Useful Tips


TIME
Eastern Time + 7 HRS ahead

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS & VISA
all visitors must have valid passport (cannot expire within 6 months of traveling).
Visa can be authorized at airports of entry for U.S citizens, other nationalities, please contact Egyptian consulate in your home country before making your travel plans.
Our representative or hotel reception desk will require your passport to be register with tourist police within 7 days of arrival.

HEALTH REGULATIONS
Vaccinations may be required against yellow fever if arriving within 6 days after leaving or transiting infected areas. Otherwise, if arriving from US or Europe, no vaccinations of any kind are required.

CURRENCY                                                    
Exchange your money @ banks or @ your hotel. ATMs are also available.
Dollar bills are accepted.

BANKING HOURS
8:30 to 13:00 & 16:30 to 19:30= Mon – Thu. *10:00 to 12:00= Sun.

SHOPS
9:00AM to 1:00PM and 4:30PM to 7:30PM.  Most shops in the Khan El Khalili Bazaar remain open until 9:00PM.  Most shops are closed on Sundays.

REMEMBER TO PACK
Talcum powder to help keep you cool.  Mosquito repellent.  Sun Block.  And a hat! A flashlight will come in handy for the dim light of the tombs and museums.

HEALTH PRECAUTIONS
Drink only bottled water with no ice!  Eat in the hotel restaurants or in the leading restaurants.  Be sure your food is well cooked.  Peel all your fruits and eat only vegetables that have been cooked or that you can peel.  In the summer months drink plenty of bottled water, carry some with you at all times while sightseeing.  Be careful of fruit juices as they may be diluted with local water.  Carry a bottle of medication for upset stomachs.  Pack sunscreen!

HELPFUL HINTS
If you are planning to ride camels by the Pyramids, wear slacks or jeans.  Do not be tempted to have pictures taken with borrowed headdress.

ELECTRICITY
220 volts, 50 cycles AC in Cairo and most areas except in Alexandria, in Heliopolis and in Maadi where the electricity is 110 volts AC 50 cycles.  Wall plugs are the round, two-pronged European type.  Bring a converter with you to charge electric razors, camera batteries, etc…

WHAT TO WEAR
Winter months: Bring sweaters and a light coat for cool evenings.  Women should bring slacks or walking (long) shorts for sightseeing, long sleeved dress, Men should bring a jacket for nightclub visits. Pack a bathing suit if visiting Aswan and Luxor or if taking a Nile Cruise. Summer months: Lightweight clothing, a sweater for cool Cairo evenings.  AT ALL TIMES: Modesty in clothing should be observed, wear bathing suits and shorts at the beach or swimming pools only.  A good rule is to cover your back and shoulders outside of the hotel area.  Women should cover their arms when visiting mosques.  Bring comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing and walking on desert sand.  Sunglasses, as well as sun visors, hats and scarves are recommended as protection against the strong sun.  On a Nile cruise dress is strictly informal.

SHOPPING
Cairo is a shopping adventure. Buy brass, copper, and inlaid wooden articles, silver and gold jewelry, leather shoes, bags and belts, cotton goods and perfumes, have a gold cartouche made with your name written in hieroglyphics.  Be sure that the letters are soldered and not glued on.  Have a kaftan of pure Egyptian cotton tailor made in two days.  Shop at the Khan El Khalili Bazaar for a better variety of interesting and artistic goods. You should be able to bargain prices that were originally quoted to you.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Make sure you take enough card memory & batteries, as these are very expensive in Egypt.  You will need flash to photograph inside monuments.  The sun is very bright, for outdoor pictures take a light meter and low ASA film.  Take high ASA film for indoor shots.  You need special permission from the Ministry of Culture and information to take pictures in the Egyptian Museum, some of the Tombs and the Coptic Museum.  Keep your camera in a plastic bag to protect it from the fine sand and dust.  You cannot photograph bridges, dams, ports, airports and other restricted areas that are clearly marked.  Expect to pay small tips for pictures or video filming.

HOLIDAYS
he weekly day of rest is Friday.  Islam is the principal religion of Egypt.  Islamic holidays are based on the lunar calendar and change every year.

CREDIT CARDS
American Express, Master Card, and Visa are accepted in major hotels and shops, however, most of the Nile Cruises will not accept Credit Cards, SO please make sure to have Egyptian Pounds from any ATM machine the night before you check out of the Nile Cruise. 

EMERGENCY NUMBERS
Police: 122 
Ambulance: 123  
Fire: 125