HomeTourismEgypt 2024: tourists enjoy visa-free entry to Sharm el-Sheikh for 15 days

Egypt 2024: tourists enjoy visa-free entry to Sharm el-Sheikh for 15 days

In the first days of summer, tours to Egypt from Moscow became noticeably cheaper. The seasonal minimum is unlikely to be long – holidays in the resorts of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh are considered year-round. The editors clarified the rules for entering the country, inquired about the prices for tour packages in July and learned about the features of using UnionPay cards.

Egypt with and without visa

Tourists purchase a visa to Egypt upon arrival at the airports of Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh or Cairo. The cost of a visa stamp is $25 in cash. Electronic permission draw up online. A single-entry tourist visa is valid for 30 days; it can be extended for another 60 days free of charge by contacting the Migration and Passport Service.

At border control, it is enough to present a foreign passport with a validity period of at least six months after the date of departure from the country and a completed card with personal data. A minor child who is included in the parent’s passport does not need a visa stamp.

You can enter Egypt without a visa if you meet three mandatory requirements: criteria: fly from another country to Sharm el-Sheikh airport, show a tourist voucher for a vacation of up to 2 weeks – a free stamp is given for 15 days with the condition of vacationing only in the resorts of South Sinai. For a longer stay or if you plan to go on excursions to other regions of the country, you need a tourist visa.

To Egypt – on a tour

Mostly charters fly to Egypt from Russia under the programs of tour operators. It is practically impossible to find cheap tickets to Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh on regular flights – travel companies buy up blocks of seats.

For example, the editors looked at flights from Moscow and St. Petersburg with departure on July 6 and back on July 20, all round-trip prices with luggage.

On the Sheremetyevo-Hurghada line there is a direct flight from Aeroflot – the cost of a seat starts from 82 thousand rubles. Route Domodedovo – Cairo – Hurghada on EgyptAir flights: for one – from 60.2 thousand rubles. during long docking.

From Moscow to Sharm el-Sheikh there is a direct flight with the Red Wings air carrier from Zhukovsky Airport – with a price for the specified dates from 58 thousand rubles.

Egyptian Almasria Universal Airlines flies non-stop from St. Petersburg to Hurghada – tickets were for 137 thousand rubles. The price of the Turkish carrier Pegasus Airlines, flying to the resort with a connection in Istanbul, is 2 times less – 66 thousand rubles. both ways.

Flights from Pulkovo to Sharm el-Sheikh and back from Aeroflot cost 102 thousand rubles. per person.

Charter programs for the summer season include dozens of flights per week to Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada from both the capital and regions, including Samara, Ufa, Perm, Yekaterinburg and others. It is easier and sometimes cheaper to buy a tour to Egypt than to fly on your own.

In particular, they clarified the cost of a one-week tour package for two with a flight from Moscow on July 7 with all-inclusive meals. Holidays in Hurghada – from 127 thousand rubles. at the Elysees 4* hotel and from 151 thousand rubles. – at Calimera Blend Paradise Resort 5*. Cheap tour to Sharm el-Sheikh – from 105 thousand rubles. to the Sharm Cliff Resort 3* hotel, and to the Grand Rotana Resort & Spa 5* – from 156 thousand rubles. also in a week.

From St. Petersburg, a tour package to Sharm el-Sheikh – from 154 thousand rubles. also for two people to the Concorde El Salam Front Area 5* hotel complex with departure on July 6 for 7 nights with all inclusive. A similar week-long tour to Hurghada – from 155 thousand rubles. hotel at Jasmine Palace Resort & Spa 5* with departure from Pulkovo on July 7.

For example, you can fly from Kazan to Sharm el-Sheikh on July 6 from 192 thousand rubles. for two for 10 nights at the Fun & Sun Active Naama Waves 5* hotel with all-inclusive meals. Among the interesting offers to Hurghada is a tour from 192 thousand rubles. to the Stella Makadi Gardens Resort & Spa 5* hotel for 9 nights and also with all inclusive.

Currency in Egypt

The national currency is Egyptian pounds. In the resorts of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh, in many places it is also possible to pay for purchases and services in dollars and euros, although the rate will be slightly lower than in exchange offices. And one more nuance – for large bills, change will most likely be given in local money.

Russians take UnionPay cards to Egypt from non-sanctioned Russian banks. Tourists noted that they withdrew cash pounds from almost any ATM, regardless of the account currency. I had a successful experience with Diamond plastic from Gazprombank, Primsotsbank and Rosselkhozbank.

But with non-cash payment there is a problem. For example, in the Senzo shopping center in Hurghada, they were unable to pay for purchases in Waikiki and DeFacto stores, and in the Spinneys supermarket. The public advises asking for a Banque Misr POS terminal at retail outlets, which, although not always, makes it possible to make a payment. As an option, stock up on Visa and MasterCard from foreign banks, which are used even in small shops.

Recently, tickets to museums have been sold only by bank transfer and UnionPay cards are not accepted at the box office. However, Russian tourists usually purchase excursions from guides in hotels, who charge in the same dollars, and through the Internet they find private agents who accept non-cash rubles on their cards.

Earlier, “TourDom” wrote that the cost of tours to Egypt with flights from Moscow to Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh at the end of May – beginning of June has dropped noticeably.

Source: Tourdom

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