on driving during nighttime
At least four years ago around seven kilometers south of the city centre
the Luxor bridge was
inaugurated. The idea was to build up a faster connection between the
East and the West Bank. But unfortunately that works only during daytimes.
From 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. the bridge is closed for tourists - security
reasons, so the official comment. Everybody who has an arrival or departure
flight in the night has to confidence in the public ferry or private motor
boats. Only exception: Guests in the luxury hotel "Al Moudira".
After the management announce their guests they are allowed to pass the
bridge also over night.
up to one year
You like it in Luxor? You are independent from a job? Than you can stay.
At least for one year as a so called tourist resident. But this means
you will have no permission to work. You will get the visa in the Luxor
Passport office, Khaled Ibn-El Waleed Street, in front of the "Sonesta
St. George" hotel. All you need is of course you passport and one
photo. Then you have to fulfill the application "No. 7". A visa
up to six months will cost you only LE 11,50, for up to one year you have
to pay LE 26,50. You will find special rules if you want to stay as a
student, if you like to marry or you are married to an Egyptian or you
are send by a company for work. Also you will find special visa which
includes the permission for several trips per year from and to Egypt.
The working hours of the office are saturday till wednesday from 9.30
a.m. to 2.30 p.m..Our advice: Ask an Egyptian friend for help because
the staff in this office has only little knowledge in English.
Everybody who rents long-termed a private apartment has to follow some
administrative rules. Most
important: It is necessary that your landlord make a registration for
you. For this he needs a copy of your passport incl. the page with the
visa stamp and a copy of your contract for the apartment. The landlord
also has to attach a copy of his ID-card. All this papers will be send
to the police and security offices. All the registration is free of charge.
The registration can be important in unlucky situations, such as the death
of your landlord or any serious complaints.
Usual you have to join the convoy if you like to travel by taxi, mini
bus, rented car or in your own caravan from Luxor for instance to Abydos
or Aswan. But there is also another way. If you are willing to pay a fee
of LE 500 you can get your private convoy. Announce your planned trip
to the Convoy Police in the building of the Luxor City Council (Corniche
El Nile, next to "Mercure" hotel) and you will get the company
of a police patrol or for short trips to particular villages or places
will be announced to the de situ offices and get a special passage permission.
In such cases you have be back in time as planned, because otherwise you
will be listed as missing. In contrary to the official convoys for this
kind of private trips you can stopp as you like and also leave the main
roads. Because the officers of the convoy police only speak little English
it will be helpful for your visit there to bring with you an Egyptian
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