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I've been advised that I don't need visa for overnight in Egypt, is this true?

I've been advised that I don't need visa for overnight in Egypt, is this true?

May 2nd, 2007, 03:37 AM
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I've been advised that I don't need visa for overnight in Egypt, is this true?


Hello everyone,

Traveling with Princess Cruises, we planned our own overnight excursion. Princess will not help us get a visa when we plan an overnight stay on our own. A private Egyptian guide has advised me that I don't need a visa.

Is it true that we don't need a visa? I hope someone knows and will advise me.

Thanks,
Nannette
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May 2nd, 2007, 05:24 AM
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May 2nd, 2007, 05:40 AM
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For $10 you can a Visa on arrival.
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May 2nd, 2007, 08:37 AM
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Thank you thit_cho, As an American, I'm out of luck!

-Sandi- Have you had experience arriving in Port Said with a cruise ship? If so,
is it at Port Said that I can get the visa stamp? I know I can get it at the airports upon arrival, I just don't know if I can get the stamp when I am arriving at the Port.
Thank ahead of time to anyone who has an answer to this question.

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May 2nd, 2007, 08:42 AM
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Americans can get visas on arrival, but there was no way I could ascertain your citizenship from your post.
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May 2nd, 2007, 11:29 AM
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Nannette -

Two choices

1) Find the Egypt Consular or Embassy website, search for Visas. Often their is information as to who needs, how to obtain, where (airports, seaports, land borders), and how much.

2) Call the Egypt Consular or Embassy office and ask. There's a consular office in NYC, believe on 2nd Avenue; the embassy is located in Washington DC.


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May 2nd, 2007, 07:14 PM
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Thit_cho- I am an American, I cannot believe I didn't disclose that. I'll try to be more careful. Thank you so much for your helpfulness.

Sandi- After calling the Consular, I found out that I can get my tourist visa at the port, since I'm with the cruise and an American. They didn't disclose that until the third phone call. I told them that my Egyptian guide and Arab.net declare that I don't have to send my passport in to the consulate to get a visa, that I can just get it at the port. Then she concurred. It is so frustrating! Thanks for the help.
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May 3rd, 2007, 05:36 AM
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Figured you could get the Visa at the port.

Unfortunately, unless you are specific when contacting foreign consular or embassy offices (though same can be true with major US corporations), you often have to make repeat calls to get the information you actually need.

Glad it worked for you.
Download the Egyptian Visa form from their website, have it completed, along with your fee... process should go quickly.

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May 3rd, 2007, 07:48 AM
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I called the Egyptian Consolute in San Francisco to find out whether I could satisfy their requirement of an AIDS test for working foreigners by taking a test in the US. They told me that "they'd never heard of a requirement" that foreigners get an AIDS test before working in Egypt.

I got over here & of course there was such a requirement.
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May 3rd, 2007, 07:56 AM
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Yup - my husband had to have an AIDS test every year that we were there in order to renew his work permit.
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May 4th, 2007, 03:35 AM
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Sandi- I never thought of filling out the forms ahead of time. Great tip! Thanks again!

Sunshine007 & Grcxx3- Unbelievable!!

I felt that there had to be another way, that is why I called the Washington DC consulate and the NY consulate several times. I also emailed the Egyptian I.M.S. and Arab.net. Finally, it is over!

Thank you all for your help.
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May 4th, 2007, 07:17 AM
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This has little to do with the Egyptian visa itself, but I feel I must say it - not to chastise but to clarify.

One is not tested for AIDS. AIDS is a syndrome based on advancement/progression of HIV. In reality, one is not even typically tested for the HIV itself. The tests are looking for HIV antibodies. There are tests that specifically "look for" the HIV (called a PCR), but they are quite expensive and are not typically used to test/diagnose one's HIV status - negative or positive. They are used, more often, after a positive antibody test in order to determine "how much" HIV is in a person's bloodstream.

Again, I'm not chastising. I think when we are all discussing, on this board, travels to the continent that is the hardest hit with this pandemic, it is important to know and understand the basic facts.

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May 4th, 2007, 08:14 AM
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Shane - Valid point. Thank you for clarifying the terminology.

I was only pointing out that - just as I had what was called an "HIV Test" when I was pregnant with each of my children - my husband was required to have what was called an "HIV Test" as a condition of continued employment for the 4 years we lived in Egypt.


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May 4th, 2007, 08:52 AM
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Jeez Louise! (Or should I say, Jeez Going To Africa) Picky, picky, picky.

I used common terminology that everyone can understand and I was using it as an example of something totally unrelated -- how the Egyptian consulates don't give you the correct information.

Frankly under these circumstances, I don't think you need to lecture us on what the correct terminology is. And I will continue to use the term AIDs Test.
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May 4th, 2007, 10:31 AM
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Sunshine, it has nothing to do with "picky, picky, picky." It has everything to do with correct, correct, correct.

It's a shame that when someone points out basic facts about a disease that has killed millions of people and orphans thousands of children a day on the continent you so diligently post about visiting, you take such offense and dogmatically remain pig-headed.

If you drive 10 miles to work and someone points out a route that is only 5 miles, would you continue to drive your original route for the sake of saving face.

I am not going to get caught up in a flame war with you. If you want to continue to be incorrect, so be it.

I respectfully withdraw from this conversation.

Shane
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May 4th, 2007, 10:54 AM
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Shane, I think in your example, you would have pointed out that the drive was only 9.89769 miles, not 10 miles. None of us are physicians, and frankly, pig-headed or not, I'm not sure what your post is about. For a lot of reasons, the test is referred to as an AIDS test, not an HIV antibody test.
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May 4th, 2007, 11:10 AM
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Just because we are not physicians is not a "free ticket" for ingorance. I am not a physician either. That type of ignorance is what will keep some people believing that hugging an orphaned child in Africa might cause them to become infected.

Oddly enough, I have never routinely heard it referred to as an AIDS test, probably because such a test doesn't exist.

You seem to get right down to the paticulars in your post, "...Afghani, Algerian, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bangladeshi, Bosnian, Chechnyan, Croatian, Georgian, Indian, Indonesian, Iraqi, Iranian, Israeli, Kazakh, Kirgh, Lebanese, Macaonese, Macedonian, Moldavian, Montenegron, Moroccon, Pakistani, Palestinian, Filipino, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Sri-Lankan, Tadzhiki, Thai, Tunisian, Turkmeni, Ukrainian, Uzbeki or from any African county other than South Africa" in order to "educate" someone.

I fail to see the difference.

Have the best day

Shane
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May 4th, 2007, 08:13 PM
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I googled "AIDS test" and found this from none other than the his brochure is from the National Institutes of Health

Should You Have the HIV Test?

This booklet talks about testing for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. If you should take the test to know if you have HIV, (sometimes called the AIDS test), answer these questions.

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May 9th, 2007, 08:42 AM
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This should have read:

I googled "AIDS test" and found this from none other than a brochure from the National Institutes of Health

"Should You Have the HIV Test?

This booklet talks about testing for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. If you should take the test to know if you have HIV, (sometimes called the AIDS test), answer these questions..."



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