Egypt Red Sea » Travel Guide

Safaga

Official Language


Arabic

Capital


Cairo



Form of Government


Republic

Size


1.001450 km²

Population


80.471.869

Religion


Islam

Entry Requirements


Please check the visa requirements for your destination at the appropriate consulate or embassy in your county and do this well in advance of your travel date.

Location


Egypt is located in the northeast of Africa. It borders on the Red Sea and Israel in the east, on the Mediterranean Sea in the north, on Libya in the west and on the Sudan in the south.

Language


The official language in Egypt is Arabic. Most of the Egyptians working in the tourism industry can speak English.

Time Difference


CET +1 hour.

Electricity


220-volt altering currency, 50 Hertz sometimes combined with fluctuation. Owing to the different plugs an adapter might be necessary.

Telephone


The dialling code for Egypt is 0020. Calling somebody from the hotel might be more expensive than calling from the telephone offices where you can also buy telephone cards for phone booths.
Post 
Letters and postcards destined for Europe could take up to two weeks. Postcards can either be handed over to the reception or thrown into the blue post boxes (the red and green ones are for letters with an Egyptian destination).

Internet


You will often be provided access to the internet at the hotels or in the nearest town. WiFi availability see Center Info.

Health Regulations


If you travel from Europe no immunisation is required. Nevertheless it is recommended to get a vaccination against hepatitis A and typhoid.
 Consult your family doctor before departure.

Climate/ Clothing


Hot and dry desert climate. During summer temperatures can rise up to more than 40 degrees, but combined with a pleasantly low atmospheric humidity. The nights are lukewarm. During winter the temperature still reaches about 23 degrees. Rain is rare. The nights, however, can be quite cool, especially when it is windy, so a pullover and a jacket are necessary. During summer light cotton clothing is recommended. If you want to go to the desert, warm clothing is necessary. Sunglasses and headgear to protect you from the sun are advisable.

Transfer

Safaga: From Hurghada airport to Safaga ca. 1 hour.

Rental Car and Transport


Taxis are relatively cheap.

Currency/ Mode of payment


Local currency is the Egyptian pound (LE)
. 1 Egyptian pound = 100 piaster (PT) = 1000 millemes
. Money can be changed at the exchange offices. International credit cards are generally accepted. Cash dispensers only exist in the cities and tourist areas. Euro cheques will only be cashed (if at all) on presentation of the cheque card and the passport.

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