: Egypt is blessed with some wonderful historic hotels rich in charm and character. Whilst many are graded five star, they do not always measure up to international standards of service and are slightly faded around the edges.

Egypt Currency and Exchange Rate
Submitted by M19648
The unit for Egypt currency is the pound (EGP; symbol E£) = 100 piastres. Notes are in denominations of E£100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 1 and 25 piastres. Coins are in denominations of 20, 10 and 5 piastres.

Two interesting peculiarities of Egypt currency are that each note is written in two languages, Arabic and English, and that the smaller the note denomination, the smaller its physical size. The Arabic side of the note has engravings of architecturally and historically important mosques. The English side depicts the ... view more legacy of Ancient Egypt, with engravings of figures, statues and temples. Egyptian paper money is among the most beautiful, on account of its color and the use of Egyptian and Arab motifs in its design.

Currency exchange is available at banks, official bureaux de change and most hotels. Banks often have better exchange rates than bureaux de change or hotels. All common international currencies are accepted. The import and export of foreign currency is unlimited. The import of local currency is unlimited. The export of local currency is prohibited.

One-five pound note is a good tip for service.

American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted, but generally only in bigger hotels or restaurants in Cairo and restaurants in tourist areas. You may avoid additional exchange rate charges by using traveller's cheques in US Dollars, Euros or Pounds Sterling.

Egyptain Food
Submitted by M19648
Thousands of years ago, ancient Egyptians left evidence of their love for food. Well-preserved wall paintings and carvings have been discovered on tombs and temples, depicting large feasts and a variety of foods. Many of these ancient foods are still eaten in Egyptian households today. Peas, beans, cucumbers, dates, figs, and grapes were popular fruits and vegetables in ancient times. Wheat and barley, ancient staple crops, were used to make bread and beer. Fish and poultry were also popular. Dried fish was ... view more prepared by cleaning the fish, coating the pieces with salt, and placing them the sun to dry. Fasieekh (salted, dried fish) remained a popular meal in Egypt as of 2000.

The unique Egyptian cuisine has been influenced throughout history, particularly by its neighbors from the Middle East. Persians (modern-day Iraqis), Greeks, Romans (modern-day Italians), Arabs, and Ottomans (from modern-day Turkey) first influenced Egyptian cuisine thousands of years ago. More recently, the foods of other Arabic people in the Middle East such as the Lebanese, Palestinians, Syrians, as well as some foods from Europe, have affected the Egyptian diet. However, Egyptian cuisine maintains its uniqueness. After thousands of years, rice and bread remain staple foods, and molokhiyya (a spinach-like vegetable) and ful mudammas (cooked, creamy fava beans), a national dish, are nearly as popular as long ago.

Quick English Arabic Tourist Dictionary
Submitted by M19648
This is a set of English words and expressions, translated to Egyptian Arabic and written in English letters. This should be a great help for a tourist who spends few days in Egypt and has no time to take professional Arabic classes.

Commune Expressions:
- Yes: aywa
- No: la
- Perhaps: yemken
- Possibly: mumken
- Impossible: mesh mumken
- Necessary: daruri
- Please: men fadlak (m.) men fadlik (f.)
- Thank you: shukran
- You are Welcome: Ahlan beek
- Sorry/Excuse me: assef
- Good Morning: sabah ... view more el-kheir
- Good Evening: masa el-kheir
- Good Night: tesbah ala kheir
- Welcome: Marhaba
- Goodbye: salam (peace)
- My name is: esmi
- My name is Jena: Ana esmi Jena
- What Is Your Name?: esmak eh?
- How Are You?: ez zayyak? (m.) ez zayyek? (f.)
- Nice to Meet You: Saadot belkak
- Today: en-nahar da
- Tomorrow: bukra
- Yesterday: imbarih
- I Speak English: ana batkallem englizi
- I Don’t Speak Arabic: ma-batkallamsh `arabi
- I Don’t Understand: ana mish fahem
- Do You Speak English?: int betetkalem inglizi?
- Can You Help Me?: mumken tsaa’dni?
- Information: istiilaamaat
- What Time Is It?: el-saa kam?

Meeting People:
- Do you have children?: Hal ladyek atfal?
- Do you have a wife?: Hal anta motazaweg?
- Do you have a husband?: Hal anty motazawega?
- What is your address?: Ma enwanak?
- What is your Phone Number Please?: Momken an toateny raqam telefonak?
- Where did you go to School?: Ayn zahabt ela almadrasa?
- How old are you?: Kam Omrak?
- Where do you work?: Ayn Taamal?
- Where does your family live?: Ayn Taskon Aelatak?

However, we recommend learning Arabic as it’s easy, fun and useful.

Gears and luggage
Submitted by M15891
What to bring:
- Camera, Batteries, Sunglasses, Sunblock/cream - Hat, Light clothes, Cotton ti-shirts and shorts, Swimwear, Comfortable shoes
- Small bag to carry your thinks you need in touring.
touring tips
Submitted by M15891
The best places and cities to visit:
- You should visit Cairo museum, Citadel, old mosques and churches
- Giza pyramids and Sphinx
- Saqqara pyramids and Memphis museum
- Monasteries spread allover Egypt
- Alexandria greek and roman monuments
- Aswan and Luxor temples, tombs and museums by Cruise
- Sinai mountains, Moses mountain & Saint Catherine monastery
- The red sea resorts for relaxation.
tips for food
Submitted by M15891
Eating tips:
- You should eat in touristic restaurants
- Don't eat in a local restaurant
- Don't drink from tap water
- Don't drink in a local coffee shop
- Bring and carry your mineral water.
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