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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: Can you tell me if as a Canadian I need a visa to visit Egypt?

Q: My wife and I are US citizens and hold US passports. We are currently living in Shanghai, China. The travel agency here in Shanghai canít arrange the tour of our choice so we contacted our travel agent at home and they will set up the tour but they have to have a copy of our Egyptian visa. How can we obtain an Egyptian visa this quickly?  

 Q: I am an American living in Stuttgart, Germany. I am planning a Nile cruise with my girlfriend who is from the Czech Republic. Do we need visas and can we get them when we arrive in Luxor?

Q: We will be touring the Holy Land as well as the pyramids and I plan to take a cruise down the Nile. My son tells me I will need "multiple entry visas." Can you tell me where I obtain these?  

Q: Is a multiple entry visa required for USA citizens traveling from Egypt to Jordan and back to Egypt?  

Q: Iíd like to know which documents are necessary to visit Egypt for tourism for one or two weeks. Iím an Italian citizen provided with an identity card. Is this sufficient or do I also need a passport to obtain a visa?  

Q: Please tell me of the nearest office to obtain a visa. I live halfway between Seattle and Portland, Washington (USA).  

Q: We have booked a tour for Egypt. I understand a visa is required. I called the Egyptian consulate in San Francisco and sent a request for visa applications. To date I have not received anything back from them. Is it possible to acquire a visa upon arrival?  

Q: We are traveling to Luxor from London. Can we obtain visas on arrival at the airport or must we obtain them in London before we leave? In either case what is the cost? We are both UK citizens.  

Q: My wife and I will be visiting Egypt via a tour that will be entering Egypt from Israel. I am an American. I have been told that I will need to get an entry visa before the tour begins. I will not be able to get one at the border. Is this true?  

Q: I am married to an Egyptian who recently had to go to Egypt for an emergency visit. He wants me to meet him there and us come home together. He seems to be under the impression that I donít need a visa. He says that since I am his wife, I am automatically an Egyptian citizen. I asked the officials in the Government building where I got my passport and they said that they didnít know and I should ask someone from Egypt who has a similar situation.  

Q: We are four good friends traveling to Egypt, and are wondering what the restrictions for bringing in alcohol to the country are.  I mean, it is the New Year and we would like to bring some.  Champagne.  Can we?  

Q: What is the legal drinking age in Egypt  

Q. I wish to drive my car into Egypt. What is required to do this?  

Q: What type of vehicles do you use on your tours?

Q: When is the best time to travel to Egypt?

Q: The areas I want to see are not in your itinerary.

Q: What kind of guides do you use?

Q: Do I need a visa to enter Egypt?

Q: Am I going to have a chance to get some shopping in Egypt?

Q: How much is the suggested tipping?

 

 

Q: Can you tell me if as a Canadian I need a visa to visit Egypt?

 

A: Yes.

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Q: My wife and I are US citizens and hold US passports. We are currently living in Shanghai, China. The travel agency here in Shanghai canít arrange the tour of our choice so we contacted our travel agent at home and they will set up the tour but they have to have a copy of our Egyptian visa. How can we obtain an Egyptian visa this quickly?

 

A: You will be able to obtain your visas at an Egyptian airport when you arrive.

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Q: I am an American living in Stuttgart, Germany. I am planning a Nile cruise with my girlfriend who is from the Czech Republic. Do we need visas and can we get them when we arrive in Luxor?

 

A: Please contact the Egyptian Embassy in Bonn or the Egyptian Consulates in either Frankfurt or Hamburg.

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Q: We will be touring the Holy Land as well as the pyramids and I plan to take a cruise down the Nile. My son tells me I will need "multiple entry visas." Can you tell me where I obtain these?

 

A: Yes, you will need a multiple entry visa. Please contact either the Egyptian Embassy or the Egyptian Consulate in your country.

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Q: Is a multiple entry visa required for USA citizens traveling from Egypt to Jordan and back to Egypt?

 

A: Yes.

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Q: Iíd like to know which documents are necessary to visit Egypt for tourism for one or two weeks. Iím an Italian citizen provided with an identity card. Is this sufficient or do I also need a passport to obtain a visa?

 

A: You need a passport valid for at least six months to obtain a visa.

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Q: Please tell me of the nearest office to obtain a visa. I live halfway between Seattle and Portland, Washington (USA).

 

A: Please contact the Egyptian Consulate in San Francisco, California. Tel (415) 346-9700; Fax (415) 346-9480.

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Q: We have booked a tour for Egypt. I understand a visa is required. I called the Egyptian consulate in San Francisco and sent a request for visa applications. To date I have not received anything back from them. Is it possible to acquire a visa upon arrival?

 

A: It is preferable to obtain your visa before traveling. Please contact them again.

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Q: We are traveling to Luxor from London. Can we obtain visas on arrival at the airport or must we obtain them in London before we leave? In either case what is the cost? We are both UK citizens.

 

A: Please direct your question to the Egyptian Embassy in London.

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Q: My wife and I will be visiting Egypt via a tour that will be entering Egypt from Israel. I am an American. I have been told that I will need to get an entry visa before the tour begins. I will not be able to get one at the border. Is this true?

 

A: Would it be possible for you to obtain a visa before traveling? It is much more convenient. Contact the Egyptian Embassy or Consulate nearest you.

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Q: I am married to an Egyptian who recently had to go to Egypt for an emergency visit. He wants me to meet him there and us come home together. He seems to be under the impression that I donít need a visa. He says that since I am his wife, I am automatically an Egyptian citizen. I asked the officials in the Government building where I got my passport and they said that they didnít know and I should ask someone from Egypt who has a similar situation.

 

A: As the wife of an Egyptian you can obtain a visa at the airport for free. However, you must provide proof of marriage otherwise you will have to pay the full fee.

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Q: We are four good friends traveling to Egypt, and are wondering what the restrictions for bringing in alcohol to the country are.  I mean, it is the New Year and we would like to bring some.  Champagne.  Can we?

 

A: Yes.  Individuals may bring in up to two liters.

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Q: What is the legal drinking age in Egypt

 

A: 21 Years Old

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Q. I wish to drive my car into Egypt. What is required to do this?

 

A. Unfortunately this cannot be done. Some cars may be ferried in, but in general, you should not plan on bringing your car into Egypt. Once there, you may rent a car, but in many instances I cannot even advise you to do that. Particularly in Cairo, it is much safer to take a cab, due to the driving habits of most people in Cairo. 

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Q: What type of vehicles do you use on your tours?

 

A: All of our vehicles are air-conditioned  

 

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Q: When is the best time to travel to Egypt?

 

A: Although Egypt is a yearlong destination; the best time to travel is between Septembers to May.

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Q: The areas I want to see are not in your itinerary.

 

A: Egypt has many attractions. Please let us know what you have in mind and we can create a custom itinerary for you.

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Q: What kind of guides do you use? 

 

A: Most of our guides have an academic background in Archaeology, are fluent in English, and are certified by the Egyptian government

 

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Q: Do I need a visa to enter Egypt?

 

A: A visa is required and is being granted at the airport, current fee is $ 20.00 for US citizen payable upon arrival.

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Q: Am I going to have a chance to get some shopping in Egypt?


A: Egypt is a virtual Aladdinís Cave. Khan-al-Khalili bazaar in Cairo is cavernous and full of unusual and everyday objects. Souks and bazaars abound in other towns, too. Top buys include Ė perfume concentrate, carpets and rugs in myriad hand loomed designs, backgammon boards, handcrafted sheesha pipes, pharaonic objects fashioned in marble and alabaster, Egyptian cotton and clothing and of course Ė authentic papyrus.

 

Q: How much is the suggested tipping?

 

A: Tour escort or Coordinator; $6 to $8 per person per day
Driver (Provides chauffeur services and limited assistance with luggage) : $3 per person per day
River Cruises: $3 - $5 per person per day.
Private car tours: $12 to $16 per person per day for each day of sightseeing.
Group tour: $2 - $4 per person per day
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Hotels


Porter: $1.00 per bag per person.
Wait staff: $1.50 per person (dinner).
Chamber maid: $1.00 per person per day.

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