This article contains information for people travelling to Egypt. For the latest health and safety advice we recommend that you to contact your travel company and the foreign and commonwealth office (FCO) website which currently advises that you should seek medical advice before travelling.
If you do become ill on holiday or have an accident, you may want to contact a solicitor who can tell you if you have a claim. Always contact your insurer if you think your illness or injury is likely to incur costs. A travel solicitor will be able to help you claim compensation where appropriate for losses not covered by your insurance.
Health and Safety Precautions that may be Useful when Travelling to Egypt.
1. Always your hands thoroughly with hot soap and water.
2. Make sure that other exposes parts of the body such as feet are clean.
3. Where shoes and avoid walking barefoot to reduce risks of parasitic infections.
4. Drink water from bottles and avoid tap water.
5. Use coils/ candles for mosquito protection.
6. Avoid swimming in fresh water (such as rivers like the Nile). Salt water tends to be safer.
7. Use insect and mosquito repellents/ nets (where appropriate).
8. Avoid ice in your drinks.
9. Only consume dairy products that have been pasteurised.
10. Only eat fruit and vegetables that have been properly cooked unless you have prepared or peeled them.
11. Exercise caution if you purchase food or drink from street vendors.
12. Avoid contact with animals, even what you think are pets.
13. Use condoms to reduce risk of sexually transmitted disease.
14. Always wear seatbelts and be careful while driving.
15. Keep hydrated at all times, particularly when travelling in the desert.
16. Only purchase excursions and trips from reputable suppliers.
17. Only eat meat such as poultry that appears to be safely cooked.
It may be that you take all possible precautions during your holiday but still become ill or involved in an accident. If so, it may be that your holiday company or the hotel is at fault for your injury or illness. A travel solicitor can help you make a claim as they will know all about the relevant laws and regulations and they should have knowledge of the standards that should apply.
Diseases Associated with Travel to Egypt
The National Travel Health Network and Centre funded by the Health Protection Agency raises the following medical diseases that could pose risks for travellers to Egypt:
Malaria tends to be less common in Egypt and current reports indicate there is little risk of Yellow Fever.
Illnesses such as E. Coli, Shigella and Salmonella as well as things like Amoebic Dysentery, when contracted at a hotel may mean you can make a claim against the travel company for compensation.
Your GP should be able to tell you what vaccinations are available for those travelling to Egypt. A lot will depend on the region in Egypt that you intend to travel to. There maybe vaccinations for:
Other Health Concerns with Travel to Egypt
Sunburn/ Sunstroke – Appropriate use of sun block and sensible exposure to sun will reduce risks.