Egypt

Capital Cairo

Population 91,290,000

Area 1,002,450 km2

Key facts

Egypt is a country located in Northern Africa. There are 4 countries (Israel, Libya, State of Palestine, Sudan) that Egypt shares its borders with. The official language of Egypt is Arabic. Traveling across Egypt if English is your first (and only) language may be difficult due to language barriers.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Egypt was ranked 85th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Egypt is Egyptian pound (EGP). The pound (£ ) is subdivided into 100 piastre (Pt).

With today's currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 19.23 EGP and 1 USD is worth 19.63 EGP.

Egyptian
Banknotes

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Egyptian
Coins

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Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Egypt is 43.79 Mbps and mobile is 31.27 Mbs.The global average is 139.19 Mbps and 77.74 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density It may be difficult to locate an ATM in Egypt.22.06 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Egypt, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Egypt. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.

Type C 220 V, 50 Hz  Type F 220 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2022, Egypt will celebrate 6 national public holidays.

DateHoliday name
January 7, 2022Christmasعيد الميلاد المجيد
January 25, 2022Revolution Day 2011 National Police Dayعيد الثورة 25 يناير
April 25, 2022Sinai Liberation Dayعيد تحرير سيناء
May 1, 2022Labour Dayعيد العمال
July 23, 2022Revolution Dayعيد ثورة 23 يوليو
October 6, 2022Armed Forces Dayعيد القوات المسلحة

Food & Hotels

What hotel chains are present in Egypt?

There are Mariott hotels in 2 cities: Cairo and Hurghada.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Egypt.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Egypt.

There are no Best Western hotels in Egypt.

There are Radisson hotels in 4 cities.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Egypt.

What fast food chains are present in Egypt?

Ful medames, kushari, are some of the most well-known delicacies to come out of Egypt. If none of these foods appeal to you, check out the list of fast-food restaurants in Egypt below.

The McDonald's chain operates in Egypt.

The KFC chain operates in Egypt.

The Burger King chain operates in Egypt.

The Subway chain operates in Egypt.

The Domino's Pizza chain operates in Egypt.

The Starbucks chain operates in Egypt.

Weather

Today the sun in Cairo, rises at 5:50 AM and sets at 5:34 PM. The climate of Cairo may be categorized as a subtropical desert (BWh), according to Koppen's classification system.
TodayOct 7Partly cloudlyLow: 18.5°C (65.3°F)High: 28.8°C (83.84°F)
SaturdayOct 8OvercastLow: 18.6°C (65.48°F)High: 29.7°C (85.46°F)
SundayOct 9OvercastLow: 18.9°C (66.02°F)High: 29.9°C (85.82°F)
MondayOct 10OvercastLow: 18.7°C (65.66°F)High: 29.9°C (85.82°F)
TuesdayOct 11Partly cloudlyLow: 19.7°C (67.46°F)High: 30.5°C (86.9°F)
WednesdayOct 12OvercastLow: 19.4°C (66.92°F)High: 30.5°C (86.9°F)

Weather data for Cairo (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in Cairo.

Taxi Apps You can use Uber in 8 cities. Bolt is not available in Egypt.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Egypt.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 5.3, Egypt is placed 54th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Egypt traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  103.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2011.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 10.10 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 3: Reconsider travel. 

Emergency phones in Egypt

122 Police
123 Ambulance
123 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is prohibited in all public areas excluding entertainment and restaurants.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

Visa

What are visa requirements to enter Egypt?

Currently, citizens of 114 countries can enter Egypt without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival. Please note that you may be needed to get an electronic visa before arriving.

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Egypt.

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