±JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER
±Compare Expat Providers
±Expat Focus Partners
±Latest Financial Articles
· Expat Focus Financial Update 21 April 2017
· Expat Focus Financial Update 12 April 2017
· Expat Focus International Finance Update 05 April 2017
· Expat Focus International Finance Update 29 March 2017
· Expat Focus International Finance Update 23 March 2017
· Expat Focus International Finance Update 14 March 2017
· Do Expats Really Need An Offshore Bank Account?
· American Living Abroad? Here's How To File Your Tax Return
· Where Do The World's Highest Paid Expats Live?
±Latest Health Articles
· Expat Focus International Healthcare Update 13 April 2017
· A Guide To Healthcare For Expats With Chronic Illnesses
· Do You Need Terrorism Cover In Your Expat Health Insurance Package?
· Are These The Healthiest Destinations For Expats?
· Why Understanding Expat Healthcare Issues Before You Move Abroad Is So Important
· A Guide To Health Insurance For Expat Freelancers
· Expat Focus International Healthcare Update 30 March 2017
· Why Expat Retirees Should Never Ignore Health Insurance
· Moving Abroad? Read Our Essential Health Checklist
Communications (Telephone, Internet, TV, Post)Back to top Back to main Skip to menu
Cairo - Communications (Telephone, Internet, TV, Post)
Once you have acclimated to Cairo, you may request to handle your telephone bills yourself. Each community has its own telephone service branch, and local newspapers will publish when telephone bills are due. You can obtain a copy of the actual telephone bill from your landlord, and contact the local service branch to determine the amount of your portion of the bill. You should keep a copy of the invoice to submit to the landlord, so you are not double charged for your telephone service.
Telephone service is considered unreliable, and outages are common. Expect to experience outages every day.
Many expatriates opt to use phone cards at local pay phones, rather than deal with outages and the uncertain charges that landlords may impose for residential telephone service. Phone cards are readily accessible at supermarkets and some small stores and stalls.
Using just an antenna, you can pick up seven television stations in Cairo. NileTV is an English channel, but during Ramadan, this channel shows Arabic movies with English subtitles. Video rental stores are also very common in Cairo, and carry a variety of foreign English language films.
To send mail, you will need to visit the main post office located on Midan Ataba. You can also visit the poste restante located next to the main post office to arrange to pick up your mail or have it held for you. The poste restante will hold your mail for up to three weeks.
If you have a traditional telephone line in your apartment, you will be able to access the internet for free by dialing into a special telephone number that starts with 0777. Otherwise, you can purchase internet access cards, visit one of the growing number of internet cafes, or connect via wifi for free at one of several cafes, including Cilantro or Beanos. Some McDonalds locations in Cairo also offer free wifi.
Expat Health Insurance Partners
Our award-winning expatriate business provides health benefits to more than 650,000 members worldwide. In addition, we have helped develop world-class health systems for governments, corporations and providers around the world. We want to be the global leader in delivering world-class health solutions, making quality health care more accessible and empowering people to live healthier lives.
At Bupa we have been helping individuals and families live longer, healthier, happier lives for over 60 years. We are trusted by expats in 190 different countries and have links with healthcare organisations throughout the world. So whether you're moving abroad for a change of career or a change of scene, with our international private health insurance you will always be in safe hands.
Cigna has worked in international health insurance for more than 30 years. Today, Cigna has over 71 million customer relationships around the world. Looking after them is an international workforce of 31,000 people, plus a network of over 1 million hospitals, physicians, clinics and health and wellness specialists worldwide, meaning you have easy access to treatment.