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Find the best holiday insurance for Egypt with a single trip or annual multi-trip policy for worldwide travel starting from just *
Travelling to Egypt? We provide comprehensive cover
With the appropriate travel insurance it's possible to travel to Egypt with peace of mind, knowing that your trip is protected by robust and reliable cover. When you're gazing awe-struck at pyramids, or exploring the edges of the Great Sand Sea, it's important to have cover in place for unforeseen medical expenses, and to ensure that your belongings are protected. Our comprehensive travel insurance also provides cancellation cover, minimising the risk to your trip.
Egypt travel advice
We advise contacting the FCO directly before you travel to get up-to-date information, to ensure your safety.
Choosing your travel insurance provider
Our Egypt cover is actually classified as a European policy instead of Worldwide, and when you book Egypt travel insurance with Holiday Extras you receive our comprehensive cover, and brilliant customer service. There are four policy levels to choose from:
money, passport, gadget cover
and wedding cover
Annual policies could potentially save you money if you're a frequent traveller, or are planning two or more trips throughout the year. You can take out an annual policy for the entire household — provided everyone lives at the same address — to cover multiple trips during the year. Just be sure that each trip doesn't exceed the maximum trip duration** stated in your policy wording.
A single annual multi-trip policy can also be purchased to cover the whole family, so long as the individuals on the policy all live at the same address. Adults registered on such a policy can also travel separately. Any children under 18 can also be covered under one of our family policies, but must travel with an adult under the same policy.
Booking your policy
You can book your policy online or by telephone, simply fill in our quote form above or ring our UK-based call centre for FREE to make a payment.
Is Egypt in the European Union?
A country situated at the gateway between North Africa and the Middle-East, Egypt is best described as a middle-eastern country, owing to the many cultural, historical and religious similarities it shares with this part of the world. As such, Egypt is not formally considered part of Europe, and neither is it a member of the European Union. However, Egypt, like many other non-EU countries shares an Association Agreement with the EU, allowing for free-trade of industrial and agricultural goods. As of 2016, the EU was both Egypt's biggest importer and exporter.
Egypt travel insurance Europe or Worldwide?
Owing to the fact that the country is neither culturally, geographical nor politically part of Europe, you would be forgiven for assuming that Egypt would be classed as a worldwide destination for travel insurance. However, in reality, insurers will class Egypt most commonly as a European destination. The reasons for this categorisation can vary, but usually the decision is made based on one of two factors:
- Egypt is a country bordering the Mediterranean, so therefore is classed as a European destination
- Most areas in Egypt are considered 'low risk' and so are categorised as 'European' along with all the other low risk destinations
This little quirk has caught out many an unwary traveller. The fact that Egypt is classed as a European destination by insurers can be particularly confusing if you plan to visit the neighbouring countries like Israel or Jordan, both of which are commonly classed as 'worldwide destinations'.
Taking out travel insurance to Egypt with Holiday Extras, you'll be given cover for 'Europe, excluding Spain, Cyprus, Malta, Turkey & Greece'. Thankfully you won't need to worry about accidentally getting the wrong travel insurance, as you can simply enter the names of your destinations into the destination field on our quote form, for an accurate travel insurance quote.
Is it safe to go to Egypt?
Despite a history of political unrest, Egypt like most places can be considered a safe tourist destination, provided you've done your research and planning beforehand, and exercise a little common sense. It is generally advised to avoid areas designated as higher risk by the FCO - such as Sinai region, where terrorist attacks have occured. Following the advice of the FCO before planning your trip, and registering with the British embassy, will be enough to ensure you remain out of any trouble and enjoy your trip.
Sexual harassment of women is a serious issue in Egypt and women travelling alone should take extra precautions to stay safe. If you're a woman travelling solo in Egypt, it's advised to sit with other women when using public transport and to dress modestly (i.e keeping shoulders, covered and wearing more opaque, looser fitting clothing).
Egypt laws and customs
Advice for travelling to Egypt
Currency - Change your holiday money to the Egyptian pound. It's easiest to do so in advance, or at banks, foreign exchange bureaus and some hotels in Egypt. Be sure to hold onto your spare change - it's difficult to come by in Egypt and is handy for tips.
Your flight - The flight to Egypt is quite long so take regular walks up and down the aisle. This helps keep you comfortable and can prevent deep vein thrombosis.
Visas - UK visitors can obtain a visa from the Egyptian embassy, or on arrival at the Egyptian airport.
Things to do in Egypt
- Delve into history by visiting the Valley of the Kings.
- Cruise down the Nile, and see Egypt from the comfort of a luxury ship.
- Venture into the Western Desert to find hidden gems like the oasis villages of Bahariya, Farafra, Dakhla and Kharga.
- Explore Cairo, a bustling city with plenty of personality.
- Tour the Great Pyramids of Giza, and then visit the nearby Sphinx - the symbol of Egypt.
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