How tourists are deceived in Egypt and how to protect yourself
How tourists in Egypt are deceived and how to protect themselves With the collapse of the Soviet Union, many of our compatriots have the opportunity to travel around the world without any obstacles. Among the countries that are very popular with our tourists is Egypt. But this is a peculiar country, and you need to know something about it.
Among the unwritten rules of Egypt is the rule – the law of fools does not protect. This rule states that local law enforcement agencies do not prevent their fellow citizens from deceiving tourists. It is quite clear that there is no lawlessness in this matter. Everywhere you can see representatives of the tourist police with weapons that control the situation. But in those places where tourists go, you can always meet motley tricks that do not allow relaxedly admiring local attractions.
If a certain Arab raises a gaping tourist for money by selling him something or rendering a completely unnecessary service, then this means that everything is fine and the law was not affected. But if in such a situation the tourist is resisting such a divorce, then the tourist police will come to his aid. A policeman will definitely join your conversation, who in most cases takes the side of a defending tourist.
You always need to be prepared for various attempts to lure money or simply cheat on the part of “local workers”. Usually it looks like selling some kind of low-value trinket, or like getting bakshish – payment for the services provided. In most cases, an unprepared person does not expect to be divorced at all. This article provides some tips for tourists in Egypt to avoid the most popular methods of local deception.
The most popular ways to cheat tourists:
1. Offer services under the guise of an employee. Along the route of the tourist route or in the museum, a person may come up to you and ask you to show him your official tickets in an official tone. Then he begins to tell you what you can see here, he will offer you to guide you, show the start of the exhibition or give his advice. However, after this, he will certainly ask for a reward for these services. By the way, when you pay for the entrance to the museum, be sure to check the price tags, request a ticket, and be sure to check the price on it with the one that you are offered. Europe is not here, accuracy in numbers for Arabs is not necessary at all. It even happens that they will assure you that the price for the service is set by the state, that they use official tariffs, but in fact this is not so at all. In this case, you should ask for a ticket, and if it is not, you can safely bargain.
2. Exaggeration in the description of the services offered. Imagine that you really need something. You begin to agree with a local leader on the provision of services on his part. For example, deliver food to you, or go somewhere for sightseeing. In this situation, you should be prepared that everything that you painted so colorfully will be completely different.
3. Offering services without demand, after which bakshish is required. In many services, very often you do not feel the need, and you are simply confronted with the fact that you have been provided with a service. This may be a very minor service. For example, when asked where the street you need is located, Arabs will carry out with great zeal. They will lead you there by the hand, regardless of your protests. But after that they will “justly” request a solid bakshish. One more example. You go yourself to the place you need. A person may run up to you and politely ask, “Where are you going?”. After hearing from you the answer, it is attached next to you, and will accompany you to the place you need, constantly conducting a conversation with you. Then he will surely ask you to pay for his services as a guide. The local population can offer you an unimaginable number of services. Moreover, these services are offered quite intrusively. But you should always remember that nothing is done here for nothing and for free. You have to pay for everything.
4. Intercepting or hailing on the street, with a further attempt to sell something or bring you to your shop. In most cases, the goods offered do not need you at all or turn out to be a simple trinket. Usually it looks like this – they say “Hello! Where you from ”, and such an exclamation can be made in several languages. Then she’s trying to find out what country you arrived from. Usually they try to put some goods into your hands, and then demand to pay for it. At the same time, you should not be fooled into assuring them that it is free – “Free!”, Or so that you only look – “Only look!”
5. The increase in the agreed cost in the process of performing the service. This usually happens when using transport services. A taxi driver may ask you in the middle of the road or at the end, an additional payment. This is despite the fact that he still requires you and baksheesh. Usually they say that they drove further than planned, that they went along another, longer road. If you ordered a boat for a walk along the Nile, then you should be prepared for the fact that in the middle of the river the boatman will stop the boat and require a larger amount than agreed. In such a situation, the winner is one with stronger nerves.
6. Very strong overpricing. Usually the price is determined by the situation, depending on how you look, what degree of your tan, the mood of the seller and his religiosity. Trading in this case is carried out in a fairly wide range – from the seller’s several hundred Egyptian pounds, to a few on your part. Here in Egypt, you must bargain almost always. It will also be useful to know the order of local prices for goods and services.
7. Direct begging for money. Do not be surprised if people will come up to you on the street and directly ask for money. In most cases, Egyptian children engage in such fishing, especially in slum areas or on the outskirts of cities. They will chase you, pull your clothes and hang on your sleeves. Such an action is still accompanied by shouts – “Money!” Or “Evro!”. To get rid of such a company is quite difficult. But if you give someone even a little bit, then a new company will immediately appear with the same requirements.
If you are familiar with the main local tricks of asking and selecting money from you, then it will probably be much easier for you to somehow react to such an action. In order to make it easier for you to resolve such issues, we offer you some basic principles that will help a tourist or traveler in communicating with the local population.