All visitors to Egypt are required to have a valid passport and it is recommended to have..Travel Health
Vaccinations recommended for travel to Egypt are Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus..Local Currency
The official currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound (E£) which is divided into 100..Weather
Except for the Mediterranean coast, Egypt experiences a desert climate, which is hot and..Local Customs
The people of Egypt are welcoming and hospitable however the country is a conservative..Languages
The official language of Egypt is the Egyptian dialect of Modern Arabic however..Transport Options
Egypt has several international airports including: Cairo International Airport (the..Travel Tips
Shaking hands is the usual form of greeting and for official, social or smart restaurants..Local Food
Egyptian cuisine combines Middle Eastern cooking, not too spicy and well flavoured with..Local Timezones
Egypt Standard Time is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2). Egypt operates..Dutyfree Limits
The following goods may be imported into Egypt without incurring customs duty: 200..
The people of Egypt are welcoming and hospitable however the country is a conservative society and visitors should respect local customs and sensitivities. Religious customs should be recognized and respected particularly during the month of Ramadan when drinking, eating and smoking during the daylight hours is forbidden. Travellers should be discreet if partaking in any of these activities or do it in the privacy of their room. Dress conservatively at all times and be aware that photography of military institutions is prohibited (always ask people before taking anyone’s photograph). Homosexuality is illegal and frowned upon.
Tipping (baksheesh) is expected for most services so always have some small change on you at all times. A service charge is generally added to most restaurant and hotel bills however a 5% tip is usually given directly to the waiter and a 10% tip is given to taxi drivers.
94% of Egyptians are Muslim (mostly Sunni) and 6% are Coptic Christian and other. The Muslim religion governs most Egyptians personal, political, economic and legal lives.
Smoking is very common and cigarettes are very cheap. Steer clear of any conversations regarding politics or other sensitive issues to avoid causing offense and avoid conversations about Israel. Never discuss religion and be aware that the Islamic ‘call for prayer’ happens five times a day and is part of the Egyptian culture. Take care if you choose to drink as Egyptians look upon drunken people very negatively.