I am in Egypt. I fly out at 2:15 am on the 20th of this month.
My visa runs out on the 17th.
I have been told that it is a huge hassle to get an extension.
I have been told it probably won't be a big deal if I over stay a couple days.
I am wondering if anyone has experience in this situation in this country.
I am wondering of the balance of backsheesh to vacation time, if it comes to that.
You can join the visa queue at the airport on your arrival. It takes about an hour to get through - and it's free.
It turned out to be ok. Had some friends of ours and a police officer take a look at our visa and stamps. He said no worries. We were on the bus from Dahab to Cairo on the 18th. We were told by a few people to just make a bigger stink if the checkpoint poeple make one first, and it will be fine.
No one even looked twice. I think our skin color was all they noticed, half the police at the checks didn't even open our passports, but the locals got a good 30-45 second inspection of each of their IDs.
At the airport the guy did a double take, hesitated a second, then passed to the next guy for the computer check. That guy got a text message that made him laugh, and he just handed us our passports and tickets without doing anything with them while he responded to the text.
Cel phones are a huge culture in Egypt. I saw beggar looking men squatting next to rubbish piles at night, with there face lit by the glow of a cell while the texted. I never got a good picture of it though.