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Egypt travel insurance

With a history and civilisation spanning at least 8,000 years, Egypt’s attractions lie in more than just a bit of sun.

We know that if you’re planning to be one of the 900,000 Brits that visit Egypt every year, you’ll be focussed on what sights to see – the pyramids at Giza, the Valley of the Kings, cruising along the Nile or standing in awe at Mount Sinai (where Moses was said to have received the Ten Commandments).

The one thing you won’t want to spend time contemplating is your travel insurance, so why not let us worry about that for you.


What do I need to consider when choosing travel insurance for Egypt?

If you have existing travel insurance (such as an annual multi trip policy) then double check you’re covered for Egypt – some policies classify Egypt under ‘Europe’ others class it as ‘worldwide’. But whatever the wording is, just ensure your policy has your back.

You should take out travel insurance that will also cover the costs of any medical treatment you may need. It’s not uncommon for visitors to experience upset stomachs or dehydration and local medical care isn’t cheap. If you find you need more extensive medical help, you’ll be admitted to a private hospital where the costs can spiral, so always make sure you’re covered.

You’ll need to think about the type of activities you’ll be doing in Egypt as not all sports and activities are covered by a standard travel insurance policy. Egypt’s a great place for scuba diving and if this is something you intend to do, make sure your policy covers you. It’s also worth checking whether your policy only insures you up to a certain number of metres because the last thing you’ll want to do when you’re gazing at the coral reef is to take a plumb line with you. 

Pyramids of giza

What else do I need to consider when choosing travel insurance for Egypt?

You might also want to see if your policy includes cover should you decide to take a cruise along the Nile. Cruising is a popular way to travel through Egypt and when travelling along the Nile, you can almost feel the history of one of the world’s oldest civilisations unfurl. But not all standard travel insurance policies cover you for cruising in the Middle East – so check the terms and conditions carefully if you’re considering this option  

One thing you’ll definitely need to consider is whether cheap insurance to Egypt really is as good as it sounds. After parting with all that cash for the holiday itself, getting a cheap insurance policy might seem appealing at the time, but when it comes to the crunch, it’s not always the best option.

Once you’ve thought about what policy will see you right, you can then let us do the rest of the work, from our panel of trusted suppliers, we’ll always find the best value for your Egypt travel insurance needs.

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Do I need to think about anything else when going to Egypt?

We want you to have a great time and we’re sure you’ll want to know as much as possible about how the land lies. So here are some helpful tips that should make your holiday to Egypt as smooth as possible and one that you’ll remember forever (for all the right reasons of course).

Visa: Brits travelling to resorts in Sharm el Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba and Taba receive a permission stamp on arrival – this is free and valid for 15 days. If you’re staying for more than 15 days, you’ll need a visa. You can get a visa when you arrive at the airport for which there’s a small fee – you’ll see authorised kiosks at the airport if you do need one.

Currency: The Egyptian pound (£E) is the official currency but some hotels and tour operators prefer US dollars or Euros (although technically trading in these foreign currencies is illegal). You can use credit cards in some instances and there are cash machines in the larger cities although they may not be reliable. Plus, as a general rule, cashing travellers’ cheques can be a nightmare so avoid if you can.

Language: The main language is Arabic, but English is spoken in most resorts and hotels.

Vaccines: It’s recommended that you have a Hepatitis A vaccine (usually free on the NHS) but you should see your doctor about two months before you travel just to make sure.

Tipping: Many Egyptians live on just £50 a month, so tipping is much appreciated and in some ways – expected of western tourists. Living off tips is also a way of life in Egypt so it’s worth appreciating that even £E1 is a tip worth having for many.

In terms of tipping in restaurants, you’ll usually be expected to give a certain amount rather than a percentage of the total bill. So in a café you might leave up to £E2, a cheap and cheerful restaurant might expect between £E3-5 and smarter places would expect up to £E25.

Egypt has a fascinating history (did you know that ancient Egyptians mummified animals as well as people – archaeologists once found a 4.5m long mummified crocodile) but if history’s not your thing, then just sit back and enjoy the sun – of which there’s a lot of, only about 2.5cm of rain falls per year – scorching.