Travel advice & practical information for travelogue:

'From the Nile to the Sinai'

Useful addresses

New York

Consulate General of the Arab Republic of Egypt
1110 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Tel.: 212-759-7122
Fax: 212-308-7643


Consulate General of the Arab Republic of Egypt
2 Lowndes street
London SW1X 9ET
Tel.: 09065 508 933 (Visa information)
Web site:


Consulate General of the Arab Republic of Egypt
58, Avenue Foch
75116, 16e Paris
Tel.: 1-4500 7427
1-4500 7710
1-4501 9989
1-4501 6066
Fax: 1-4500 3528


To visit Egypt, you need a passport that is valid until 6 months after you leave Egypt. On arrival, you can get a visa for a maximum of 4 weeks.


Almost everyone in Egypt speaks a little English. You'll manage.

It's a good idea, though, to learn Arabic numbers, so you can read price tags. Some stores have fixed prices, but in marketplaces and street stalls you can always negotiate about prices.

Important Arabic words that you'll hear or say a lot are "bakshees" (tip) and "lo shokrun" (No, thanks).


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If you know which places you are going to visit, you can find out online if and where there are ATM's that you can use with MasterCard and Cirrus or Visa

Safety and security

Traveling in some countries or regions can be dangerous. That isn't always a reason not to go there, but part of preparing well for a trip includes finding out about possible risks.

The CIA World Factbook: Egypt is a good source. As is the US Foreign Department site. Of course you always should consult your own country's Foreign Department web site.

Climate and best time to travel

During the winter, the climate is pleasant: 20-25 degrees Centigrade in the daytime. At night it gets chilly though: if you take a desert or felouka tour, bring a warm sleeping bag. On the Nile, temperatures drop to 5 degrees Centigrade at night.


There are many budget hotels. Simple but very cheap. Around 10-15 euro for a double room.


Find current information on the web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Egypt. Always consult your family doctor and your country's Health Department web site.

Plan your trip to Egypt online

Through online reservation systems like À la Carte Vacations you can book airline tickets, hotels, rental cars and holiday houses. You can build a fly-drive itinerary with maximum flexibility, book a flight plus a hotel hotel for a night or weekend. Without the limitations of package deals from travel organisations and most times for a much better price.

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