Travel Tips

Egyptian customs

• Egyptians are very kind, welcoming, and friendly. They love tourists and love to showcase their country.
• When greeting local Egyptian, please avoid hugs and kisses
• Local men and women hug and kiss that of the same sex on the streets. Affection between men and women is very private.

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Flights & luggage

• Please check in with Egypt Air at LEAST 3 hours prior to the departuretime.
• Egypt Air closes their check in counters an hour prior the flight’s departure time.
• Egypt Air allows 2 pieces of luggage, 50 pounds (23 kilograms) EACH,and a carry on.
• Domestic carriers in the U.S. allow 50 pounds only. Please check with your local carrier for their own restrictions.
• Please do NOT check your luggage all the way to Cairo. Upon arrival in JFK, please claim your luggage and hand them to Egypt Air.

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Passport and Visa

• Passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the travel date.
• The cost of the visa is calculated in the cost of your tour package.

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Health Precautions
• There are no necessary inoculations before traveling to Egypt.
• Bring an anti diarrhea medication with you JUST IN CASE.

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Money and currency

• Current exchange rate 1 Dollar = 5.32 Egyptian Pounds
• Credit cards, debit cards, and Travelers checks are accepted at major stores and hotels. ATM machines are available in most hotels.
• Egypt’s currency is the Egyptian pound. The currency denominations are 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, & 100.
• United States dollars, Euros, British pounds, and Egyptian pounds are accepted everywhere.
• Exchanging money in Egypt is much cheaper than exchanging money abroad. We recommend exchanging your money in the hotel.
• Please bring money in small denominations (5, 10, 20) of your local currency to be used for shopping.

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Photography

• Bring a large capacity memory cards or lots of high speed film.
• Photography is not allowed in tombs, however it is allowed in most temples. Your guide will let you know whether or not it is permissible to take photos.

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Water & food

• Drink only bottled mineral water.
• Try to avoid raw vegetables for the first couple of days until your system gets used to the new bacteria.
• All foods in the hotels, local restaurants that Guardian Travel recommends, and Nile cruises are safe to eat.
• Peel the skin off all raw fruits and vegetables.
• If you have any dietary restriction, please notify us before your departure.

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Shopping in Egypt

• In Egypt you can find the following items:
Jewelry, oriental carpets, Papyrus, essential perfume oils, cotton and textile products, statues, and much more.
• Bargaining for a product is accepted in Egypt.

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Climate

• Egypt has a very dry climate with plenty of sun shine.
• Due to its desert climate, temperatures drop rapidly during the evening.
• Bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
Click here for average year-round temperatures

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Clothing

• Make sure you bring a pair of VERY COMFORTABLE walking shoes that you break in before traveling.
• Cotton clothes are recommended.
• Egypt is a conservative country therefore we recommend wearing casual clothing while touring and dressing conservatively when visiting a Church or a Mosque.
• Women can wear slacks, capris and short sleeves shirts.
• Shorts are not recommends for both men and women while sightseeing.
• Skirts are not recommended during sightseeing as we will do some climbing at some sites.
• When we are on board the Nile cruise or in the hotel, you can wear more relaxed clothes.
• Shorts, skirts, and sleeveless shirts can be worn inside the hotels and Nile cruises.
• Walking shoes are recommended over sandals as most sites have lots of sand and rocks.
• Bring a light jacket or sweater as it can be a bit chilly at night.

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Time

•Egypt is 7 hours ahead of the United States Eastern Standard time or
2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

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Electric current

• Voltage in Egypt is 220-240 volts/ 50 cycles.
• Wall plugs are the round two-pronged European style.
• American electronics will not work in Egypt without a transformer and a converter.
• Most new laptops and electronics are equipped to operate between 100-240 volts. Please check your devices before your departure.

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Essential items to pack

Passport
Airline Tickets
A copy of passport and airline tickets
Money
Medications
Camera, memory cards, or films
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Flashlight
VERY COMFORTABLE walking shoes
Sweater or light jacket
Hat
A change of clothes in your carry on just in case if your luggage don’t arrive on time.

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Language

• Arabic is the main language in Egypt, however English, Spanish, Italian, and French are widely spoken.

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Useful Arabic words

YES: Naa`am.

NO: LA` A

PLEASE: MIN FUD LUCK

THANK YOU: SHUK RUN

YOU'RE WELCOME: AF WAN

OKAY: MA SHE OR HA DIR

HELLO: AH LAN

GOOD MORNING: SA BAAH EL KHAIR

GOOD EVENING: MA SAA EL KHAIR

WATER: MY~YA

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?: BE CAM

GOD WILLING: IN SHAA ALLAH

1- WA HID 11- HE DA SHIR
2- ETH NAIN 12- ET NA SHIR
3- THA LA THA 13- TA LAT TASHIR
4- AR BA`A 14- AR BAA TASHIR
5- K`HAM SA 15- KH MASS TASHIR
6- SIT TA 16- SIT TASHIR
7- SAB AA 17- SA BAA TASHIR
8- THA MAN IA 18- TA MUN TASHIR
9- TIS AA 19- TIS AA-TA-SHIR
10- ASHA RA 20- ESH REEN

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