Overland Egypt Travel

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Visiting Egypt[edit]

Give a brief overview of what it's like to visit. How easy is the border, how safe is the country, are there great things to see and do, etc.

Entering Egypt with a Car or Motorbike[edit]

Correct as of: June 2013

Required Paperwork[edit]

(To check if you need a travel Visa for Egypt, application instructions and fees see: Egypt Visa online application at VisaHQ.com)

Process at border[edit]

In July 2013 UnUrban Adventures describe the border crossing from Sudan to Egypt very well in their blog post Sudan to Egypt on Lake Nasser. The blog post lists contact information, prices and the whole process. It's very much worth the read.

In May 2017 at; http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/sub-saharan-africa/sudan-egypt-vice-versa-no-918277 Jbernert reported on Horizons Unlimited that a new crossing point on the west side of the Nile is now open. Dongola Sudan to / from Abu Simbel Egypt. "No more Lake Nasser Crossing" Road and Border Post are clearly visible on Sat. Images.

In October 2015 Overlanders shipped their vehicles form Greece to Egypt. A very detailed explanation of the process is here http://4-wheel-nomads.de/?p=3775

Cost of entry[edit]

Leaving Sudan across Lake Nasser seems to cost around $360.00 USD
Entering Egypt is around £1,300.00 EGP

March 2014: 360 USD in Sudan for transportation, 955 egyptian pounds for clearing in Aswan & 50 USD to the fixer.

Permitted length of stay[edit]

30 days appears normal.

Extension of stay[edit]

In July 2013, UnUrban Adventures] explained it as follows: To extend our personal visa would not be a problem, but to extend the car papers is not so easy. It can be done, but takes two days and cost a bit of money. We were not really sure about the process, but it would involve getting a new Egyptian driving permit, new license plates for the car, and we did not know what they would do with the Carnet de Passage. We would probably need the help of a fixer to find all these places in Port Said. There would be bribes to be paid, and another round with the Egyptian bureaucracy was not really tempting.

Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country[edit]

Describe if/how a vehicle can be stored, and for how long.
Also mention if the owner / temporary importer can leave the country while the vehicle is in storage.

Exiting with a vehicle[edit]

In July 2013 UnUrban Adventures describe the border crossing leaving Egypt to Israel very well in their blog post Taba in Egypt to Eilat in Israel. The blog post lists prices and the whole process. It's very much worth the read.

Driving in Egypt[edit]

Recommended books for Overlanding in Egypt[edit]

Lonely Planet Egypt (travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Egypt (travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet, Anthony Sattin, Jessica Lee
From $13.82 on Amazon
Work Less To Live Your Dreams: A Practical Guide To Sa...
Work Less To Live Your Dreams: A Practical Guide To Sa...
by Dan Grec
From $click on Amazon
Overlanders' Handbook: Worldwide Route And Planning Gu...
Overlanders' Handbook: Worldwide Route And Planning Gu...
by Chris Scott
From $22.49 on Amazon
Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: A Route & Planning Gu...
Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: A Route & Planning Gu...
by Chris Scott
From $click on Amazon
Egypt: Luxor To Aswan (footprint Focus)
Egypt: Luxor To Aswan (footprint Focus)
by Vanessa Betts
From $21.86 on Amazon
TRAVELIVING - a romantic & practical guide

TRAVELIVING - a romantic & practical guide
by The Pin Project

at 10$ on thepinproject.eu

Travel insurance for Egypt[edit]

World Nomads offer the most flexible Travel Insurance at the best prices for multi-country / multi-year trips. You can buy, extend and claim online, even after you've left home.

Vehicle insurance requirements[edit]

Although the COMESA yellow card states that it is valid in Egypt in actual fact it is not. Local insurance can be purchased at the border or at the port (depending if you are driving in or shipping in).

Cost of vehicle insurance[edit]

See the prices listed on the COMESA Insurance page.

Where to purchase vehicle insurance[edit]

Describe where insurance can be purchased.

Driving license[edit]

State the kind of driving licenses required. i.e. International Driving Permit.

Driving side of road[edit]

Right.
Unknown if RHD vehicles can be driven in Egypt.

Mandatory items in vehicle[edit]

State any mandatory items that must be carried in the vehicle. (i.e. safety triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, etc.)

Roads[edit]

General Road quality[edit]

Give a brief description of the general road quality. Mention if one way streets are common.

Road signs[edit]

Briefly describe the overall quality & existence of road signs for directions and hazards.

Toll roads[edit]

List the frequency and approximate price of toll roads.

Bribery in Egypt[edit]

Briefly describe how common bribery is and whether it should be expected, and the best way to deal with it.

Checkpoints[edit]

describe the frequency of checkpoints (police or military and what to expect.

Traveling with pets[edit]

List the entry requirements and anything else required to travel with a pet.

Gas price in Egypt and Diesel price in Egypt[edit]

Last updated: October 2012 (diesel March 2014)

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Gasoline Grade Price
Unleaded €0.47 EUR per Liter
Diesel €0.11 EUR per Liter

Gas and Diesel Availability / Frequency[edit]

Briefly describe if gas shortages are known to occur.
Also state the approximate average distance between gas stations. This is a very rough estimate.

Gas and Diesel Quality[edit]

Discuss if gasoline / diesel considered "clean" or "dirty", and generally high or low quality.
State the sulfur content of diesel, if known.

Safety and Security Considerations[edit]

Driving at night[edit]

Discuss driving at night and if it should it be avoided. Mention why.

Vehicle parking[edit]

Discuss if vehicles can be parked on the street, if they are considered "safe" at night. If vehicles can not be parked on the street, list the other options that exist.

Special driving considerations[edit]

A List of special things to be careful of (i.e. Unsigned speed bumps, abnormal road rules, people or animals on the road, etc.).
List any roads that are not recommended to drive for safety or other security reasons.

Security advisories and information[edit]

Camping in Egypt[edit]

Describe if organized "pay" camping is common. List the facilities commonly found at these campsites.
List the approximate average price range of camping in organized campgrounds.
Also discuss the possibility of "wild" or "roadside" camping. How common is it? Is it considered safe, or a bad idea.

Camping guide books[edit]

List and link to books specifically for camping.

Drinking water[edit]

Describe if the regular tap water is safe to drink. If not, describe where safe water can be purchased and the approximate average price range.

Navigation[edit]

Paper maps[edit]

Reise Know-How are amoung the best paper maps. Purchase paper maps before arriving in Egypt

Egypt Map
Egypt Map
by Reise Knowhow
From $click on Amazon
Egypt (national Geographic Adventure Map)
Egypt (national Geographic Adventure Map)
by National Geographic Maps - Adventure
From $8.30 on Amazon
Egypt (national Geographic Adventure Map)
Egypt (national Geographic Adventure Map)
by National Geographic Maps - Adventure
From $8.30 on Amazon
Lonely Planet Egypt (travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Egypt (travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet, Anthony Sattin, Jessica Lee
From $13.82 on Amazon

GPS Maps of Egypt[edit]

Tracks4Africa are the undisputed best GPS maps for Africa.
Tracks4Africa is an SD Card for Garmin GPS, and contain Routable turn-by-turn maps with 809,000 kms of roads and over 129,000 points of interest.

Gps Map Of Africa
Gps Map Of Africa
From $click on Amazon

GPS co-ordinates for camping, propane, gas, repairs, etc. in Egypt[edit]

  • iOverlander is a website and iPhone application designed by Overlanders, for Overlanders. It contains GPS co-ordinates and reviews for camping, hotels, propane, water, mechanics, borders and much more.

Link to sites that have a list of GPS co-ordinates (or directions) for camping locations (including "wild" campsites), propane filling, gas stations, repair shops, places of interest, etc.

Special Overland Travel interests[edit]

List any special items / places that are popular with Overlanders

Vehicle Maintenance[edit]

Dealers[edit]

4x4s / Trucks

Motorbikes

Local Garages[edit]

Add known good mechanics here.

Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Egypt[edit]

Buy
Describe how a foreigner can buy a vehicle. List any difficulties or limitations on where the vehicle can be driven.

Sell
Describe how a foreigner can sell a foreign-plated vehicle, or list not possible.'

References[edit]

Links to the source of any information - blogs or discussion forums, etc.


Helpful External links[edit]

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