Aswan in detail


Dangers & Annoyances

The number of tourists is down in Aswan as elsewhere in Egypt, so several hotels and shops in the souq have closed. Aswan seems to have been relatively quiet in the last few years, however. There is no more convoy from Aswan to Abu Simbel, but foreigners should travel between 5am and 5pm; the transport company has to apply for a permission one day before.

Police Stations

Tourist Police Contact the tourist office first to help with translation.

Entry & Exit Formalities

Visa extensions are issued by the Passport Office. Use the side entrance to the north. You will need to take two passport photos and two photocopies of the photo page and visa page from your passport. It is a good idea to go first thing in the morning and be prepared to wait, although they sometimes turn things around quickly.


There are ATMs and exchange booths along the Corniche and around Sharia As Souq, as well as at the train station.

Amex Franchise

Banque Misr ATM and foreign-exchange booth next to main building.

Travel Choice

Tourist Information

Main Tourist Office This tourist office has little material, but staff can advise on timetables and give an idea of prices for taxis and feluccas.