Customs & Currency
Egypt’s national currency is the Egyptian Pound, which comes in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 pound (geneh) notes. The smaller denominations, both in coin and paper form, are 25 and 50 Piasters (ersh), with 100 Piasters to every 1 Egyptian Pound.
The currency depicts the country’s ancient and very rich heritage, including Ramses II on the 50 Piaster note and the temples of Abu Simbel on the 1 Pound note.
Currency is readily available throughout the country with currency exchanges in just about every hotel and airport, as well as banks that can be easily navigated to using a simple Google search.
There is a foreign currency limit of approximately $10,000 (or its equivalent) and a local currency limit of 5,000 Egyptian Pounds that can be brought in or taken out of the country.
Upon entering the Arab Republic of Egypt, travelers should be aware of the following:
• Each traveler can only have a maximum of one liter of alcoholic drinks and 200 cigarettes, 25 cigars, or 200 grams of Tobacco.
• Goods not exceeding more than $200 from the duty-free shops within one month of arrival may be exempted from customs along with all personal effects, as long as it is for personal use.
• All firearms, including sporting guns, narcotics, drugs, cotton, and poultry are prohibited
• Precious items purchased in Egypt, such as Gold and Silver, can only be exported in small quantities if it is clear it is for personal use.
• Certified government health certificates are required in the event a traveler is accompanied by their pet, and is open to additional inspection by local veterinarians.