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Is it Safe to Get an Egyptian Visa?

April 24th, 2011
Tourism in Egypt ground to a halt during the revolution. Now, 2 months after the Egyptian people swept Mubarak from power, the country is once again open for business. As Egypt tries to woo back tourists, prices have dropped substantially, turning a trip to see the pyramids into a tempting bargain. But is it safe? Gadling spoke with several tour operators in the region and came away with the impression that yes, Egypt is now safe for tourists again. For example, Abercrombie and Kent told them that "the situation has improved dramatically in recent weeks. The U.S. State Department has softened its Travel Warning and both the French and the British have updated their cautions. Airports and financial institutions are functioning normally and popular tourist sites are open - and remarka


2011 Destinations: Get an Egyptian Visa to Go Diving at Port Ghalib

January 19th, 2011
Diving in the Red Sea at Sharm el-Sheikh is SO last year, especially since that beach has turned into a real-life version of "Jaws." If you'd rather dive someplace with fewer people, and where you can dive without hearing that creepy theme song in your head, go across the Red Sea and check out Port Ghalib instead. According to the New York Times, "Those looking to skip the crowds should turn to Port Ghalib, across the Red Sea from Sharm, on the eastern Egyptian coast. Ghalib’s beaches offer soft, snow-hued sand and translucent water that divers love." Naturally, since the New York Times has outed this quiet sea port, you should probably go now, before Port Ghalib becomes as much of a tourist destination as Sharm el-Sheikh. The first step, of course, is making sure that you have


Egyptian Visa Requirements to Scuba Dive the Red Sea

September 14th, 2010
When you think of Egypt, you probably think of the pyramids, but did you know that Egypt is also home to one of the top 10 best scuba diving sites in the world? The Red Sea is famous for its crystal-clear visibility and gorgeous coral formations. It also features a wonderfully diverse ecosystem, with over 12,000 species of fish, dolphins, the endangered dugong (think a super-sized manatee) and more. If you've always wanted to swim with the dolphins and/or sharks, the Red Sea is a great place to do both! In addition to natural coral reefs, there are also a number of ship wrecks in the Red Sea that make interesting dive sites. According to one of the local dive shops, the best times to dive are the spring and the fall. MatadorTV has a gorgeous video up of a Red Sea dive. See why it's one


Egyptian Visa Requirements To Climb Mt. Sinai

September 1st, 2010
The tallest mountain in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, Mt. Sinai has religious significance for Christians, Muslims and Jews alike, as it is believed to be the place where Moses was given the Ten Commandments. Naturally, some scholars dispute this. However, whatever you do (or don't) believe, if you have the opportunity to climb Mt. Sinai, it's an experience not to be missed. Due to the scorching heat of the Egyptian sun, climbing Mt. Sinai takes place at night, by the light of the moon (supplemented, naturally, with flashlights.) The mountain is 2,285 meters high, and climbing it generally takes 2.5 to 4 hours. There are two ways up: Siket El Bashait, also known as "the Camel Trail," and the aptly named "Steps of Penitence." Once at the top, you'll generally have plenty of time to watch t


See the Pyramids of Saqqara with an Egyptian Visa

July 10th, 2010
When you visit Egypt, the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx are must-sees, of course. However, unless you are seriously short on time, don't spend all of your time at Giza, home of the most famous sites.  Many of the tombs at Saqqara are even older than the pyramids at Giza. They are also far less crowded and equally interesting, especially if you are interested in Egyptian history. Saqqara is the home of the very first pyramid, the Step Pyramid of Djoser. Unlike its more famous descendents, the Step Pyramid of Djoser is not smooth-sided but rather built to resemble a series of steps leading up into heaven. According to Gadling, a couple of gorgeous painted tombs have been discovered recently, along with the tomb of a royal scribe. To visit Egypt and see Saqqara, American citizens are re