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Egypt's archaeological attractions and monuments are well known throughout the world- the pyramids, underground tombs, desert monasteries, beautiful mosques and stone portals. However, what make this country really memorable are the friendliness of the locals and the languid pace of life here. The timeless desert villages, Cairo's bustling lifestyle and Alexandria's Mediterranean flavour are all highly recommended.

The highlight of Egypt includes the awe-inspiring pyramids, ancient tombs and the Pharaoh temples. The Valley of Kings located in Luxor is where the tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered. All the precious finds of the tomb can still be found in Cairo's Egyptian Museum. Cosmopolitan Cairo is packed with medieval mosques and schools, soaring minarets and beautiful medieval Islam architecture.

Egypt is also a very popular destination for pilgrims that travel from every part of the world to visit Saint Catherine's Monastery, protecting the mighty Mount Sinai. Constantly inhabited for over 1,600 years, the monastery is considered to be one of the holiest places for Muslims, Jews and Christians, featuring rare documents and priceless art.

Egypt's Red Sea coastline is rugged and wild with a desert quality to it. There are a number of beautiful beaches along the coastline with offshore coral reef, colourful fish and underwater wrecks that make snorkelling a very rewarding activity.

The desert landscapes of Egypt can be enjoyed in a number of ways, from the top of Mount Sinai or from Siwa Oasis's hot springs. The desert covers almost 95% of Egypt and is endlessly fascinating in all that it offers.

Egypt is a land when time stands still, where life moves on at a slower pace and where the infinite sea and sand expanses provide plenty of ways to relax and unwind.

Tourist Offices - Egyptian Tourism Authority, Cairo: +20 (0)2 285 3576 or http://touregypt.net/tourism

 

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Entry Requirements for Egypt Holidays & Egypt Travel

Visa requirements change at short notice. With the exception of travellers from the US, Canada and EU countries, all visitors must register with the police within one week of arrival; this can usually be organised by a hotel. Passports must be valid for at least two months beyond the period of visit.


- For Australians - Australians must have a passport valid for at least two months beyond period of intended stay, and a visa is required. A 30-day visa can be obtained on arrival provided the purpose of travel is for tourism. For travellers just travelling to the south Sinai resorts, a free 14-day visa can be obtained on arrival.


- New Zealand citizens must have a passport valid for at least two months beyond period of intended stay, and a visa is required. A 30-day visa can be obtained on arrival provided the purpose of travel is for tourism. For travellers just travelling to the south Sinai resorts, a free 14-day visa can be obtained on arrival.


- US citizens must have a passport valid for at least two months beyond period of intended stay, and a visa is required. A 30-day visa can be obtained on arrival provided the purpose of travel is for tourism. For travellers just travelling to the south Sinai resorts, a free 14-day visa can be obtained on arrival.


- US citizens must have a passport valid for at least two months beyond period of intended stay, and a visa is required. A 30-day visa can be obtained on arrival provided the purpose of travel is for tourism. For travellers just travelling to the south Sinai resorts, a free 14-day visa can be obtained on arrival.


- UK citizens must have a passport valid for two months beyond the period of intended stay, and a visa is required. A 30-day visa can be obtained on arrival provided the purpose of travel is for tourism. For travellers just travelling to the south Sinai resorts, a free 14-day visa can be obtained on arrival. UK visitors coming into Egypt for a short stay must register with the Office of Foreigners and Nationality within seven days of arrival; hotels will usually take care of this for guests.

 

Egypt Holidays - Currency of Egypt

The unit of currency is the Egyptian Pound (EGP), which is divided into 100 piastres. Most credit cards are accepted in major hotels and restaurants. Visitors are advised to take travellers cheques in US Dollars or Pounds to avoid additional exchange rate charges. Banks are usually closed on Friday and Saturday, but private exchange bureaux, called 'Forex', are open daily and banks in major hotels are open 24 hours. Cairo branches of the Egyptian British Bank and Banque Misr now have ATMs available that accept Visa, MasterCard and Cirrus and are quite common in the main tourist areas.

 

Egypt Telephone Access Codes and Communications

The international access code for Egypt is +20. The outgoing code is 00 followed but the relevant country code (e.g. 0027 for South Africa). The city code for Cairo is (0)2. There are high surcharges on international calls from hotels; it is cheaper to phone long-distance from the 24-hour Post, Telephone and Telegraph (PTT) offices that are available in the major cities. For international directory phone enquiries dial 120. The local mobile phone operators use GSM 900 networks and have roaming agreements with all major operators. Internet cafes are available in the main tourist areas.

 

Egypt Duty Free Allowances & Restrictions

Travellers arriving in Egypt do not have to pay customs duty on 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 200g tobacco; alcoholic beverages up to 1 litre; perfume for personal use and 1 litre of eau de cologne; and goods for consumption to the value of E100. Prohibited items include narcotics and drugs.

 

Egypt Holidays & Packages- Tipping Information

Tipping is known as 'baksheesh' and some small change is expected for most services, though small change can be hard to come by. 'Baksheesh' can be a useful practice in order to gain entry to seemingly inaccessible places, or for extra services- a small tip can open doors, literally. A service charge is added to most restaurant and hotel bills but a 5% tip is normally given directly to the waiter. Taxi drivers are tipped about 10%.


 

 

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