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Egypt uses 220V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type F.
The languages that are typically spoken are Arabic
Egypt uses the Egyptian pound (symbol: E£), code EGP.Banknotes come in denominations of 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 pounds. Pound is subdivided into 100 piastres. Coins come in denominations of 1 pound and 50 and 25 piastres.
Automatic teller machines are rare in Egypt. Your best bet is to look for them in large cities and community places.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in Egypt is on average 1.7 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Egypt is low. It is not as easy to find one.
You can buy a SIM card for about 72.36 EGP, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: Etisalat, Orange, Vodafone or WE (by Telecom Egypt). Egypt uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Egypt upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Egypt, dial +, then 20 (the country code for Egypt), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number. For local calls within Egypt, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 2 .
In Egypt you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 100 km/h (62 mph) on motorways, 100 km/h (62 mph) on expressways, 60 km/h (37 mph) in all built-up areas and 90 km/h (55 mph) on undivided highways.
Import and export information
Egyptian raw leather goods.
All items on prohibited to import list.
A maximum of E£5000 may be taken out of Egypt.
Tobacco:200 grams of cigarettes;
Tobacco:25 cigars; or
Tobacco:200 grams of tobacco.
Alcohol:Funds of US$10,000 (or its foreign equivalent) or more must be declared to the customs authorities.
Alcohol:A maximum of E£5000 may be brought into Egypt.
Currency:Funds of US$10,000 (or its foreign equivalent) or more must be declared to the customs authorities.
Currency:A maximum of E£5000 may be brought into Egypt.
Other items:Personal goods, including jewellery, electronics, sports equipment, and musical instruments.
Other items:New goods up to a value of E£1500.
Other items:Medicines for personal use accompanied by a doctor's prescription.
Firearms and ammunition, as well as toys in the shape of firearms.
Explosives and fireworks.
The following plants and their derivative products: mangos, citrus fruits, palm trees, fruit seeds, cotton seeds, and soil.
Honey and its derivative products.
Endangered animals, plants, and their derivative products protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) may require protected species permits. For further information, please visit CITES.
It is recommended that travellers are up to date on routine vaccinations including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), varicella (chickenpox), polio, and yearly flu shots.
A hepatitis A vaccination is recommended as travellers may contract hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Egypt, regardless of where they are eating or staying.
A hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for those who may have sexual contact with a new partner, who may get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
A typhoid vaccination is recommended for most travellers, especially those staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or for those that are adventurous eaters.
A rabies vaccination is recommended for those planning an outdoor holiday, for wildlife professionals such as veterinarians and researchers, for those who are taking a long trip or moving to Egypt, and children as they are more likely to receive animal bites.
Dengue and African tick-bite fever are diseases carried by insects that occur in Africa. For information on disease prevention, please visit the CDCInsect Protection Advice.
H5N1 Avian Influenza cases have been reported in Egypt. For further information, please visit the CDCAvian Flu Advice.