WHEN WE THINK OF ANCIENT TEMPLES, AND BURIAL SITES LIKE THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS, TOURISTS COME TO MIND. WE SEE BUSES SPITTING OUT GROUPS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE COME FROM FAR AWAY TO CATCH A CLIMPSE OF THE PAST.
I WAS ONE OF THOSE TOURISTS WHEN I VISITED MEDINA HABU, RAMSES III TEMPLE. AND WHILE STANDING AMONG THE HUGE COLUMNS SUDDENLY ANOTHER KIND OF BUS UNLOADED ITS CARGO. IT WAS A SCHOOL BUS RELEASING RUNNING, LAUGHING, SCREAMING CHILDREN. EGYPTIAN CHILDREN.
I FOUND OUT THAT ONE DAY A WEEK THE SCHOOLS IN EGYPT HAVE A FIELD TRIP VISITING ANCIENT SITES. THE TEACHERS HAD A LITTLE TROUBLE KEEPING THE CHILDREN FOCUSED ON RAMSES III. BUT, FOR ME, HEARING THEIR YOUNG VOICES WITHIN THE ANCIENT WALLS BROUGHT THOSE WALLS ALIVE!
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Posted in Ancient Stones, Children, Egypt, Government, Parenthood, Tourism, Travel
Tagged BUSES, History, MEDINA HABY, RAMSES III, SCHOOL. CHILDREN, TEACHERS, Temples
Going to Egypt has always required a Visa, but it was easy to get. If you didn’t have a Visa arriving in Egypt, you could get it at the Airport when you arrived. However, that will change as of May 15, 2015. The following article explains it in details.
VERY important for anyone planning to come and visit Egypt.
With little noise, the visa requirements and regulations for tourists visiting Egypt from the US have changed. Starting May 15th, 2015, obtaining a tourist visa for Egypt will get harder for some nationalities, including Americans. The New York Egypt Mission has officially released a statement about what will change for US citizens to visit Egypt. Other nationalities may also be affected.
Visitors from the US will have to apply for a tourist visa at an Egyptian Consulate OR MISSION PRIOR to entering the country. For the application, some documents are required, such as a passport valid for at least six months after entry and two passport pictures. Starting May 15th 2015, there will be no visas issued to US Americans at the airport or borders without the Egyptian Diplomatic Mission’s full approval in advance.
US tourist groups can still obtain visas at the airport, given they have been obtained through Egyptian Tourist Agencies prior to the group’s arrival. These visas are only valid for the duration of the booked tour.
Other nationalities will also be affected as visa regulations have changed. However, tourists visiting Nuweiba, Sharm El Sheikh and Taba resorts for touristic purposes are able to get a tourist visa for 15 days upon entering the country with no costs being applicable. Travel outside of these areas will need a full tourist visa.
I HAVE JUST COME BACK FROM EGYPT – AND FOR EVERY TRIP I HAVE MADE I HAD OBTAINED A VISA
FROM THE LOCAL CONSULATE – I NEVER THOUGHT GETTING IT AT THE AIRPORT WAS A GOOD OPTION -
REASON – MAYBE THE OFFICIAL AT THE AIRPORT WOULD FIND AN ARGUMENT FOR NOT ALLOWING MY ENTRY, AND THE OTHER REASON WAS THAT I DID NOT WANT, WHOEVER WAS PICKING ME UP, TO WAIT TOO LONG. NEITHER OF THESE REASONS ARE VALID ANYMORE. WE JUST HAVE TO DO WHAT IS REQUIRED
IF WE WANT TO SEE THE PYRAMIDS!!
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Hello from Egypt
no pictures anymore because of technical
maybe it is me or maybe it is Egypt
will catch up after March 15 until then
I was not sure I wanted to give them my money, but
the Citibank couldn’t have done better. They change any currency, and there is no line – it’s a five minute transaction. The rate? the same as any bank in Egypt.
Somebody is not having a good day ………
A Shopkeeper in her Supermarket in El Gizera a small village near Luxor on the West Bank