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The exotic appeal of Egyptian holidays shows no sign of slowing down.
Here are some tips about preparing for and enjoying your visit to this magical North African country:
No Visa needed for tourist destinations like Sharm El Sheikh or other popular resorts like Taba, as long as you aren’t staying for longer than 14 days.
For other destinations, UK citizens need a Visa available on arrival; you must have a passport that will be valid for 6 months after your departure from Egypt. Visas are usually for 1 month. You can get your visa before you leave from the Egyptian Consulate which will avoid the queues at the airport.
No compulsory vaccinations for your cheap Egypt holiday but you might want to make sure your protection against the following diseases is up to date:
• Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria and Tuberculosis
• Hepatitis E and B
• Biharzia present in Nile Delta and Valley – avoid swimming or wading in river water
Egyptian tap water is heavily chlorinated and may not be palatable. Use bottled water for drinking and teeth brushing. Check bottle seals aren’t broken when purchasing.
What to wear
Light, loose cotton clothing is best at the height of summer. Women are advised to dress conservatively especially if you are visiting religious buildings; cover shoulders and legs to respect the culture and avoid unnecessary attention.
The Egyptian Pound is the national currency (LE – Livre Egyptienne). Currently the exchange rate is almost 10 LE to £1 but check the rates before you leave for your cheap Egypt holiday.
Exchange your money on arrival for a better exchange rate. There are ATMs in the major towns and in many hotels but they can be a little unreliable. Debit and credit cards are often declined at your first attempt to pay. Be persistent!
The whole tipping thing in Egypt
Baksheesh or tipping is expected on tourist sites and resorts. Remember that if a random man shows you part of a temple or poses for a photo, he will expect a tip!
• Photos and unrequested tour guides no more than LE5
• Taxis, bus drivers, hotel porters, room service etc LE10
• You can also tip in sterling i.e. £1, if you don’t have Egyptian pounds
Friendly and helpful culture; city dwellers usually dress in western dress and speak reasonable English. It is a patriarchal society.
Be aware of these simple guidelines to make the most of your cheap Egypt holiday.
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