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Do I need a need a Visa?
The visitor’s permit / visa can be obtained for European nationals at the airport on arrival for a fee of approximately 25 USD/person. All visitors must have a valid passport with at least six months left on it. Children do need their own passports. Upon arrival at Sharm El Sheikh International Airport, you will be asked if you need a “Sinai only” visa or a “full Egypt” one. If you plan on staying in Sinai (Sharm El Sheikh/Dahab/Nuweiba/Taba, St. Catherine monastery then you only need the Sinai one. If you plan on visiting Cairo, diving the S.S Thistlegorm or crossing any borders then you need the “Full Egypt” one at 25 USD/person.
If you enter the country from Israel, special procedures apply..
What is Dahab all about?
The Bedouin village of Dahab is about 90 km North of Sharm el Sheikh on the East coast of the Sinai Peninsula. The name Dahab means ‘gold’ in English and was named after the shimmering gold-coloured sandy coast. The region of Dahab stretches across a wide plateau of rock and sand and emerged from a small oasis where Bedouins once settled. Diving camps were set up in the areas and in the past few years developed into a diving and holiday paradise. The atmosphere is relaxed, most travelers come for scuba or free(apnea) diving, others to wind surf, kite surf or just taking it easy. In centric area called “The Lighthouse” bay there´s a great array , typical Shisha places, restaurants and lots of shops all situated along the seafront.
How to get to Dahab?
There are several daily/weekly direct flights from most European countries. The flight time is between 4 and 7 hours (depending on the country of departure) International flights come through Cairo with Egyptair. Domestic Flights take around 1 hrs. to Sharm el Sheikh airport. The transfer from the airport to Dahab takes about 1 1/2 hrs.
Egypt Standard Time is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2). Egypt operates Daylight-Saving Time between the last Friday in April and the last Thursday in September when the clocks are 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+3).
The local currency is the Egyptian Pound. Cash in US Dollars, Euros, are commonly accepted. Most hotels and banks will change money for you provided you have your passport for identification. Exchange rates may vary so shop around. Credit cards can be used at many shops and restaurants. Cash machines to withdraw money by credit card are also available. The local ATMs also change money.