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Old 30 Jun 2004
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Information and aid for Egypt - Sudan and Libya

since one year we have opened up a seperate office in Cairo - to give up date informations and aids on border crossings in and out of Egypt - reservations of ferryboats to/from Aswan. Getting permissions for desert driving into romote areas. organizing individuell tours in those countries. Egypt , Sudan and Libya.
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hi there,

we are two bikers travelling from khartoum to egypt.

can you tell us what exactly we need to cross into egypt?

do you need an international driver's license?

how much money do you need for road license and so on?

what about insurance in egypt?

any other useful info for the crossing?


and the lybia: i am planing to travel alone from egypt to tunisia. can i get the visa in cairo?

what will it cost?

how long will it take?

do i need a 'guide'?

thanks, in advance!

steven

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Hey Steven,
in Wadi Halfa you can get assistance from Magdi Ahmed is cheaper then Kemal and more effective. Generally you need of course the int. driving license but nobody asked for that until now. More important is to have a carnet de passage for the bikes valid for Egypt (very important). The bikes you can put into the ferryboat leaving normally every Wensday from Halfa reaching Thursdays. (sometimes their is a delay of 1 day depending on the train coming from Sudan).
Due to Problems (upto date May 2004) their is a problem with the Egyptian paperwork in Aswan and it will take you up till Sunday until everything will be finished. That should be changed I can inform you about the upto date information when you are travelling. We had a promise from the official Egyptian site that it is yust a matter of time until that problem will be solved than it will take only few hours like it used to be.
The fees are not so very expensive for a bike should be depending on the cc of the bike. At the costums like anywhere else in Egypt you should take care as people will always try to charge you extra fees. The euros is about 7 LE (Egyptian Pounds) 2 years ago it was around 4 LE.
In Egypt you do not need a guide. But leaving Aswan you can only go in Escorte, where you should register atleast 1 day before.
Getting a visa for Libya in Egypt will not be easy (It was done before). The problem is that you are travelling alone. Normally you need an invitation for Libya (takes 3-4 weeks) Than you should be a group of atleast 4 persons. IN Libya you need a guide. To get a visa takes you 4-6 weeks and is costy. Their are alot of rumors that Libya will change some of those regulations. And several agencies in Libya are working with different tricks, so you will hear here atleast 100 different stories. (Hardly anyone is looking behind the screen).
So if you are stil planing on your tour and would need any assistance in any place in and around Egypt, you are most welcome to contact us at any time
we wish you a nice travel
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Hello Esteban,

Are you still around Khartoum or have you already moved on? I'm going with some friends from Tanzania up to Egypt and then over to Libya. But we're leaving Tanzania at the end of november. Let me know if this works for you.

Also, Tango, please get in touch with me about what services you can offer for Libya (visa, customs, guard/escort costs, etc.) E-mail would be best. I am with two other people on motorbike.

Thanks,

Brian
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Hello,
We want to arrive in Egypt from Jordan with 2 cars, is it possible to enter without a tryptic? And how many fees have we to pay? Thanks.

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Hey Steven,
in Wadi Halfa you can get assistance from Magdi Ahmed is cheaper then Kemal and more effective. Generally you need of course the int. driving license but nobody asked for that until now. More important is to have a carnet de passage for the bikes valid for Egypt (very important). The bikes you can put into the ferryboat leaving normally every Wensday from Halfa reaching Thursdays. (sometimes their is a delay of 1 day depending on the train coming from Sudan).
Due to Problems (upto date May 2004) their is a problem with the Egyptian paperwork in Aswan and it will take you up till Sunday until everything will be finished. That should be changed I can inform you about the upto date information when you are travelling. We had a promise from the official Egyptian site that it is yust a matter of time until that problem will be solved than it will take only few hours like it used to be.
The fees are not so very expensive for a bike should be depending on the cc of the bike. At the costums like anywhere else in Egypt you should take care as people will always try to charge you extra fees. The euros is about 7 LE (Egyptian Pounds) 2 years ago it was around 4 LE.
In Egypt you do not need a guide. But leaving Aswan you can only go in Escorte, where you should register atleast 1 day before.
Getting a visa for Libya in Egypt will not be easy (It was done before). The problem is that you are travelling alone. Normally you need an invitation for Libya (takes 3-4 weeks) Than you should be a group of atleast 4 persons. IN Libya you need a guide. To get a visa takes you 4-6 weeks and is costy. Their are alot of rumors that Libya will change some of those regulations. And several agencies in Libya are working with different tricks, so you will hear here atleast 100 different stories. (Hardly anyone is looking behind the screen).
So if you are stil planing on your tour and would need any assistance in any place in and around Egypt, you are most welcome to contact us at any time
we wish you a nice travel
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