I have just returned from a Nile cruise. The company we went with organised all our visas and they were all ready to stick in our passports when we arrived. We later handed them our passports for a few hours, whilst they photocopied them and we paid a few days later. It was wonderfully easy, with no queues...we sailed through immigration.
I've now booked to go to Marsa Alam in a few days, but with a French tour (Thomas Cook.fr) - since we live in France. Entry requirements for EU citizens appear to require two passport sized photos (which we didn't need in Luxor) and a photocopy of one's passport/ID card, all of which info comes in the French package. The cost of the visa is also included in the package.
I'm quite happy to acquire two photos and a photocopy of my passport, just in case...but does anyone know if the visas issued are the same for UK and EU citizens...or should I attempt to make contact with the tour rep to let him/her know that one of the party is a UK citizen?
I'm travelling alone for the first time (very apprehensive) and our flight gets in very late, so I'd hate to keep everyone else on the tour dangling in the airport whilst my visa problems are sorted out...