Travel Tips and Advice
The cost of the full tourist visa at the airport is US$ 30. These can be purchased a visa on arrival, before passing through customs. Please note that a full visa is necessary if you want to visit any area outside of the Sinai and if you want to dive in Ras Mohamed.
The blue and white mini-buses are a cheap and easy way of getting around. There are very few bus stops so the drivers will pick you up and drop you off anywhere you want, on a given route. On the down side these drivers can often be fairly crazy! Taxis can be used for individual trips but ensure you agree the price before getting in. Car rental is available but driving in Egypt is not for the faint-hearted! The roads in the Sinai are mainly in good condition but the rules of the road vary widely and in most part are ignored. Do not drive off road without a guide as there are still un-exploded mines remaining from various wars. Nesima Resorts offers free airport transfers to guests staying with us. Other transfers can be arranged in accordance with our price tariff.
The national currency is the Egyptian Pound (LE). 1 LE is equal to 100 piasters. Nesima Resort accepts most international currencies as well as Visa and MasterCard, as do most places in Dahab. Additionally there are many ATM’s located just a short walk from the hotel. The opening hours for Egyptian banks is generally from Sunday to Thursday: 09:00 – 14:00 and then from 18:00 – 21:00.
You are not required to have any vaccinations before travelling to Egypt, but having hepatitis A, polio, typhoid and tetanus is one of our recommended travel tips. The main health concern in Egypt is the heat so it is very important to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration (4 litres per day, minimum, is recommended). If you only remember one of our travel trips then remember that one. The sun is strong all year round so avoid sunburn by using a high factor sunscreen and protect your eyes with good quality sunglasses.
Another of our travel tips is to bring insect repellent, re-hydration sachets and something against diarrhoea. Short term diarrhoea is a common complaint. It helps to avoid ice in drinks, unpeeled fruit and to clean your teeth with bottled water. Take extra care with cuts and scratches as the coral in the Red Sea can aggravate them causing slow healing. Pharmacies throughout Egypt are generally good and you can purchase almost anything without a prescription.
HEALTH AND DIVING
If you have book a diving course then you must complete the PADI Medical statement before the start of the course. Daily divers will complete this on check-in at the dive centre. To save time please download the form and fill it out before arrival. If you answer “yes” to any of the statements then you must see a diving doctor and be sign you off as medically fit before we can take you in the water. There is a hyperbaric chamber located in Dahab. The chamber doctors speak several languages and have special training in decompression sickness, lung embolisms and all other diving related injuries. To support the chamber and make sure we keep them in the area, we ask all our divers to make a voluntary contribution of € 1 per diving day.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Prefix Egypt: +20 Prefix Dahab: 69
Police station 069-3640 215
Tourist police 069-3640 188
Hospital Dahab 069-3640 208
Dr Heikal 010-1433 325
Dr Ahmed Sadek 012-3486 209
Dr Adel Ramadan 012-4515 998
Sharm el Sheikh
Emergency 069-3661 744 / 745
International Hospital 069-3660 201