I believe you meant immigration and not customs.
As far as I know, the WMF is providing assistance to the attendees by
sending out a letter of invitation, which they can annex to their
applications to the respective Egyptian consulates / missions in their
country. This allows for smooth visa processing and clearance. Since Egypt
is a country that largely depends on tourism as a major source of its
revenues, there will hardly be any problems for the tourists at the
immigration counter, unless and until there are sound intelligence or
In the unlikely event that a Wikimania attendee is restrained from entering
Egyptian territory, they would most likely be deported back to their
country, and there is hardly anything that a private organisation like
Wikimedia Foundation can do about it. The issue is then more diplomatic or
political, than just bureaucracy.
People with criminal records and/or unserved time or liability in certain
jurisdictions are most likely to stay away by their own understanding.
Hope that helped.
--Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington
On Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 10:20 AM, Geoffrey Plourde <geo.plrd(a)yahoo.com>
I was just curious as to whether or not people will be
available to assist
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On Wed, Jul 9, 2008 at 10:47 PM, Geoffrey Plourde <geo.plrd(a)yahoo.com>
The question regards customs. In the event that
people don't clear
or if customs delays them for a couple hours,
will the ground team have
plans in place to handle that?
In the event that you're refused entry into Egypt, there's not a whole
lot anyone can do about that. If you're delayed "a couple hours," you
may just miss the free shuttle.
However good the organization team may be, it's not their
responsibility to hold every attendee's hand through every step of the
process. International travel is serious business, and you should
plan for the possibility that everything doesn't go like clockwork.
Your plane may be delayed, you may get stopped at customs, your taxi
might get a flat tire—that's just how it goes. I wish everyone the
best, but I also expect that they can handle life like grown-ups in
the event that the unexpected does happen.
(Although I assume your question is rhetorical, since you don't appear
to be registered to attend.)
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