The new visa is valid for a single 3 month stay. Cost is around £12 but is subject to change, but those enterprising buggers at the airport will not have change! So make sure you have the correct change for the amount of VISA’s you need (I would carry a £10 note and 10 x £1 coins for one Visa just to make sure). If you are staying in staying in Sharm only and not venturing out of town (not even to dive) you do not need a visa.
Money can be exchanged practically anywhere. Normally I would never recommend taking your whole disposable holiday cash with you on a trip, but here in Sharm you can haggle and change them and get a far better rate than back home. Also, remember to always carry US Dollars with you to use in case of an emergency. Another option is your cashpoint card to take out cash at the ATM’s.
AAll doctors/hospitals here are private – so make sure you have holiday insurance.
Ambulance – 0693 600554
Diving Doctor – 0693 660922
Sharm Medical Centre – 0693 661744
Mall 8 Naama Bay – 010 6192424
Most of the hotels in Sharm do not do ‘custom’ packages because they are contracted to travel agents, but these do :
Bay View Hotel – Right in the centre of Naama Bay, cheap and cheerful, ideal for divers www.bayviewsharm.com
The Rock Hotel – It is cheap and cheerful and very handy for T2 bar. www.hoteltherock.com
Sunset partner & Tivoli Hotels – Walking distance from Ocean College. Very basic but do allow guests to book accom on any length basis – look em up through: www.travelrepublic.co.uk
Sharks Bay – Out of town, has a bit of an ‘independent traveler’ feel to it but is very cheap and everyone who has stayed there has raved about it. www.sharksbay.com [email protected] or ring Oonas UK on 01323 648924 who can organize travel as well, or ring direct 0020 693600942
For a more relaxed feel, apartments are a good way of enjoying a trip if traveling in a social group :
Shaun Bell – http://www.holidaylettings.co.uk/rentals/sharm-el-sheikh/14826
Email him through the contact webpage
Gabby – www.redsea-apartments.com or email [email protected]
Gabby’s apartment is in Delta Sharm. For info on what Delta Sharm is like check out www.deltasharm.com
Also – www.travel-republic.com for some good deals.