Extortion Protection Tactics and Tips for Tourists in Egypt
We bring to your attention a number of suggestions that will help you in some situations:
1. In the contract for the provision of services, as much as possible and accurately specify the cost, time and conditions. You must make your interlocutor explicitly agree and confirm what you have said. It would be even better if he himself spoke the final terms of your contract. You should also remember that always baksheesh is due in excess of the stipulated amount. But this amount should be small and in the range of 1-5 Egyptian pounds.
2. When walking, try not to stop and do not hold your eyes on others. Try not to enter into a conversation with the local population, do not ask them anything. If necessary, calmly and accurately respond to all their suggestions. As you gain experience, you will learn to distinguish normal people from scammers. Over time, you will also learn to speak with them in a local style. But you should always remember that you should never relax.
3. Try to ask questions, find out something from employees in uniform, other tourists, or from locals who are dressed in business clothes. The latter have a permanent job and do not chase bakshish. Free help and necessary information can also be obtained from tourist police. Usually they are quite reasonable and friendly, but sometimes among them there are lovers of baksheesh. After all, judge for yourself, it will not be easy for a person armed with an assault rifle to refuse baksha.
4. Try to pay without surrender. Try not to show that you have more money, except for those that pay. When trading, you can show local money in the amount that you are willing to pay. The sight of money makes merchants more accommodating. But this does not mean that you can’t exchange money. In hotels, decent cafes and restaurants, museums you can always get change. If you have agreed correctly, then local people in such situations will never deceive you. Even in the case when you were given a change in delivery, and you ask to return the missing, then this amount will be returned to you without any problems.