25 January 2016 marks the fifth anniversary of the start of the 2011 revolution in Egypt. This period has seen annual demonstrations since and some have turned violent. There remains a high threat from terrorism risk. Over 900,000 British nationals visit Egypt every year.
iPMI (International Private Medical Insurance) For Egypt
Take out comprehensive international private medical and travel healthcare insurance before travelling to Egypt, to cover the costs of any medical treatments abroad or emergency repatriation and evacuation services needed. Be sure to read the small print of all insurance policies before you purchase. Repatriation and evacuation coverage is essential for travel to Egypt. In the case of a medical emergency you may require a medical evacuation to another hospital in another country. In the case of requiring longer-term and follow-up care, repatriation to your home country may be needed.
FCO advise against all travel to:
- the Governorate of North Sinai due to significant increase in criminal activity and continued terrorist attacks that have resulted in deaths.
FCO advise against all but essential travel to:
the Governorate of South Sinai, with the exception of the area within the Sharm el Sheikh perimeter barrier, which includes the airport and the areas of Sharm el Maya, Hadaba, Naama Bay, Sharks Bay and Nabq; however, we advise against all but essential travel by air to or from Sharm el Sheikh;
the area west of the Nile Valley and Nile Delta regions, excluding the coastal areas between the Nile Delta and Marsa Matruh (as shown on the map).
The areas to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel do not include the tourist areas along the Nile river (eg Luxor, Qina, Aswan, Abu Simbel and the Valley of the Kings) or the Red Sea Resorts of Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada.
Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada
Enhanced security measures are in place to protect the Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada resort areas. Security forces are situated at the international airports, at check points around the perimeter of the towns and throughout the Governorates.