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Tips and facts – Egypt


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Name of country:

Egypt

Population:

90,000,000+

Language:

Arabic

Religion:

Muslim (90%) Christian (10%)

Currency:

Egyptian pound

Plug types:

Worldwide C

For more information please go here.

Voltage:

220v

Frequency:

50hz

International phone code:

+20

Time zone:

UTC +2 hours / 9 hours behind Eastern Standard Summertime in Australia.

Drives on:

Right

Climate:

The climate in Egypt varies greatly from the very cold to scorchingly hot. Around Alexandria on the Mediterranean during winter (December – March) it’s cool, windy and humid with occasional rain showers. This picture above is looking out to the Citadel on a dark and gloomy day in January. In Cairo there is very little rain and days can range from 18 degress to 48 degrees! Come prepared for all seasons. Mt Sinai has been known to get snow.In January I wore a 300 weight fleece jacket the entire time with a long sleeve t shirt underneath. Perfect. In summer, be mindful of what you wear as the Egyptians are modest people.

Visa information:

Australian citizens need to obtain a visa prior to arriving in Egypt which you can have processed through your travel agent or online with the embassy. Allow 14 days for the visa to come through. You may need to provide an itinerary and your flight details to the embassy.

Flight times from Australia:

Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane around 19 hours 35 minutes via Abu Dabi or 20 hours 45 minutes via Dubai. Adelaide around 19+ hours and Perth around 16+ hours. Flights usually go through Abu Dabi, Dubai or Doha.

Tipping:

It’s a personal decision and there is no obligation to tip but the country has suffered greatly over the last 10 years and people often rely on tips. If you wish to show your appreciation for service, meals, a driver, it’s usually around 5% – 10%. This is a great site to exact $ amounts here.

Internet and communication:

Most hotels have internet access albeit sometimes slow. Ensure you have adequate USB ports or chargers. Using a phone in a hotel is expensive. The mobile network is patchy but you can access it via roaming. Sending a letter or postcard is cheap and takes around two weeks for an item to arrive at its destination.

Health:

There are mosquito-borne diseases in Egypt but the chances are low. Speak to your doctor about current vaccinations that you may require. More information can be found here.
There are other known diseases including Hepatitis A & B, HIV/AIDS, diphtheria, tuberculosis, typhoid, tetanus and rabies. Speak to a health professional about requirements. Allow at least four weeks if you require a course of vaccinations.

HAPPY TRAVELS.

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