Here are just a few things to help you get started.
Make sure your passport is valid at least 6 months beyond the time you chose to
Check the visa requirements for your destination well in advance of travel and
even before you depart, as visa requirements can change at any time.
Visa for most passports can be purchased on arrival. $15USD. Best to have the
Egypt is quite a cheap country when compared to many other popular tourist
destinations. However, you need to have your bargaining skills.
Cost in Egypt
Water - 1.5 litres
LE 30 - 40
Alcohol - 1 Beer
LE 10 - 15
Approximate current exchange rates for the Egyptian Pound (LE) are as follows
(as of Aug 2011):
For up to date rates we recommend you check this website: www.xe.com/ucc
Tipping is a way of life in Egypt.
Everyone tips everyone, and Egyptians tip each other.
it is still optional. Do not feel obligated. Should you get outstanding
service and you want to give that little extra it is always appreciated.
how much YOU feel!! Never let anyone tell you what to tip.
Please - when you are visiting places of religious significance, both men and
women should dress appropriately.
and women should have their legs and shoulders covered.
note ladies... this is not Europe. If you wear a mini skirt or really short
shorts or cleavage tops then expect to be stared at and whistled at and yes
even hassled. I am sorry but that is just how it is.
Be prepared for a change from your regular diet. It often takes your body a
little time to adjust to the different food, water and hot weather. Pharmacies
are equipped with everything you will need. The most common being diahorea and (slight)
stomach pain. Most people do not experience these symptoms.
During the hot weather we recommend that you avoid eating red meat products and
choose chicken or fish instead. Regarding water, please do not drink tap water
or use it for brushing teeth. Bottled water is very cheap and available
everywhere. Also bring plenty of quality sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses.
Travel insurance is
strongly recommended. Please organise this prior to traveling.
Buy an electrical adaptor for your mobile phone, camera and other electrical
equipment before you leave home, as adaptors can be difficult to find in Egypt.
We do have a few in the
hotel. But better to be safe than sorry
E-mail is the
easiest way to stay in contact with family and friends. We have an internet
cafe in the hotel and WIFI.
Most mobile phones work in Egypt. The best option is when you arrive get
yourself an Egyptian sim card and use that. As public phones are very
Useful words to know
Sabah al khaer
Masa al khaer
Tesbah ala care
No thank you
How are you?
My name is ----
What is your name?