In recent years, almost everyone carries a camera in their pocket. Technological advances have caused cell phones to have a photographic level almost at the level of more professional equipment. In the midst of all this, some travelers in Egypt have been met with an unpleasant surprise: you can’t take pictures.
In early August, the country’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced in a statement that amateur street photography is now allowed in public spaces for personal use, following thousands of complaints on social media reporting fines or confiscated equipment.
“Taking pictures with all kinds of traditional cameras, digital cameras and video cameras will be allowed free of charge. It is not necessary to obtain any permission beforehand,” they said in the statement.
Despite this announcement, many ancient temples, tombs, and historic sites across the country prohibit photos or require the purchase of a permit at the box office for larger cameras, including DSLRs.
The rules of photography in the ancient sites of Egypt obey certain rules, some of them unwritten and changing according to the personnel in charge. Sometimes the permission to take photos with your camera is greater than the entrance to the site. For example, in Deir El Medina in Luxor, the fee for foreign travelers is 100 EGP ($5.25 USD) and the photo and video permit (for personal use only) is 300 EGP ($15.75).
Tips for taking photos in Egypt
In some places, the cell phone is exempt from this prohibition, due to the amateur nature that it entails, however, they can take great images without the need for a more professional camera. In this post, we shareHere are some tips to achieve good images with your smartphone.
Before visiting any historical site, check on their official channels if they need a special permit and how much it costs. It is better prevent.
In case they do not find information about it, the rates (if any) or the refusal for photographic equipment will be announced at the entrance. Know this information so that your equipment and memories are not confiscated.
Some guards and workers may let you take photos for a tip. While it sounds like a good idea to beat the system, keep in mind that if you get “caught” you might have to delete or lose your work.
If photography is prohibited and you know about it in advance, it is best to leave your cameras and equipment in your lodging in storage. Some places taking advantage of high fees or bans may charge you to store your stuff.
Under the new guidelines, permits are still required for underwater and drone photography, better avoid carrying extra gear, your sword will thank you!
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