Thank you for joining our tour & giving us the opportunity to serve you to help you make the best of your holidays, permit us to give you a few suggestions & general hints.
Any Egyptian consulate around the world can supply you with
a tourist visa. The price of a Visa depends on the holder's country of origin.
Details and requirements regarding different nationalities can be found at
Egyptian consulates. Multiple entry visas allow up to three visits to Egypt.
When arriving from certain countries, visas fees can be paid on arrival at the airport. All visitors entering Egypt are required to register with police authorities within a week of arrival. Hotels and tour operators often take care of this, though it is advised to double-check as there is a fine for not registering.
Your passport must have a minimum of 2 months' validity beyond your departure date in order for you to enter Egypt. Everyone older than 16 is required to have his own passport.
It is important that you register with the Passport department within one week of your arrival in Cairo. Your hotel will normally register your passport and return it within 24 hours.
What to take along?
- Keep a copy of your passport, travel visa, airline tickets and travel documents, besides the originals. Also keep the copies separate from the originals.
- Remember to keep an 'in case of emergency card' that should contain your blood type, allergies and special medical conditions, along with the names and numbers of your doctors.
- Do not forget to keep an extra pair of eyeglasses and a list of your medicines in your carry-on luggage.
What to leave behind?
- A copy of your passport, travel visas, airline tickets and a list of any charge or credit cards.
- A copy of the itinerary of your trip and important phone numbers.
- A copy of your Travellers' Cheques' serial numbers and other such details.
The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound (EGP). The Egyptian Pound is divided into 100 piastres. Coins, which are not used often, are available in 5, 10, 20 , 50 piasters and 1 pound, while banknotes come in 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 pounds.
Travellers can exchange money on arrival at Cairo International Airport, where there is a bank, several ATMs. All large towns in Egypt provide bank branches, most with currency exchange services. ATMs are plentiful, especially in the capital of Cairo, and accept a variety of credit cards. Most shopping areas and business districts also provide cash
machines. Credit cards
are accepted in most large establishments.
Banks are open from 8am-2pm from Sundays to Thursdays.
Egypt’s official language is Arabic, but foreign languages, such as English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish are also widely spoken, especially in educated circles.
The best season is from September through June, when the temperature in Cairo is comfortable in the daytime, and cool or even cold at night. Weather in Upper Egypt, Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel is comfortably warm. During the summer months Cairo is hot and dry, Upper Egypt is extremely hot, and sightseeing should be done early mornings.
What to Wear
Winter months: Bring sweaters and a light coat for cool evenings. Women should bring slacks or walking (long) shorts for sightseeing, long sleeved dress, Men should bring a jacket for nightclub visits. Pack a bathing suit if visiting Aswan and Luxor or if taking a Nile Cruise. Summer months: Lightweight clothing, a sweater for cool Cairo evenings. AT ALL TIMES: Modesty in clothing should be observed, wear bathing suits and shorts at the beach or swimming
pools only. A good rule is to cover your back and shoulders outside of the hotel area. Women should cover their arms when visiting mosques. Bring comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing and walking on desert sand. Sunglasses, as well as sun visors, hats and scarves are recommended as protection against the strong sun. On a Nile cruise dress
is strictly informal.
Useful things to bring
9- A flashlight will come in handy for the dim light of the tombs and museums.
10- A happy smile and open mind.
The country code for Egypt is +202. Internet providers, as well as internet cafés, can be found in the capital of Cairo and in Egypt's larger towns and cities. Large hotels and establishments often provide high-speed internet access. Coffee shops, restaurants, hotel lobbies and other various locations offer free wireless internet access. It is common for visitors to enter a coffee shop with their laptop and browse online for free.
Cairo is a shopping adventure. Buy brass, copper, and inlaid wooden articles, silver
and gold jewelry, leather shoes, bags and belts, cotton goods and perfumes, have a gold
cartouche made with your name written in hieroglyphics. Be sure that the letters are soldered
and not glued on. Have a kaftan of pure Egyptian cotton tailor made in two days. Shop at the
Khan El Khalili Bazaar for a better variety of interesting and artistic goods. You should be able to
bargain prices that were originally quoted to you.
American Express, Master Card, and Visa are accepted in major hotels and
shops,however, most of the Nile Cruises will not accept Credit Cards, SO please make sure to
have Egyptian Pounds from any ATM machine the nigh before you check out of the Nile Cruise.
Tax and Tipping
!!! Hope all the above suggestions & general hints help you to make your tour a very remarkable one!
Have a Wonderful Time
Egypt Unlimited Tours Team