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Several of the major hotels in Cairo have introduced facsimile facilities, please check with the hotel concerned before departure.


There are Internet cafes in the main cities, Alexandria, Cairo, Dahab and Luxor. Tourists can also access the Internet in many hotels.

The main ISPs include:

Internet Egypt
• Rite
• Ritesec


The postal system is quite efficient for international mail. Airmail takes about 5 days to western Europe, and 8 to 10 days to the United States of America.

There are Poste Restante facilities at the Central Post Office, a small fee is charged when mail is collected.

All post offices are open daily from 8.30 am to 3.00 pmexcept Friday, and the Central Post Office in Cairo is open 24 hours.


The most influential Egyptian daily is Al-Ahram, others include Al-Akhbar and many weekly and periodical publications.

2 daily newspapers – Le Journal d’Alexandrie and Le Progrès Egyptien – are published in French.

The English-language daily newspaper is called the Egyptian Gazette. The Middle East Observer is the primary weekly English-language business paper.


BBC World Service and Voice of America can be received. From time to time the frequencies vary and the most up to date can be found online.


International telegram services are available from Central Post Offices located in Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Aswan and main hotels.

Telephone - land line

 Full IDD is available.
 Country dialing code is 20
 Outgoing international code: 00

There are call boxes in major towns and country districts. Some coinless cardphones and credit card phones are also available and Telecards and can be purchased from newsagents, railway stations and the post offices.

Telephone - mobile

GSM 900. Coverage is limited to Cairo, Alexandria and along the north coast line of the Red Sea from Suez to Sharm el-Sheikh and major towns along the Nile.

Network operators are:

  Vodafone Egypt Telecommunications
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