Egypt occupies the North-Eastern part of Africa and
encroaches on Asia in the Sinai Peninsula, covers an area of
1,001,400 square Kilometers, with a population of 60 million
living mainly on the Nile river's banks The very existence
of the country depends on the slender ribbon of the Nile
(the world's longest river).
named by the Pharaohs, the oldest civilization in the world.
How could you miss one third of the world's treasures which
There is so much to do and see all over Egypt- this
lovely warm land with its charming and hospitable people.
Your one and only problem is likely to be time - you may
never want to leave.
The Egyptian Pound (LE or EGL) is divided into 100
piasters.It is allowed to import and export any amount in
Weights & Measures
GTM +2 hours and 3 hours for summer time (from May 1st
to October 1st)
Personal effects are admitted duty free.
14 miles from the city centre.
Banks: from 8:00a.m to 2:00p.m, Sunday though Thursday
and closed on Fridays and Saturdays.
from 09:00a.m to 02:00p.m, closed Fridays.
from 08:30a.m to 05:00p.m, closed on Fridays and
Generally open from 09:00a.m to 09:00p.m and closed on
Mild, with temperatures increasing as you travel from
north to south. Cairo can be chilly from December to
February, and very hot from June to September, though the
traveler is often relieved by a northerly breeze with
temperatures dropping during the night.
Peak temperatures in Upper Egypt from May to October are
usually compensated for by extremely low humidity.
In summer, light cotton garments and in winter woolens.
In the winter, a sweater and an overcoat may be needed in
the evening. In all seasons light walking shoes and a hat
are essential and avoid very brief clothing as the norm is
semi conservative attire.
Sun-glasses, sun oil, a pocket torch and binoculars.
220 volts, 50cycles. Sockets take the standard
continental Europe round-prond plug. American
appliances will need adapter plug and transformers.
Arabic is the language spoken in Egypt. The most
common foreign languages spoken by Egyptians are English
with French a close second, perhaps also German and Italian.
Egypt offers many "best buys", such as silver,
leather, gold, mother-of-pearl, brass, copper and alabaster .In winter, most shops are open twice daily.
Passport & Visa
All Egyptian consulates grant entry visa.
Passport authorities at all ports of entry are also
empowered to grant visa on spot. Passports must be valid for
least three months subsequent to the date of the passport
visit. For more than seven days it is necessary to register
all passports, this can be done via local police station but
is easier done by giving all passports to hotel reception
which will make the necessary arrangements free of charge.
Group visas are granted on a group passport on condition
that visit is organized via a travel agency and that members
remain in the group.
Egyptian currency may not be taken in or out of
the country, individual visitors must declare on entry any
foreign currency they are carrying.
At Luxor and Aswan, there is a fee for video
filming on an hourly basis.
There is no charge for still photography