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Pratical Information Egypt

Money and Bank Matters

The local currency is the Egyptian Pound (EGP (locally LE)). It is divided into 100 piastres. Banknotes are in denominations of £200, £100, £50, £20, £10 and £5. Coins are in denominations of 25 pt, 50pt and £1.

US Dollars, British pounds sterling and Euros are accepted everywhere although change may be given in Egyptian pounds.

 

Currency Exchange Rates

 

In Cairo there are presently sufficient money automats (ATM) from which you can obtain money. In the oases Bahariya, Siwa, Kharga and Fayoum are ATM. In the oases Farafra and Dakhla are banks, but NO money exchange-automats. At the banks you can change cash money as Euros and US Dollars into Egyptian Pounds.

The creditcards American Express, Diners Club, VISA and Mastercard are widely accepted, but it is wise to have some cash. In the Western oases the smaller hotels, restaurants and shops don't accept creditcards.

 

Banks are generally open Sunday through Thursday, 8.30 am till 14.00 pm. Bureaux de change are generally also open in the evening, 18.00 pm till 21.00 pm.

 

Currency restriction: The import and export of local currency is limited to 5,000 EGP. The import and export of foreign currency is limited to US$10,000 or equivalent.

 

Local time

UTC +2

 

Language

Arabic (official), English and European languages are often spoken in touristic areas.

 

Internet, WiFi and Email

Internet and WiFi are becoming more and more popular throughout Egypt. Nowadays many Egyptians use internet, especially in the major cities. WiFi is available at many mid-range and upper hotels throughout Egypt. You can find internet cafés (that offer high speed wifi) everywhere, also in Bahariya, Dakhla and Kharga. They charge just a few Egyptian pounds per hour.

 

If you want to use your own computer/mobile: the cheapest way is to purchase a Sim card of one of Egypt's mobile providers (Mobinil, Vodafone Egypt or Etisalat). To get a SIM card you have to visit a branch of the mobile provider, show your passport and then the provider will sell you a mobile number. Your mobile phone has to be SIM-lock free.

Each company offers high speed prepaid mobile internet services. the costs of a SIM card of 3GBs of Internet usage is about 65 EGP.

 

Electricity

Egypt's electricity is 220 Volts and normal European electric-plugs.

 

Climate

Egypt has a desert climate; hot, dry summers and moderate winters. Alexandria is the wettest region and measures about 200mm a year. The humidity is high, but luckily the prevailing sea breezes ensure less discomfort and are leally welcome. The best time to visit Alexandria is May, June and September.

The best time to visit the Western Desert of Egypt are the months September till June.

 

Weather Egypt

 

 

 

Passport, Visa, Embassies / Toursit Offices and Insurrances

Passport and Visa

Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your scheduled return home. Also check that your airline tickets are in exactly the same name as your passport. Bring with you a photocopy of the pages of your passport that contain your personal information and extra passport photographs. They are useful in the event of loss.

 

Visa fees for visiting Egypt vary according to country. Single entry visas for most nationalities can be obtained on arrival in Cairo (costs vary according to nationality) and payment must be made in Euros or in US Dollars CASH ONLY. However, citizens of the following countries are required to be in possession of a pre-arrival visa: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Lebanon, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro, The Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Thailand, Ukraine and all African countries. You can obtain tourist visas from the Egyptian consulate in your country of residence or from the airports in Cairo, Luxor, Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada and Alexandria.

Visas are valid 30-180 days. It is strongly advised, to check with your nearest Egyptian consulate to confirm the current status regarding your nationality.

Double entry (multiple-entry) visas can ONLY be obtained from overseas consulates. Alternatively, just pay for a single entry visa each time you enter the border of Egypt.

 

Those continuing their journey to a other country within 24 hours and remaining in the airport do not need a visa, providing they hold confirmed onward tickets.

 

Embassies and tourist offices

British Embassy in Egypt

18, Hassan Sabri Street

11211 Zamalek

Cairo

Tel.: +20 (2) 27395500

Fax: + 20 (2) 27365249

Email:

Website: www.ukinegypt.fco.gov.uk

Office Hours: Sun-Wed: 08:00 am - 15:30 pm and Thurs: 08:00 am - 14:00 pm  

Embassy of Egypt in the United Kingdom (London)

26 South Street

London W1K 1DW

 

Tel.: +44 20 74993304

Fax: +44 20 74911542

Email: eg.emb_london@mfa.gov.eg

Website:

Office Hours: Mon-Fri: 09:00 am -17:30 pm

 

Embassy of Australia in Egypt

World Trade Centre (11th Floor)

1191 Corniche El Nil - Bulaq

Cairo

Tel.: +20 (2) 27706600

Fax: +20 (2) 27706650

Email: cairo.austremb@dfat.gov.au

Website: www.egypt.embassy.gov.au

Office Hours:

Embassy of Egypt in Australia (Canberra)

1 Darwin Avenue

Yarralumla

ACT 2600

Tel.: +61 2 62734437

Fax: +61 2 62734279

Email: embassy.canberra@mfa.gov.eg

Website: www.egypt.org.au

Office Hours: Mon-Fri: 09:00 am -16:00 pm

 

Canadian Embassy in Egypt

26 Kamel El Shenawy Street

Garden City

Cairo

Tel.: +20 (2) 27918700

Fax: +20 (2) 27918860

Email: cairo@dfait-maeci.gc.ca

Website: www.canadainternational.gc.ca/egypt-egypte/

Office Hours: Sun-Thu: 08:30 am - 12:00 pm

Embassy of Egypt in Canada (Ottawa)

454 Laurier Avenue East

Ottawa

Ontario K1N 6R3

Tel.: +1 613 2344931

Fax: +1 613 2349347

Email: egyptemb@sympatico.ca

Website: www.mfa.gov.eg/english/embassies/Egyptian_Embassy_Ottawa

Office Hours: Mon-Fri: 09:00 am - 16:00 pm

 

Embassy of the United States in Egypt

5 Tawfik Diab Street

Garden City

Cairo

Tel.: +20 (2) 27973300

Fax: +20 (2) 27973200

Email:

Website: www.egypt.usembassy.gov

Office Hours:

Embassy of Egypt in the United States (Washington)

3521 International Court, NW

Washington

D.C. 20008

Tel.: +1 202 8955400

Fax: +1 202 2444319

Email: embassy@egyptembdc.org

Website: www.egyptembassy.net

Office Hours: 

 

 

Entry restrictions

You cannot bring more than 5,000 EGP or its equivalent into the country on arrival.

 

Pet dogs and cats must be microchipped and vaccinated for rabies, and you must complete an Egypt Veterinary Certificate. Vaccinations must be administered at least 30 days (but not more than a year) before travel.

 

Egypt duty free

The following items may be imported into Egypt by travellers over 18 without incurring customs duty:

  • 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 200g of tobacco

  • 2 liter of alcoholic beverages.

Note: You should declare currency over 500 EGP on arrival.

 

Banned imports: drugs, firearms and cotton

Banned exports: drugs, firearms and cotton. You may only export small quantities of locally bought gold and silver for personal use. And if exporting antiquities over 100 years old, you must obtain a license.

 

Travel Insurance

It is imperative that you have travel insurance. Even though they do not check any certificates when you enter the airports, for your own peace of mind and safety, make sure that you are adequately covered. Check before you leave if your insurance covers for treatment and repatriation.

 

 

 

Safety

Alcohol and Drugs

Most people in Egypt are not drinking alcohol. However they have no objection when others do. Be sure that you are not causing problems by drinking too much or drinking on the street. In the oases villages of the Western Desert you can get beer and wine in some of the restaurants.

Drugs are strictly forbidden in Egypt, also soft drugs!

 

Crime and General Safety

Egypt is generally safe and locals are extremely friendly and helpful. The crime rate in Egypt is low. While incidents of violence are rare, purse-snatching, pick-pocketing and petty theft does occur. Travelers are strongly cautioned not to leave valuables as cash, passport and important travel documents, jeweled and electronic items unsecured in hotel rooms or unattended in public places.

 

Women travelling alone into Egypt

Foreign women travelling alone in Egypt are generally very safe, however they will be noticed much less in larger cities than in smaller towns or in the oases. Should any problems, or difficulties arise, help should be sought from the police or any shopkeeper in the vicinity! Women shouldn't walk alone in isolated areas (gardens, park), especially not by evening. Though most male advances are innocent and harmless, women should not accept these advances from strangers. And dressing appropriately is just plain common sense!

 

Emergency Numbers

Police  -  122

Tourist Police  -  126

Ambulance  -  123

Fire Department - 180

 

 

 

Health Care and Vaccinations

There are no vaccinations needed to visit Egypt. You should avoid touching stray animals as rabies is prevalent throughout the country and take care if visiting street markets where poultry or other birds are present because of Avian flu. HIV and Aids is present in Egypt and you should take normal precautions to avoid exposure.

 

Hospitals and Pharmacies

Public hospitals are open to tourists. The standard of care is good in Cairo and Alexandria, with doctors speaking good English, but is of varying standard in other parts of the country. Health care provision is particularly lacking in remote rural areas, especially in the Western Desert oases and in southern Egypt.

In an emergency our team of Bedouin drivers can however call or take you to a qualified doctor. The oasis Bahariya has a hospital.

Egyptian pharmacies stock a great variety of medications, but you probably won't find the brand names you're used to. Ensure you have a good description of your current medication, however it is better that you take enough of your current medicines with you.  Depending on your needs you might be bring: lip balm, sun block with a high UV protection, a mosquito repellent, aspirin, anti-diarrhoea and wet wipes.

 

Vaccination

At this time, vaccinations are not mandatory for the Western Desert of Egypt unless you are arriving from an infected area. However, it is strongly recommended that you check and discuss this all with your travel doctor.

 

Malaria and Bilharzia

There is a minor risk of malaria in the Fayoum Oasis area, south of Cairo. Other parts of the region are not considered a malaria risk however we recommend you discuss the matter with your travel doctor. A good insect repellent is advisable, preferably one containing a high percentage of DEET.

Bilharzia (schistosomiasis), a tropical disease caused by parasites burrowing into the skin, is known to be present in the Nile Delta and the Nile Valley. You should avoid swimming and wading in their waters. Avoid touching any stagnant water as this, too, may result in bilharzia.

 

Sun

Avoid long exposure to the sun, which can be intense. Use sun cream (high factor), a hat or a shawl covering your head, wear sunglasses and wear light cotton clothing (shirts/blouses-long sleeved). And drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and sunburn.

 

Insurance

Adequate health insurance that covers your for treatment, local hospitalisation and medical repatriation to your country of residence is strongly advised for any trip to Egypt, and its conditions for health precautions understood. Ensure you have access to funds should you be asked to pay for medical services, and always obtain a receipt for your insurance company. If you are referred to a medical centre or hospital seek the advice of your insurance company without delay.

Please, for your own peace of mind and safety, make sure that you are adequately covered.

 

AdventureSafari is not responsible for the costs which cannot be recovered on your travel insurance. And carry no responsibility when you can't take part in the activities because of health problems. When health problems arise during travel we'll do our utmost to help and assist you as the best we can.

 

Drink and Food

During the expeditions and safaris sufficiently safe drinking water is available. Drink no water from the tap. Everywhere you can buy mineral water, but check the seal of the bottle is intact. Also avoid unbottled beverages and ice.

 

During our stay in the desert, delicious Bedouin meals are prepared with fresh vegetables, meat and other ingredients.

If you eat at restaurants make sure any meat, seafood or egg-based dishes is thoroughly cooked. It is advisable to avoid street vendors.

 

 

 

Culture

You are traveling through a country with an Arab culture, which means other habits and uses. The majority of people in Egypt follow the Muslim faith. 90% of the inhabitants are (Sunni) Muslim. About 9% are Coptic Christians. Dress code to them is of particular importance and it is suggested that women try to dress fairly conservatively in order not to offend the local people. This also protects you against the sun.

 

Visiting a Mosque

In Cairo you can visit Mosques like the Mosque of Ibn Tulun, Mosque of Sultan Hassan or the Mohammed Ali Mosque at the Citadel. They are open routinely to non-Muslim visitors, although anyone not worshipping should avoid prayer times, especially the main service at noon on Friday. Elsewhere in the country, mosques are not used to seeing tourists and locals may object to your presence. Tread with care and if at all possible ask someone to take you in.

At all mosques, dress is important. Shorts or short skirts are out and your legs, shoulders and arms have to be covered, and at some places women may be asked to cover their hair. Remove your shoes upon entering the precinct.

 

Ramadan

Ramadan is important for Muslims because it is believed to be the month in which the first verses of the Holy Qur'an were revealed by Allah to the Prophet Muhammad (570-632 C.E.). During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset, every day. This means not consuming food, cigarettes and drink, including water, during daylight hours. For married adults, it also includes refraining from marital relations during the hours of fasting.

Ramadan occurs in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is an exciting time. In the evening there is a celebratory atmosphere as people break their fast. Then there is a lot of activity on the street, sometimes until the sun comes up. To witness this all is a real highlight. However, during the day, people must refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual activity, so if you encounter someone who is a bit grumpy, be sympathetic! Sometimes restaurants are closed during daytimes. But our team of Bedouins like to make your lunch although they can not join you. Ramadan is an interesting time, although you do need to be flexible, sympathetic and sensitive. In 2016 Ramadan starts on June 7 and finishes on the July 7 with the Eid el-Fitr feast.

 

Major Public Holidays 2016

Coptic Christmas - January 7

Coptic New Year - January 14

Revolution Day - January 25

Sinai Liberation Day - April 25

Coptic Easter - April 30 (movable)

Labour Day - May 1

Sham el-Nessim (Spring Festival) - May 2 (movable)

Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan - lesser Bairam Feast - Breakfast feast) - July 7 (movable)

1952 Revolution Day (National Day Egypt) - July 23

Eid al-Adha (Qurban - Sacrifice feast) - September 11 (movable)

Islamic New Year - October 3 (movable)

Egyptian Armed Forces Day (victory day 1973) - October 6

Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) Birthday - December 12 (movable)

Victory day - December 23

 

 

Tipping

In Arabic, tipping is called 'baksheesh' and although not obligatory, it is customary to tip in Egypt. It is traditional to take up a collection at the end of the tour is given to all members of the team. There is no standard amount one should tip, however depending on the quality of service drivers/tourleaders/cook can be tipped between the 100 LE and 125 LE per person per day. This gesture of thanks, left up to each participant according to his/her satisfaction, is always appreciated.

 

 

 

Travel Information

Package List (tips)

For the desert tours smooth travel bags as an overnight bag or a backpack is necessary, no trunk.

What to pack:

  • sleeping bag

  • small pillow

  • sandals

  • good walking shoes

  • alarm clock

  • torch

  • jacket or a fleece sweater (from November till March it can be cold at evening and nights)

  • sunglasses

  • head cover (sun protection)

  • jeans

  • blouses with long sleeves (also protection against the sun)

  • socks, shawl and a warm sweater (from November till March it can be cold at night)

  • camera gear

  • spare batteries for any electronically operated equipment

  • swimsuit (sometimes we stop at a hot spring)

  • towels

  • wet wipes for cleaning

  • small backpack

  • copy of passport

  • copy of your travel insurance

Damage and Loss

Adventure Safari can not been caused responsible for damage, loss or lesion to the traveler by supremacy situations and other circumstances which more reasonable manner cannot be prevented. Also through the unexpected in terms of mechanical problems, or as the National Authorities may change regulations of access to restricted areas, weather and terrain can be the cause that we may have to change our program. Therefore it's very important to check your own travel-insurance.

 

Cars

Recent model, air conditioned mini-buses and buses are used for all transfers.

Well maintained Toyota Land Cruisers are used in the desert.

 

Accommodation

  • 3 star hotels in Cairo

  • camping in the desert

  • (Bedouin style) guesthouses and simple hotels with own toilet and bathroom in the oases

  • apartments in Alexandria

Program

The day to day itineraries are subject to change and modification if deemed necessary because of reasons of safety and in case of emergency. Also flexibility is required in planning as the National Authorities may change regulations of access to restricted areas and through the unexpected in terms of mechanical problems, a change in weather- and terrain conditions. One of these cases, can be the cause that we may have to change our program. Our guides are qualified to handle the situation and to make the necessary decisions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Terms

 

Prices

The price is the one given on this site at the time of your reservation.

Prices on this site are given in EUROS per person.

 

Reservations

Reservations have to be done by e-mail. From the reservation date until 21 days before the tour's actual date, 10% of the price announced must be paid. The balance must be paid 15 days before your arrival.

For all reservations less than 21 days from the actual tour's date, the full amount must be paid. 

 

Payment

Payments are made directly to our account via bank transfer after which you will receive a receipt.

 

Travel Insurance

It is imperative that you have travel insurance. Even though they do not check any certificates when you enter the airports, for your own peace of mind and safety, make sure that you are adequately covered. Check before you leave if your insurance covers for treatment and repatriation.

AdventureSafari is not responsible for the costs which cannot be recovered on your travel insurance. And carry no responsibility when you can't take part in the activities because of health problems. When health problems arise during travel we'll do our utmost to help and assist you as the best we can.

 

Tipping

It is customary to tip in Egypt. It is traditional to take up a collection at the end of the tour is given to all members of the team. There is no standard amount one should tip, however depending on the quality of service drivers/tourleaders/cook can be tipped between the 100 LE and 125 LE per person per day. This gesture of thanks, left up to each participant according to his/her satisfaction, is always appreciated. 

 

Program

The day to day itineraries are subject to change and modification if deemed necessary because of reasons of safety and in case of emergency. Also flexibility is required in planning as the National Authorities may change regulations of access to restricted areas and through the unexpected in terms of mechanical problems, a change in weather- and terrain conditions. One of these cases, can be the cause that we may have to change our program. Our guides are qualified to handle the situation and to make the necessary decisions.

 

Damage and Loss

AdventureSafari can not been caused responsible for damage, loss or lesion to the traveller by supremacy situations and other circumstances which more reasonable manner cannot be prevented. Also through the unexpected in terms of mechanical problems, or as the National Authorities may change regulations of access to restricted areas, weather and terrain can be the cause that we may have to change our program. Therefore it's very important to check your own travel-insurance.

 

Legal responsibilities

AdventureSafari conform to all laws regulating our profession, we are aware of our civil and professional responsibilities. However, we are not accountable for an individual's civil liabilities, for those each client is responsible.

 

Cancellations

In case of cancellation on your part:

  • over 30 days before arrival date, a penalty of 50 euros per person will be charged

  • from 30 to 21 days before the arrival date, 25% of the trip's price will be retained

  • from 20 to 10 days before the arrival date, 50% of the trip's price will be retained

  • from 9 to 2 days before the arrival date, 80% of the trip's price will be retained

  • from 2 days to the arrival date, the full amount of the trip's price will be forfeited

All cancellations must be communicated by e-mail with a delivery confirmation.

 

 

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