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Year after year, thousands of Brit's head to sun-drenched Egypt; whether it's the lure of the luxurious all-inclusive resorts of Sharm el Sheikh, the history and culture of Luxor, cruising the Nile or scuba diving the Red Sea, Egypt has something to suit all tastes and budgets. Wherever you're headed, ensure you leave home with comprehensive travel insurance so you can enjoy your time away without the worry.

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Egypt has long-been a popular destination for Brit's wanting to experience one of the world's oldest civilization, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Valley of the Kings, and enjoy some year-long sunshine, beautiful coastlines and warm waters. For others, it has become a great place to cruise along the world's longest river or take advantage of the great scuba diving opportunities in the Red Sea.

Essential Travel insurance can cover your trip to Egypt with:

For many, a holiday to Egypt offers the chance to become immersed in a culture that's a world apart from our own. Holidaymakers will be left in awe at remnants of it's ancient past, while the golden beaches and turquoise seas allure and entice throughout the year. With many low-cost airlines flying to Egypt, a trip to the Land of the Pharaoh's can be done on a shoestring, but if something were to go wrong you will still want to ensure you are sufficiently covered for medical expenses, cancellations, personal belongings, as well as any sports and activities you may want to participate in.

Missed or delayed departures

On selected policies you can claim up to £1,000 per person if you miss your train, ferry or flight due to circumstances beyond your control, such as industrial action, adverse weather conditions and closure of airspace.

Cancellation and curtailment

Although the cost of flights to Egypt may not break the bank, the costs incurred to you as a result of flight cancellation is often a good enough reason to buy travel insurance. If you are forced to cancel your trip before it even begins or stop it short for reasons beyond your control, our travel insurance can help you recover the costs for unused travel, accommodation and other pre-paid expenses and arrangements.

Cover for baggage and belongings

No matter where you travel, you are always at risk of losing, damaging or having your baggage and belongings stolen, and a holiday to Egypt is no different. With our holiday insurance you can cover your baggage and belongings for up to £2,000.

Sports and hazardous activities

Egypt is an incredible country to visit and although sports may not be at the top of the list there are some incredible experiences to discover. Camel riding, watersports, trekking and scuba diving are some of the activities that await, all of which can be covered by our hazardous activities and sports insurance.

For a full breakdown of cover, please refer to our Policy Wording Booklet.

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Cruise Travel Insurance

Cruise Travel Insurance

With extended baggage cover, missed shore trips, valuables and cabin confinement cover, our Cruise Travel Insurance is ideal for anyone sailing the Nile.

Scuba Diving Insurance

Scuba Diving Insurance

Whether you're an amateur or a more seasoned scuba diver, exploring Egypt's underwater world is an amazing experience. We can cover your trip for depths of up to 50m.

Sports Insurance

From bungee jumping and skydiving and hot air balloon rides, golf, independent traveller cover, trekking and other hazardous activities. We have you covered.

With Essential Travel you have the choice of three different types of policies for your trip to Egypt:

Single Trip

A single trip policy can cover a UK resident aged up to 74 years old for 87 days continuous travel.

For those aged over 74, please visit our specialist over 74's travel insurance page.

Annual Multi Trip

If you plan on taking more than two trips within the next year, not only to Egypt, it may be best to compare quotes with our annual multi-trip travel insurance. You will have the option to switch between prices for a single and annual multi-trip policy when you receive your single policy quote, and you can decide which premium works out better value for you.


Our backpacker travel insurance is valid for up to 2 years continual cover and includes working and volunteering abroad. This is one of the most popular choices for those travelling on their round the world trip, as it works out at such a low premium for comprehensive travel insurance.

Egypt may not be the world's number one sporting destination, but there are plenty of activities to enjoy on your holiday. An Essential Travel insurance policy can cover you for over 100 sports as standard at no extra cost, providing that you are taking part in a non-professional capacity. For the more adventurous travellers, you will be able to add more risqué sports and activities as you make your way through the booking process.

All sports and activities are assigned a sports grade that corresponds to the level of risk involved. The more extreme the sport, the higher the grade you will need.

As a guide, mentioned below are the type of activities you can expect from each sports grade:

  • Sports Grade 1 - Activities like cycling, jet-skiing and kayaking are covered for free. We cover 110 sports at no extra cost.
  • Sports Grade 2 - Activities such as bungee jumping, safari and motorcycling require extra sports cover to be added to your policy.
  • Sports Grade 3 - Activities such as paragliding and tandem sky diving require extra sports cover to be added to your policy.
  • Sports Grade 4 - High risk activities such as canyoning and rock climbing require the highest level of sports cover.

As with any insurance policy, it is important that you declare a pre-existing medical condition to us when you take out an insurance policy for Egypt. Failure to declare a medical condition which you later claim on could invalidate your entire policy. If you are unsure if you need cover for your condition, simply follow our online medical screening process on the booking page.

What is a pre-existing medical condition?

Pre-existing medical conditions are those that existed before an insurance policy was taken out. Any disease or illness for which you have ever received medication, advice or treatment or experienced symptoms for.

As with all our policies, you can take out travel insurance policies for up to as many as 8 people. You can select the number of people you wish to cover at the start of your quote.

Over the past couple of years the travel advice for those heading to Egypt has changed a number of times. For the most current information about your trip to Egypt, we recommend you refer to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice for travelling to Egypt.

It is important that you buy travel insurance as soon as you have booked any accommodation and transport to ensure you benefit from immediate cancellation protection. Our cancellation and curtailment policy can cover events such as the death, bodily injury or serious illness to you, a travelling companion and close relatives.

Your credit card, home insurance and private medical care is not always sufficient cover for your trip abroad. An emergency abroad can prove to be very expensive. If you need to be repatriated to the UK, the cost could run into thousands of pounds, unless you are adequately insured.

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  • £15-20,000 - scheduled flight, stretcher and doctor escort from Australia (figures supplied by FirstAssist Services Ltd)

Remember: The British Embassy or High Commission will not pay these costs should anything happen - this is a common misconception and not the case. The FCO foreign travel advice website advise that you protect yourself financially with comprehensive travel insurance.

For a breakdown of what is covered with Essential Travel travel insurance, please refer to our Policy Guide.

The UK FCO recommend that you contact your GP around 8 weeks before your trip to Egypt to check whether or not you need any vaccinations or other preventative measures. For more information, please visit the FCO foreign travel advice website.

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Will I need extra cover for sports and hazardous activities?

Even our cheapest travel insurance covers over 100 sports and activities as standard on all policy levels, but if you fancy trying something a bit more risqué while you're in Egypt, we can provide hazardous activity cover too. Once you have selected your policy you will be given the option to add additional activities and sports.

Each year, thousands of visitors flock to destinations such as Sharm el-Sheik, Hurghada and the Red Sea to experience the warm weather, warm seas and the array of water sports on offer. For those who are less inclined to get wet, there are a number of topside attractions that you can enjoy; camel rides, trekking, hot air balloon rides as well as the usual resort sports of tennis and golf.

Scuba Diving

Egypt's Red Sea is one of the world's top scuba diving destinations. Marine reserves and national parks host healthy coral reefs, myriads of reefs and wrecks to explore. Sea temperatures range between 21-30℃/70-86F and depending on the season, visibility can stretch up to 170 metres.

No matter if you're new to scuba diving or more experienced, you can enjoy scuba diving cover no matter which policy you take.

Scuba Diving up to depths of 20m is automatically covered with our cheapest travel insurance option.
Those planning on scuba diving to depths of up to 30m (Grade 2) or 50m (Grade 3) will need extra cover; this can be added as you make your way through the booking process.

Scuba diving is covered to the confirmed depths per Grade provided you are diving under the direction of an accredited Marshall, instructor or guide. If you are suitably qualified and are not diving alone, cover is provided within the guidelines of the relevant diving or training agency or organisation as confirmed below:

Scuba Diving alone is not covered with our travel insurance.

Winter Sports

Adding Winter Sports cover to your Single, Annual or Backpacker insurance policy will allow you to take part in over 25 winter sports, as well as providing:

Medical Cover: you will be covered for emergency medical expenses that occur should you have an accident and require medical attention including cover for mountain rescue, helicopter rescue costs and repatriation

Equipment: Winter Sports cover also provides peace of mind against any theft, loss or damage to your personal or hired equipment as well as any pre-paid fees.

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If you're hitting the fairway in Egypt, we can cover your golf equipment and pre-paid green fees. These can be added to your policy giving you nothing else to work on except your game.

Add extra golf protection to your Single, Annual Multi or Backpacker Trip policy to add extra protection for:

  • Your Personal Equipment up to £1000
  • Hired Equipment up to £200
  • Pre-paid Green Fees up to £300
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Self employed or working for a company, if you are travelling for work you can add extra protection against accidental loss, theft or damage to your business equipment to your Single, Annual Multi or Backpacker Trip policies.

Business cover protects equipment such as cameras, mobiles, laptops that you need to work or have with you in meetings.

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If you're sailing to Egypt or cruising down the Nile, ensure you add extra cover for missed port, cabin confinement and unused excursions. This can be added to any of our Single, Annual or Backpacker Trip travel insurance policies.

Cruise cover will add extra protection for:

  • Extended baggage cover up to £3,500
  • Missed shore trips up to £500
  • Cabin confinement (due to illness) up to £600
  • Valuables up to £700
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If you're planning on tying the knot in Egypt, extra cover for accidental loss, theft or damage to your wedding clothes, rings, gifts and photos can be added to your Single, Annual or Backpacker Trip policy, to help ensure that your special day is everything it’s meant to be.

  • Wedding Clothes up to £1500 per person
  • Wedding Gifts up to £1000 per couple
  • Wedding Rings up to £250 per person
  • Wedding Photographs up to £750 per person
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Excess Waiver

Should you need to claim on your travel insurance an Excess is the amount that you'll have to pay before we pick up the rest of the bill.

Avoid paying any excesses by adding the Excess Waiver option to your Single, Annual Multi or Backpacker Trip policy.

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Independent Traveller

If you've packaged your entire holiday yourself (without the help of a travel agent), as many backpacker's do, the Independent Traveller add-on will provide cover for additional scenarios such as:

  • Extended Cancellation and Curtailment: If you need to cancel or return home early because your booked accommodation becomes unreachable and unusable due to a travel ban or evacuation
  • Extended Delayed & Missed Departure: Not only will we pay you for the first 12 hours of delay, we'll also help with pre-paid travel, accommodation & any alternative travel arrangements you may need to make
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