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 Egypt - Profile

Facts

  • Most yachts visit Egypt only to transit the Suez Canal and very few visit the country itself.
  • The only area of the country worth cruising is in the Red Sea, the reefs and bays stretching from the Sudanese border to the Gulf of Suez. Day sailing along this coast is the most pleasant way to make progress against the prevailing northerlies.
  • Safaga or Hurgada, on the Red Sea, are both places where the boat can be left to visit the interior; although at neither should the boat be left unattended.
  • In past years the Red Sea coast saw a rapid growth in tourist resorts and developments including several new marinas, such as the Abu Tig and Port Ghalib Marinas, which form part of large resorts.
  • In the Mediterranean, Alexandria is the only alternative to Port Said.
  • Occasionally yachts manage to obtain a permit to sail up the River Nile, a fascinating but not easy way to see Egypt

Security

The latest advice from the British F.O. is to avoid all but essential travel to most parts of the country.

There are violent demonstrations taking place in many towns and cities and there have been attacks on foreign nationals including in  Hurghada.

See the FCO website for more details.

April 2016.

Weather

Very hot summers; mild winters with little rain. The prevailing winds in the Red Sea are northerly, while along the Mediterranean coast there are daily alternating land and sea breezes. Occasionally the khamsin, a hot dry wind, blows off the land laden with dust and sand reducing visibility.

Egypt Weather Forecast.

For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page

Main Ports

Canal: Ismailia

Mediterranean: Alexandria * , Port Said *

Red Sea: El Gouna * , Hurghada * , Port Ghalib * , Safaga * , Sharm el Sheik * , Suez * , Taba Heights * , Wadi-El-Dome Marina

* indicates port of entry

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waiotira
waiotira says:
May 16, 2017 05:31 AM

We planned on doing the Suez Canal passage "ship in transit" to avoid Egyptian larceny. However in Port Suez we were inveigled to visit the pyramids by Mr Abdo, the agent for Felix Shipping. For several hundred dollars he had no trouble getting us 30 day visas the next day. This is his little racket for passing yachts. Other yachts have paid much more for this service. Make sure you have authentic looking original Ships Registration Certificate, or you will be delayed. Facilities are rough and expensive at Port Said and Ismailia. Do not expect a Tonnage Certificate or a calculation for the charges, as they are not forth-coming. Our visit to the pyramids was a hurried affair where you are pressed for further tips. The Museum of Antiquities in Cairo was impressive, but the pyramids were disappointing. Cheaper fuel and better, more amenable facilities can be found in Aqaba, Jordan. Visiting Petra was more interesting than the pyramids, without any stress or pressures. Visiting Egypt from Jordan without taking your vessel is also more secure, cheaper and stress free.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 04, 2016 09:58 AM

Firstly, El Alamein is not a port of entry, so you would need to clear in at Alexandria first (using an Agent). When clearing in, you would need to ask for permission to visit El Alamein (sailing permit). On arrival there, you will be stopped by the Egyptian Navy who will check your documents.

From asking a few contacts in Egypt about this marina, it appears it is more of a villa leisure complex than a marina for transient boats. Answers like: “Yacht visitors may use the marina facilities and may not. I am not sure what they mean by that, I can't get clear answers”. Quite probably, the larger and flashier your yacht, the higher the chance of getting in.

If, by chance, you do manage to obtain a berth, you would need to return to Alexandria afterwards to clear out of Egypt, or to get clearance for the next Egyptian port you wish to visit.

ASmith
ASmith says:
Jun 27, 2016 10:43 AM

What about sailing from Greece to Porto Marina-El Alamein? It looks fairy touristic.... the only issue is the depth of the port? Any experience?

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jun 06, 2016 01:40 PM

Posted on behalf of Fritze, SY Alytes:
Contrary to the information on noonsite (and on the entire net) - it IS still possible to enter Egypt with a visa on arrival. The restraints employed in May 2015 were quickly removed after a storm of complaints. According to the Egyptian embassy in the UK, the visa on arrival policy is valid "until further notice". We can confirm that through first hand experience. It is tied to the availability of a stable, internet based e-visa system. There is currently no date given for when such a system will be "live" and usable. Consequently, there is no need to apply and wait for visas in Djibouti.
Alternatively, you can also cross the Suez Canal as a boat in transit without checking into Egypt at all. This would save you some money (visa, clearance and the like). You can't leave the ports, though.

David S Wheatley
David S Wheatley says:
Mar 17, 2015 07:31 PM

Egypt decided Tuesday that foreigners wishing to enter the country need to obtain a visa before departure, and will not be issued at the airport upon arrival, state-run Ahram online website reported Tuesday.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-03/18/c_134075361.htm

Best regards David [S/Y "Surabaya Girl" - Portsmouth UK]

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