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manzara
post Apr 29 2009, 08:20 AM
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Some information which may prove useful to other travellers.

On a very recent holiday to Sinai and Jordan and without thinking far enough ahead, we used up our single-entry Egyptian Visa on arrival at Cairo Airport. However, we were planning to visit Jordan for a few days and decided to go via the Taba and Eilat crossing rather than the Nuweiba-Aqaba Ferry.

We understood that, on our return to Egypt aĎre-entryí visa could be issued at the Taba crossing allowing us to travel to Cairo for our journey home. ďYesĒ, we were told at Passport Control, "No problem", and an official asked us to go to his office (so he must have been important!) and after completing a form and handing over some Egyptian Pounds, he confirmed we had the correct paperwork to go to Cairo in a couple of weeks time. Then on return to Taba following five nights in Jordan, we were specifically asked if we would be travelling on to Cairo. We said we were, our passport and visas were carefully checked and confirmed OK.

However, our ďre-entry visaĒ meant absolutely nothing at Sharm Airport where we were joining a domestic flight to Cairo and if it hadn't been for two very helpful guys, one representing the airport, the other EgyptAir (and despite an aggressive, rude and totally unhelpful immigration official), we would have missed our flight and our subsequent connection to Istanbul.

So, the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing - or even maybe what the same right hand is doing! There is even a notice just before you finally enter Egypt at Taba explaining that you can apply for a visa enabling you to travel throughout Egypt and recommending you should do so before having your passport finally stamped.

Our flight to Cairo was delayed by about 30 minutes on our behalf (donít you just hate these people who board the aircraft late?) and all was well, although we were short of yet a few more Egyptian Pounds!

Anyway, everything sorted itself out and we arrived home safely and on time. Yet another independent travellerís challenge!


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post Apr 29 2009, 08:47 AM
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Hmmm! Very strange! Glad it all worked out in the end.

What would you have done differently if you knew about this beforehand?


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post Apr 29 2009, 03:13 PM
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QUOTE(manzara @ Apr 29 2009, 08:20 AM) *


Our flight to Cairo was delayed by about 30 minutes on our behalf (donít you just hate these people who board the aircraft late?) and all was well, although we were short of yet a few more Egyptian Pounds!



That was good of them to hold the flight for you - I wonder if this happens often in Egypt that it is a standard service for mis-informed tourists?


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post Apr 30 2009, 12:23 AM
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Welcome to the Middle East!! I have encountered so many problems living over here.....one person says one thing, another person says another (and each answer is totally different), misinformation is passed on all the time and it can get very frustrating!

I am glad it worked out though.....and surprised they held the plane for that length of time.....


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post May 2 2009, 04:40 AM
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QUOTE(raniroo @ Apr 30 2009, 12:23 AM) *

I am glad it worked out though.....and surprised they held the plane for that length of time.....

If you really look like your passport photo, you need the holiday!


Well, raniroo, Iíve just realised why they delayed our flight. Having looked at our passport photographs, immigration officials decided the sooner we leave the country the better!


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post May 3 2009, 04:11 AM
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Hilarious...can we see the photos?


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post May 3 2009, 05:48 AM
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Not on your life, nixsboys! If they're given a wider circulation we may be prevented from travelling anywhere in the future!


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QUOTE(manzara @ May 3 2009, 05:48 AM) *

Not on your life, nixsboys! If they're given a wider circulation we may be prevented from travelling anywhere in the future!


smile.png - the joys of passport photos!


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post May 4 2009, 10:49 AM
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I started another thread to share passport photos... hahaha...

http://www.travelpod.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=15531


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post May 4 2009, 10:55 AM
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You really know how to hurt a guy, dont you starlagurl?

And to quote the famous one-liner, "You show me yours and I'll show you mine!


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QUOTE(manzara @ May 2 2009, 04:40 AM) *

QUOTE(raniroo @ Apr 30 2009, 12:23 AM) *

I am glad it worked out though.....and surprised they held the plane for that length of time.....

If you really look like your passport photo, you need the holiday!


Well, raniroo, Iíve just realised why they delayed our flight. Having looked at our passport photographs, immigration officials decided the sooner we leave the country the better!


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post May 4 2009, 12:23 PM
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Didn't you see mine?

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I took a bus from Jerusalem to Cairo. Crossing the border in Taba I was told to be very careful not to get an entry visa to the Sinai area only. I was happy to have a guide to get me through the border zone and to take care that my visa applies for all the way to Cairo.
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