Most people wouldn’t embark on a trip without a valid insurance, but for some nationalities, including Brits, it is difficult to get cover in the Sinai at present. You find a list of insurance companies here that do provide insurance for Sinai, but if you are aware of any other company in any country for any national, please let us know. You can contact us on Facebook or the contact form. See below the companies we have found, and other relevant information.
Safety in South Sinai is quite OK as far as crime and terrorism are concerned (see notes on safety), but accidents and sickness can happen anywhere. Luckily there is some kind of medical service in every settlement. Some of the most basics medicines can be found even in small shops, and there are pharmacies in every suburb of towns – sometimes actually quite a lot. In Sharm el Sheikh and Dahab private hospitals are available along with government hospitals. Public hospitals are also found in Nuweiba and St Catherine and bigger settlements, although service and equipment might be quite basic. If there is a more serious medical issue that doesn’t need immediate attention, the best is to head straight to Dahab or Sharm. However, it can be quite expensive if you are not covered by an insurance policy. If you are visiting a location that is advised against by your government, even if you have an insurance it might not be valid.
The UK seems to be the strictest on travel warnings, even more so than the US. On the other hand, other countries have never had a travel warning in place. It is also worth looking at the map carefully and making sure it is clear which area is covered and which is not. For example, the St Catherine’s World Heritage Site area is much bigger than the town itself, it actually includes the whole of the High Mountain Region. Similarily, you should make sure what is still considered Sharm el Sheikh or Dahab, for example. Then certain activities might not be covered, maybe something as simple as a quad or camel ride. Other insurance companies cover more extreme activities, such as scuba diving or rock climbing. Then what you get if the worst should happen also can vary a lot. Read carefully the small print and ask questions in writing if you’re not sure of something.
When you go on an adventure activity such as a mountain trek or safari in the desert, you should leave your passport and insurance details with the operator in town. This is to ensure that in case you need help, there are no bureaucratic hurdles. Hopefully nothing will happen to you on a trip to Sinai, but make sure you’re covered.
Think Travel Insurance can provide cover in areas not advised by the British FCO: www.think-ins.co.uk
Bellwood Prestbury is another company covering UK residents in the FCO’s “orange zone”: www.bellwoodprestbury.com
Campbell Irvine provides cover in all areas and a range of activities: www.campbellirvine.com
Make sure to call, as their basic insurance might not be what you need. General number is 020 7937 6981, or call Matt Tompkins on 020 7368 1148
Crisis Insurance provides High Risk Accident and Travel Insurance: www.crisis-insurance.co.uk
AKE Insurance offers cover for Special Risks: akeinsurance.co.uk
UK and other nationals
Battleface also provides specialist Medical Emergency and Evacuation insurance in areas not advised by your government: www.battleface.com
Safe Passage International offers plans that meet the unique needs of clients: www.spibrokers.com
The Austrian Alpine Club also covers all nationals and apart from Austria has groups in the United Kingdom, Belgium and Poland. They provide Mountain Rescue Insurance; worldwide, without age limit and inclusive of repatriation.
Austria (German): www.alpenverein.at
United Kingdom (English): aacuk.org.uk
Belgium (Flemish): www.klimenbergsportfederatie.be
Poland (Polish): www.alpenverein.com.pl
Bupa Global is another company covering all nationals: www.ihi.com
Travel Insuran Cecenter is an American company providing High Risk Destinations Insurance, and they also cover non US citizens: www.travelinsurancecenter.com
Important note: Check carefully the details and have everything in writing from the company’s underwriters!
You find further information and useful advice regarding insurance for adventure activities on The Expedition Consultancy website: expeditionconsultancy.com