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, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), 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.
Travel insurance with COVID-19 cover
Our travel insurance now covers you for certain events related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
What we cover
- Emergency medical and repatriation costs if you become ill with COVID-19 while abroad
- If you contract COVID-19 within 14 days of your trip departure and have to cancel or cut short your trip
- You’re denied boarding on your prebooked outbound travel due to a positive COVID-19 test
- If a close relative is hospitalised with COVID-19 within 14 days of your trip meaning you can’t travel, or if you’re forced to cut short your trip for this reason
- You can't continue with a pre-booked excursion because you've been ordered to self isolate by a government authority because you contracted Covid-19 while on your trip
What we don’t cover
- If you had reason to believe your trip may be cancelled, postponed or cut short when you booked it, purchased your policy or travelled e.g. you knew of a need to take a test, you were awaiting test results or experiencing symptoms
- Cancelling your trip because you choose to or were recommended to self-isolate due to potential exposure to COVID-19 e.g. NHS track and trace
- If you travel against Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice. You will need to check the travel advice for all countries you visit or will transit through
- Cancelling or cutting short your trip due to the FCDO changing its advice regarding your destination or countries you will transit through due to COVID-19
- Costs incurred as a result of a local outbreak of COVID-19 that meant you couldn’t stay in your pre-booked accommodation or vessel
- Due to travel restrictions or quarantine imposed by any government or public authority, including local lockdowns and compulsory entry requirements
- Where a travel companion or close business associate not insured on this policy or anyone you planned to stay with contract COVID-19
- Where you were denied boarding for your prebooked outbound travel, but you test negative for COVID-19
For more information about how Coronavirus (COVID-19) affects your travel cover, see our FAQ page. And remember to check the policy booklet carefully before you buy to make sure our COVID-19 cover meets your needs.
Travel Insurance Egypt: what cover do I need?
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 (up to a maximum of 31 days per trip).
All Admiral policies provide cover for a wide range of scenarios, including:
- Your belongings being lost, damaged or stolen
- Needing legal assistance while you’re away
- Travel disruption
Choose from three levels of cover
Emergency medical treatment & repatriation (Limits up to)
Cancellation or cutting short your trip (Limits up to)
Personal belongings (Limits up to)
Money & documents (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:
Travel tips for Egypt
Does the GHIC/EHIC cover me in Egypt?
No – neither the European Health Insurance Card nor the Global Health Insurance Card are 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 don't accept the cards at all: Egypt is one, as is Turkey and the Republic of Cyprus (the north).
What if I have a pre-existing medical condition?
A pre-existing medical condition is a short or long term illness or injury you have or have had before you buy travel insurance. This includes having symptoms, tests, diagnosis or medical treatment for a condition.
You can declare your pre-existing medical conditions during the quote process to see if we can offer cover. If you’re unsure what needs to be declared or if you're unable to find your condition on the medical conditions list, please contact us on 0333 234 9913.
Your pre-existing medical conditions won’t be covered unless you’ve:
- Declared them all on your policy
- Received written confirmation that we’ll cover your medical condition
- Paid any additional premium in full
Policy terms and conditions apply. Please note, if you’ve had a positive diagnosis of Covid-19 and been prescribed medication, received treatment, or had a consultation with a doctor or hospital specialist for any medical condition in the past two years, this needs to be declared on your policy.
If you don’t tell us about your pre-existing medical conditions or give us incorrect information, your policy may be invalid, and we may refuse all or part of any claim you submit.
For a quote with us, click the green button above.
The Money Advice Service Medical Directory
If you have or have had a more serious pre-existing medical condition and are struggling to find travel insurance, the Money Advice Service medical directory may be able to help. This directory has a panel of travel insurance providers who specialise in covering serious medical conditions.
Alternatively, you can call them on 0800 138 7777. (Monday to Friday 8:00-18:00, closed on Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays.)
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 FCDO 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.
Is Egypt classed as Europe for travel insurance?
Egypt is classed as part of Europe for Admiral Travel Insurance, so you’ll be covered with our European Travel Insurance.
Do you need injections for Egypt?
There aren’t any specific vaccinations for travel in Egypt if your routine vaccinations as recommended in the UK are up to date.
For more information on where, when and how to get vaccines, take a look at our guide to travel vaccinations.
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