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Please help with info on visas.

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Please help with info on visas.

Please can someone put us straight on the matter of visa's, we are staying in sharm and do not plan to go on trips this visit, so do we need to buy a visa?

If so where do we buy it? how much? and what currency do we need to buy this?

We have been told by some that one is not needed and by others that we do!

Isn't the visa card that they give you on the plane to fill in enough?

Thanks for your replys.

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1. Re: Please help with info on visas.

If you are staying in Sharm and not going anywhere you do not need a visa. We never got a visa last time we were there.

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2. Re: Please help with info on visas.

Hi,

Extract from the Tips thread at the top of the forum:

VISAS: - Single entry visas are obtainable when you land in Sharm – usually £10 - £12 if you pay in sterling, although we haggled in Dec ’07 & paid only £8.50p each thru Thomson. You won't be holding everyone up - most people do it this way.

Join the queue on the far left, or far right, if you can, where it says $15 on the booth, not the Thomson queue - change is given in local currency if you hand over sterling.

You'll only need a visa if you intend to leave Sinai during your stay in Sharm – i.e. if you intend to visit Cairo, Luxor, & Ras Mohamed by boat, road or quad. No visa required for Mount Sinai & St. Catherine’s monastery, Tiran Island boat trip, desert quads or seascope trips. If not intending to leave Sinai, write “Sinai only” on the back of the landing card & proceed to passport control.

This waiver applies if you’re visiting Sinai for 15 days or less; any longer & you must buy a visa. (It’s a “throwback” from the Camp David Peace Treaty.)

Multiple entry visas are available at about £18 from the embassy in London, prior to travel.

If you decide that you want a visa part way thru your hol there was a provision for your rep to obtain one for you, but not at the discounted prices & they would expect about £3 handling fee too. (end quote)

The current price at the rep's desk is about £13 but it's still $15 at the booths with those signs on or hand over £10.

So - to summerise, no visa needed unless you plan to travel to Cairo, Luxor or Ras Mohammend National Park by ANY means.

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3. Re: Please help with info on visas.

Got home last week, didn't go out of sinai so didn't get a visa.

They will try and sell you to the buy the visa but we just kepted to the right and put sinai only on the back of imagration card and then went straight to customs/passport control.No problem

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