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Here are just a few things to help you get started.


Passports

Make sure your passport is valid at least 6 months beyond the time you chose to
travel.



Visas

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
correct money!!



Money

Egypt is quite a cheap country when compared to many other popular tourist
destinations. However, you need to have your bargaining skills.



 





















Example



Cost in Egypt



Water - 1.5 litres



LE 3.00



Main Meal



LE 30 - 40



Alcohol - 1 Beer



LE 10 - 15




 

Currency Exchange

Approximate current exchange rates for the Egyptian Pound (LE) are as follows
(as of Aug 2011):

































£1 GBP



LE 9.02



€1 EURO



LE 8.10



$1 US



LE 5.55



$1 AUS



LE 4.92



$1 NZ



LE 4.27



$1 CAN



LE 5.46



 



 




For up to date rates we recommend you check this website: www.xe.com/ucc



Baksheesh/Tipping

Tipping is a way of life in Egypt.



Everyone tips everyone, and Egyptians tip each other.



However,
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.



You give
how much YOU feel!!  Never let anyone tell you what to tip.



Culture

Please - when you are visiting places of religious significance, both men and
women should dress appropriately.



Men
and women should have their legs and shoulders covered.



Please
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.



Medical

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

Travel insurance is
strongly recommended. Please organise this prior to traveling.



Electrical
Adaptors


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



Contacting Home

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
unreliable.



Useful words to know
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English



Arabic



Hello



Marhaba



Good morning



Sabah al khaer



Good evening



Masa al khaer



Good night



Tesbah ala care



Thank you



Shokran



Please



Men fadlak



No thank you



La Shokran



How are you?



Ezzayak



How much?



Beekam?



My name is ----



Ismee ----



What is your name?



Esmak ay?




 
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