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Exchange rates

The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound (ŁE) which is made up of 100 piastres. Currency notes are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 Egyptian Pounds. Coins are available in 5, 10, 20, 25, and 50 Piasters.
Exchange rate: US$1 = ŁE3.39 (indicative only, not to be used for commercial purposes)

There is no mandatory exchange upon entry, however, all Egyptian currency must be accompanied by an official exchange receipt when paying hotel bills. Bank branches are conveniently located at ports of entry, and in all major hotels.

Most foreign currencies, cash or travelers cheque can easily be changed in Egypt. Exchange bureaus are found in larger cities but they mainly only deal in cash. Visa and Mastercard are good for cash advances and together with American Express, JCb cards and Eurocard are accepted in a wide range of shops and hotels.

When traveling to lesser tourist areas the best currencies to have are US Dollars, Pounds Sterling and the German Mark.

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