Name of country:
French. English is widely spoken
Muslim (90%) Christian (10%)
Worldwide C, E & F
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International phone code:
UTC +2 hours / 9 hours behind Eastern Standard Summertime in Australia.
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.
Australian citizens do not need to obtain a visa prior to arriving in France. For more information, please visit here.
Flight times from Australia:
Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane around 22 hours 305 minutes via Singapore, Dubai or Doha.
Most restaurants and hotels automatically add a 15 percent service charge so a tip is not necessary, although another two to three percent is customary if the service has been good. If service is not included then 15 percent is customary. Taxi drivers expect 10 to 15 percent of the fare, and hairdressers about 10 percent. Hotel staff generally receive about €1.50 a day and tips of about €1 are given to washroom and cloakroom attendants and museum tour guides. Tour bus drivers and guides are also tipped.
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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.
No particular vaccinations or medications are required for travel to France. The prevalence of certain tick-borne infections, like lyme disease, tularemia, tick-borne encephalitis, and rickettsial diseases, mean that travellers should take precautions against ticks if they are travelling in rural or forested areas in warm weather. Rabies also occurs occasionally and those who will be spending time with wild animals or who are at any risk of animal bites should consider a rabies vaccination.
French hospitals and health facilities are first class. British citizens, and visitors from other EU countries, are entitled to heavily discounted medical treatment and medicines on presentation of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Otherwise doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. Medical insurance is advised. Pharmacies will provide some first aid, but charge for it.
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