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  • February 28, 2017
    Visiting Abu Simbel for Sun Festival? Think again!

    The Sun Festival occurs at two distinct dates, on 22 October and 22 February. These dates are believed to signify the birthday of the Ramses II and the day he ascended to the throne. On each of these two days, when the sun enters the temple at dawn, the rays illuminate the statues at the […]

  • February 27, 2017
    Tourist scam at the tombs of Valley of the Kings in Egypt

    The Valley of the Kings in the west bank of Luxor houses the tombs of Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC. With discoveries in 2005 and 2008 of tombs, the valley is known to contain 63 tombs and chambers. […]

  • March 17, 2015
    No more visa-on-arrival for anyone to Egypt

    Starting May 15, 2015, every international tourist must obtain a visa prior to visiting Egypt, as announced by Egypt’s ministry of foreign affairs. Currently, citizens of a lot of countries got their tourist visas on arrival at an airport, but after May 15, everyone must obtain visas before entering Egypt. Although rules for tour groups […]

  • June 6, 2014
    Cash-strapped Egypt imposes a new fee for travelers

    After increasing visa fees and imposing ‘development tax’ in the last two months, Egyptian authorities have now decided to levy a new airport tax on travelers leaving the country. The government started applying the roughly $25 fee on ticket purchases through airline companies last month, which means that the airline companies have been passing the […]

  • May 13, 2014
    Egypt will charge ‘development tax’ for tourists at certain airports

    Inspite of multiple countries issuing travel warnings to Egypt, extreme travelers still prefer to visit the land of pyramids. So after increasing the tourist visa fee from $15 to $20 this May, the Ministry of Tourism announced that beginning June this year, there will be a development tax of $7 on tourists arriving in airports […]

  • April 24, 2014
    Increase in tourist visa fees for Egypt

    Egypt will increase tourist visa fees from $15 to $20 starting on May 1, 2014. According to Hesham Zazou, tourism minister, the increase is slight and is not expected to affect the flow of tourists to the country. The decision to increase the cost of a tourist visa to Egypt was previously postponed several times. […]

  • May 25, 2011
    Egypt opens seven Pharaonic tombs to visitors

    Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities on Monday announced the opening of Pharaonic tombs to tourists after restorations had been completed. In a press statement, Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass said the tombs date back to Egypt’s New Kingdom period (1569 to 1081 BCE) and include the tomb of Horemheb, a general who seized power at the end […]

  • February 11, 2011
    Check travel insurance policies for “civil unrest”

    With the ongoing uprising in Egypt, many travelers were surprised to find out their insurance policies don’t include civil unrest in the trip cancellation/interruption coverage. If you’re planning a trip to Egypt and haven’t yet bought travel insurance, the cancellation/interruption coverage no longer applies because the company now considers civil unrest a “foreseeable event.” But […]

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