Quick Facts

Official name: Arab Republic of Egypt
Area: 1,001,450 sq km (391,191 sq miles)
Capital: Cairo
Population: 99,375,741
Urban population: 38,491,949
Population in 1960: 26,996,533
Official Language: Modern Standard Arabic
Spoken Language: Egyptian Arabic 
Widespread spoken foreigner languages: English, French 
Time: GMT + 2
Electricity: 220 volts / 50 Hz
Services & Government Offices: Government offices, including post offices, are open from 8:00AM - 3:00PM, Saturday through Wednesday, and are closed Thursdays, Fridays and on national holidays. Shops are open daily from 9:00AM - 1:00PM, and from 4:00PM - 8:00PM, with some shops closed on Sundays.
Health : Vaccinations are no longer necessary or required to enter Egypt. However, we advise you to avoid drinking tap water, other unbottled beverages, and drinks with ice. Please consult your physician for more advice. For all health requirements and recommendations, travelers should check with a local department of health clinic or U.S Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).