Obtain visa in advance unless you are traveling only to the
Eastern Coast of Sinai from the Taba Terminal (10 km. south
of Eilat). Unless you are an Israeli citizen, you can pick
up your passport with the visa the same day, provided you
brought it in the morning. Israeli citizens must wait 7-10
If you are an outsider,it is best to obtain a visa in a
consulate or embassy in your home country, however it is also
possible to obtain them upon arrival at Cairo International
Passport is valid for at least 6 months and is required by
The currency for the Egyptian are Egyptian Pound (EĢ) = 100
piastres. Notes are in denominations of EĢ100, 50, 20, 10,
5 and 1. Coins are in denominations of 50, 25, 20, 10 and
MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Visa are widely
accepted. Check with your credit card company for details
of merchant acceptability and other services which may be
To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are
advised to take travellers cheques in US Dollars or Pounds
The import or export of local currency is limited to EĢ1000.
There are no restrictions on the import or export of foreign
currency as long as it is declared in an official customs
The banking hours are Sunday to Thursday, 8.30 am to 2 pm.
The dominant influence of Islam and many traditional customs
and beliefs are tied up with religion. The Egyptians are generally
courteous and hospitable thus expects similar respect from
visitors. The form of handshaking will suffice as a greeting.
Woman should dress conservatively and not wear revealing clothes,
particularly when in religious buildings and in towns, because
of the strong influence of religion.
The Western style of dress is accepted in the modern nightclubs,
restaurants, hotels and bars of bigger towns.
The national airline is Egypt Air (MS). All main carriers
service throughout Egypt. Charter services fly direct from
Gatwick to Egypt.
The main coastal ports are Alexandria, Port Said and Suez.
A car ferry service is also availabel from port to port.
There are two border crossings between Israel and Egypt: one
runs from Cairo via El Arish to Rafiah on the north Sinai
coast, and the other from Cairo via Suez and Taba to Eilat.
Daily coaches leave early in the morning. Passengers in taxis
and rented cars are not permitted to cross the borders between
Israel and Egypt. Privately owned vehicles may be taken across
the border, provided the appropriate documentation is obtained.
Visas should normally be obtained in advance; however, travellers
entering Egypt via Taba may be able to obtain visas at the
Egypt Air operates daily flights between Cairo, Alexandria,
Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simbel, New Valley, and Hurghada.
There is a steamer service that provides daily ferry service
from cities. The traditional Nile sailing boats or better
known as feluccas, can be hired by the hour for a more
relaxed sailing on the Nile. There are over 160 individually-owned
boats of all categories operating on the Nile.
Rail A comprehensive rail network offering a high
standard of service is operated along the eastwest axis from
Sallom on the Libyan border to Alexandria and Cairo, and along
the Nile to Luxor and Aswan. There are also links to Port
Said and Suez. There are frequent trains from Cairo to Alexandria,
and also several luxury air-conditioned day and night trains
with sleeping and restaurant cars from Cairo to Luxor and
Aswan for the Nile Valley tourist trade. For the overnight
train, bookings should be made one week in advance through
a travel agent or call:
Tel: (2) 414 5801, for further information.
Drivers drive on the right side of the road. Besides the Nile
Valley and Delta, which holds an extensive road network, there
are paved roads along the Mediterranean and African Red Sea
coasts. The speed limit is usually 90kph (56mph) on motorways
and 100kph (62mph) on the desert motorway. Private motoring
in the desert regions is not recommended without suitable
vehicles and a guide.
The national bus system serves the Nile Valley and the coastal
road. Main routes are from Cairo to St Catherine, Sharm el-Sheikh,
Dahab, Ras Sudr, El-Tour, Taba and Rafah; from Suez to El-Tour
and Sharm el-Sheikh; and from Sharm el-Sheikh to Taba, Neweiba,
El-Tour, Dahab and St Catherine.
Taxis are available in the larger cities and are metered.
Long-distance group taxis for all destinations are cheap,
although fares should be agreed in advance.
Visitor's own International Driving Permit are required to
drive any motor vehicle. All vehicles including motorcycles
are required by law to carry a fire extinguisher and a red
The following goods may be imported into Egypt without incurring
(a)200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 200g of tobacco.
(b)1 liter of alcoholic beverages.
(c)A reasonable amount of perfume and 1 liter of eau de cologne.
The items are: narcotics, firearms and cotton; for a full
list, contact the Egyptian State Tourist Office.
Tipping worth 10-12% is added to hotel and restaurant bills
but an extra tip of 5% is normal. Taxi drivers generally expect