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Egypt Travel Facts

Accommodation: The main tourist centers offer a broad spectrum of accommodation, with everything from luxury palaces to homely pensions. Elsewhere, the choice is generally more limited, with only basic lodgings available in most of the desert oases. Hotels are loosely categorized into star ratings, ranging from five-star deluxe class down to one star. Below this range, there are also unclassified hotels and pensions, which tends to signify family ownership and friendlier ambience, some of them tailored to foreign backpackers, others mostly used by Egyptians. At the cheap end of the scale, in the most popular tourist towns, like Luxor and Hurghada, you also get "student hotels", specifically aimed at backpackers. They are often quite well run and equipped.


Food: Egyptian food combines elements of Lebanese, Turkish, Syrian, Greek and French cuisines, modified to suit local conditions and tastes. Dishes tend to be simple and wholesome, made only with fresh ingredients, and therefore vary with the seasons. Nubian cooking found in southern Egypt is spicier than food in the north; in Alexandria, Mediterranean influences prevail. Cairo offers every kind of cuisine in the world.

Getting There:

Air: The national airline is Egypt Air. All main carriers provides service to Egypt

Rail: There are no international rail that links any of Egypt's northwestern neighbours

Road: The road border between Libya and Egypt is open. There is a route to Cairo from Israel via El Arish and Port Said, Suez or Ismailia.

Sea: The main coastal ports are Alexandria, Port Said and Suez. There are a number of car ferries from diverse destinations reaching Egypt. One of them is the Stability Line operating from Venice and Brindisi in Italy to Alexandria three times a week.

Travel Around:

Air: EgyptAir and Air-Sinai provide a network of flights. EgyptAir, the national airline, enjoys the monopoly

Road: Inter-city buses are an inexpensive way to travel, and often preferable to trains. Besides being quicker for short trips along the Nile Valley, buses serve the areas beyond the rail network, such as Sinai, the oases, Abu Simbel and Hurghada.

Rail: There is an efficient rail network linking the Nile Valley, Delta and Canal Zone. Covering a limited network of routes, trains are best used for long hauls between the major cities.

Driving: International Driving Permit required.

Passport and Visa: Require, but NOT by the following: (1) Holders of a United States re-entry permit provided country of birth is Egypt. (2) Holders of United Nations Laissez-Passer. (3) Holders of Laissez-Passer issued to Palestinians by Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mouritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates $ Yemen (4) Holders of valid Seaman Book (unless issued by Taiwan travelling on duty provided in direct transit or disembarking to join a vessel at an letter of guarantee providing accommodation and transportation.

Passport Validity: Passports must be valid 6 months beyond intended length of stay.

Visas: Required, but NOT by the following: (1) Nationals of Egypt. (2) Nationals of Bahrain, Djibouti, Guinea, Jordan, Libya, Malta, Oman, Qator, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates & Yemen. (3) Holders of a re-entry permit. (5) Employees of the United Nations. (6) Holders official,special and service passports issued to nationals of Italy & Turkey and travelling on duty.

Recommended Immunisation: diphtheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, polio, TB tetanus typhoid. Recommended in some cicurmstances, seek further advice.

Compusory Vacination: Yellow fever certificate if arriving from infected areas. Exempt infants under 1 year

Museums: Abdeen Palace Museum Complex , Agricultural Museum & Cotton Museum, Ahmed shawki Musuem , Bayt al-Kritliyya , Beit El-Umma (House of the People), Carriage Museum , Coptic Museum(GB), Denshway Museum , Egyptian Post Museum(GB), Gayer-Anderson Museum , Gezira Center for Modern Art , Gezira Museum, Graeco-Roman Museum, Ismailia Museum , Karanis Site Museum , Kasr (Qasr) El-Gawhara (Jewel Palace), Kharga Museum , Manial Palace , Marine Museum , Military Museum, Military Museum , Mohammed Ali Museum(GB), Mukhtar Museum , Museum of Islamic Ceramics, Museum of Modern Art , Museum of Modern Art , Museum of Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil and his wife, Taha Hussein Museum(GB), The Beshtak Palace, The Child Museum , The Egyptian Antiquities Museum

Religion: Coptic Christian and other, Muslim

Languages: Ar, En

GDP: $1570 per capita

Currency: Egyptian Pound (EGP)

Time: GMT+3

International Dialing Code: 20

International Radios: BBC KHz:(daytime) 17640, 15575. (evening) 15575,12095.

Business Hours: Working hours are from 0800 to 1500. Friday is a day off.

Weekly Days Off: Friday

Public Holidays: Revolution Day (July 23) , Revolution Day (July 23), Celebrating the early scuccesses of 1973 war (Oct 6), Variable (Easter and Islamic), New Year's Day (Jan 1), Sinai Liberation Day (Apr 25), Labour Day (May 1)

Electricity: 220v AC 50Hz

Emergency Services: Police: 122 Fire: 125 Ambulance: 123

Know Before You Go:
Rough Guide and Lonely Planet both are very comprehensive and well organised, with plenty of maps and tips of every kind, covering much sites and details you won't find easily on more "tourist oriented" guides which sometimes look like a collection of touristic advertising.

Tourist areas including Red Sea resorts these days are ringed by police and army to prevent fundamentalists disturbing Egypt's key revenue source, tourism. Despite Egypt relies heavily on foreign tourism for its national income and both Egyptians and their government are extremely keen to prevent any occurrence, you may check:

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Last Updated on Sunday 16th January 2011

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