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General Travel, Medical and Health issues, Visa Info, Prices, Temperature etc.


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GENERAL TRAVEL INFORMATION:
Population: 66 million
Capital City: Cairo
People: Egyptian
Religion: Muslim (predominately), Christianity
Language: Arabic, English, French
Currency: Egyptian pound - SEE CURRENCY CONVERTER AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE
Flight time: Approximately 6 hours (from UK)
Time difference: GMT+2 hrs (Wintertime) GMT+1 hr (Summertime)
Main Tourist Resorts: Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Sinai, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada and Alexandria
Approximate Prices (UK): Soft Drink 1.00, Glass of Beer 2.00 and 3 Course Meal 10.00

VISA / PASSPORT
All visitors on Egyptian holidays to the country's main destinations, (e.g. Luxor, Cairo) must obtain a tourist visa and have a passport that is valid for at least six months with at least one blank page. Visas are available from Egyptian consulates abroad but most people get them on the spot at the airport on arrival. It is generally cheaper, though you may have to queue for a while to complete the painless process. The visa allows you to stay in Egypt for one month. British and other EU nationals travelling to Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Newiba and Taba resorts only, for up to 14 days do not (at present) require a visa prior to travelling and shall receive a free entry permission stamp upon arrival. Please note visa requirements do change so for up-to-date information you should always contact your nearest Egyptian Consulate before departure. Remember to keep a photocopy of all the important pages of any documents, in case they are lost or stolen. (E.G. passport, medical insurance) If you are already in Egypt and need to find the address of a foreign embassy click here.

TEMPERATURE
The North Coast and Delta regions of Egypt, which includes the cities of Cairo and Alexandria, are influenced by the Mediterranean climatic zone. Whilst a subtropical climate controls the rest of Egypt.

The climate can be summarized as mild, with temperatures increasing as you travel further south. This means that Cairo can be chilly from December to February, and very hot from June to September, though the heat is often relieved by a northerly breeze. At night there can be a noticeable drop in temperature.

Peak temperatures in upper Egypt, which cover the months May to October can soar to well over 100ºF. However Egypt's high temperatures are usually compensated by extremely low humidity. Rainfall is minimal throughout the year. For real time temperatures click here

Average temperatures and hours of sunshine in two cities.

City Cairo Aswan
Month Jan   Apr   Jun   Oct    Jan   Apr   Jul   Oct
Average temp - ºF Daytime  57     73     81     70  61    82     90     66
Average temp - ºF Nighttime  59     77     86      77    54    77    97     77
Sunshine -  hours per day    12    13      14      13  12     13   13      13



HEALTH AND MEDICAL ISSUES
You have to be aware that there are potential health hazards when travelling in Egypt, however it is fair to say that the vast majority of tourists suffer nothing worse than a bout of diarrhoea.

Egyptian chemists are well trained and they have a wide range of drugs available to them. If however, you feel the service of a doctor is required your tour operator representative will be able to arrange this for you.

Although there are no requirements for travellers to have innoculations when visiting Egypt it is strongly recommended that you discuss this and all your health requirements with your doctor.

Other things to avoid suffering from are; heatstroke, exhaustion and dehydration. Drink plenty of bottled water and try to sit in the shade during the hottest hours of the day.

Mosquitoes can be a problem. Use repellent creams to stop them feeding on you!! The worst time for getting bitten is after dusk. For more indepth advice on medical matters see our Around Luxor and Nile Cruise ebooks.

PLEASE BE AWARE THESE NOTES ARE ONLY TO BE USED AS A GUIDE AND SHOULD NOT BE USED AS A SUBSITUTE FROM OBTAINING FULL MEDICAL ADVICE FROM YOUR OWN DOCTOR OR HEALTH CENTRE BEFORE YOU TRAVEL AS THEY WILL HAVE UP TO DATE INFORMATION.

Arabic for the three Emergency Services (which hopefully you will never need) :-
The Police - el bolees
An Ambulance - el is'aef
Fire Service - el ma Taefi

PRICES / HAGGLING / SHOPPING
Shopping is an exciting part of your holiday experience and time is usually allowed on some sightseeing tours for browsing and buying. Don't be afraid to bargain for the best price. Bartering is a way of life in Egypt and like it, or not, as a tourist you either have to play the game, or pay a high price.

For most tourists the idea of bartering is daunting and to be avoided at all costs. Whilst a few absolutely revel in the idea. Personally, I've got better at it and have even learnt a few tricks along the way. But whenever I return to Egypt the first few days are always a refresher course whilst I get back into the swing of things. One point to remember, if you are taken for a ride, and find you've paid a fortune for that pair of leather sandles that turn out to be camel skin, don't dwell on it. Simply learn from your experience and don't let it spoil the rest of your holiday. It happens to the best of us. I once paid 50 for two small papyrus pictures! The seller probably went on holiday with his profit on the sale.

Still not sure its for you?!
If you really do not fancy honing your bartering skills with the locals, then the solution to your problem is to buy all your presents and souveneirs at the 'fixed price' government shops. These can be found in most of the hotels and on the Nile cruise boats. It certainly makes life easier and in some cases it guarantees quality of goods - as in gold items. However the cost of everything will be greater. But that's the price (forgive the pun) you have to pay for hassle free shopping.

Egyptian markets sell a huge variety of locally manufactured products and handicrafts. Khan El-Khalili is the most famous suq (market) in Cairo and is well known for its gold, silver and brass goods which demonstrate the skill of Egypt's craftsmen. Leather products and jewellery are attractive and relatively inexpensive.

For more information see our
Egyptian Travel eBooks: and Nile Cruise Paperback These books contains illustrations, anecdotes, hints and tips, personal examples, phrases, local dishes, suggestions, facilities, general information, hassle and bartering tips, useful links, recommendations, boat layout, entertainment, more detailed schedule etc.

HAVE FUN!!

Me
Me, at the Temple of Medinet Habu, Luxor.


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