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Egypt travel advice - how does the civil unrest affect your travel insurance?


Just a few weeks ago, both Egypt and Tunisia offered the perfect getaway for Brits looking for affordable winter sun. But, with the civil unrest in Egypt continuing, where do you go to for the latest information and how does it affect your travel insurance from

In the first instance, you should check the Foreign Office website to see if it's safe to travel to your chosen destination. If the Foreign Office has advised against travel, your travel insurance policy will no longer provide cover if you travel against their advice. In this situation you should contact your tour operator for the latest information.

If your tour operator is unable to operate the holiday due to FCO advice they have a duty to offer an alternative holiday or a full refund.

If you are forced to rearrange your trip you can simply transfer your travel insurance policy to your new holiday. There is no administration charge, although it may be subject to any additional premium due to a change in destination or duration.

If you are already in Egypt and the civil unrest has broken out during your trip, you will be covered as normal under the medical and personal accident sections of your policy, so long as you follow current FCO advice and do not intentionally get involved in any demonstrations.

The FCO is currently advising against travel to Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Suez.

Travel insurance cover outside of these areas, for instance the Red Sea resorts, therefore, remains unaffected. However, the situation in Egypt is subject to change so you should make sure you get up to date information before you travel.

The FCO have announced today that they are to charter a flight to help bring British nationals back from Cairo. British nationals who wish to use this service should register with the Foreign Office by calling 020 7008 8765 if you are in the UK or 0020227916000 if you are in Egypt.

The situation in Egypt is unpredictable and may change quickly. You should keep up to date with the latest advice from the Foreign Office, monitor the situation carefully and follow any instructions given to you by the local authorities or tour operators.For the latest travel advice for Egypt check the FCO website.

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