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Jordan/Egypt border costs.

Hey, just thought I would post quickly to help anyone out that is planning to ride this way in the near future. I've met a few people who seem a bit worried by this border, so hope to clear up any probs. If any of you are reading my blog, the full story will be published tomorrow.

Jordan - Egypt.

Ferry from Aqaba to Niyabah with AB Maritime (who run the monopoly from Aqaba, but are very amenable.) - 2 People and 1 Bike

- 113 JD (1 JD approx 1 GBP)

Exit tax at Jordanian border

- 5 JD per person.

Entering Egypt.

Visa

15 $ per person, from Bank al Wotoni, outside of the arrivals area.

Carnet fee

400 Egyptian, (approx 40 GBP)

Number plate

58 Egyptian, (approx 6 GBP)

Insurance

150 Egyptian for 30 days, (approx 15 GBP)

So all together, the Egyptian side only cost around 60 quid for two people and a bike, which didn't seem too bad to me. If it wasn't for the extortionate Jordanian ferry, the whole thing would be cheap(ish).

And that was it. The fixers were some of the easiest to brush off I have seen, and there was absolutely no need for bribes. The whole process took less than 4 hours, and was relatively painless.

Hope that helps someone.

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Hey, just thought I would post quickly to help anyone out that is planning to ride this way in the near future. I've met a few people who seem a bit worried by this border, so hope to clear up any probs. If any of you are reading my blog, the full story will be published tomorrow.

Jordan - Egypt.

Ferry from Aqaba to Niyabah with AB Maritime (who run the monopoly from Aqaba, but are very amenable.) - 2 People and 1 Bike

- 113 JD (1 JD approx 1 GBP)

Exit tax at Jordanian border

- 5 JD per person.

Entering Egypt.

Visa

15 $ per person, from Bank al Wotoni, outside of the arrivals area.

Carnet fee

400 Egyptian, (approx 40 GBP)

Number plate

58 Egyptian, (approx 6 GBP)

Insurance

150 Egyptian for 30 days, (approx 15 GBP)

So all together, the Egyptian side only cost around 60 quid for two people and a bike, which didn't seem too bad to me. If it wasn't for the extortionate Jordanian ferry, the whole thing would be cheap(ish).

And that was it. The fixers were some of the easiest to brush off I have seen, and there was absolutely no need for bribes. The whole process took less than 4 hours, and was relatively painless.

Hope that helps someone.

Birdy
This is absolutely helpful information !!!!

Thanks and hope many will find it usefull.

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Yes, thanks for that. Really very useful.

But, a question:

You list a carnet cost:

"Carnet fee

400 Egyptian, (approx 40 GBP)"

Is that in addition to having a carnet for your bike when you arrived at the Egyptian border, or did you arrive with no carnet?
I assume that a carnet is still obligatory for entering Egypt.

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I also would love to know about this carnet fee ' as the previous poster said is it in addition or instead of having the very,very,very expensive carnet. thanks.
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'Carnet Fee'

This is in addition to having your expensive carnet. Mine cost me 2000 quid for Egypt, but they need 'administration' fees at the border.

They call it a carnet fee, but really it covers the vast amount of paperwork and people and stamps and counter stamps that you need before they give you that all important stamp in your carnet. So sorry people, still need a carnet.

As a bit of extra info, all the 4x4s coming through were properly, extensively searched - one German guy had been there 2 days. On a bike, we only got the cursory question 'no drugs?' That was the extent of our search.

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Thanks for the info Birdy
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Thanks for that Birdy, useful info.
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Glad the process was so painless. Thank god THIS didn't happen to you......

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Haha, that sounds about right. It is a horrible stamp and paper collecting exercise. I like the way that they don't tell you which bits of paper you need and what order to do it - until you've waited for ages in line to get to the front of the queue - 'sorry, you need 'paper y' before you get 'paper c,' you'll have to go back over to that hut.'

Just 'enjoying' the process of getting a Sudanese visa. 200 dollars for the privilege of being treated like an idiot for three days, waiting until everyone else in the building has been served and generally being fuc**ed about. Happy days.

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And that was it. The fixers were some of the easiest to brush off I have seen, and there was absolutely no need for bribes. The whole process took less than 4 hours, and was relatively painless.

Birdy
Another tidbit someone may find useful. When I was there a tourist police officer offered to do everything for me. I don't still have all the prices, but I got a reciept for everything and made sure others were paying the same amount- I don't think I got ripped off. We got to go straght to the head of every line, whiched saved time. All I had to do was follow him around. So if you really want to make it easy on yourself, find the tourist police. He didn't want a tip or anything (though I did give him a ride home).
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