Egypt’s population is approximately 84 million. It is one of the most populous countries in Africa and the Middle East, and the 15th-most populated in the world. Cairo is the capital and Modern Standard Arabic is the official language.
How to access emergency services: Call 123 for ambulance service. (Note: if you are in a rural area there will probably not be an ambulance available. In an urban environment your ambulance may get stuck in traffic. This is particularly true in Cairo. As a result, a cab may be a better option for transport to the hospital.)
Currency: Egyptian pound (EGP)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Egypt, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It’s also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers
What to expect in an Egyptian hospital: Medical practice in Egypt enjoys a good reputation in the modern era. Numerous physicians graduating from Egyptian faculties of medicine have a high standard of knowledge worldwide. Students from the Arab countries and Africa come to learn medicine, on both under- and postgraduate levels.
Modern hospitals are abundant throughout the country, both in governmental and private sectors. Governmental hospitals in general, and university hospitals in particular, enjoy a high standard of modern equipment and efficient staff members.
Hospitalization in most general hospitals, particularly in emergencies, is free of charge. However, a visitor is always advised to seek a private one, which is strictly supervised by the health authorities. Hospital charges vary according to different standards and it is illegal for a private hospital to reject or transfer any emergency case for financial reasons.
It’s unlikely that English will be spoken in state hospitals, however most private hospitals will give you an English-speaker to accompany you or ensure you are seen by an English-speaking doctor.
Most doctors and hospitals expect payment in cash, regardless of whether you have travel health insurance. Your insurance company may be able to provide assistance and locate the nearest source of medical help; otherwise ask at your hotel or lodging.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Egypt: To read about specific facilities that are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Egypt-specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or the WHO for up-to-date travel notices.