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Traveling Tips
  • Do thank everybody who makes you a service. And as usual, the word "please" works wonder.
  • If you are a woman, do wear a wedding ring, as Egyptians tend to show more respect to married women.
  • Always pay tips, as you're expected to do so during your journey in Egypt.
  • Do leave your valuables at the hotel consignments.
  • If you are a student, it is recommended that you get an International Student Identification Card (Check General guide for details) at least to get discounts of entry fees for museums.
  • If you plan to drive in Egypt, issue an International Driving License from your local authorities back in your country.
  • Do wear modestly enough before you enter religious sites as mosques and churches, as in respect for these places. Same thing goes for men and women.
  • Same sexes can kiss in cheeks for salutation.
  • Do cross roads attentively and do follow instructions of the traffic officer and not traffic lights
  • Beware of kissing different sexes in public, as it's not a common thing among Egyptians.
  • Do not criticize Egyptians or the community. Egyptians hate it when it comes from a foreigner, even if they are aware of their own points of weakness. Similarly, do not take photos of bad aspects of the country like donkey carts or garbage … This might provoke patriotic Egyptians.
  • Do not take photos of military sites, governmental buildings and strategic zones.
  • If you are a woman, do not go topless on beaches, and also do not wear any transparent garments.
  • Do not underpay anyone. Always ask locals or tour guides for appropriate payments.
  • Do not give booze as gift to Egyptians unless you know they could accept it.
  • Don't leave your stuff unattended in public.
  • Don't wear precious necklaces, earrings and bracelets when going through masses.
  • If you are a woman and met any Egyptian men on dinner or so, don't insist on paying your share, as Egyptian men feel it's their duty and part of their manhood to pay for women. Offer to pay once and if received a rejection, abide.
  • Do not wander off the beaten tracks without guide. Many minefields still exist. There should be some sign to inform you about it but usually hazardous areas are enclosed by a barbed wire.
  • Do not import, bring in or consume narcotics. Egypt applies strict laws on drug traffickers and a death penalty can be applied on some cases. Possession of drugs, even for small quantities is subject to penalty.

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