From the pyramids of Giza to the tombs of Luxor, Egypt is an enchanting destination with a fascinating history. It is the link between North Africa and the Middle East, with influences from both evident throughout the country.
With over 1,200 kilometers of coastline along the Red Sea, eastern Egypt is a popular resort area for sun seekers and scuba divers. The capital city of Cairo is not as popular with travelers, but Old Cairo is well-preserved.
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Currency: Egyptian pound can be withdrawn from ATMs throughout Egypt, however keep in mind that smaller cities or towns may not have access to ATMs and its recommended to withdraw cash and take it with you.
Power Points: Most power points are the same as most European power points (2 circular prongs). Obviously I would recommend you take a Travel Adapter especially for non Europeans.
Official Language: The official language of Egypt is Arabic.
Health: There are a few major health concerns in Egypt for travellers such as Waterborne, foodborne and other infectious diseases. I would recommend that you contact your doctor a few weeks before you travel as in some cases you need to start any medication a few days before your trip or you may need to get a vaccination.
Drinking Tap Water: The tap water is generally unsafe to drink, its recommend to only drink bottled water.
Visa: Travellers will need a visa to enter Egypt. An eVisa is available for one or multiple entries. If you require a vise for entry, check out eVisa Egypt.
Popular foods: – Ful Medames (paste of mashed broad (fava) beans flavored with garlic and olive oil). – Tamiya (mashed fava beans and parsley). – Kebab or Kofta (Flame-grilled chunks of lamb (kebab) and spiced minced meat made into a sausage and grilled on a skewer (kofta). – Mahalabiya (rosewater-flavored ground rice dessert, topped with toasted nuts and cinnamon).
When to go: The majority of tourists enjoy travelling to Egypt in the winter or during the so-called shoulder seasons. Spring or fall are considered the shoulder seasons. Traveling between October and April will provide you the finest weather, but you can expect higher costs and more people.
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