Egypt has long been a popular destination for its famous tourist attractions. In 2019, Egypt became the fastest-growing international destination for U.S. travelers, with a year-over-year growth rate of 146%. As travel has grown to Egypt, travelers are willing to spend more money on their trips. The average cost of a trip to Egypt increased by more than 7% to $5,304 in 2019.
Egypt’s growth as a popular destination is largely due to a spike in tourism from Baby Boomers and Silent Generation travelers, increasing by 166% and 468%, respectively.
As tourism and the average trip costs of visiting Egypt increase, Squaremouth recommends Trip Cancellation coverage for travelers to protect their financial investments. However, Egypt is also one of the countries that requires medical travel insurance for entry.
How much medical coverage do I need?
All foreign travelers must have some form of medical travel insurance to visit Egypt, however there is not a specific amount required. The only requirement to visit Egypt is that the medical coverage needs to last for the entire duration of a traveler’s trip.
For international travel, Squaremouth recommends travelers visiting Egypt buy a travel insurance policy with at least $50,000 in Emergency Medical coverage, and at least $100,000 in Medical Evacuation coverage. This coverage is reimbursement-based, meaning the traveler is typically required to pay their medical expenses upfront and require for reimbursement when they return home.
The Emergency Medical benefit of travel insurance can reimburse travelers for the costs of medical treatment in the event of an illness or injury during their trip. This includes physician services, ambulance expenses, and other costs of treatment.
The Medical Evacuation benefit can transport a traveler to the nearest adequate hospital in the event of a medical emergency. If the treating physician determines the traveler should return home for better treatment, this benefit can also cover those costs.
Do I need other travel insurance benefits?
Due to the rising trip costs, Squaremouth recommends Trip Cancellation coverage for travelers who are concerned about canceling their trip, in addition to the medical travel insurance that is required in order for a traveler to enter Egypt.
Although Trip Cancellation coverage is optional and travelers have the choice to insure their trip cost, most travel insurance policies are comprehensive and include a variety of other benefits, without increasing the cost of a policy. In addition to medical coverage, and cancellation coverage if selected, this also includes coverage for travel delays and lost or delayed luggage.
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