FAQ

Are visas required for Egypt and Jordan travel?

Visas are required for U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter Egypt and Jordan and are not included in the price of your Egypt travel package. If you are on the Jerusalem optional post-trip extension, note that a visa is not required for U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter Israel. U.S. and Canadian citizens will obtain an Egypt visa upon arrival at Cairo airport for a fee of $15 per person, payable on site in U.S. dollars. There are no forms or photos required. Please have exact change in U.S. dollars. Everyone must obtain an Egypt visa upon arrival.

U.S. and Canadian citizens will obtain a Jordan visa upon arrival at Aqaba airport at the end of your expedition. No forms or photos are required. According to Jordanian law only certain guests pay for the visa and those that do will pay the fee of 10 Jordanian dinars (about $15), in local currency only, upon DEPARTURE from Amman airport, after check in and prior to going through immigration. All guests get a Jordan visa upon arrival in Aqaba. Guests who depart Amman on the same flight as four or more travelers (total of five guests or more) are NOT required to pay the visa fee upon departure from Amman. Guests who depart Amman on the same flight as three or less travelers (total of four guests or less) ARE required to pay the visa fee upon departure from Amman. This is the official policy of the Jordanian government policy. Your IE Expedition Leader has all the guest departure information and will inform you if you need to pay the visa fee or not prior to your departure.

What vaccinations are required to join the IE's custom Egypt tours?

No immunizations are required for entry into Egypt, Jordan, or Israel from the US or for re-entry into the U.S. However, proof of yellow fever vaccination will be required if you are arriving Jordan from an infected area. Egypt is not an infected area. Please consult with your personal physician.

What kind of weather can you expect on your Egypt & Jordane travel package?

Egypt Climate: There are basically two seasons in Egypt: a relatively cool season that lasts from October to March and a hot season from April to September. The weather in upper Egypt (Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel.) tends to be a few to several degrees warmer than lower Egypt (Cairo). The sun can be strong, even in winter, and you can burn or dehydrate in a hurry. Wear a hat with a brim and sunscreen and limit your exposure to sunlight. A pair of sunglasses is important in reducing eyestrain.

Jordan Climate: Jordan has a combination of Mediterranean and arid desert climates. Summers are warm and dry, and winters — when the majority of visitors travel to Jordan — are mild to cool, with possibility of rain or snow. Please do not assume that because Jordan is in the Middle East, temperatures will automatically be hot. From mid-November through mid-March, Jordan — especially Petra — can be cold at times, with even the possibility of snow.

Israel Climate: Israel has varied altitudes so temperatures and rainfall are varied as well. Winter tends to be cold in Jerusalem but rainy days are often followed by bright sunny days. During the months of this expedition it is best to plan for cold weather in Israel.