Any tourist begins the opening of a world travel map, mainly from the most inexpensive places that are located in the neighborhood. At first, preference is given to the sights that are near the place of residence, most affordable, the rest in Egypt on the Red Sea has positive feedback from experienced and understanding travelers. As a rule, the previously unknown, inherently interesting, but not very different from the usual living environment of the tourist. Any beginner traveler strives for everything unusual and loves to plunge into a completely unknown environment for him. This explains the excessive interest in distant countries, if opportunities allow, in front of the traveler, there are hints for the future vacation.
Here you are, eager to start something completely new, which is completely different from the native places and the usual environment. So that there was a warm sea, the gentle sun for a whole year – preferably not far, but still not bad, and something what would not have a heavy impact on a wallet. Very incomparable wishes about the upcoming trip, admit it!
In this article, we have collected useful tips for tourists, who are planning to visit Egypt for the first time. Maybe someone who did not know about some of the peculiarities of this country will take a note of something interesting!
Useful tips for tourists in Egypt
1. Many Egyptians who live in cities and resorts speak English. The Arabic and Latin scripts are often used on road signs and in street names.
2. When visiting monasteries and temples, women should close their shoulders and hands, do not wear short skirts, and do not wear shorts.
3. Currency is advantageous to conduct in dollars or euro. Of course, do not forget the bankcard. The money should be exchanged only in banks.
4. It is forbidden to swim in the Nile, because it is too polluted. You can swim only in the sea!
5. Do not forget to make photocopies of documents (passports). In case of their loss, it will be easier to restore them.
6. Be careful! In Egypt, there are no road rules, in principle. The drivers are guided by a signal. The one who has signaled drives on the main road.
7. Excursions in most cases are more profitable to buy from local than from the operator.
8. Do not drink tap water and wash vegetables and fruits thoroughly.
9. When swimming in the Red Sea, try not to touch any of the underwater world, since most of the fish are poisonous especially at night, so it is better to swim in the day. (You will be fined of up to 100 USD). To take the corals with you is strictly prohibited.
10. It is better to use special shoes for swimming. These shoes can be bought at local stores.
11. Be sure to take a mask and a tube with you, as the underwater world of the Red Sea is very multifaceted. These devices can also be bought locally in the shops of the hotel or in the city.
12. You should bargain everywhere. You can easily reduce the price in twice. In general, the harder you will stand on your own, the more respectfully you will be treated.
13. Before hiring a taxi or buying something on the market, negotiate the price, and then under no circumstances make concessions.
14. Egypt has a dry law, so you can buy alcohol only in hotels or restaurants. In addition, it is possible to purchase alcohol in duty-free in 3 days upon arrival, so do not forget the passport.
15. There is a special tourist police almost in all Egyptian settlements. The police officer is obliged to provide assistance, give the necessary information and speak in English.
16. Do not be nervous if you have to wait for a long time: the Egyptian “five minutes” can last for three hours.
17. Before the trip, compose and take a first aid kit with you. It will help you to save your time searching for medicines and relieve the problems of communication in a foreign language; in addition, many medicines may have different names in different countries.
18. Deciding to ride a camel, you must remember that you can sit on it for free or for $1 only. To get down of it, very often you will have to pay at least $20, or even more.
19. Hotels are not responsible for your valuables and money, so use the safe deposit box (in most hotels the safe box is already in the room) and in some at the reception.
20. When you are going to Egypt it is recommended to take light cotton clothing and a hat with you. Women, who go to the city unaccompanied by men, are recommended to be more conservative in choosing clothes. For visiting the attractions, you can choose long skirts and cotton-covered shirts. Summer clothes are suitable for all seasons. In the winter months, for areas north of Cairo, it is recommended to have a warm sweater.
22. Bathing naked is prohibited everywhere, including beaches and in pools owned by hotels and clubs.
23. In spite of the fact that the rated mains voltage is 220 V, it is better to have a set of adapters with you.
24. With regard to photographing people (especially Arab women), it is better to first ask for the permission. The Koran prohibits the image of a person and the Arabs are not very positive about paparazzi.
25. Women, who are travelling alone represent a special exotic for Egypt. It is difficult for them to get rid of annoying courtship of men.
26. There are no special vaccination requirements, however polio and tetanus vaccinations are recommended, and for desert and oasis routes, preventive vaccinations against malaria and jaundice are strongly recommended.
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