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Egypt Travel Guide

Egypt — Travel Tips

Language

The official language in Egypt is Standard Arabic, but the most widely spoken tongue is actually Egyptian Arabic, one of many dialects. English is widely understood, especially in larger cities, and French is quite popular, as well.

Currency

The official currency is the Egyptian pound which is divided into 100 piastres. Most major credit cards are accepted by large hotels, restaurants and shops, including Diners Club and American Express. Currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change, hotels and banks (which tend to offer the best rates). ATMs are found everywhere, even in small towns.

Time

Egypt is on Eastern European Time, which is GMT +2.

Electricity

Egypt uses electricity at 110-220V and 50Hz and Type C Europlug or Type E/F Schuko.

Communications

The country’s international dialing code is +20 and Cairo’s is +2. Roaming services are available, but check with your service provider at home before departing. There are thee main mobile companies in Egypt including Mobinil, Vodafone and Etisalat. SIM cards can be purchased from local stores and several of the large cities have internet cafés which are easily reached. Most hotels and restaurants offer free Wi-Fi and wireless connectivity.

Duty-free

The duty-free regulations are largely dependent on the country of origin, but in general you’re allowed to bring 200 cigarettes, 25 cigars or 200 g of tobacco, one liter of perfume, one liter of alcohol and any other gifts not exceeding E£500.

Tourist Office

Egyptian Tourist Authority, Cairo: +20-2-285-4509 or www.egypt.travel.

Consulates in Egypt

American Embassy, Cairo: +20-2-797-3300
Australian Embassy, Cairo: +20-2-575-0444
British Embassy, Cairo: +20-2-279-1-6000
Canadian Embassy, Cairo: +20-2-791-8700
German Embassy, Cairo: +20-2-739-9600
Greek Embassy, Cairo: +20-2-795-0443
Italian Embassy, Cairo: +20-2-794-3194
Netherlands Embassy, Cairo: +20-2-273-9-5500
Norwegian Embassy, Cairo: +20-2-273-5-8046

Emergency

Emergency: 122
Tourist Police: 126
Ambulance: 123

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