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Old 24 Jan 2013
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Egypt to Jordan (without Saudi Arabia)

Hi Expert travelers,

I am new to this forum.

I am driving south from the UK (via Turkey) into Egypt. I would like to visit Jordan. I originally thought of taking a ferry from Safaga to Duba (Saudi) and then driving up. However, it seems like this is not feasible:
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  • - VISA application issues (I will not be in Sudan first)

My question also requires information on the current state of Sinia. I am considering driving from the Suez crossing to Sharm. However on the UK FCO travel advice website this 6h stretch is not advised. I believe from Sharm it is safe en route to Taba, but I will then take a ferry from Nuweiba to Aqaba.

Does anyone have any experience driving the coastal road from Suez to Sharm? Is there constant traffic or is it a lone empty road. Any advice or insights especially based personal experience would be very much appreciated.

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Fred
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We drove it back in 2011 - too long ago to be of any relevance.

I very much doubt there will be a security issue if you follow the coast. The resorts all along the coast (Taba, Numweiba, Dahab, Sharm) are all operating as normal. There was a flurry of "kidnappings" on the road that turns off the coastal road up to St Catherines a few months back which were in fact local bedouin protests and the only physical danger the victims were in was a mint tea overdose.

It is a relatively well trafficked route with a few police checks along it. A good tar road.

BTW Jordan is great - especially if you have your own vehicle. If you have time explore the desert castles in the east as well as the usual suspects. Bush camping in Wadi Rum is allowed and a great experience. Sinai is also beautiful. I recommend camping on the beach in the Ras Mohammed NP rather than entering the maelstrom that is Sharm.
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