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About Egypt

Egypt is a country located in North Africa and Southwest Asia within continent Africa.  It was founded around 3150-3200 BC.

Egypt Travel Guide

This local travel guide below will provide you with travel information & tips to plan your trip to Egypt and find the best things to see, do and experience in Egypt even before you arrive here.

Local Attractions

Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel

Dahab
Dahab

Egypt Museum

Egypt Museum
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Giza
Giza

Karnak
Karnak

Mosque of Ibn Tulun
Ibn Tulun Mosque

Red Sea Reef
Red Sea Reef

River Nile Cruise
River Nile Cruise

Siwa Oasis
Siwa Oasis

Colossi of Memnon
Colossi of Memnon

Luxor Temple
Luxor Temple

Medinet Habu
Medinet Habu

Philae Temples
Philae Temples

Temple of Edfu
Temple of Edfu

Temple of Hatshepsut
Temple of Hatshepsut

Temple of Kom Ombo
Temple of Kom Ombo

Temple of Seti I
Temple of Seti I

 

Shopping Guide

Shopping Malls, Streets, Markets

Malls and Streets

Local Markets

Map

Facts

History [Founded in around 3150-3200 BC] • Capital [Cairo] • Government [Republic] • Currency [Egyptian pound (EGP)] • Language [Arabic(Official), English and French] • Religion [Muslim (mostly Sunni), Coptic Christian] • Electricity [220V, 50Hz (Europlug and Schuko plug)] • Time Zone [UTC/GMT +2h] • Country Code [+20] • Internet TLD [.eg] • Emergencies [Dial 122 for police]

Climate

Events, Festivals and Holiday

January

– Coptic Christmas Day, January 7, Thu
– Revolution Day, January 25, Mon

April

– Sinai Liberation Day, April 25, Mon

May

– Coptic Easter Sunday, May 01, Sun
– Labour Day, May 01, Sun
– Sham EI Nessim, May 02, Mon

July

– End of Ramadan, July 7, Thu
– End of Ramadan Day 2, July 8, Fri
– End of Ramadan Day 3, July 9, Sat
– Revolution Day, July 23, Sat

September

– Eid Al Adha, September 11, Sun
– Eid Al Adha Holiday, September 12, Mon
– Eid Al Adha Holiday, September 13, Tue
– Eid Al Adha Holiday, September 14, Wed

October

– El Hijra, October 02, Sun
– Arm Forces Day, October 06, Thu

December

– Moulid El Nabi, December 12, Mon

Tipping

Hotel –  3-10 LE.
Restaurant – 10% of the bill
Tour Guide – 50 LE
Taxi Driver – No tipping expected.
Spas – 10% – 15% of the bill
Hair Dresser – No tipping expected.

Money & Duty Free

Currency

Egypt Dollar:  Egyptian Pound or ginee  with symbol: E£ = 100 piastres
Egypt Dollar Notes denominations (E£): 25 piastres, 50 piastres, 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200
Egypt Coin denominations (piastres): 5, 10, 20, 25

Credit cards

MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, Visa are widely accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants.  It is advisable to have more smaller US dollar notes for easy spending as locals prefer dollars.

ATM

ATMs are available in major town  and accept cards from overseas banks such as MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro.

Travellers cheques

Accepted. In US Dollars, Euro, Pounds Sterling or Australian Dollars.

Banking hours

Sun to Thurs : 0830-1400

How to get in and out of Egypt

Entry Requirement

Passport

A passport with at least 6 months validity.

Visas

A valid tourist visa. You can obtain the visa at Egypt embassy or on arrival at the two international airports.  The visa is valid for 30 days.

By Plane

You can enter Egypt by its 2 international airports:

By Road

You can enter Egypt by

By Boat

You can enter Egypt by

How to get around Egypt

By Plane

  1. Domestic airlines

By Train

  1. Not in operation

By Road

  1. Taxis

By Boat

  1. Ferries

Safety Guide

Emergency number

Dail 111

Keep yourself insured

  1. Ensure you buy travel insurance before you come as admitting to local hospitals for tourists will be expensive.

Keep yourself safe

  1. Do not walk alone late at night.
  2. Avoid unlit areas.
  3. Do not leave your drink unattended.
  4. Do not carry a lot of valuables and cash.
  5. Avoid cash counting in public.
  6. Do not accept offer of rides from stranger.

Keep belongings safe

  1. Ensure your cars and accommodation are locked when leaving for other destinations.
  2. Do not leave your wallets, mobile phones, bags, backpacks,  or cameras unattended in public places.
  3. Report lost or stolen possessions to local police stations. Get a report from them if you are claiming travel insurance.

Keeping safe with alcohol

  1. If you drink alcohol in designated ban area could lead to fine or being arrested.
  2. You can be fined for drinking alcohol on public transport, including taxis.
  3. If you drink, take cab back to your accommodation. Best if your friend can accompany.

Keeping your credit cards and identity safe

  1. Do not show your credit card number and PIN that will let people capture with a camera.
  2. Do not bring too many credit cards.
  3. Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.