Which Airport do I fly to?
Sharm El Sheikh International Airport (SSH) is the closest airport to Dahab. From Sharm El Sheikh it is a 1.5 hour drive to Dahab. We will organise your airport transfer from Sharm El Sheikh to Azraq House, Dahab.
We suggest that you book your flights as early as you can to get the best possible prices.
WHEN TO FLY
We request that you arrive at least the day before the start date of your programme.
Please ensure your return flight time is after 1PM the day after the programme end date due to the risk of flying after diving.
Do I need a VISA?
You will be required to fill in a basic arrival card during the flight to have ready with you at boarder control.
- Please state that you are visiting Egypt for tourism purposes.
- Your address in Dahab is: Azraq House, Lighthouse, Dahab
Required for most nationalities. Single-entry, 30-day tourist visas cost US$25 and are available online (https://visa2egypt.gov.eg) for 41 nationalities. Otherwise, visas can be purchased at the airport on arrival.
VISA AT THE AIRPORT
If you choose to get a visa at the airport follow this procedure: Bus collects you from plane and takes you short distance to airport terminal. Go up the escalators. At the end of corridor there is a bank desk on the right hand side called National bank of Egypt. Have $25.00 (exact change) ready and pay to attendant. You will receive a sticker which you place on an empty page of your passport and is a 30 days visa. Now go through passport control to receive your entry stamp. You can now go to customs and collect your luggage. Once you pass through the exit doors our driver will meet you with an Project Azraq sign.
What about the transfer from the airport to Dahab?
Your journey to Dahab will take around 1.5 hours.
So you are aware of your surroundings before arriving there are 3 armed guard check points during this drive to Dahab. There is no reason to be concerned by this as it is normal procedure here for armed check points to be stationed on the road. They will just check your passports and nationality but you will probably not interact with the guards as the driver will do the talking.
Do I need Insurance?
We advise that everyone gets travel insurance before they arrive in Egypt. You may want to consider if your insurance covers;
- Any pre-existing medical conditions (please make your insurer aware of these)
- The full period you are travelling (including departure and arrival days)
- Medical treatment and costs associated with hospitalisation for accidents (out of the water) and illness
- Evacuation costs (air lift, living costs, personnel costs etc.)
- Repatriation and family costs for missing person
- Costs associated with disrupted transport, trip postponement, cancellation, missed flights etc.
- The replacement of valuables lost, stolen, damaged
This is not an exhaustive list so please read your policy carefully and consider what you will need.
Do I need diving or DAN insurance?
We also advise you obtain a DAN (Divers Alert Network) insurance policy to cover their safety whilst taking part in all diving and water based activities in Dahab although it is not compulsory.
Volunteers from South Africa need to purchase DAN ‘standard’ cover from DAN Southern Africa (http://www.dansa.org/).
Anyone from Australia, New Zealand or anywhere else in the Asia-Pacific region needs to join DAN Asia Pacific (http://www.danasiapacific.org/). You only need to become an individual member unless you also wish to purchase your travel insurance with them.
All other nationalities can find information on joining DAN at: https://www.diversalertnetwork.org/contact/international.asp
Once you have purchased your insurance you will be send a confirmation email with your membership number. Please ensure you have access to this whilst you are on the programme .
Which are the recommended vaccinations?
You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel to Egypt.
It is recommended to have the following vaccines for travel to this region.
- Hepatitis A
The following you should ask your doctor about:
- Hepatitis B
- Yellow Fever
Travelling with pre-existing medication
If you have a pre existing medical condition which you are allowed to dive with but have to take medication for please check the rules for travelling into Egypt with it.
As a guideline we suggest you ensure the following:
- Personal use only
- Carry a covering doctors letter and prescription stub
- Bring in original packaging
- Bring only enough for the duration of your stay
However please seek further advice on your specific medication from a reliable source.
Which clothe do I pack?
Dahab is a relaxed tourist town so there is no restriction on what you can wear here.
Appropriate clothing will vary depending on the time of year that you are taking part in our volunteer programme. If it is during our summer months (June – September) ensure you bring clothes which are suitable for high temperatures as well as ones which cover you from the sun e.g sunhat. During the cooler months (October, April, May ) some warm layers are advised for the evening. The winter months (November, December, March) we advise some extra layers for after the dives and during the evenings.
What do I include in the suitcase?
- Plug Adaptor
- Fish Guide (We love this guide: Coral Reef Guide, Red Sea)
- Rash guard
- Combination lock
RECOMMENDED ITEMS TO REDUCE YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
- Reusable water bottle (750ml plus)
- Ocean friendly Sunscreen
Is it safe to travel as a young female?
Team Azraq is an international team both male and female. All of us feel safe living here. Our Project Manager is a female in her 20s who moved here alone and has never felt unsafe. Our trusted driver will meet you at the airport and you will come directly to Dahab which as a quiet and safe town.
Does Project Azraq have a free marine educational programme?
Not at the moment or in the immediate future.
We hope that one day we will be able to offer some free spaces on our Reef Monitoring Programme to local marine biology students. But at the moment all our fundings are directed to our reef monitoring survey and sponsor dive against debris cleanups.