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Old Jun 5, 18, 8:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Dave Noble View Post
What is cumbersome about it? I just did it for myself and foster son and it was a pretty quick and easy activity

Oddly enough, i've just used the e-visa service, curiosity led me to it. It would have been easier if I'd had a scan of my passport ready, in the format and size required. But I hadn't. So that was a bit of a faff.

Then there was a bit of a problem understanding what they wanted from me in terms of identifying my sponsors/hosts: I am hostless and sponsor-free.

I thought I'd finished, but got sent back to re-do my address: and eventually discovered they wanted me to enter it with lines separated by commas rather than paragraphs.

It wasn't too bad, but it took a goodly chunk of my evening, and has left me, four days' later, $25 lighter and still without a visa. But no worries, if necessary I can write that off and buy a stamp when i arrive


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The length of time to apply was less time than it took to get stamps last time
It saves me from having to go to bank and get $50 USD per entry to pay the required entry fee in cash and paying cost of currency conversion
I'm baffled about why it took so long for you to get stamped, arriving at CAI. I've rarely had to wait more than a couple of minutes behind someone at the bank counter, and the transaction itself is very quick. Since the Mogamma stopped issuing multiple entry visas, I've bought single entry stamps on each arrival.

Perhaps your problem was T2 and a midnight arrival. I've switched almost entirely to T3.

Note that you're wasting time (and money!) buying dollars in the UK to pay for a visa at Cairo airport. You don't need dollars: they are happy to accept most currencies and give you change in EGP. They operate a very tight exchange rate. It's an ideal opportunity to get cash for taxis. I've never been short-changed, but it's probably smart to have idea of more or less what you should be getting back in EGP.
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Old Jun 5, 18, 8:16 pm
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Originally Posted by IAN-UK View Post

Note that you're wasting time (and money!) buying dollars in the UK to pay for a visa at Cairo airport. You don't need dollars: they are happy to accept most currencies and give you change in EGP. They operate a very tight exchange rate. It's an ideal opportunity to get cash for taxis. I've never been short-changed, but it's probably smart to have idea of more or less what you should be getting back in EGP.
Im not in the UK and there is nothing indicating that AUD will be accepted for payment - also, I am only staying overnight at the attached hotel, so have no interest in having EGP

Since I have scans of both passports, that was no holdup
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Old Jun 5, 18, 8:39 pm
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Im not in the UK and there is nothing indicating that AUD will be accepted for payment - also, I am only staying overnight at the attached hotel, so have no interest in having EGP

Since I have scans of both passports, that was no holdup
I had scans, too - it was getting them down to a an acceptable size that held me up. OK, I'm technologically challenged But now I have the right-sized file I'm fully flexed to go for my next trip. So I guess it wasn't such a waste of time!

But it's really not an exercise I'd recommend for one-off, or infrequent visitors, the visa stamp is so easy.

The one advantage to the e-visa is that it avoids the stamps themselves: if you are crafty, and the immigration folk are cooperative, you can manage two to a page. But still, for frequent visitors that quickly fills up the passport.
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Old Jun 6, 18, 9:08 am
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Originally Posted by IAN-UK View Post
I'm guessing you're doing -DOH-xxx-CAI-

Just wondered which xxx they are routing you through.
DOH-AMM-CAI, then CAI-LHR-DOH. (Not counting DOH-MCT-AUH next month )
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Old Jun 6, 18, 7:50 pm
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Originally Posted by Dubliner1 View Post
Pearl Lounge also on Lounge Key. Is it new?
It looked pretty new to me

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Its all about expectation.
eh, the last time I went they only had the room in front of the shop open and there were no seats

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BA now listing the Pearl Lounge as the lounge to use on my CAI - KOA booking.
Awesome. If BA permits I would definitely use Pearl. Not sure if the other crap lounge had a name.
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Old Jun 6, 18, 7:53 pm
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Originally Posted by IAN-UK View Post
I had scans, too - it was getting them down to a an acceptable size that held me up. OK, I'm technologically challenged But now I have the right-sized file I'm fully flexed to go for my next trip. So I guess it wasn't such a waste of time!

But it's really not an exercise I'd recommend for one-off, or infrequent visitors, the visa stamp is so easy.

The one advantage to the e-visa is that it avoids the stamps themselves: if you are crafty, and the immigration folk are cooperative, you can manage two to a page. But still, for frequent visitors that quickly fills up the passport.
Not as fast an online service as most visa issuances - after about 20 hours , I got an email confirming payment and the status changed to processing - but so far no issues with it - the one improvement that I can see would be a better explanation about the "Host" fields

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Awesome. If BA permits I would definitely use Pearl. Not sure if the other crap lounge had a name.
With a business class booking, pearl lounge is showing for me too
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Old Jun 7, 18, 3:43 pm
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Not as fast an online service as most visa issuances - after about 20 hours , I got an email confirming payment and the status changed to processing !
Envy! From my bank's website I can see my payment went through, but after 5 days ....
... no acknowledgement: nothing at all to show.

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Old Jun 7, 18, 5:10 pm
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Then there was a bit of a problem understanding what they wanted from me in terms of identifying my sponsors/hosts: I am hostless and sponsor-free.

I thought I'd finished, but got sent back to re-do my address: and eventually discovered they wanted me to enter it with lines separated by commas rather than paragraphs.
Sounds unnecessarily difficult! What did you enter for host and sponsor? And thanks for the tip about using commas to separate lines in the address. I won't be visiting again until next year, but I'll file away the info and hopefully look at it at the end of this year.
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Old Jun 7, 18, 5:46 pm
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Envy! From my bank's website I can see my payment went through, but after 5 days ....
... no acknowledgement: nothing at all to show.

I'm resigned to adding yet another sticker to my collection
Process all completed within approx 30 hours

Did you get the email from Egypt e-Visa Portal which states Your payment is confirmed. Your application now is under processing.

10 hours after I got the confirmation of payment, received email on visa process

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Old Jun 7, 18, 5:49 pm
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Sounds unnecessarily difficult! What did you enter for host and sponsor? And thanks for the tip about using commas to separate lines in the address. I won't be visiting again until next year, but I'll file away the info and hopefully look at it at the end of this year.
Assuming staying at a hotel , then

For Host type Tourism Operator
Host details put the Hotel name and the Hotel address
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Assuming staying at a hotel , then

For Host type Tourism Operator
Host details put the Hotel name and the Hotel address
Thank you .
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Old Jun 8, 18, 1:02 am
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Originally Posted by Dave Noble View Post
Process all completed within approx 30 hours

Did you get the email from Egypt e-Visa Portal which states Your payment is confirmed. Your application now is under processing.
Correction: My cc account shows the charge as pending, which I think means it is sitting in limbo waiting to be picked up.

The visa website hasn't sent any messages, though I've managed to send one to them - and got the immediate automated response they'll get back to me ASAP.

...and here is the reply, just in:

Thank you for contacting E-Visa. Kindly be informed that application passes through the following stages (draft-confirmed-paid-application processing-visa processing-completed), Payment process for an application will be effective after 24 hours from the payment action and application will turn into the application processing status after payment confirmation and E-Visa will be issued within7 days after payment action. Moreover, Gently note that, you are advised to apply at least 7 days before your departure date. Please feel free to contact us again if you have any other inquiry or need any further assistance regarding issuing an electronic visa, looking forward to having you soon in Egypt.






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10 hours after I got the confirmation of payment, received email on visa process
It's always a comfort to hear the good fortune of others

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Old Jun 8, 18, 1:15 am
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Sounds unnecessarily difficult! What did you enter for host and sponsor? And thanks for the tip about using commas to separate lines in the address. I won't be visiting again until next year, but I'll file away the info and hopefully look at it at the end of this year.
re the host bit, as Dave Noble says.

As for the rest, if you're travelling on a passport allowing you to get VOA, and you have plenty space for the extra stamp, I'd suggest you take advantage of your good fortune and don't let your inner geek step in Just pick one up when you arrive. No questions, nothing: just hand over cash and get the visa.

I've just done the Indian one. Questioning of a Byzantine complexity, but confirmation of success popped into my inbox this morning.
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Old Jun 23, 18, 8:50 am
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Were on the BA flight ex-CAI in J connecting to LAX on our way home from holidays in late August. I see from various threads that people are saying we will want to be presenting ourselves for check in about 90 minutes before departure.

My question is about logistics and timing based on hotel options. We will be in Cairo for a couple of days before and my kids more or less dictated we stay at the Fairmont based on the rooftop pool (and I have some suite upgrades so it makes sense from that angle too).

For that last night before our departure, Id like to stay at the Fairmont so we can lounge at the pool in the afternoon, but I see the ride to airport on our departure morning can be 45-60 min. I havent been to Cairo in a decade so forget, is it really that far/long? That means leaving the Fairmont at 5:30am, which is going to hurt to say the least. I also made a reservation for 2 rooms at the Meridien in the airport for 3k spg points, and am thinking maybe I just keep one room at the Fairmont for the final night so we can stay there as late as we want and then move to the Meridien at the airport after dinner so we are well placed to head into the terminal for check in with the 45+ minute drive. I am guessing that with three groggy young kids and a late sleeping wife, it would make sense to stay out in the airport property, any feedback?
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Old Jun 23, 18, 2:24 pm
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What an experience on an ex CAI ticket. Firstly make sure you have cash ready for the visa on arrival (otherwise you withdraw Egyptian pounds at an ATM). Secondly I was questioned at LHR at the gate by DHS trying to understand why a Brit is going to the US through CAI. Wanted to understand ties to Isis etc too! Then when I get to the US and go through global entry I get the dreaded X. Normally this just means a reprint of finger prints and you’re on your way. No, here they close the global entry line and escort me to a waiting room for further questioning. I wait 20 minutes and I’m questioned again. luckily that only lasted a couple of mins and they saw I wasn’t a possible suspect, but I had to give my home address, telephone number and address in the US. I was then on my way. I don’t think I’ll do ex CAI again in a hurry!
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