USD, EGP, or EUR for a VISA?

Feb 21st, 2011, 03:13 AM
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USD, EGP, or EUR for a VISA?

I'm pretty sure I have the answer to this question, but need to know if someone has had experience paying for their Egyptian Visa with any other currency OTHER than USD.

I have been delayed in the USA significantly longer than I ever planned to be and am almost out of USD. Will Egypt FOR SURE accept either EUR or EGP to pay for my new 30 day visa?

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Feb 21st, 2011, 04:36 AM
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I know for sure they take EUR but that's been for European visitors. Do not know if they will accept EUR for a US visa. Sorry this only helps half way.

But knowing Egypt a bit I am sure they will take EUR from you as they certainly will not turn you back.
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Feb 21st, 2011, 09:14 AM
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Yes, they accept Euro. They have never asked me where I am from when I bought the little stamp at the exchange office.
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Feb 21st, 2011, 01:02 PM
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YEA! Thank God! I'm way way way short on USD and don't know if I can make what little I have left stretch that far. Will try, but would hate to have them give me a hard time at this point when I tried to get back in.
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Feb 21st, 2011, 02:53 PM
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Surprised to see your name attached to this thread!

While there's always an ATM for withdrawal of USD* before departing to cover this,

... believe at this point, the Egyptian authorities would be glad with "any" currency for a Visa from people arriving!

*anything in excess will be good when you again visit the States.
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Feb 21st, 2011, 10:46 PM
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Yep... on my second return to Egypt after Jordan I could not find my US bucks... so they happily took my Egyptian pounds.
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Feb 22nd, 2011, 04:16 AM
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sandi - I understand if I could use an ATM I could have access to loads of USD, BUT.... having lived in Egypt for so long (13 years) I have REALLY broken the ATM and Credit Card habit. I have no PIN number, or at least one I know of, and on short notice can't secure it from my US bank. As it is, my credit card is near melt down with so much use, but at least it is still working, but getting cash from it isn't happening.
Ms. Green - that is exactly the answer I wanted to hear. That might mean I can use the last of my USD for tipping people here that need tipping. Whew! I don't think they would be happy to receive EGP for tips. LOL
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Feb 22nd, 2011, 07:27 AM
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Debbie - now I understand!

Wouldn't it be nice if we'd all learn to break that "hole in the wall" and "plastic" habits.

I'm sure you'll be fine with the few greenbacks, and Euro for that Visa.

Safe travels and do tell all when you're back home!
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Feb 22nd, 2011, 05:20 PM
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This is a historical thread--CC asked an Egypt question and we were able to help. Usually it's the other way around so I'm glad the Fodorites can be there for her, as she's always there for us.

Please be safe CC and do let us know how things are in Egypt.
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Feb 22nd, 2011, 05:34 PM
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Debbie , You will be okay.

I told them at the Cairo airport that whatever currency you have they better take it or else.!!!

By the time I got through with the Custom people there ,they were shaking in their boots....so your okay.
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Feb 25th, 2011, 01:03 PM
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Thanks Percy. Whatever you did worked. They took 15EUR from me and gave me change back - NO questions asked.

And whatever you did with the Customs people worked too. They never even asked to see my passport, much less what was in my bags. Wish I'd been bringing more liquor back. LOL
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Feb 25th, 2011, 02:50 PM
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What can I say !!

It is amazing the pull that I have with Cairo Customs.

Glad to help you ...anytime

Happy your are home and safe

Take Care
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Feb 25th, 2011, 05:38 PM
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Percy - you are indeed a multi-talented individual!!!

Debbie - Am curious to hear how things are there, from your perspective. DH has (for now)) taken Cairo off the table for our next move, but.....you never know!
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Feb 25th, 2011, 05:58 PM
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Hi Grcxx3

I would do the same for you if the Cairo Customs were giving you a hard time
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Feb 25th, 2011, 06:48 PM
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Thanks Percy - but I wouldn't be the problem....it would be DH!

He had a warrant out for his arrest for several years and was actually sentenced to jail time! Long story.....company mistake...but DH got the jail time! It was supposedly cleared up about 2 weeks before the revolution....so who knows!!!!!

But for the foreseeable future....he's not getting anywhere NEAR Egypt!
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Feb 25th, 2011, 07:07 PM
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Then I guess you, Debbie,scotgirl and me will have drinks in Cairo.

Just like the last time I am buying

I will clear this mess up for your husband when I am there !!!!
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Feb 25th, 2011, 07:09 PM
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Percy - you are a true gem!!!!
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Feb 26th, 2011, 03:36 AM
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I'm here and waiting for it.
Grcxx3 - From my seat here in my office everything looks the same outside.
I did just talk to one of my guides who cautioned me to not be going out at night. There is a midnight curfew that we are supposed to obey, and I have no major ideas to mess with it. Maybe when Percy is here to straighten out the kids that want to be bad after midnight.
But, by day things seem to be fine.
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Feb 26th, 2011, 05:43 AM
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OMG G!! I think your DH should never set foot in that country again. I feel sad saying that as I know how you loved that country but it's not worth the risk.
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Feb 26th, 2011, 06:28 AM
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P_M - I think it will all work out eventually, but for now, he's a no-go!
Now me............
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