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Egypt

Egypt: At a glance

Capital: Cairo

Population: 97.55 million

Official language: French

Time zone: Eastern European Standard Time

Emergency #: 123

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: No

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Egypt: Travel Health Information

Egypt is known for its history, cultural landmarks, and natural landscapes. Popular sites include the Giza Pyramids, Great Sphinx, tombs, and other artifacts of Ancient Egypt. Visitors can also hike through deserts, scuba dive in the red sea, or explore major cities like Cairo and Alexandria.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Egypt may differ from your home country. Egypt has public and private healthcare systems. Private medical care in Cairo meets many international standards. Medical care throughout the rest of the country is limited, especially in rural regions. The public healthcare system is generally under-funded and under-staffed and facilities lack up-to-date equipment. Many doctors and nurses in private facilities can speak English.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Egypt typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation – often to Western Europe – may be required for complex medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Egypt.

Pharmacies and medications

Pharmacies are generally widely available in urban areas but access may be limited in rural regions. Large pharmacies will usually be open 24 hours, and some may even deliver. Some medicines may be unavailable, however, so make sure to pack a sufficient supply of essential medications for the duration of your trip.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Egypt’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Major roads in Egypt and roads in urban areas are generally well maintained, but road quality varies by region and many roads in rural areas may be unpaved. Reckless driving and a lack of signage and lighting can pose a risk to travellers. Seat belts must be worn by drivers and passengers of vehicles at all times. Helmets are required for motorcycle drivers and passengers at all times.



Egypt: At a glance

Capital: Cairo

Population: 97.55 million

Official language: French

Time zone: Eastern European Standard Time

Emergency #: 123

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: No

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