In recent years Egypt Post has improved and is reasonably reliable as long as you post from a main post office in a major centre. The express service (EMS) is downright speedy. Egypt's post offices have yellow and green signs.
- Usually only the main post office in a city will handle parcels; bring them unsealed so the contents can be inspected for customs. Clerks usually have cartons and tape on hand.
- Many shops provide shipping of goods for a relatively small fee.
- Parcel surface mail to the US, Australia or Europe costs roughly LE150 for the first kilogram, and LE40 for each thereafter.
The poste restante service functions well and is generally free. If the clerk can’t find your mail, ask them to check under Mr, Ms or Mrs in addition to your first and last names.