Passport and Visa Requirements
A valid passport is required to travel. Passports must be valid for a minimum of six months after your return home. Your passport is your most important document. Keep it safe. A misplaced passport could mean denied entry.
Entry Visa to the most of Arab countries is required , most tourists and visitors to some Arab countries can obtain an entry visa at any of the Major airport/ port of Entry. As well, the visa can be obtained from any of diplomatic and Consular Missions in your country or abroad.
Medication and Prescriptions
Pack an ample supply of any medicine you are taking, copies of prescriptions and the telephone and fax number of your doctor. Because of strict drug laws in some countries, drugs you take on your doctor’s orders should be carried in their original container showing the prescription label. Always keep your medication in your hand luggage. Please contact your local doctor for the latest World Health Organisation advisories.
Drink only bottled water. Eat in the hotel or recommended restaurants. Be sure your food is well cooked. Peel all your fruits and eat only cooked or steamed vegetables, or that you can peel. In hot months drink plenty of water, carry some with you while sightseeing. Avoid fresh fruit juices as they may be diluted with local water.
Remember To Pack: Bring all medications with you; there is no place to get refills while travelling. Imodium is suggested in case you get the “Pharaoh’s Curse”. Bring extra pair of prescription glasses or the prescription. A backpack is recommended to hold your camera, extra film, water bottles and your money. Instant Sanitizer “Purell” or similar for a quick freshening up. A flashlight will come in handy for the dim light in some tombs.
You can call overseas direct from your Hotel room. Calling cards are widely used.
Please respect the individual countries custom and in particular the United Arab Emirates. Please refer to country information facts.
Baggage Allowance & Porterage.
The luggage allowance whilst on tour is ONE suitcase with a maximum of 23 kilos unless otherwise specified by airlines or coach tour company. You may also carry
a small backpack on board the coach for the duration of the tour. Additional bags beyond the baggage allowance may be charged by Airlines or tour company at an additional cost. .
Carry-On Luggage Restrictions in Australia
The Australian Government has introduced enhanced security measures to limit the amount of liquids, aerosols and gels to be taken through the screening point for people who are flying to and from Australia.
Take all the necessary photographic equipment, as these are expensive in Egypt. Flash assisted photography is not permitted inside monuments. The sun is very bright in the Arab Countries . There is a charge in some sites to allow you to use your cameras such as Egyptian Museum and some tombs in Luxor. Taking Photos of Military sites is strictly prohibited.
Dubai: The local currency is the Dirhams which are displayed as both AED and Dhs in many places. Apart from cash, most of the shops accept credit cards. However, majority of the places do NOT accept credit cards such as American Express and Diners Club. So be alert if you don’t have a Visa or a MasterCard.
Jordan : The local currency is the dinar, denoted by JOD, subdividid into 100 piastres or fils, the JOD circulates both as coins and banknotes. Major credit cards are accepted and ATM’S are available in all major cities
Egypt : The local currency the Egyptian pound (EGP) and subdivided into 100 piastres. There are 5,10, 25 , 50 piastres and one pond coins . Bank notes are 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 , 100 and 200 (EGP) . Banks are opened in major hotels till late or 24 hours x 7 . Major credit cards are widely accepted in major hotels and restaurants. Some shops accept cash only and you may check if credit card is accepted before buying or dining out.
What to Wear
Lightweight clothing during day tours, modesty in clothing should be observed-women should cover their arms and legs when visiting mosques (a long pair of pants or jeans is recommended). Bring comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing and walking on desert sand. Sneakers are needed and no open sandals as it is sandy. Sunglasses as well as hats and scarves are recommended as protection against the strong sun. On the Nile cruise, dress is strictly informal, jackets and ties are out of place. If you are planning to ride a camel by the pyramids, wear slacks or jeans.
Dubai, Jordan and Egypt is a shopping adventure. Buy brass, copper, and inlaid wooden articles, silver and gold jewellery. Leather shoes bags and belts, cotton goods and perfumed oils. In Cairo shop near to the Pyramids area and the Khan El Khalili bazaar for better variety. Arabs are friendly and experienced dedicated traders. You should be able to bargain up to two thirds off the price originally quoted to you again to refer to your guide for best deal.
Packing Checklist suggestions
The following may be useful when packing for your trip:
Photocopy of passport and extra passport photos
Travel Insurance Documentation
Local currency for day one
Spare memory card for your digital camera
Photocopy of hotel list and itinerary to be left with family and friends
Only those keys needed on return
Personal medication and prescriptions
Sunscreen and Lip Balm
Extra glasses and prescription
Casual sportswear for day time that can be mixed and matched/layered
Cool casual clothing, ladies please remember to dress for visiting the mosques, pants
or skirts must cover the knees and all tops to be at least short sleeved.
Comfortable walking shoes with rubber soles for good grip
Sunglasses and sun hat
Tissues and antibacterial wipes
Universal Adaptor plugs, mobile phone charger, battery charger
Small Anti-bacterial hand sanitizer gel