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Old 16 Oct 2009
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Is it possible to enter Egypt (from Sudan) without a carnet?

Hi!

We are now in Khartoum and have heard that it may be possible to get into Egypt without a carnet (ours does not cover Egypt).

I have been told you can get a temporary permit at the border or hire a custom agent to accompany us.

Is there any truth to that? Has anyone done that lately?

thanks for any input!

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It is possible, but it can be mind-numbingly expensive.

Hopefully someone has done it recently and can give you some numbers.

Safe travels, Sam.
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All,

well, I am happy to say that I have entered and exited Egypt with a non-Egyptian carnet...at no extra cost.

My carnet did not list Egypt as "Not valid" - where the stamp is on each page. I compared before hand with other overlanders and the only difference on my carnet was the back of the last page where a bunch of countries were striked through. Egypt was crossed in the back of the carnet but not on the front of the actual import/export pages. The carnet must have passed through 10 different Egyptian guys but no one mentionned anything.

What may have helped a lot too is we came from Sudan and the custom agent in Aswan seriously needs some glasses. He had to look about 2 inch away to see anything.

more details can be found on our website:

http://www.2aroundtheworld.com

on the other hand, it cost us about $500 to get in and $300 to get out.
Ferry from Wadi Halfa was $200, plus $100US for custom in Egypt, $100US for insurance and a bunch of small fees left and right.

Ferry from Nuweiba to Aqaba is $220 for the car plus $80 per passenger!!!!

I hope I don't have to drive through Egypt anytime soon....
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