Visiting

Business hours

Government agencies are open from 8.30am to 4.00pm, Sunday to Thursday (closed Friday and Saturday).

Private businesses are open from 10.00am till late, Sunday till Thursday (closed Friday and Saturday).

Embassies and similar organisations are open from 8.00am to 4.30pm.

Banks are open from 8.30am to 2.00pm, Sunday to Thursday, although some hotel banks are open 24 hours.

Many shops are open from 10.00am till late (with many closed on Sundays).

Public holidays

January 9 – New Year’s Day
February 4 – Prophet’s Birthday
April 15 – Sham El Nessim (Spring Festival)
April 25 – Sinai Liberation day (Sinai only)
May 1 – Labour Day
July 23 – National Day
August 15 – Flooding of the Nile
August 19 – Eid Al-Fitr
September 11 – Coptic New Year
October 6 – Armed Forces Day
October 21 – Egyptian Naval Day
October 24 – Suez Day
October 26 – Eid Al-Adha
November 15 – Islamic New Year
December 23 – Suez Victory Day

Note: Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Many restaurants are closed during the day and there may be restrictions on smoking and drinking. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last anything from two to 10 days, depending on the region. Generally, if a holiday falls on a Friday, a day is given in lieu.

Climate

Egypt weather includes summers that are hot and dry across most of the country and humid in the Delta and along the Mediterranean coast. In recent years the humidity (around 30 to 60 per cent) has spread to Cairo and the city swelters in August. Winters are mild with some rain.

Cairo is hottest in June to September, around 35°C to 38°C and coolest in November to February, around 10°C to 18°C, with significant drops in temperature at night, especially in winter and spring.

A hot sandstorm called ‘Khamsiin’ blows variably, usually in late March to mid-May, lasting three to eight hours, but rarely more than once a week.

For weather details in Egypt, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.

Currency

Oanda currency converter

The official currency is the Egyptian Pound (EYP).

Time zones and time differences

Egypt is eight hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). Egyptian summer time extends from the last week in April to the last week in October - the time difference is one hour less than AEST.

To find out the current time in Cairo, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

Egypt's country code is +20.

For calls to Egypt from Australia dial: 0011 + 20 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from Egypt to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

Find out more about Australian area codes or international dialling codes.

Electricity and water

Egypt’s power supply is 220 volts, 50Hz 1, 3 phases, 2, 3, 4 wires.

Links and resources

Travel and tourism

Ministry of Tourism

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