Published on 06 Feb 2013
I found out that someone is asking about permit to Siwa. The answer is no. You do not need any permit to enter Siwa.
However, there’s a national park permit to enter the Great Sand Sea. The permit is for 24 hour so if you travel for 3 days in the desert, you need to get three permits.
You don’t have to arrange this permit. Your desert guide will arrange it for you. All you need to give is a copy of your passport.
The price for the national permit is about 10 dollars a day (as far as I can remember). It might be more expensive now.
So when you go to the desert, the authority knows that you are there so in case of emergency, a rescue can be arranged pretty quickly either by local people or by the police.