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FAQs

How can I obtain my visa to visit Egypt?

You must have a valid passport for at least six months. You can apply for a tourist visa at any Egyptian embassy in your country before your arrival.

If you are a citizen of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Korea, Croatia, Georgia, Macedonia, Serbia, the Ukraine, a country that is part of the Russian Federation, or a country that is a member of the European Union, you will apply for a visa Upon arrival at the Egyptian airport, you will need to pay $ 25 or the equivalent amount and for your information your tourist visa is valid for 30 days.

Do Egyptian people speak English or any other languages?

Egyptian people study English in the schools so most of them can speak and understand at least some English words. Although few people can speak other languages as French, German or Spanish, there are professionals who can speak these languages and are familiarized to visitors who cannot speak Arabic to fulfill the needs of most travelers.

Do non-Muslims tourists are allowed to enter Mosques in Egypt?

For sure, non-Muslims tourists are most welcome in all Mosques in Egypt. They are welcome to visit the Mosques in anytime except in prayer times, on Friday and during the five prayers of the day. For women, modest dress would be highly recommended and to cover their hair. Both women and men will be asked to remove their shoes before entering a Mosque.

What about bringing a personal supply of cigarettes and alcohol with me when I am visiting Egypt?

It is recommended for travelers to purchase their supply of cigarettes and alcohol upon arrival. There are duty free shops at the airports. Tourists are allowed to purchase up to 3 liters of alcohol and up to 200 cigarettes.

What is the hotel’s chick-in and chick-out time in Egypt?

It is the same as the majority of hotels all over the world, as the chick-in time in Egypt is around 12 or 1 PM. In case you arrived in the early morning or late at night, you may wait in the lobby till the normal chick-in time or you could pay for an extra night in order to get your room immediately.

What are the categories of hotels in Egypt?

There are many types of hotels in Egypt, from the world class luxurious to the simplest inn accommodation. You can find the world famous hotel chains like Hilton, Four Seasons, MÖvenpick and Sofitel. Also you can find a wide range of local hotels with rating system from 1 to 5-stars.

What is the official currency of Egypt?

It is the Egyptian Pound, which commonly shortened to LE. The single Egyptian Pound consists of 100 Piasters. There are banknotes of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 LE and coins of 25 piasters, 50 piasters, and 1 pound (100 piasters).

Is it possible to exchange dollars, Euros or any other currencies in Egypt?

Of course it is possible, as there are a large number of banks and currency exchange offices in Egypt. On the other hand, many shops and restaurants accept dollars and Euros at rates relatively close to the official ones.

How popular is the use of credit cards in Egypt?

Many places in Egypt accept credit cards including shops, restaurants, hotels and cafes. Among the most common credit cards used in Egypt are Visa, Master Card, and American Express.

Is it a common rule to give tips in Egypt, and how much should I tip?

Tipping is customary in Egypt, this is due to the low salaries of many simple professionals in Egypt, and so many people depend on tips as a major part of their income.
The amount of tips depends on the situation, if you are in a restaurant it would be better to give about 5 or 10% tip to the waiter even when there is service added to the bill. As for a small favor such as Parking a car or carrying luggage, it is common to give a few pounds.

HINTS &TIPS:

  • In Egypt they drive on the right, be careful when crossing roads. Take special care in Cairo, where the traffic is a lot busier than in other Egyptian cities
  • Buy (and drink) plenty of water. You may not drink a lot of water at home, but make sure you do in Egypt. It is very easy to become dehydrated if you don’t.
  • Learn the phrase La Shukran (No thank you!) and don’t be afraid to say it to anyone who tries to sell you anything – you aren’t interested, or asks for “baksheesh”. Believe it or not, it does work. Please do not say Emshi (as many tour books advise), this can be taken as an insult.
  • Wear sensible footwear when visiting the various sites. High heels and open toe shoes are not advisable. The floors of most sites are either sand or rough-cut, uneven stone.
  • Make up a small “medical-kit” before you go! Include things like safety pins, plasters (different sizes), antiseptic cream, diarrhea tablets, headache tablets and sun cream.