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Binoculars and scope to Egypt - yes or no? (1 Viewer)

jurek

Well-known member
I am looking for experiences in people who recently travelled to Hurghada or Luxor with bins and scopes. Are they allowed or hassle/confiscated at the customs? Pack them in carry-on luggage or checked luggage?
 

jogresh

Registered nutjob
As you may be aware, in the last few years, some people are getting them confiscated (until their return flight) at the airport in Hurghada; it's not as bad as Cairo, but it still happens. When I had a migratory soaring bird contract about 4 years ago, all our team (c. 15 - 20) got through both airports fine, but since then I understand it's got pretty bad. There is some discussion of it on the FB Birding in Egypt group. Basically, it's a gamble and the odds aren't good. :-(
 

Steve Lister

Senior Birder, ex County Recorder, Garden Moths.
United Kingdom
This never used to be a problem - I have taken bins and scope on all three of my Egyptian birding trips but all were 20 years or more ago.
Same problem is reported frequently in Jordan and less often in Tunisia, and of course binoculars are not allowed into Algeria. It puts you off going to these places.

Steve
 

jogresh

Registered nutjob
Same problem is reported frequently in Jordan and less often in Tunisia. It puts you off going to these places.
Steve

Oh heck I really fancied Jordan!

Tunisia has been tricky for a while - a group of 7 of us got most of our scopes (except for a couple we hid) retained til departure way back in 1992. :-(

How bad is Jordan for this do you know?...
 

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