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Formatting and language conventions

For articles about Egypt, please use the 12-hour clock to show times, e.g. 9AM-noon and 6PM-midnight.

Please show prices in this format: LE100 — not L.E. 100, 100 LE, EGP100, E£100, £E100, nor 100 pounds.

Please use British spelling.

Visa on arrival after May 15, 2015Edit

According to and the decision to discontinue visas on arrival after May 15, 2015 was reversed/postponed.

Hala'ib Triangle belongs to Egypt?Edit

The w:Hala'ib Triangle is under de-facto control of Egypt and claimed by Sudan.

Wikipedia seems to be clear on this, however Wikivoyage maps show clearly the opposite - the Egypt map does not have this area whereas the Sudanese map does.

This seems like a straightforward case like Crimea where we recognize 'defacto' situations on the ground. Does anyone object to fixing this? --Andrewssi2 (talk) 23:00, 29 April 2016 (UTC)

Has this been addressed since? Hobbitschuster (talk) 21:02, 23 March 2017 (UTC)
According to Sudan – Egypt (United Arab Republic) Boundary it belongs to Egypt as defined in the 1899's Anglo-Egyptian Condominium but the Hala'ib Triangle was administrated from Wadi Halfa, Sudan, since 1902. State (international) and administrative boundaries differ. Both borders should be shown on maps and the administrative border should be labeled as such a border. Now, Hala'ib triangle is under Egyptian military rule, but it is claimed by both Egypt and Sudan. --RolandUnger (talk) 07:23, 27 March 2017 (UTC)
Our map shows this territory to be outside Egypt. Should it be fixed? --Andrewssi2 (talk) 08:31, 27 March 2017 (UTC)
Yes, I think so. If it's administered by Egypt, it should be included in our map of Egypt (and excluded from our map of Sudan). —Granger (talk · contribs) 20:22, 4 November 2017 (UTC)

Currency notationEdit

Unlike many countries, Egypt does not have a standard notation for its currency, but instead please use a variety of notations. Adopting a standard notation to use in our Egypt articles would make it easier for Wikivoyage readers to find and understand information here. Which notation should we use? Wikipedia says: "The Egyptian pound is frequently abbreviated as LE or L.E., which stands for livre égyptienne (French for Egyptian pound). E£ and £E are commonly used on the internet." Can anyone confirm what travellers will see most of when they go? Ground Zero (talk) 20:20, 23 March 2017 (UTC)

Ground Zero (talk) 11:52, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

So if it is up to me, I'll go with "E£" as being something that will be easy for our readers to understand. While "LE" may also be common in the field, the symbol is easier to distinguish when scanning an article. But I'll wait to see if anyone else has an opinion. Ground Zero (talk) 21:04, 26 March 2017 (UTC)

I use LE, example LE 25, and pt. (piasters, example 50 pt.) at the German Wikivoyage because it is in reality -- in Egypt -- the one most used. Nobody uses E£ in Egypt. --RolandUnger (talk) 07:02, 27 March 2017 (UTC)
So unless we can convince the people of Egypt to start using the more readable E£, which would be a lot of work, we should probably use LE. Thanks for your input. Ground Zero (talk) 20:36, 28 March 2017 (UTC)

Correct time notationEdit

Could we agree on a consistent time notation for Egypt. I just spoke to someone in Cairo and he said, they are actually using both "15:00" and "3PM". However, he said, using "3PM" is more official.

What do you guys prefer? I am in favour for the "3PM" notation.

Cheers, Ceever (talk) 06:11, 4 January 2018 (UTC)

I agree we should be consistent, and if the 12 hour clock is more "official", then let's use that. --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 18:03, 6 January 2018 (UTC)

City mapsEdit

These are in Arabic script, so of limited use to Western readers. Can we source versions in Roman alphabet? Grahamsands (talk) 12:50, 20 February 2018 (UTC)

I think this was discussed earlier, and Openstreetmap from where the maps are from only had maps with the names in the local script.
That said, I think it would be best to have the maps both in Roman and the local script, because the local street and road signs probably only have the names in Arabic (or in Chinese in China etc.). ϒpsilon (talk) 13:41, 20 February 2018 (UTC)
The problem is known, under investigation and has a high priority. --RolandUnger (talk) 08:21, 7 March 2018 (UTC)

Antibiotics and AMREdit

The Hygiene section of Eat more or less recommends Antinal for intestinal problems. It warns against long time use, but says nothing about getting infections of resistant bacteria, which I suppose is a very relevant risk, as the antibiotics probably kills a lot of competing microbes. As I do not know the specifics of this case, I do not want to write warnings myself, but I hope somebody could make clear whether my fears are justified. --LPfi (talk) 07:42, 4 April 2019 (UTC)


I added a section to the main page about litter, which was reasonably moved down to the cope section. I wanted to just start a discussion to justify its presence in the main article. I travel all over the world and like anyone else I see the scourge of litter and rubbish that affect so many countries. I am working in Egypt at the moment for a few weeks. The quantities of litter and rubbish here are so far beyond what I have seen any where else that I felt it needed saying in the article. Some of the tourist places are a bit cleaner, but even at the pyramids if you look the other side of some of the walls, there are plenty of discarded food and drink containers. The decent hotels keep their property clean, but a walk down the street and you are back to the litter. It really needs to be seen to be believed. Davidbstanley (talk) 05:18, 11 December 2019 (UTC)

I was in Egypt myself, and two weeks there did not leave this impression to me, and I was definitely off the beaten tourist track. Yes, it is dirty, but not particularly more than in other such countries.
If this litter section is considered a good idea, then let's also put up one for India, Nepal, Turkey, Morocco and such.
Cheers, Ceever (talk) 07:19, 11 December 2019 (UTC)
I am in Mahalla, north of Cairo today. The litter here is unbelievable. I have spent time in Turkey and it is nothing like as bad as here. I have not been to India, but I spend a lot of time in Bangladesh and even that is no where near as bad as Egypt. Davidbstanley (talk) 20:06, 11 December 2019 (UTC)
I remember looking out the window of my hotel in central Cairo and seeing piles of garbage on rooftops. I don't remember it being as bad in other cities in Egypt. I agree that Turkey is not comparable, but I can't comment on India or Nepal (or Morocco in this century). Ground Zero (talk) 22:08, 11 December 2019 (UTC)
Really? We crossed from Nepal from India, and thought Nepal was dirty. But then we hit India and were shocked. 🤷 Ceever (talk) 10:06, 16 December 2019 (UTC)
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