General information on egypt
No country on earth boasts a longer recorded history than does Egypt, the Eternal "Gift of the Nile" as described by the Historian Herodotus.
A statement as true as today as it has been through the fifty centuries of Egypt's extraordinary history.
Egypt occupies the North-Eastern part of Africa and encroaches on Asia in the Sinai Peninsula, covers an area of 1.001.400 square kilometers, with a population of 60 million living mainly on the Nile River banks. The very existence of the country depends on the slender ribbon of the Nile, (the world's largest river.
Egypt named by the Pharaohs, the oldest civilization in the world. How could you miss one third of the world's treasures - Which Luxor has There is so much to do and see all over Egypt - this lovely warm land with its charming and hospitable people. Your one and only problem is likely to be time - you may never want to leave
 
  The capital: Cairo.
Currency: The Egyptian Pound (LE or EGL) is divided into 100 pilasters. It is allowed to import and export any amount in foreign currency. Weights & Measures : Metric system. Time : GMT + 2 hours, and + 3 hours for summer time (from May 1st to October 1st)

Health regulations: Certificate of inoculation against is required for travelers from affected countries. Customs : Personal effects are admitted duty free.

Cairo International Airport: 14 Miles from the city centre.
Business Hours: Banks: from 08.00 a.m to 02.00 p.m, Sunday though Thursday and closed on Fridays and Saturdays. Governments Offices: from 09.00 a.m to 02.00 P.m, closed on Fridays.
Commercial Offices: from 08.30 a.m to 05.00 p.m, closed on Fridays or Sundays. Shops : generally open from 09.00 a.m to 09.00 p.m and closed on Sundays.

 
  Climate: mild with temperatures increasing as you travel from north to south. Cairo can be chilly from December to February, and very hot from June to September, through the traveler is often relieved by a northerly breeze with temperatures dropping during the night. Peak temperatures in Upper Egypt from May to October are usually compensated for by extremely low humidity.

Clothing:
In summer, light cotton garments and in wintar woolens. Respectively, in the evening a sweater and an overcoat may be needed. In all seasons light walking shoes and a hat are essential and avoid very brief clothing as the norm is semi conservative attire.

Handy Items Include: Sun-glasses, sun oil a pocket torch and binoculars.
Electric Current: 220 volts, 50 cycles .
Sockets take the standard continental European round-prond plug. American appliances will need adapter plug and transformers.

Language: Arabic is the spoken language in Egypt. The most common foreign languages spoken by Egypt-tans are English with the French a close second, perhaps also German and Italian.

 
 

Shopping: Egypt offers many "best buys", such as silver , leather, gold, mother-of-pearl, brass, copper and ala- buster. In winter, most shops are open twice daily.

Passport & Visa: All Egyptian consulates grant entry visa.
Passport authorities at all ports of entry are also am- powered to grant visa on spot. Passports must be valid for at least three months subsequent to the date of the pass- port visit. For more than seven days it is necessary to register - all passports this can be done via local police station but is easier done by giving all passports to hotel reception - who will make the necessary arrangements free of charge. Group visas are granted on a group passport on condition that the visit is organized via a travel agency and that members remain in the group.

Currency Regulations: Egyptian currency may not be taken in or out of the country, individual visitors must declare on entry any foreign currency they are carrying.
Photography: At Luxor and Aswan, there is a fee for video filming on an hourly basis. There is no charge for still photography.

 
 
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