Egypt

Egypt is one of Africa’s major tourist destinations with the main drawcards being the Red Sea, Egyptology and the Nile. The Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and the Valley of the Kings need no introduction in the world of antiquity, the sun-soaked beaches of the Red Sea with their scuba diving are a massive attraction to those from colder climes, and a cruise on the Nile floods back memories of Cleopatra. Aside from these famous attractions, this desert country houses ancient ruins and mystical Oases and in Cairo ancient cultures remain, blending with the very modern. Egypt offers so much more than its world-famous pyramids. Visitors can enjoy desert trekking, scuba diving, golfing, fishing, bird watching or floating along the Red Sea.

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Electricity

Electrical sockets (outlets) in Egypt are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: The "Type C" Europlug and the "Type…

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Banking

CurrencyEgyptian Pound or ginee (LE; symbol E£) = 100 piastres. Notes are in denominations of E£200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 1, 50 piastres and…

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Cuisine

Use only bottled water for drinking and, to be on the safe side, when brushing teeth. When buying bottled water, check the seal of the bottle is intact….

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Climate

There is very little rain at any time of year in Egypt, but there is a considerable variation in temperature during the year and also between night and…

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Transport

The Egyptian national airline, Egyptair, operates all domestic flights in Egypt and serves 11 major airports: Abu Simbel, Alexandria, Assiut, Aswan, Cairo,…

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Dress

What you wear will depend a little on whether you are staying solely in the tourist beach resorts, or exploring the wider country. However always remember…

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Health

Please consult your health-care provider 4-6 weeks prior to travel to ensure you are receiving all required vaccinations and that the medication has…

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Safety

As with travel to any destination, common sense should be the prevailing guide to avoid problems. In major cities in Egypt as elsewhere, it is strongly…

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Visa

U.S. citizens are required to obtain a visa for entry into Egypt. Non U.S. citizens should consult with your local embassy.

Visas can be purchased upon…

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General

Language:The official language is Arabic, but English and French are very widely spoken, especially in tourist centers. Signs on major streets are usually…

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