"Divorces" of tourists in Egypt - common deceptions
The Egyptians 'desire to "regale" the contents of tourists' wallets is enormous. Perhaps, according to this indicator, Egypt is ahead of all tourist countries. At the same time, the Egyptians are not very selective in the choice of methods, and often use technologies that are very questionable from the moral point of view. We will talk about the most common cases of "divorce."
Divorce first - beach towels
In most beach hotels, tourists are given special cards when settling in. These cards give tourists beach towels. In the living conditions it is clearly stated that all the cards tourists must pass at the end of the stay, and for the loss of a card or towels a fine is imposed.
Fines are large - from 10 to 30 dollars, which does not match the quality of towels, which can often be called "sex rags."
Naturally, the situation with the loss of your towels is very beneficial to the hotel, since he sells a used towel worth $ 2 for $ 20.
Often tourists leave the pool or from the sea and discover that there are no towels.
Of course, someone could take your towel by mistake, because they are all the same in appearance. But there are hotels where a special person from the staff walks around the territory and collects towels that seemed to him orphan. In this way the hotel earns tourists, though in a dishonorable way.
Conclusions. We recommend taking beach towels with you, and such that they can not be confused with the hotel. Cards hide in the safe, so that they are not accidentally picked up by the cleaner. By the way, the theft of cards by the cleaner is another subset of this "divorce."
Divorce second - paid minibar
You go to the hotel through the "all inclusive" system and logically believe that all soft drinks and alcoholic drinks of local production are included in the price for you. You come to the hotel, you are tired, and you see in the refrigerator rooms a bottle of cold beer Stela or Sakkara.
You know for sure that this is a local beer, and it should be included in the "all inclusive". The cleaner carefully adds you new bottles in return for those drunk, and life seems fine, since even a bar does not even have to go. The rest was a success!
When you leave the hotel you are billed. It turns out that all the content of the mini-bar is paid.
But the essence of the "divorce" is not in the fact of a paid mini-bar, but in the price of its contents. A bottle of Egyptian beer is asked for about $ 5, which does not correspond to its quality.
Unfortunately, in Egypt there are no laws that would define the concept of "all inclusive". Since there is no law or standard, every hotel defines a set of services for "all inclusive" on its own.
Conclusion. Always ask beforehand whether the service is included in "all inclusive" or not. And this applies not only to the mini-bar, but to all services in general.
Divorce is the third - shifting things to the nook of the room
Theft of things from hotel rooms is a separate topic for conversation. For Egypt, this is a very serious problem. Now we will talk about a slightly different form of theft.
All hotel employees understand that theft is a criminal offense, and chances of being caught are always there. Therefore, they are inventing more ingenious schemes of taking valuable things away from tourists.
On the day you leave the hotel, your room includes a cleaner. He enters the room on the pretext of cleaning, and you can not blame him for anything. Of course, he will not steal anything.
Do you know such a comic poem - "fight and seek, find and hide"? This is just the case. He really is looking for valuable things and hiding them anew, but so that you do not find them.
In the end, you already need to take the number, and your expensive video camera went off somewhere. You frantically remember where you could leave it. But there is no time, and you are leaving without her. It's a shame of course, but the plane will not wait for you.
A satisfied janitor waits for your departure, enters the room and takes the thing, because he knows where he hid it. In this way they steal things, without risking being caught "by the hand". And even if caught, he just says that he found the thing by accident during the preparation of the room for the following guests.
Conclusion. Check the number thoroughly before leaving. Search all the shelves, even if you did not use them. Look under the bed and behind it. Pay special attention to the shelves that are high, items on them may not always be visible. Check behind the curtains and under the mattress of the bed. And look at mirrors and paintings, they like to hide money and towel cards. If the room has a refrigerator, and it is installed in the niche of a cupboard or bedside tables, then be sure to look behind this refrigerator. Turn out the bed linen or feel it.
Divorce is the fourth - the insurance is valid only for excursions TO
95% of package tourists face this "divorce," if not 99%. You come to a meeting with your hotel guide, and he offers you to purchase excursions. The prices at it on 30-50% are more expensive, than at foreign tourist firms.
At the same time, he tells you the legend that your medical insurance is valid only if you buy an excursion from him. In other cases, the insurance is void.
Of course, this is not so. Read your insurance policy, there are no such conditions and can not be. This is a direct violation of all competition laws, and no insurance company will do that. We recommend our article about insurance in Egypt , where we described all this in detail.
We will consider the price of excursions. Suppose that the tour operator has taken a tour only for its customers. In this case, the inflated price may well be justified. This excursion can have a more competent guide, or a more comfortable bus, or a more extensive program.
But it happens that you buy an excursion from a hotel guide and pay $ 60, and on the bus next to you there is a man who bought it at a third-party agency for $ 40. You paid different money for the same service. This is a real "divorce."
Divorce is the fifth - the price of a visa is +2 dollars
You arrive in Hurghada , get off the plane, take the bus to the airport arrival zone. Now you need to buy an Egyptian visa and fill out the migration card of Egypt .
And then you see a representative of your travel agent, who carefully distributes visas to tourists. What a great service, you think!
You approach this person, he quickly pastes a visa with a quick gesture to your passport, and requires $ 27. How come, a visa costs 25 dollars! It turns out that this is a visa delivery service with a price of $ 2.
In fact - a real "divorce," because the official window of the bank is only 100 meters.
The visa must be purchased at the bank at the airport, where it costs 25 dollars. The migration card can be taken there as well.
Conclusion. Do not hurry. These people make profit on the fact that you are in a hurry, although you do not need to rush anywhere. Quietly go to the bank and buy a visa for real value. Remember, the bus will not leave without you, of course, if you are not late for an hour.
Divorce sixth - service sellers
Already in the hotel, you will always be approached by sellers of different services - to offer excursions, unforgettable photosession, bath and hammam, a trip to the restaurant, shopping tours and much more.
Remember the main rule. If you do not want to buy a service, then you always answer in one word - NO. Do not say the phrase "now I will not, come up tomorrow" or "then think about it."
Many tourists faced such a "divorce." You are suitable for such a person and offers an excursion. You say something like: "we just arrived, come up tomorrow."
The next day he comes to you again and states that you have expressed a desire to go with him on an excursion, and did not show up. Now you have to pay him 50% of its value as a penalty.
Of course, no one will pay you. You have not officially promised him anything and do not owe him anything. You have every right to "send it far away." But the situation is already unpleasant. He starts screaming and threatens to call the police. Many tourists pay for fear.
Think you need such a hassle? Answer always - NO, and no other phrases. Even when you are asked again, why not, answer again - NO, and no explanation.
Divorce is the seventh - the requirement to pay in the hotel non-existent services or damage to property
This "divorce" is not the initiative of the hotel itself, but of its employees. It goes like this. You are evicted from the hotel, and then you are asked for a passport to verify something. Once your documents are available to the hotel employee, he states that you used any services or broke something in the room. You have to pay, or he will not give you the passport.
This is a very unpleasant situation, especially when you are already waiting for the bus to the airport. There is already no time to argue or wait for the tourist police.
Of course, you did not break anything and did not use the services, this is a special scheme of deception. They are counting on the fact that you will not have time to argue. Extortionary sums are small at this - within $ 50. All income goes to the pocket of the hotel staff.
Conclusions. Never give your passport to other people. Remember that the police or other competent authorities have the right to inspect documents. You can give a passport to a hotel employee only once during the check-in, and never again.
The eighth divorce is an imaginary MMS from MTS
MTS subscribers in Egypt have a very interesting effect. A couple of days after arrival, you will receive an MMS message from one of your friends. If you contact this person, then make sure that he did not send you any messages.
Naturally, you will not be able to see this message if you do not have the service "Internet in roaming". Another message from the company MTS is just telling you how to connect this service.
If you do not connect the service, then MTS will constantly remind you: "You also have an unread MMS message! Suddenly there is something important! You need to read it urgently! ". And you will receive such messages periodically.
The purpose of this whole scheme is simple - to encourage you to plug in the international roaming service and to devastate the personal account of your mobile phone. Of course, if you contact the MTS, they will tell you that it is some kind of error with messages.
Conclusion. Determine in advance whether you need communication on the trip or you can do without it. If you need communication, then read our article " How to call from Egypt to your homeland ", where we told about the cheapest ways of communication in Egypt.
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