Travel Advice for Egypt
Capital: Cairo

Time Zone GMT + 2
Country Code: 20
IDD: International direct dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 00
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Egyptian Ministry for the Promotion of Tourism Misr Travel Tower, Abassia Square, Cairo, Egypt, Tel: (2) 284 1707 Fax: (2) 285 9551.
Valid passport required by all and must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended stay in Egypt. Return Ticket Required. Requirements may be subject to change at short notice. Contact the appropriate consular authority before finalising travel arrangements.
Required by all except: nationals of Malta; and Jordan (if holding a passport valid for at least 5 years) for a stay not exceeding 30 days. Nationals of Bahrain; Djibouti; Guinea; Libya; Mauritania; Oman; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Sudan; United Arab Emirates and Yemen for a stay not exceeding 90 days. Tourist and Business single or multiple entry types granted.
Ensure you have full medical insurance.
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination Required.
Malaria : No risk in Cairo or Alexandria but falciparum and vivax varieties exists from June to October in the El Faiyoum area.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required if arriving from infected areas. Check with embassy as to which areas Egypt considers infected.
Other Health Risks: Bilharzia, Malaria, Rabies.
& Drink
Water outside main urban areas is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products if they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled or well cooked before consumption.
Currency Egyptian Pound (ŁE) = 100 piastres.
There are 5 national banks and 78 branches of foreign banks.
All major credit cards are accepted. Travellers cheques in US dollars are the preferred currency.
ATM availability: 88 locations
Cost of
Tourists can expect to pay higher prices than locals.
Languages Arabic, English and French are widely spoken.
Weather Hot and dry during the summer with dry winters with chilly nights. Dusty winds from the Sahara prevail during April.
Electricity 220 Volts 50 Hz are most common. 110/380 volts AC may also be used.
Post Approximately 5 days by airmail. There are Post Restante facilities at the main post office in Cairo. Asmall fee is charged when the mail is collected.
Transport RAIL: A good rail network exists.
TAXIS are available in the cities and are metered although it is advisable to agree the fare in advance.
NOTE: Modest dress in keeping with Islamic traditions should be honoured. Because of continuing tensions in the region and global and regional insecurity at present travellers should keep themselves informed of developments. Within Egypt itself there have been no attacks aimed at tourists since 1997 however visitors should avoid demonstrations and take advice from local security authorities.