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Egypt, Port Said: Massive Hike in Clearance Fees for Foreign Flagged Yachts

By Sue Richards last modified May 21, 2018 01:10 PM
Contributors: Our thanks to Prince of the Red Sea, Capt. Heebi, for this information.
Latest reports from agents in Egypt are that the authorities in Port Said have increased clearance charges for foreign flagged yachts transiting south from $40 to $652.

Published: 2018-05-13 00:00:00
Topics: Red Sea
Countries: Egypt

Our thanks to Capt. Heebi of Prince of the Red Sea for reporting this information to noonsite:

Port Said

Port Said has increased the price for port clearance from 40$ to 652$ for any foreign flagged yacht transiting south bound. Port Said is the only way to go to the Suez Canal, south bound.

New costs are:
Yachts 1m - 18m: $652
Yachts over 18m: $850

This cost is only for Port Clearance and does not include Suez Canal Fees nor Agent Fees.

Capt. Heebi reported that a cruising boat arriving in Port Fouad Marina yesterday, wishing to transit south, was unable to pay the new port fees so was forced to leave the marina in 30 knots of wind at night. The yacht went back to the Mediterranean and changed their plans to transit Suez.

The authorities in Port Said have zero tolerance for yachts that can't pay the new fees and are acting very harshly.

Hurghada Port

The price hike in Port Said follows an earlier price hike in Hurghada Port, which now charges similar fees for yacht clearance.

A boat clearing in at Hurghada Port at the end of March this year was charged the following:

- Port Authority Fee: $700
- Marine Inspection Fee: $50
- Customs Fees: $30
- Inspection Fees for crackers for the yacht: $30
- Passport Fees for the yacht: $30
Total: $840

A more reasonable alternative to clearing in at Hurghada Port, is Port Ghalib Marina.

Fortunately there are no problems in Suez for yachts transiting north bound and the fees remain the same there.

for more details see http://www.noonsite.com/Countries/Egypt?rc=Formalities

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Robyn Coulter
Robyn Coulter says:
May 14, 2018 04:11 PM

Our neighbours entered Egypt via Taba Heights on the Northern Sinai Coast one month ago and paid $150 plus $25 per person onboard. Marina berthing fees were extra. But this price hike starting in Port Said and Hurghada could very well just be the start. Bad news for all of us cruising the Red Sea.

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