Frequently Asked Questions
We have found that are clients
frequently asked the following questions so we have provided the
answers for your convenience. If there is something you wish to
know that is not list here please do not hesitate to
Q: Is it safe to
Travel in Egypt?
A: Many U.S. travelers think negatively when it comes to safety
issues about traveling to Egypt due to concerns for traveling in
other Middle Eastern Countries.
Air travel has probably never been safer than it is now. And the
security precautions the Egyptian government has had in place to
protect tourists for the last 5 years are impressive. There are
metal detectors at the entries to all the sites, and at the
hotel entryways, you see the military presence everywhere and
over-the-road travel between certain cities tourists frequent
has been by army escorted convoy. And there have been no
problems. Tourism is one of the country's most important sources
of hard currency, and besides not wanting any untoward
incidents, Egypt is very pragmatic and wants in no way to
jeopardize a vital economic benefit.
If seeing Egypt has always been your dream, this is a good time
to turn the dream into reality.
Q: Do I need a visa?
A: A passport and visa are required. Travelers can obtain a
renewable, 30-day tourist visa at any port of entry, except at
Taba and Rafah, for a $15 fee, payable in U.S. dollars. Quest
Travel will assist you with getting your visa in the airport on
Visitors arriving overland and/or those previously experiencing
difficulty with their visa status in Egypt must obtain a visa
prior to arrival. Military personnel arriving on commercial
flights are not exempt from passport and visa requirements.
Proof of Yellow Fever immunization is required if arriving from
an infected area. Evidence of an AIDS test is required for
everyone staying over 30 days. For additional entry
requirements, U.S. citizens may contact:
Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt
3521 International Court, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
or the Egyptian consulates at:
1110 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10022
500 North Michigan Avenue, Ste. 1900
Chicago, IL 60611
Can Quest Travel accommodate special requests?
A: Quest Travel makes every attempt to satisfy all of our
clients special requests. If you require a specific diet or have
an allergy we will make every attempt to ensure that all
included meals meet your needs. If you have an ailment or
disease that prohibits you for certain activities please let us
know in advance so we can make the necessary arrangements.
Additionally, we think you will find on the tour that we assist
our clients with getting special rooms, making purchases, etc.
We have been asked to do many things - if we can do we WILL.
*Please be aware most sites, hotels and restaurants do not meet
the standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Q: Will someone from Quest Travel meet me at the airport on
A: Absolutely, a tour manager from Quest Travel will meet you at
the arrival hall. In most cases, you will be shuttled by bus
from the plan to the immigration area. Immediately upon entering
the building you should look for a Quest Travel Representative.
They will be holding a sign and direct you where to wait until
all parties in the group have come inside. Then you will be
issued your visa and assisted through immigration control. Your
tour manager will then collect all the checked luggage and have
them delivery to the bus.
Q: How can I be reached while on tour in case of an emergency?
A: You may always call the Quest Travel Office from the USA dial
011, 202, 376-8000 they can relay message or supply you with the
phone number for the current hotel or the cell phone number of
the tour manager traveling with the group.
Q: What is it like to tour Egypt with Quest Travel?
A: Quest Travel tours are simply the best if you love Egypt. We
offer tours that are more comprehensive than other typical tour
companies your will find for Egypt. We frankly, have no
competition because our tours are so special. In many tours we
have been able to arrange special permission for private visits,
access to areas not normally open to tourists, lectures or
guiding by world renowned personalities, authors, Egyptologists,
and comprehensive you will find in Egypt. We have established
excellent contacts and a remarkable reputation which allows our
groups to gain access to special sites, have private viewings
and virtually experience Egypt like it is meant to be seen.
Q: Can Quest Travel assist me with my return travel plans or
A: Of course, we can provide you with travel assistance to/from
and within Egypt. Quest Travel will take care of all the details
regarding your reservation, confirmations and changes or
additions to your itinerary if applicable.
What should I budget for tips while on tour?
A: It goes without saying that tipping is at your own discretion
and therefore we can only recommend the following:
Bus Driver $3 - $4 per day
Tour Manager - $4-$6 per day
Guide - $6 - $8 per day
*US Dollars were used for convenience but you can certainly give
tips to tour staff in local currency as well.