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Day 242 – Tour Companies and Visa Extensions

21st May 2012

Our plans really didn’t extend to a route that did not involve Libya’s Mediterranean coastline. The ferry from Egypt’s Port Said to Turkey was expensive and according to reports, the inclusion of overlanders was at great conflict with the desire of the captain. It was a cargo ship whose route was from Turkey to Egypt and then travelling back as an empty vessel. The captain didn’t speak English and didn’t know what to do with those on board. The route from Israel was equally painful. It was reported to cost up to two thousand Euros and involve a prolonged and complete emptying , searching and x-raying of the vehicle. That would be far too much trouble and expense for a vehicle carrying animal related products of vaguely dubious morality and a hippo of questionable content and sensitive demeanour.

So Libya it was, come hell or high water, or revolutionary aftermath. Two or three vehicles had now reported their traverse across the country and no one had offered a bad word. The embassy remained closed until further notice. Our taxi drove by and we went once more to our friend at the internet cafe.

We had news. Temehu were on the ball, they needed seven days for visas but would try and arrange them sooner. Seven days presented a problem, our visas would expire. Given that it would cost more in time than the paltry one English pound we would pay for a three month resident’s visa we found our way to the passports and immigration building in Tahrir Square and underwent two and a half hours of pushing, barging, frustration and confusion before finally emerging successful. It was too late to drive to Alexandria and we went back to the campsite for one last evening.

Posted by ibeamish 12:18 Archived in Egypt

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