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Traveling to Egypt

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Arab Republic of Egypt

Capital: Cairo

Official Language: Arabic

Total Area: 1,010,407km2

Population: Estimate 93,000,000+

Currency: Egyptian Pound (EGP)

Time Zone: EET (UTC+2)


Egypt possesses one of the oldest histories of any modern country, originating in the tenth millennium BCE as one of the world's first nation states. Considered a cradle of civilization, Ancient Egypt experienced some of mankind’s earliest developments in writing, agriculture, urbanization, organized religion and central government. Iconic monuments such as the Giza Necropolis and its Great Sphinx, as well the ruins of Memphis, Thebes, Karnak, and the Valley of the Kings, reflect this legacy and remain a primary focus of archaeological study and popular interest worldwide. Egypt's rich cultural heritage is an integral part of its national identity, having endured and, at times, assimilated numerous foreign influences, including Greek, Persian, Roman, Arab, Ottoman, and European.

Emergency Numbers

Emergency Numbers
Tourist Police 126
Fire Service 180
Ambulance 123
Police 122
Telephone Guide 140
Cairo Airport Shuttle Bus 19970
Flying Hospital Service (02)-37766393/2



  • - Drink a lot of water, Egypt’s climate is very dry and it’s easy to get dehydrated
  • - Carry some cash when heading to remote locations
  • - Make sure you have a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, light cotton or linen clothes, and comfortable shoes when out sightseeing
  • - Dress modestly when visiting religious sites, and remember to take off your shoes before entering a mosque
  • - Respect the local customs and conservative dress codes
  • - Visit the local tourist office if you have any questions or special requests
  • - Seek the help of the touristic police if you have any difficulty
  • - Carry identification with you at all times
  • - Make sure you have taken all the required vaccinations  
  • - Drink and dive - alcohol can increase decompression sickness
  • - Assume you can pay with your credit card everywhere, always ask first
  • - Take pictures in areas where photography is prohibited
  • - Feel obliged to tip everyone
  • - Remove anything from the parks and reserves, keep them as clean as you can
  • - Leave your hotel or apartment without telling someone where you’ll be
  • - Leave your hotel or apartment without a guide or a map for reference
  • - Come to Egypt without insurance, medical treatment can be very expensive
  • - Expect Egyptians will understand your language, try to acquire some local phrases