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String
31-12-2012, 02:26 AM
Im sure people can add more but...


Do NOT change money in the UK - you'll always get a better rate in the country
Keep 5LE notes handy for tips and DONT let shop keepers or taxi drivers see you have more money than you're prepared to pay!
Visas - if you're mainland you need one. If you're Sinai you DONT need one for diving UNLESS you're diving Ras Mohammed or Thistlegorm. Its hard/fiddly to get one after arrival so consider this on landing. The cost is $15USD. Don't let someone get it for you and add more to the cost, simply get one at the bank of Egypt on the left BEFORE going through passport control (sharm airport).

Georgina
31-12-2012, 08:29 AM
I noticed that HSBC Egypt will not let anyone change currency into Egyptian Pounds now unless you have a bank account with HSBC Egypt.

However Bank Misr will and don't even bother looking at your passport or ask you to sign anything.

BARDO
31-12-2012, 02:05 PM
Im sure people can add more but...


Do NOT change money in the UK - you'll always get a better rate in the country
Keep 5LE notes handy for tips and DONT let shop keepers or taxi drivers see you have more money than you're prepared to pay!
Visas - if you're mainland you need one. If you're Sinai you DONT need one for diving UNLESS you're diving Ras Mohammed or Thistlegorm. Its hard/fiddly to get one after arrival so consider this on landing. The cost is $15USD. Don't let someone get it for you and add more to the cost, simply get one at the bank of Egypt on the left BEFORE going through passport control (sharm airport).

Interesting twist here. Last time we flew into Sharm (back in April), the Visa desk wouldn't accept $USD and we were forced to pay in Stirling. Methinks something dodgy was definitely going on that day!

Stevie H
31-12-2012, 02:09 PM
That'll be £12 then.

Is it me or is it wierd I find it strange that String tells people not to change money in the UK then tells em to arrive with $15.....

12 quid peeps, thats all you need.

wildlifephotog
31-12-2012, 02:13 PM
In October a guy in a jumper with no evident ID tried to stop me as I was leaving the airport and was quite insistent about looking in my bags. Didn't look official so I just said no thanks and ignored him. He ran after me and really insisted so I asked for ID, at which point he apologised and produced some. Was a customs officer and just wanted to know what was in my Peli - when I said it was a camera housing he just waved me on.

Baz
31-12-2012, 02:30 PM
The visa thing is a con and often they are pushing for £15 rather than $15 it is how they make their baaksheesh, usually I don't care about £3 at that stage of a holiday if their is a cue at the bank. You also don't need it if you are just doing Dahab but if you change your mind about going further afield you need to go back to the airport to get one.

Don't get taxis from taxi ranks they are much more expensive a 20LE fare can cost you 100LE as they build in the time they have been sleeping. Flag one down on the opposite side of the road. Don't haggle just tell them how much you are going to pay eg Blah Blah destination 20LE OK? Have the correct change. Don't expect them to be happy if you pay in coins.

If they start arguing just walk off and flag another one. Haggling at the start usually results in another angrier bout of haggling at your destination.

String
31-12-2012, 02:40 PM
Ive seen $15 or £15 quoted by them. The ones generally that lurk by the stairs just inside the terminal building and then "get the visa" usually charge £30 or $30 on unsuspecting mugs. Then again, last time i got robbed there it was the security police doing it!

Treerat
31-12-2012, 02:57 PM
Interesting twist here. Last time we flew into Sharm (back in April), the Visa desk wouldn't accept $USD and we were forced to pay in Stirling. Methinks something dodgy was definitely going on that day!

Same in Hurgada last February - had the $15 in each passport ready and they refused to accept it, demanding Stirling instead - worke dout it was an exchange rate thing :(

AndrewR
31-12-2012, 06:59 PM
Get ready for death by officialdom and incompetance if you have a crate rather than bag. Upon arrival both divers with crates got stopped and questioned. Didn't know what a rebreather was when shown it. At check in on the way back it was even worse. Both divers with crates where stopped, whilst the rebreather did not seem to be an issue the batteries in torches was a major concern. How this is different to all the dive torches in cases was unclear. It reached a conclusion after the first crate had been opened. Mine was cabled tied shut and because the official couldn't break the cable ties with his car keys he decided it was too much trouble.

Phil O
31-12-2012, 07:42 PM
If going on a liveaboard from Hurghada buy a case of beer from the duty free shop in the baggage area - much cheaper than buying on board.

timmyg
31-12-2012, 08:11 PM
Stolen off a mate who posted on a Facebook page after our trip 2 weeks ago.

Egypt (other dodgy nations are available) taxi scam. When we got into a taxi the other night after agreeing a price of 20 Egyptian pounds the driver said he would give me 80 change if I gave him 100. When I got my cash out he snatched a note saying "that's it" then returned it to me saying, sorry my mistake, that was a 10..... The robbing turd had switched notes. Very quick hands and when you've had a few beers difficult to compute!! Many of the same group experienced the same with the worst being £60 UK down. The moral of the story. Get the exact change out or only one note if you need change. Please spread the word to any exped leaders you know.

TG

Steve Clark
31-12-2012, 08:51 PM
This isn't necessarily a scam, but something to be aware of :

Often, trips from a dive centre are advertised in euros (or sometimes dollars), rather than £ or local egyptian £

If you want to pay cash but only have sterling or egyptian pounds to pay the bill with, the dive centre can, and will often charge a very high exchange rate (£1=1e when it was nearer to 1.3) to pay that way.

If you choose to pay by credit card, then the dive centre will choose their own exchange rate to convert euros to egyptian pounds, before using that figure in the card machine. You then also get stung (to a lesser extent) with the exchange rate and fees on the card.

If you are British and happen to have a big wad of euros to pay the bill with, no conversions, no problem. Just don't lose them!


I thought I'd been royally-robbed by the credit card version, only to find out when I got home that they missed a decimal place processing the card transaction. £30odd for a week's day boat diving was spot on :)

Steve

sjwhite26
31-12-2012, 09:57 PM
That'll be £12 then.

Is it me or is it wierd I find it strange that String tells people not to change money in the UK then tells em to arrive with $15.....

12 quid peeps, thats all you need.

I've only ever given them £10, but at the bank and not the dodgy agency stands. $15 is generally £10. A nice new £10 note never causes any more questions.

r1john
31-12-2012, 10:37 PM
Sun block

Baz
01-01-2013, 10:38 AM
If you dive in Egypt end of November / December/ January don't think you are going to be warm on the boat post dive.

27c might sound toasty but after dive 3 you will feel so clever that you brought a fleece/hoodie on the boat.

MattJ
02-01-2013, 09:51 PM
Hi

When I go on a liveaboard, I always take rehydration tablet things you get from mountain bike shops and chuck one in my big bottle of water in the morning; seems to make me feel better. At least I know I am getting some rehydration salts every day. I also take pro biotic tablets in the lead up and during the holiday as they seem to help me avoid bad guts.

Matt

Georgina
04-01-2013, 06:34 PM
We've been blessed with a glorious winter so far here. All set to change next week though! Bring some woolies!
WindGURU: Egypt - El Gouna (http://www.windguru.cz/int/index.php?sc=25164)

Stevie H
04-01-2013, 06:44 PM
This isn't necessarily a scam, but something to be aware of :

Often, trips from a dive centre are advertised in euros (or sometimes dollars), rather than £ or local egyptian £

If you want to pay cash but only have sterling or egyptian pounds to pay the bill with, the dive centre can, and will often charge a very high exchange rate (£1=1e when it was nearer to 1.3) to pay that way.

If you choose to pay by credit card, then the dive centre will choose their own exchange rate to convert euros to egyptian pounds, before using that figure in the card machine. You then also get stung (to a lesser extent) with the exchange rate and fees on the card.

If you are British and happen to have a big wad of euros to pay the bill with, no conversions, no problem. Just don't lose them!


I thought I'd been royally-robbed by the credit card version, only to find out when I got home that they missed a decimal place processing the card transaction. £30odd for a week's day boat diving was spot on :)

Steve

1. Do you honestly think any business is going to lose money on exchange rates just to keep customers happy? thats one dead business!

2. I hope your honesty got the better of you, you contacted the firm and offered to pay up the missing cash!

Georgina
06-01-2013, 07:39 AM
Egypt - not just for diving!!

The White Desert (my friend Vanessa modelling her souvenier from Egypt before she returned to Australia)

http://i52.tinypic.com/167qwkj.jpg

Ancient Temples
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3139/2554959669_80120ea34c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37393409@N00/2554959669/)
Karnak Temple (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37393409@N00/2554959669/) by Georgina C (http://www.flickr.com/people/37393409@N00/), on Flickr

The River Nile
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3084/2554959231_4488bf503a.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37393409@N00/2554959231/)
West Bank, Luxor (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37393409@N00/2554959231/) by Georgina C (http://www.flickr.com/people/37393409@N00/), on Flickr


Pyramids, especially at Saqqara, Dahshur and Abu Sir
http://farm1.staticflickr.com/229/471306152_a8f1eba8aa.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37393409@N00/471306152/)
Pyramid at Giza (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37393409@N00/471306152/) by Georgina C (http://www.flickr.com/people/37393409@N00/), on Flickr

Climbing Mount Sinai and Monasteries at St Catherine's also Red Sea monasteries and at Wadi Natrun on the Cairo/Alex road
http://farm1.staticflickr.com/182/471283688_d104ea05b7.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37393409@N00/471283688/)
St Catherine's Monastery (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37393409@N00/471283688/) by Georgina C (http://www.flickr.com/people/37393409@N00/), on Flickr

Camping in the desert sleeping under the stars
http://farm1.staticflickr.com/173/385271873_6aa87233c3.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37393409@N00/385271873/)
Breakfast (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37393409@N00/385271873/) by Georgina C (http://www.flickr.com/people/37393409@N00/), on Flickr


http://farm1.staticflickr.com/127/385258630_7e33eedbbd.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37393409@N00/385258630/)
Setting Up Camp (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37393409@N00/385258630/) by Georgina C (http://www.flickr.com/people/37393409@N00/), on Flickr

Traditional way of life
http://i1248.photobucket.com/albums/hh483/Rihanagounie/352.jpg

Old cities
http://i1248.photobucket.com/albums/hh483/Rihanagounie/321.jpg

Shopping in Cairo
http://i1248.photobucket.com/albums/hh483/Rihanagounie/032.jpg

Desert lodges (Dakhla Oasis, Al Tarfa Desert Sanctuary)
http://i1248.photobucket.com/albums/hh483/Rihanagounie/175.jpg

Sailing on a felluca
http://i1248.photobucket.com/albums/hh483/Rihanagounie/064.jpg


Siwa Oasis and the beautiful Adrere Amellal Ecolodge

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3137/2968332141_af5931c655.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37393409@N00/2968332141/)
Our room at Adrere Amellal Ecolodge (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37393409@N00/2968332141/) by Georgina C (http://www.flickr.com/people/37393409@N00/), on Flickr

Just to name a few :)

JimmE
06-01-2013, 08:01 AM
Interesting twist here. Last time we flew into Sharm (back in April), the Visa desk wouldn't accept $USD and we were forced to pay in Stirling. Methinks something dodgy was definitely going on that day!

We had the same issue - took USD specifically for the visa due to exchange rate issues. When we got off the plane we were led to 'our' operators queue, the longest in the arrivals lounge, and when we reached the front we were told £15 no USD. To the left of this desk was a Bank of Cairo desk with no queue, leaned across and bought our visas there instead with the $30 we had brought with us.

Next time I'll just choose the shortest queue!

JimmE
06-01-2013, 08:08 AM
Also when we stayed, near centre of Naama Bay, we were often asked when walking along the front If we would change English coins for notes. Whilst I was initially sceptical, assuming it may be a scam, or thought they were wanting to chage sterling coins for egyptian notes.

Then I realised that often in first few days of holiday tourists are tipping in sterling coins we'd given the porter a £2 coin ourselves as the smallest note we had at that point was LE50 - but the Egyptions cannot change coins back at their banks. The porters/waiters seem to have their own currency exchanges going on to collate the coins and then someone will offer to exchange £20 in coins for a £20 note - similar euro coin offers available - when i seemed suspicious he then offered me £21 in coins for a £20 note! They can then change the sterling notes back to local currency at the bank.

Georgina
06-01-2013, 09:23 AM
Happy Christmas!!

Egyptians follow Coptic (Orthodox) Church and they celebrate Christmas on 7th of January. The preceding Advent season is forty-days long and people abstain from eating meat, poultry or dairy products during this period. However, people only follow this dictum for the last week of Advent. On Christmas Eve, Egyptians attend church dressed in a completely new outfit and the service lasts till midnight. Bells are rung to mark off the end of the service and people disperse after receiving special bread called 'qurban' (meaning sacrifice) at the conclusion of the service. This bread has a Holy Cross in the middle and 12 dots to represent the 12 apostles. Then, they eat a special Christmas meal in their homes.

This meal uses bread, rice, garlic and boiled meat as its main constituents. In the morning, people visit their friends and neighbors and exchange 'Cake' (a type of shortbread) that is eaten with a drink called 'shartbat'. Christmas is celebrated as a public holiday, especially for the Christians. Since the Holy Family fled to Egypt, the church is decorated with candles and lamps on Christmas to remind us of the times when Joseph lit candles to keep the cold away from Mary during the Nativity. Both Muslims and Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus with equal enthusiasm and Christmas traditions are influenced by regional culture throughout Egypt and thus, have a certain diversity to boast of.

Divecom
06-01-2013, 12:58 PM
When Weighing in your Bags at the Airport, Check the little Eqyptian dude hasnt also got his foot on the scales :-(

Steve Clark
06-01-2013, 01:33 PM
1. Do you honestly think any business is going to lose money on exchange rates just to keep customers happy? thats one dead business!

2. I hope your honesty got the better of you, you contacted the firm and offered to pay up the missing cash!

1. I have no problem with profit. I do have a problem with a system that isn't transparent on first acquaintance.

2. If the service was good, I'd have cleared it no problem. The charges beyond the initial package were horrendous. Charges for transport to the harbour. Threadbare wetsuit hire at 20e per day. Charges for a 2nd dive, whilst on site at the thistlegorm (40e each, when there were 16 of us with one guide). No seating on the boat, sat on AstroTurf all day.

I don't feel too bad about it....

Steve

purple vonny
06-01-2013, 04:30 PM
Then I realised that often in first few days of holiday tourists are tipping in sterling coins we'd given the porter a £2 coin ourselves as the smallest note we had at that point was LE50 - but the Egyptions cannot change coins back at their banks. The porters/waiters seem to have their own currency exchanges going on to collate the coins and then someone will offer to exchange £20 in coins for a £20 note - similar euro coin offers available - when i seemed suspicious he then offered me £21 in coins for a £20 note! They can then change the sterling notes back to local currency at the bank.

Last time we were checking in at Marsa Alam airport, we were offered "tubes " of £1 coins in exchange for notes. Our friends said OK (we said "no thanks") - lo and behold most of the pound coins were counterfeit. - beware.

Tip from very senior lady at my old dive club: Never eat meat, you won't get the sh*ts. Actually when you see the meat hung up covered with flies, it may put you off.

Rehydration sachets every day work wonders. Whether you have a bad belly or not. They'll tell you you have diarrhoea because you are dehydrated, however, you will be dehydrated because you have diarrhoea. Does heat and dehydration cause diarrhoea at home? No.

Respect the locals. Cover up. Or don't be surprised if you are wearing a fanny pelmet and boob tube and the local blokes thing you are easy.

gordyp
06-01-2013, 04:53 PM
Respect the locals. Cover up. Or don't be surprised if you are wearing a fanny pelmet and boob tube and the local blokes thing you are easy.

I was pretty disgusted in Sharm to see so many scantily clad girls and pissed up Brits wandering about. They had even handed out leaflets on the plane pointing out its a Muslim country and not to behave in this fashion.

shaun
06-01-2013, 05:26 PM
I was pretty disgusted in Sharm to see so many scantily clad girls and pissed up Brits wandering about. They had even handed out leaflets on the plane pointing out its a Muslim country and not to behave in this fashion.

Last time i was in Sharm I was wondering how long it would be before it became the new Bennidorm- cheap flights and all inclusive???

Stevie H
06-01-2013, 06:33 PM
1. I have no problem with profit. I do have a problem with a system that isn't transparent on first acquaintance.

2. If the service was good, I'd have cleared it no problem. The charges beyond the initial package were horrendous. Charges for transport to the harbour. Threadbare wetsuit hire at 20e per day. Charges for a 2nd dive, whilst on site at the thistlegorm (40e each, when there were 16 of us with one guide). No seating on the boat, sat on AstroTurf all day.

I don't feel too bad about it....

Steve

You get what you pay for, go with a twobit outfit and you can expect the service you list above ;)

Janos
06-01-2013, 06:40 PM
Respect the locals. Cover up. Or don't be surprised if you are wearing a fanny pelmet and boob tube and the local blokes thing you are easy.

But what if I want the local blokes to think I'm easy. :D

Janos

Janos
06-01-2013, 06:42 PM
If you want to pay cash but only have sterling or egyptian pounds to pay the bill with, the dive centre can, and will often charge a very high exchange rate (£1=1e when it was nearer to 1.3) to pay that way.

If you choose to pay by credit card, then the dive centre will choose their own exchange rate to convert euros to egyptian pounds, before using that figure in the card machine. You then also get stung (to a lesser extent) with the exchange rate and fees on the card.

This is true of duty free in high-end hotels, airports (and the Eurotunnel) as well. They'll often ask you if you'd prefer to pay in Sterling or Euros. If you choose Sterling then you get ripped off.

Always check the rate, and know what your bank is charging you before you go out so you can compare.

Janos

Steve Clark
07-01-2013, 03:40 AM
You get what you pay for, go with a twobit outfit and you can expect the service you list above ;)

Agreed. :)

Noggin the Nog
09-01-2013, 05:50 PM
Sun block

+1

I'd make it Reinemann P20. So long as you RTFM you won't end up with a yellow T-shirt etc & because it's not slimy you don't have any problems donning wetsuits etc. And it really does last all day. It works for me & I can get a tan from the light coming on in the fridge when you open the door.

JimmE
10-01-2013, 12:27 PM
Last time we were checking in at Marsa Alam airport, we were offered "tubes " of £1 coins in exchange for notes. Our friends said OK (we said "no thanks") - lo and behold most of the pound coins were counterfeit. - beware.



Thanks, I was very dubious, but this was along the main promenades between the hotels and the beach, and the coins were all 'used' and loose for inspection - he counted them out for us. They all seemed fine, but I suppose they'd only need to mix a handful of forgeries in with the genuine ones to make a profit. Had they been pre-packaged, even bagged, I'd have been much more wary, somehow.

David D
10-01-2013, 12:55 PM
.... Egypt (other dodgy nations are available) taxi scam. When we got into a taxi the other night after agreeing a price of 20 Egyptian pounds the driver said he would give me 80 change if I gave him 100. When I got my cash out he snatched a note saying "that's it" then returned it to me saying, sorry my mistake, that was a 10..... The robbing turd had switched notes. Very quick hands and when you've had a few beers difficult to compute!! Many of the same group experienced the same with the worst being £60 UK down. The moral of the story. Get the exact change out or only one note if you need change. Please spread the word to any exped leaders you know.

TG

This is a serious problem and worth a bump.

On two of my last three trips to Hurghada, guests from the boat have been ripped off in this way, both times on the way back from town to the boat. On the last trip the guest was a petite woman, not in any way worse for wear, but obviously the taxi driver saw an easy target; down £20 on that occassion.

Twenty-ish LE gets you most places in Hughada, have the correct money, don't fuss about with a fist-full of bills when it comes time to pay.

Intranicity
10-01-2013, 01:09 PM
We were warned in Hurghada this year (By local shop keeper) not to ever pay Taxi's using LE50 notes as they are doing the 50 Piastre note trick, only paid for one taxi and agreed LE20 as others have suggested, but just watch out for any 50 notes and make sure they are what you thought you should have.

Squidge
10-01-2013, 03:47 PM
This is a serious problem and worth a bump.

On two of my last three trips to Hurghada, guests from the boat have been ripped off in this way, both times on the way back from town to the boat. On the last trip the guest was a petite woman, not in any way worse for wear, but obviously the taxi driver saw an easy target; down £20 on that occassion.

Twenty-ish LE gets you most places in Hughada, have the correct money, don't fuss about with a fist-full of bills when it comes time to pay.

I made this mistake in Hurgada and had a wodge of notes snatched from me by the taxi driver - while me, Paul and a mate were still sitting in the taxi. Quite where the driver thought he was going to go, god alone knows, anyway, the lads 'persuaded' him to give the money back but the bugger had managed to swap some notes in the meantime. Luckily it didn't involve a large sum, but the experience was enough to put Paul and I off going back to Egypt.

londonsean69
10-01-2013, 04:00 PM
but the experience was enough to put Paul and I off going back to Egypt.

I can't imagine Claire and I going back to Sharm, no reason in particular, but we just didn't like the place. I have been a fair few times in the past, and it just seems to have gone downhill.

I'd rather spend a bit more wedge and go elsewhere.

JimmE
10-01-2013, 04:05 PM
I'd read these posts about taxis before we went in September this year, so each time we were very careful to ask the driver in advance, how much to take us to the destination. We then got them to confirm that that was for both of us, not each, and that was LE, not GBP!

I then made sure that we had the right money ready before the taxi stopped, wallet away, and clearly handed over the amount one note at a time.

We got on OK, but if it hadn't been for the warnings from others before hand, I'd never have given it a second thought.

Squidge
10-01-2013, 04:05 PM
I can't imagine Claire and I going back to Sharm, no reason in particular, but we just didn't like the place. I have been a fair few times in the past, and it just seems to have gone downhill.

I'd rather spend a bit more wedge and go elsewhere.

Yep, us too.

I know it's unfair to compare but we prefer the underwater wildlife elsewhere too ;) And that wasn't an invitation to crow about your forthcoming trip, either!

londonsean69
10-01-2013, 04:11 PM
Yep, us too.

I know it's unfair to compare but we prefer the underwater wildlife elsewhere too ;) And that wasn't an invitation to crow about your forthcoming trip, either!

Look,
Each
Mention
Brings
Epic
Happiness :D

Tunicates
10-01-2013, 04:18 PM
Look,
Each
Mention
Brings
Epic
Happiness :D

Meanwhile
Almost
Limitless
Diving
Imparts
Vibrantly
Euphoric
Sensations :)

Squidge
10-01-2013, 04:30 PM
Meanwhile
Almost
Limitless
Diving
Imparts
Vibrantly
Euphoric
Sensations :)

Sod
Off
Divers

londonsean69
10-01-2013, 04:33 PM
Just
Exercise
A
Lot
Of
Utter
Surprise
? :D

Squidge
10-01-2013, 04:41 PM
Just
Exercise
A
Lot
Of
Utter
Surprise
? :D

Not
Obviously

londonsean69
10-01-2013, 04:44 PM
Making
Odd
Noises,
Girl
:)

Squidge
10-01-2013, 04:48 PM
Making
Odd
Noises,
Girl
:)

We
Have
A
Terribly

Cunning
Rather
Apt
Plot

;)

londonsean69
10-01-2013, 04:55 PM
Surely
Each
Chapter
Requires
Extra
Time
?

Squidge
10-01-2013, 04:56 PM
Surely
Each
Chapter
Requires
Extra
Time
?

You
Expect
Surprises

;)

londonsean69
10-01-2013, 05:01 PM
Maybe
If
Nothing
Gory
Erupts

Hotreferee
03-02-2013, 07:39 PM
We took the little vans buses,one Egypt pound.No hassle boarded pass quid down the bus.

Stevie H
03-02-2013, 07:46 PM
Fat
Repulsive
Useless
Ignorant
Twat

Boring
And
Tiresome

Adrian
03-02-2013, 07:54 PM
I can't imagine Claire and I going back to Sharm, no reason in particular, but we just didn't like the place. I have been a fair few times in the past, and it just seems to have gone downhill.

I'd rather spend a bit more wedge and go elsewhere.Can't stand the place either. For me it's just a place to pass through to get to a liveaboard. I treat it as an extension of the airport, a place you have to go through, but would never choose to stay. I've been to Egypt a few times over the last 30 years, I've never enjoyed the petty corruption.

Georgina
05-03-2013, 04:29 PM
There is an article in an Arabic newspaper today saying tourist visas maybe increased in July from USD15 to USD25. That's really going to help tourism!
http://www.akhbarak.net/news/
Google translation:
Government raises visa fee foreigners to $ 25
Large
Arab Finance 8 days ago
Comments () All Articles (1)

Cairo - revealed official documents issued by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Egyptian today received a copy of which, for the issuance of Resolution No. 7202, an increase of visa fees of foreigners, including tourists, from 15 to 25 dollars, the beginning of July.

Addressing Office of the Assistant Secretary of State for consulates, the decile, room tourism companies and the General Union of Chambers of Tourism, which replies president, Hossam poet, that the tourism sector is deteriorating because of the political situation, and that reservations in 2013 is very weak, and warned that any new burdens on the sector Stdharh strongly, and the expected financial return of the increase, will cover only a fraction of them.

The student poet and Tourism Minister to intervene to stop the application of any new burdens on tourism during 2013, with the possibility of debate around after the stabilization of the political situation.

Informed sources said that former President Hosni Mubarak, refused to increase the value of Visa in 2005, so as not to hurt the tourism industry at the time.

Georgina
05-03-2013, 04:29 PM
...

londonsean69
05-03-2013, 04:33 PM
TBH $10 is neither here nor there when compared to the overall cost of a dive trip.

Georgina
03-06-2013, 08:20 AM
Bring a torch! Think it's going to be a long, hot summer! Crazy temperatures yesterday in the mid 40's and zero wind. Power cuts all over Egypt as they struggle to meet the demands. Luckily our town has a diesel generator which kicks in eventually, as long as the diesel lasts as it's a big town! The biggest problem is the power surges when the power returns. In Hurghada there were reports of lots of fires with appliances due to the surges. When we get power cuts I unplug everything and even turn off the a.c. at the fuse box though here in El Gouna the guys at the town's power plant should monitor the surges. Off for a cooling dip in the lagoon :-)

Nitnab Nhoj
03-06-2013, 11:27 AM
Antinal.

Noggin the Nog
03-06-2013, 05:34 PM
Eleven trips done & the next in the planning. So I guess our tip would be :- Go there, and often.

Steve C
03-06-2013, 08:04 PM
Antinal.

Oops.. . hope that was not for you!

.. was on same flights as you last week... but went on Whirlwind.

How did you handle the leg room on Monarch? Possibly the WORST charter flight I have ever experienced for leg room!

Steve

londonsean69
03-06-2013, 08:32 PM
Oops.. . hope that was not for you!

.. was on same flights as you last week... but went on Whirlwind.

How did you handle the leg room on Monarch? Possibly the WORST charter flight I have ever experienced for leg room!

Steve

The last time I went to the Red Sea (with Oonas) it was on Monarch. Never again.

JimmE
03-06-2013, 09:53 PM
The last time I went to the Red Sea (with Oonas) it was on Monarch. Never again.

I've not many flights to compare it with, so hadn't considered it before, but now you mention it, I was particularly uncomfortable on the outward leg of our trip to Egypt last year.

On the way back, at check in, I asked if it was possible to have a seat by the door with additional leg room. I was luck to have been near the front of the queue so those seats were still available. Doesn't hurt to ask.

londonsean69
03-06-2013, 09:57 PM
I've not many flights to compare it with, so hadn't considered it before, but now you mention it, I was particularly uncomfortable on the outward leg of our trip to Egypt last year.

On the way back, at check in, I asked if it was possible to have a seat by the door with additional leg room. I was luck to have been near the front of the queue so those seats were still available. Doesn't hurt to ask.

I asked, they wanted £40 per seat, so I self anesthetised instead with the £40 :D

JimmE
03-06-2013, 09:59 PM
I did expect them to say they were going to charge me - in which case I would have probably put up with it as on the trip out!

Perhaps I was just lucky or it was a quiet flight.

Ryanair's proposed 'standing' flights would probably be preferable as long as they don't end up with restricted headroom!

Georgina
05-06-2013, 10:10 AM
Don't forget your jim jams for your car!
http://i1248.photobucket.com/albums/hh483/Rihanagounie/002-1_zps579b1e59.jpg (http://s1248.photobucket.com/user/Rihanagounie/media/002-1_zps579b1e59.jpg.html)

Simon TW
06-06-2013, 10:22 AM
Just a point to note, Egypt is struggling. There are restrictions on foreign currency. If you bring cash you will get a much better rate of exchange here. Also many dive centres want paying in foreign currency and if you pay in local you get a shitty rate.

Cash is King!

Georgina
16-06-2013, 10:30 AM
Exchange rate at Banque Misr this morning £1 = LE10.92

Banks are open Sunday to Thursday.

BTS
16-06-2013, 10:43 AM
Exchange rate at Banque Misr this morning £1 = LE10.92

Banks are open Sunday to Thursday.

Balls... we land Friday eve, where can we change cash?

sheesh
16-06-2013, 10:46 AM
Just go to a cashpoint.

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j_b
16-06-2013, 10:50 AM
Post office is giving 9.91 at the moment...

BTS
16-06-2013, 10:57 AM
Just go to a cashpoint.


Then I get my UK banks exchange rate and pay fees, nothing to gain doing it that way.... In fact it would be better exchanging it here if that was the only option...

sheesh
16-06-2013, 12:27 PM
Then I get my UK banks exchange rate and pay fees, nothing to gain doing it that way.... In fact it would be better exchanging it here if that was the only option...

Hmmm. Hadn't thought of that.

Georgina
16-06-2013, 12:41 PM
Balls... we land Friday eve, where can we change cash?

I'm just trying to call your hotel to see if they exchange money and what rate they are offering but they are not picking up at the moment.

Could you bring enough to get by until Sunday morning or are you diving Sunday?

I think most places will gladly accept Euros or Dollars, even Best Way supermarket.

CIB bank in the marina has a cash machine outside that you put your foreign currency in and it gives you Egyptian Pounds out. Not as good a rate as when the bank is open.

BTS
16-06-2013, 01:04 PM
Cheers Georgina, will the bank at the airport not be open? I have been trying to google it to no avail...

Georgina
16-06-2013, 01:16 PM
Cheers Georgina, will the bank at the airport not be open? I have been trying to google it to no avail...

Your hotel doesn't change money but they said there are many cash machines nearby that exchange notes. Not sure about Hurghada Airport banks. I'll ask my friend tonight who used to be a rep. for Thomas Cook what their rates are like and if they are open all the time.

BTS
16-06-2013, 01:21 PM
The hotel don't change money but they said there are many cash machines nearby that exchange notes. Not sure about Hurghada Airport banks. I'll ask my friend tonight who used to be a rep. for Thomas Cook what their rates are like and if they are open all the time.

Cheers, I think the Exchange ATMs will do for a couple of days...

Craig107
16-06-2013, 02:25 PM
Cheers, I think the Exchange ATMs will do for a couple of days...

Or you could use these Paul, https://firstchoice.onlinecurrency.co.uk/cgi-bin/live/ecommerce.pl?site=firstchoice_onlinecurrency&state=page&page=currencyindex&suppress_header=yes

I think your nearest is Paignton???

HTH

BTS
16-06-2013, 02:44 PM
I am aware it is possible to exchange currency before I go, M&S is round the corner and they hold LE, however, the rate in country is much better than it is here to the tune of around one and a half LE to the pound....

Noggin the Nog
16-06-2013, 03:09 PM
Cheers, I think the Exchange ATMs will do for a couple of days...

Exchange?

Why not just use your card in the ATM machines at the resort. Ok, some look a bit dodgy, just stood there on street corners, but there are others attached to official buildings or in your hotel (or one nearby). We've always had pretty good rates that way. However, you do pay a small transaction fee, so it's better to get a wodge out rather than just small amounts.

BTS
16-06-2013, 03:20 PM
Why not just read the last ten posts

fixed that for you...

Please people, I know you mean well. I don't need advice on exchanging money, I have been past argate more than a few times.

I want to change cash in Egypt because I get more bang for my buck, taking cash out of an ATM doesn't give favourable exchange rates and incurs charges at my bank.

My question to Georgina, as she lives at our destination, was what local options are there as the bank will be shut for a couple of days after we land...

I am all for using the cash swap machines until the banks open or catching the bank at Hurghada airport...

Thank you all, as you were....

Craig107
16-06-2013, 05:56 PM
I am aware it is possible to exchange currency before I go, M&S is round the corner and they hold LE, however, the rate in country is much better than it is here to the tune of around one and a half LE to the pound....


:rofl:Your only talking pennies, you tight arsed northern git:rofl:

BTS
16-06-2013, 06:06 PM
:rofl:Your only talking pennies, you tight arsed northern git:rofl:

Tight! I am taking at least six of our finest English pounds...

Adrian
16-06-2013, 07:43 PM
Tight! I am taking at least six of our finest English pounds...
What, all of them?

sheesh
16-06-2013, 08:24 PM
Tight! I am taking at least six of our finest English pounds...

Why? They already have plenty of sealife. They don't need your sick squid.

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Gareth Jones
17-06-2013, 12:37 AM
:rofl:Your only talking pennies, you tight arsed northern git:rofl:

You know BTS so well, are you brothers? :D

Georgina
03-10-2013, 09:55 AM
The rate at Bank Misr, El Gouna this morning 11.12780 !!

Empty beds last week at the Belgium run hotel next door to me. 700 checking in this weekend for the 6th October holiday!! And many staying on for the next feast 15th - 19th October. Most countries now resumed their flights to Egypt.

http://i1248.photobucket.com/albums/hh483/Rihanagounie/00218_zps64d41715.jpg (http://s1248.photobucket.com/user/Rihanagounie/media/00218_zps64d41715.jpg.html)

greatwhite
04-10-2013, 06:11 PM
Agreed. :)

Do you care to name and shame, so I know who to avoid when going to Sharm?

cheers

Georgina
13-12-2013, 01:18 PM
Egypt is frigging freezing right now. A video clip from St Catherine's in the Sinai today:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=609196325813578

Snow in Cairo.

Strong winds in El Gouna and around 10 degrees which feels like zero in the UK. Never known it so cold. Check the forecast if you are packing to visit because a week ago we were baking in the desert.

Simon TW
13-12-2013, 09:30 PM
Egypt is frigging freezing right now. A video clip from St Catherine's in the Sinai today:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=609196325813578

Snow in Cairo.

Strong winds in El Gouna and around 10 degrees which feels like zero in the UK. Never known it so cold. Check the forecast if you are packing to visit because a week ago we were baking in the desert.

Yep last week I had the Aircon on, today the heating. Warmest place is the water still 26 deg.

Hot Totty
14-12-2013, 09:58 AM
Yep last week I had the Aircon on, today the heating. Warmest place is the water still 26 deg.

Still taking me dry suit next week ;)

Soup Dragon
26-12-2013, 02:58 PM
Wife& I are arriving on 3rd of Jan for 9 days,just a chill out staying at the Park Inn by Radisson,anyone stayed there?Not a dive holiday as such as wife does not dive anymore but I will try and get a few days in any recomendatios for dive outfit in nabq bay?
Cheers all
Soup dragon

ratcliffe
30-01-2014, 03:50 PM
Whats the current weather, and cost of Visa, did it go up in the end, or is it still the hand over 10-12 quid ?

Georgina
31-01-2014, 05:29 AM
We've had a good winter so far. Chilly nights but days with no wind which feel lovely and warm and then a few crazy days with strong winds. All or nothing. Here is the weather forecast for where I live, not sure where you are going? Looks like it will get a bit windier from next week so wind chill factor.
http://www.windguru.cz/int/index.php?sc=25164

At the moment the visa is still USD15.

ash109
06-03-2014, 12:31 PM
At the moment the visa is still USD15.[/QUOTE]

So is that £12 sterling then..... and i hope the weather is warn in el gouna off there tuesday :)

Georgina
06-03-2014, 02:33 PM
At the moment the visa is still USD15.

So is that £12 sterling then..... and i hope the weather is warn in el gouna off there tuesday :)[/QUOTE]

The sterling depends on the exchange rate. The weather is warm in El Gouna and two hours of rain the other day! Luckily I was in Abu Dhabi :-)
Weather forecast again http://www.windguru.cz/int/index.php?sc=25164

Georgina
08-03-2014, 05:48 AM
Thunder, lightning, and showers so far but heavy rain forecast for Sunday:
http://english.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?hourly=1&query=zmw:00000.1.62463&yday=67&weekday=Sunday

El Gouna will resemble a big soggy mud pie afterwards! Still, it's only supposed to happen every ten years :nod:

Georgina
09-03-2014, 08:45 AM
The first shower arrived in El Gouna! Just five minutes and puddles everywhere and water accumulating on patios, roof tops, etc. Rain storm due this afternoon!
http://youtu.be/t5zVHLPbzL8

Georgina
09-03-2014, 04:50 PM
I doubt Egypt has ever seen weather like this before!! Torrential downpours all day. Inbetween the rain pushing gallons of water down the stairs. Brought my cushions inside to keep them dry! Well that didn't work. Towels everywhere soaking up the water inside. Tourists in the hotel next door helping to sweep the water out of their rooms and corridors. Thinking of the poor areas, for sure there will be a lot of bad news. And my brother arrives Monday hopefully for the first visit since I moved here ten years ago :nod:

Another video clip capturing the rain:
http://youtu.be/UDSkb9U3C74

And more rain until around midnight!!

Jim
09-03-2014, 05:25 PM
Same story over here in Sharm. Bit of rain and flooding this morning, then much heavier rain this afternoon. I can see the storm over on the mainland from my front door, pretty amazing! Hope it's not as bad as the storms 4 years ago....

Georgina
09-03-2014, 05:49 PM
About ten times worse than the storm 4 years ago!! Now terrific lightning in the sky so here we go again!

Paulo
09-03-2014, 06:43 PM
It will be good for the farmers ;)

Spirit of Guernsey
09-03-2014, 07:25 PM
Looks like my Christmas holiday in Tunisia a few years ago. Torrential rain for half of the time, everything flooded. Luckily we were all inclusive and the power to the bar was not interrupted.

Georgina
09-03-2014, 07:28 PM
Not sure if you can see this video on Facebook!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152374244858313

stewy41
02-04-2014, 08:39 PM
Could some one in Egypt clear this up please is it better to withdraw money from the cashpoints or take stirling with us and exchange in resort, we are going to sharm.

smileydiver
02-04-2014, 08:54 PM
Take Sterling with you but change it at the bank, not in the hotel itself. I just got back from Sharm Sunday night, was getting 11.5 Egyptian pounds to £1 there. Have a great time!

stewy41
03-04-2014, 04:45 PM
Thanks smileydiver

R0ckcrew
05-04-2014, 06:29 PM
You can change your sterling in the ATM's...many of them are also currency exchanges, saves having to go to banks.

Tommy

Eddie Clamp
05-04-2014, 06:49 PM
You can change your sterling in the ATM's...many of them are also currency exchanges, saves having to go to banks.

Tommy

Yes. there is an example of one of these in the Marriot Hotel, Hurghada. Seem to me you needed an IT degree to be able to use it :sweat:. A very, very nice person from reception helped me - but at my age waddya expect? :nod:

Nidge
05-04-2014, 07:20 PM
Personally, I just use the cashpoints. No hassle, easy done.

Burgo
05-04-2014, 09:45 PM
+1 for the ATMs. NB our hotel when we went to settle up tried to convert the Egyptian pounds to US Dollars at a rubbish rate and then bill the dollars to our credit card. I just went out to the ATM and paid cash.

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timthefish
06-04-2014, 11:21 AM
Easier to draw it out of atms that's what I do. I dunno if it's a better rate but it always seems to be no worse so might as well

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Stevie H
06-04-2014, 04:11 PM
Cash is better because you get the real Egyptian exchange rate, ATM's give you the international banking rate (which is still better then the UK High St) and you may get charged a transaction fee.

Just make sure your notes are new and not ripped, even the tiniest tear will be rejected.

stewy41
07-04-2014, 06:03 PM
Thanks for the info everyone

Teddybeardiver
07-04-2014, 11:06 PM
Not sure if this has been said but if you are taking cash make sure it is English and not Scottish notes. A friend took all her money in Scottish notes and the Egyptian exchange places refused to take them.

South West Diving
08-04-2014, 07:58 AM
A friend took all her money in Scottish notes and the Egyptian exchange places refused to take them.

Very fair I'd say :D

Joe Narvey
08-04-2014, 04:01 PM
My card was retained by an ATM in Sharm in Feb. on a Wednesday, bank closes at 2pm Thursday next time open is Sunday midday and you have to try to talk them not calling out engineer to retrieve card.

Use card if you have others...an can afford to have your card retained.

If in Sharm the shopping centre next to TGIF there are are 3-4 ATMs that will do currency exchange. The security there gives you 80 basis points more than quote ATM rate and can be pushed on it.

smileydiver
08-04-2014, 05:38 PM
My card was retained by an ATM in Sharm in Feb. on a Wednesday, bank closes at 2pm Thursday next time open is Sunday midday and you have to try to talk them not calling out engineer to retrieve card.

Use card if you have others...an can afford to have your card retained.

If in Sharm the shopping centre next to TGIF there are are 3-4 ATMs that will do currency exchange. The security there gives you 80 basis points more than quote ATM rate and can be pushed on it.
I exchanged with the security guards in the shopping centre opposite the Tropitel and they gave a good rate too. Just walked up to ATM and they would then ask if I wanted to exchange with them and show me the rate on their phone. Otherwise I would just take cash to Bank or ATM, prob wouldn't put my cards in the ATMs to be honest.

Foggy
09-04-2014, 10:16 AM
Not sure if this has been said but if you are taking cash make sure it is English and not Scottish notes. A friend took all her money in Scottish notes and the Egyptian exchange places refused to take them.

Roll on independence :):)

Stevie H
10-04-2014, 05:10 PM
prob wouldn't put my cards in the ATMs to be honest.

Why not? I use my Barclays Bank card every week here!!!!

Stevie H
10-04-2014, 05:14 PM
Not sure if this has been said but if you are taking cash make sure it is English and not Scottish notes. A friend took all her money in Scottish notes and the Egyptian exchange places refused to take them.

If shops in England and Northern Ireland refuse to accept Scottish notes what on earth would possess anyone to think they are legal tender elsewhere in the world - thanks for making me giggle like a demented teenager.

smileydiver
10-04-2014, 06:48 PM
Why not? I use my Barclays Bank card every week here!!!!

You live there! I was only there for a few days and if it got swallowed it would be a right faff sorting it out!

AndrewRawlingson
10-04-2014, 07:05 PM
my hsbc card was swallowed on three separate trips in a row, despite me phoning hsbc in advance and telling them that i was going to egypt and them promising the card wouldn't be swallowed. more to do with stupid hsbc than egyptian ATMs i think.

timthefish
10-04-2014, 07:32 PM
I always ring first, Barclays has been fine all over the place.

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Eddie Clamp
10-04-2014, 08:57 PM
my hsbc card was swallowed on three separate trips in a row, despite me phoning hsbc in advance and telling them that i was going to egypt and them promising the card wouldn't be swallowed. more to do with stupid hsbc than egyptian ATMs i think.


Andrew - this is the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Company Limited after all, so it could have been a conspiracy against you, you KeeWee you ;)

Joe Narvey
12-04-2014, 01:06 PM
I think in a number of cases the transaction times out and keeps the card rather than a fraud decision.

Stevie H
13-04-2014, 04:47 PM
You live there! I was only there for a few days and if it got swallowed it would be a right faff sorting it out!

In 10 years it hasn't been swallowed once, if it were to be swallowed the card would go back to the UK and then get sent out again = no cash for around 6 weeks!!!!

smileydiver
13-04-2014, 09:09 PM
In 10 years it hasn't been swallowed once, if it were to be swallowed the card would go back to the UK and then get sent out again = no cash for around 6 weeks!!!!

As per other posts, it does happen sometimes though. Not saying don't use ATMs, just saying I generally choose not to. I am happy with changing cash out there and paying for diving etc. with debit card. Just my preference that's all ...

Georgina
08-05-2014, 06:27 AM
http://egyptianstreets.com/2014/05/08/daylight-savings-returns-to-egypt-as-energy-crisis-looms/

The Egyptian government has decided to re-commence daylight savings, three years after it was cancelled.

State media quoted the Egyptian cabinet’s spokesperson Hossam Al-Queweish announcing the return of daylight savings on May 15. The country will adjust its clock one hour forward as the summer season commences.

Daylight savings had been cancelled by the Egyptian government in April 2011 in a move that received mixed reactions.

Georgina
11-05-2014, 04:49 PM
Clocks go forward 15th May, then back 29th June, then forward 29th July, then back 25th September! Confused? You will be!
http://www.timeanddate.com/time/change/egypt/cairo

Joe Narvey
11-05-2014, 10:57 PM
As per other posts, it does happen sometimes though. Not saying don't use ATMs, just saying I generally choose not to. I am happy with changing cash out there and paying for diving etc. with debit card. Just my preference that's all ...

I was in Sharm February, the ATM had signs fitted to say if your card is retained do this etc. when I told the hotel they were used to it, dive guides had an SOP and when I paid for extras on credit card at dive centre they were familiar with retained card process.

Advice: tell your bank your travelling, take Egyptian, UK and $30. And only put your card in if you can exist without it until you get home.

Georgina
13-05-2014, 05:32 AM
Just seen this. Another USD7 'development tax', on top of the USD25 entry visa, for tourists?

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2014/05/12/government-charge-tourists-7-development-fee/

Beginning in June, the Ministry of Tourism is will impose a $7 development tax on tourists arriving in airports in Alexandria, South Sinai, Hurghada, Luxor and Aswan, according to ministry officials.

The fee, which would not be applied in Marsa Alam International Airport, would be enforced for six months, said Adala Ragab, economic advisor to Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou.

Egypt’s tourism income declined during the first quarter of this year to $1.3bn, down 43% from the same period last year, which prompted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in May to raise the visa fee for tourists from $ 15 to $25.

Egyptian tourism companies have petitioned the Ministry of Tourism about the visa fee raise, saying the decision does not take into account the state of the industry since the 25 January Revolution, Ragab said.

Tourism employs 3.8 million workers directly and indirectly, according to the Ministry of Tourism.

Ragab said, however, that the ministry “cannot repeal the development fee because parliament passed it as law.” She said the ministry is considering how to impose it.

The Ministry of Tourism imposed departure fees between $15 and $20 for more than five months at Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh Airports, which amounted to $122m. Rajab said the fees are playing a role in “supporting the sector during its crisis.”

Hisham Ali, president of the Tourism Investor Association of South Sinai, said the decision along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ decision to raise its visa fee from $15 to $25 per passenger, will support tourism However, he believes it would have been better if the ministry postponed the fee hike.

South Sinai contains 33% of the all hotel rooms in Egypt, which total 225,000 rooms.

The average occupancy rate is between 40% and 45%, he said. “I do not expect it to increase during the coming period,” he said.

Fifteen European countries issued travel warnings regarding the Sinai Peninsula last February after the bombing of a tourist bus near Taba on Egypt’s border with the occupied Palestinian territories.

European tourists account for 72% of all foreigners travelling to Egypt, Ali said. “European tourists only come via high-cost regulated airlines, compared to charter flights,” he said.

While the number of tourists from Western Europe has declined, tourists from Russia and Eastern Europe are still flocking to Egypt, Ali said. “Occupancy rates in Sharm El-Sheikh are higher than those in nearby destinations,” he said.

Georgina
27-06-2014, 10:04 AM
A reminder that we have returned to winter time for the holy month of Ramadan here in Egypt. We are now just one hour ahead of BST.

Georgina
30-07-2014, 02:11 PM
The clocks will change in Egypt once again on Thursday night, going forward to summer time, and two hours ahead of BST.

Noggin the Nog
30-07-2014, 04:28 PM
The clocks will change in Egypt once again on Thursday night, going forward to summer time, and two hours ahead of BST.

The aircrew bringing the holiday makers in will still get it wrong when they tell you what the local time is on landing.
They always do :-)

Georgina
24-09-2014, 09:24 AM
And the clocks are changing again on Thursday at midnight. Turning back one hour so Egypt will be just one hour ahead of BST.

The exchange rate here today is LE11.71 = GBP1.

Beduffshirl
17-10-2014, 11:52 AM
What will they be on 1st - 8th November - confused . com

Georgina
17-10-2014, 12:05 PM
When do the clocks change in the UK? We are one hour ahead now but two hours when your clocks go back. You're confused! The whole of Egypt is confused :)

Beduffshirl
17-10-2014, 12:44 PM
Next Saturday in the UK - so it will be 2 hours when we get there the Sat after

Georgina
23-04-2015, 06:35 AM
The clocks were originally going to change again this summer four times, starting tonight, but it has been cancelled.

You may need to double check your flight timings incase they took into account a time change that has been cancelled?

Liquidity
16-07-2016, 09:28 AM
I've read right through this post and have found the tips very useful. But as it's been a while I thought I'd ask for an update.

I'm off to Egypt for the first time towards the end of this year. Staying in Makadi Bay and diving with a local centre who advertises their prices in euros.

We are all inclusive and apart from transfers, really don't expect to be moving very far away from the resort complex.

My plan was to take Stirling to exchange for LE at a local bank for tips and any extras (thinking about £200 should cover it), but take Euros to pay for the diving to save any exchange issues at the time.

Visas I am told should be able to be bought at the airport for £20 in Stirling. This still right?

Thanks

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Simon TW
16-07-2016, 10:01 AM
I've read right through this post and have found the tips very useful. But as it's been a while I thought I'd ask for an update.

I'm off to Egypt for the first time towards the end of this year. Staying in Makadi Bay and diving with a local centre who advertises their prices in euros.

We are all inclusive and apart from transfers, really don't expect to be moving very far away from the resort complex.

My plan was to take Stirling to exchange for LE at a local bank for tips and any extras (thinking about £200 should cover it), but take Euros to pay for the diving to save any exchange issues at the time.

Visas I am told should be able to be bought at the airport for £20 in Stirling. This still right?

Thanks

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Yep that's about right, Visa is $25

You will get a much better rate changing Sterling to LE, you may be better paying for your diving on your card, ask the card provider what the rate and charges are and then see if it beats the exchange rate that you get in the UK.

Is it idive who you're booking with?

Liquidity
16-07-2016, 12:26 PM
Yep that's about right, Visa is $25

You will get a much better rate changing Sterling to LE, you may be better paying for your diving on your card, ask the card provider what the rate and charges are and then see if it beats the exchange rate that you get in the UK.

Is it idive who you're booking with?
Yeah. That's right. I've been in touch with Erika over there as I wanted to make sure I didn't have to dive consecutive days and a few other things I wanted to check.

Just another quick question, what is it usual to tip over there? A previous post suggested 5LE. Sound about right?

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david burke
19-07-2016, 03:23 AM
that would depend what the tip is for, 5LE about 40p

David D
19-07-2016, 08:21 AM
If you're paying in cash, anything priced in Euros is better paid for in Euros.

If you want to pay a Euro charge in Sterling they will convert in one rubbish rate to LE and then a second rubbish rate to Euros, rather than a straight Sterling to Euro rate. This cost me an extra £10ish recently for a €75 bar tab, very annoying.

May work better on a card. If they take one.

Rottweiler
19-07-2016, 11:35 AM
This seems like the right place to ask (apologies for the hijack) :)
Heading out to Whirlwind in September, been a couple years since I've been out to Egypt... what's the going rate for liveaboard tips these days? Last time I recalled paying in one currency but then hearing others say the local crew can get more for their money with another currency, only issue is I can't recall which way round it was, lol. And with the current exchange rates I don't know if GBP or Euro would be best.

Also heading out of Hurghada instead of Sharm... is there a good centre in Hurghada for last-night drinks?

Cheers all,
Martin

Neilwood
19-07-2016, 11:40 AM
This seems like the right place to ask (apologies for the hijack) :)
Heading out to Whirlwind in September, been a couple years since I've been out to Egypt... what's the going rate for liveaboard tips these days? Last time I recalled paying in one currency but then hearing others say the local crew can get more for their money with another currency, only issue is I can't recall which way round it was, lol. And with the current exchange rates I don't know if GBP or Euro would be best.

Also heading out of Hurghada instead of Sharm... is there a good centre in Hurghada for last-night drinks?

Cheers all,
Martin

Interested in the responses as I am on the same boat at the start of October!

Rottweiler
19-07-2016, 12:20 PM
Interested in the responses as I am on the same boat at the start of October!

2nd October Neil? I get off on the 1st! First time on Whirlwind?

Neilwood
19-07-2016, 01:02 PM
2nd October Neil? I get off on the 1st! First time on Whirlwind?

Thats the one! It is my first time on a liveaboard (first time diving abroad at all in fact). Really looking forward to it so any tips would be greatly appreciated.

Georgina
19-07-2016, 01:57 PM
I haven't been on a liveaboard for years so not sure on tips these days.

I live 25km north of Hurghada. All the cash points exchange sterling and euros and the exchange rate is much better here. Today it is 1 GBP = 11.68 EGP.

Hurghada Marina is a great place to spend you last night. Lots of choices of bars and restaurants. Bit pricey for Egypt though.

If you prefer something more authentic, leave the marina at the El Minya Mosque gate (you can't miss the mosque). Turn right and you are back into traditional Egyptian rubbish strewn streets with the odd goat, sheep and cats. Inbetween the marina and mosque is the fish market and lovely old fishing boats. Opposite the entrance to the fish market is a great and cheap fish restaurant. (25 EGP for a special soup full of chunky white fish, prawns, crabs.) Lovely hot Egyptian bread and salads with dips of tahina, babaganoug, pickles, egg plants, etc. No alcohol though.

Anyone coming out mid September it will be Eid Al Adha (the feast of the slaughter). Everywhere very quiet with tourists but busy now with Egyptian tourists from Cairo as it is summer holidays. Many tourist shops closed down and bazaars full of locals instead.

Weather will be great that time of year.

And we didn't change our clocks to summer time this year so we are one hour ahead of BST.

Enjoy!!!


Mosque and fishing boats taken in April:
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Hurghada marina shops and restaurants:

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https://scontent-mxp1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/t31.0-8/13483106_10154215536483255_5427675194966961373_o.j pg

Big Joe
19-07-2016, 10:09 PM
Check the liveaboard company website (Read before you leave or something similar). They usually have suggestions for tip amounts. Visa at the airport was £18 in June. They took £20 sterling and gave 20le change. Last year I got my change in sterling. I suppose it depends on what change they have on hand. They like paper money, but don't like coins.

Rottweiler
20-07-2016, 11:30 AM
Thats the one! It is my first time on a liveaboard (first time diving abroad at all in fact). Really looking forward to it so any tips would be greatly appreciated.

Will PM you Neil, had a few tips on my first trip out there which were very handy to know :)

Thanks Georgina! Great info :y:

TBH I've read dozens of sites with tip recommendations, all pointing to different amounts and different currencies, was hoping for a fellow TDF'er who's been out recently and can offer advice first-hand. Although will give Scuba Travel a bell beforehand anyway.

M

Neilwood
20-07-2016, 12:16 PM
Will PM you Neil, had a few tips on my first trip out there which were very handy to know :)

Thanks Georgina! Great info :y:

TBH I've read dozens of sites with tip recommendations, all pointing to different amounts and different currencies, was hoping for a fellow TDF'er who's been out recently and can offer advice first-hand. Although will give Scuba Travel a bell beforehand anyway.

M

Would be great if you can give me some pointers. Have to say I have found Scuba Travel to be pretty helpful so far with any questions I have had (I have had a few scheduling issues as I was supposed to be at a wedding in Ireland the day prior to flying but that is not now going to happen due to clashes in flight times).

Georgina - looks really nice.

steelemonkey
20-07-2016, 03:45 PM
would be great if you can give me some pointers. Have to say i have found scuba travel to be pretty helpful so far with any questions i have had (i have had a few scheduling issues as i was supposed to be at a wedding in ireland the day prior to flying but that is not now going to happen due to clashes in flight times).

georgina looks really nice.

ftfy