History buffs, divers and sun-seekers have flocked to Egypt for years, and despite a spate of violent protests and terrorist attacks over the past few years, holidaymakers continue to visit the African country in droves - around 319,000 British nationals visited in 2017.
And according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), most visits are trouble free.
Like many busy tourist hotspots, the risk of opportunistic thieves pickpocketing and bag snatching is high, and with temperatures reaching a sweltering 33°C, heat-related illnesses can affect tourists, so it pays to have good travel insurance in place.
What type of travel insurance do I need for Egypt?
Getting the right cover in place is particularly important for holiday in Egypt as there’s no public healthcare. If you fall ill or get an injury, you’ll need to visit a private doctor or hospital, and the bills could run into the thousands – the right travel insurance will cover you.
Admiral has three levels of cover - Admiral, Admiral Gold and Admiral Platinum - depending on your budget and needs, which you can have for a Single Trip or to cover all your holidays over the year with annual cover.
All Admiral policies cover:
But it provides cover for a wide range of scenarios, including:
- Your belongings being lost, damaged or stolen
- Needing legal assistance while you’re away
- Delays or cancellation to your flight
Choose from three levels of cover
Emergency medical treatment & repatriation
(Limits up to)
Cancellation or cutting short your trip
(Limits up to)
(Limits up to)
Read the full list of benefits in the policy summary booklet.
Is Egypt in Europe?
Admiral Travel Insurance classes Egypt as Europe, so you can buy our European cover, other insurers will class it differently, so you’d need worldwide cover – make sure you check before buying your cover.
Admiral covers 50 European countries, and our policies stretch the boundaries of Europe to include places like:
Does the EHIC cover me in Egypt?
No – the European Health Insurance Card isn’t valid in Egypt, meaning you’ll be footing the bill for any medical care if you don’t have insurance in place.
Despite some insurers, including Admiral, classing Egypt as in Europe for its travel zones, each country’s healthcare system is different, and some do not accept the card at all: Egypt is one, as is Turkey and the Republic of Cyprus (the north).
Travel tips for Egypt
Vaccinations for Egypt
There are no compulsory jabs for Egypt, but you can get the usual vaccinations for travel outside the UK which protect you against infections like yellow fever, typhoid and hepatitis A. For more information visit the NHS website.
Diving or snorkelling in the Red Sea
The Red Sea is one of the most popular dive destinations in the world as there’s so much to see from shipwrecks to stunning fish, and healthy coral to sharks. Admiral Travel Insurance covers scuba diving and snorkelling as standard.
If you’re a qualified scuba diver, you’re covered to dive to 30m. For unqualified divers, the limit is 18m.
There are loads of diving schools across Egypt, some will pay more attention to health and safety than others, while some will have better-kept equipment – make sure you do your research and don’t be afraid to ask questions before you book in with a dive centre.
You’ll need at least six months on your passport, from the date of issue, before you travel to Egypt.
Egypt visa requirements
If you're travelling on a British passport, you'll usually need a visa. You can get one online at Visa2Egypt or when you arrive at the airport in Egypt, and they cost US$25; you can pay in sterling, US dollars or euros.
If you're on a two-week holiday to the Sharm el Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba and Taba resorts, you don’t need to pay as you can get a 'free entry permission stamp' instead. You can check the current entry requirements online before you set off.
Your questions answered
Is it safe to travel to Egypt?
Since January 2011, there has been significant political turmoil in Egypt with violent protests and terrorist attacks. Before booking a trip there, be sure to the check the latest FCO travel advice. Some areas of Egypt are listed under the 'advise against all travel' category – if you travel to one of these places your travel insurance will not be valid.
Do you need a visa for Egypt?
Yes, British passport holders need a visa before entering Egypt. You can buy one online before you go from Visa2Egypt, which will be valid for three months, or at the airport on arrival, which will be valid for 30 days. They cost US$25.