Travel Info

Geography:

gypt is the world's 30th-largest country.
Egypt is bordered by Libya to the west, Sudan to the south, and by the Gaza Strip and Israel to the east. Egypt's important role in geopolitics stems from its strategic position: a transcontinental nation, it possesses a land bridge (the Isthmus of Suez) between Africa and Asia, traversed by a navigable waterway (the Suez Canal) that connects the Mediterranean Sea with the Indian Ocean by way of the Red Sea. Apart from the Nile Valley, the majority of Egypt's landscape is desert.

Square kilometers:

386,660 sq mi

Population:

ca. 70 Mio. habitants

Capital:

Cairo

Religion:

90% moslems, christian and jewish minorities.

Language:

The official language is Arabic. Most locals understand and speak english, german and french.

Safaga:

Port Safaga, also known as Bur Safaga and Safaga (Arabic: ?????‎), is a town in Egypt, on the coast of the Red Sea, located 53 km (33 miles) south of Hurghada. A paved road of 164 km (101 miles) connects Safaga to Qena of Upper Egypt.

Climate and Seasons:

Temperatures average between 80 °F (27 °C) and 90 °F (32 °C) in summer, and up to 109 °F (43 °C) on the Red Sea coast. Winter temperatures average between 55 °F (13 °C) and 70 °F (21 °C). A steady wind from the northwest helps lower temperatures near the Mediterranean coast. Water temperatures range from 29 degrees Celsius in the summer to not usually below 20 degrees Celsius in the winter. For this reason, you will have all season diving conditions.

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Dive Suits:

In summer (May - October) a shorty, 3mm overall, or Long John are adequate. In winter you will need a 5-7mm overall with hood or a semi-dry. Some guests using a dry suit.

Tourist Visa:

Is usually valid for a period not exceeding three months and granted on either single or multiple entry basis. The Visa is valid only for travel within three months from the date of issue and is valid only for One- month stay in Egypt, beginning on the date of arrival. If you have a reason to extend your stay, you can do that from the ministry of interior affairs in Egypt after declaring the reasons for that and their acceptance for that reasons.
Import regulations by Egypt customs.

Import:

-200 cigarettes, 25 cigars or 200 g tobacco
-2 litres of alcohol
-Perfume for personal use
-Gifts to the value of EGP500.00

Restricted Imports:

Cash, travelers' checks, cash cards, and gold over the value of EGP500.00 must be declared on arrival.
Drugs, firearms and cotton may not be brought into the country.
Export regulations by Egypt customs

Exports Prohibited

Narcotics, firearms, cotton, gold and silver purchased locally unless for personal use only and in small quantities; for a full list, contact the Egyptian Commercial Office, 23 South Street, London W1L 2XD (tel: (020) 7499 3002; fax: (020) 7493 8110)
Export of any antiquity or any item older than 100 years without a license is forbidden.

Currency and Payment:

The currency of Egypt is the pound, the Egyptian pound is divided into 100 piastres. We just accept cash at the diving center.

Credit cards:

Major credit cards are accepted in large hotels and tourist shopping areas in Egypt, but you will have to rely on cash for the majority of your purchases.

Tip:

On all hotel and restaurant bills there is a 12% service charge included. 5-10% on top of this is an acceptable tip.
Note: Keep plenty of small notes for tipping purposes as "baksheesh" is generally expected by anyone who offers you any kind of service or assistance.

Health and Vaccination Requirements:

There are no Vaccination Requirements by entry from EU countries.
A travel health insurance  should be conclude.

Hypermed Red Sea:

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Electricity:

The electrical power supply is usually 220v at 50Hz. For electrical devices you will require a two pin adapter (European standard).

Business hours:

The official day of rest is Friday where all official and governmental offices will be closed.
Banks: 9.30am-12.30pm
Shops: 9am-10pm