Egypt

Cleopatra, Tutankhamen, The Valley of the Kings, Abu Simbel, Osiris and Anubis… All these names generate such a great curiosity. Ancient Egypt is fascinating and countless visitors in search of history are still coming in the country of the Pharaohs to cruise the Nile river and visit pyramids, temples and other inestimable archaeological wonders. In spite of its political and social torments, the modern Egypt is as intriguing to discover. From Cairo’s bustling souks and labyrinths of streets to arid deserts speckled with green oases and the raw beauty of the Red Sea coast, Egypt hides plenty of amazing treasures.

INFORMATIONS ABOUT HEALTH

We make every effort to ensure that the information posted on our website is up to date and accurate according to the latest public health recommendations; however, it is impossible for us to make changes on a daily basis.

For the most current travel health recommendations, please call our clinic as make an appointment with one of our travel health professionals.

EGYPT – RECOMMENDED VACCINES

Hepatitis A Recommended for all travelers.
Hepatitis B Recommended for all travelers.
Causes, Symptoms & Treatment – Typhoid fever Recommended for all travelers.
Tetanus – Diphteria – Pertussis Vaccine Tetanus: In exceptional circumstances (eg, stay in a region where access to health care is limited), for a person aged 18 years or older, 1 dose of DT may be given if 5 years or more has elapsed since the last dose. Otherwise, one booster dose at the age of 50*. Pertussis (Whooping Cough):  1 dose is recommended for pregnant women, for every pregnancy, regardless of immunization history and the interval since the last dose (betwen week 26 and 32). *Only applicable for Quebec.
Measles – Rubella – Mumps Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1970, if not previously given.
Flu – Influenza Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing or by touching infected surfaces. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine yearly. Vaccine is recommended 14 days prior to departure.
Routine vaccines (dCaT, Polio, Meningococcal, Shingles, Pneumococcal, Hepatitis B, HPV, MMR & Varicella) Recommended for all travelers
Dengue Fever Presence. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites.
African Tick Bite Fever Presence. All travellers should protect themselves against tick bites.
Transmission, Symptoms and Prevention – Rabies For travelers at high risk of animal bites or being involved in activities with bats, dogs and other mammals. Clients who plan to visit remote areas may consider receiving this vaccine. Important to note the pre-exposure rabies vaccine is administered in 2 doses with one week interval between doses. Post-exposure vaccination is always recommended, even for those previously vaccinated.
Schistosomiasis Avoid swimming in fresh water.
The Yellow Fever Vaccine A proof of vaccination against yellow fever may be required upon entry in to this country. Some travellers may not be eligible to receive this vaccine. Please enquire with your health care professional regarding your specific details. It is important to note that the vaccine should be administered at least 10 days prior to your departure. For further information, please consult with the World Health Organization (WHO) website: https://www.who.int/ith/ith-country-list.pdf
Turista – Traveler’s Diarrhea (ETEC) Talk to your health care professional about the risks and precautionary measures to take, as well as the Dukoral® vaccine. Important to note that the Dukoral vaccine is an oral vaccine given in 2 doses, recommended at least 2 weeks prior to departure.

RECOMMENDED MEDICATIONS

Acetazolamide/Dexaméthasone Recommended to prevent Acute mountain sickness (AMS).
Antibiotics Traveler’s Diarrhea Azithromycin or Suprax

MEDICAL CARES

There are huge disparities between the different geographical areas in Egypt regarding the health care infrastructure. In major cities, like Cairo and Alexandria, as well as in areas highly frequented by tourists like Sharm El Sheikh, medical care is rather easily accessible and of good quality. But in remote areas lacking adequate medical equipment and medical staff, such as Luxor and Aswan, health care is rudimentary. It is possible to access excellent care in the private clinics and university hospitals located in major cities

For an ambulance, call 123. But be aware that emergency services are not reliable at all

It is possible to purchase medicines without a prescription in Egyptian pharmacies. But some European and American drugs can be hard to find in the country. If you require some specific care, pharmacists in Egypt are able to refer you to a competent specialist.

SECURITY ABROAD

The security situation in Egypt is unpredictable and certain regions of the country (for instance, North Sinai, Western Desert, etc.) are particularly volatile and should be avoided. There is a significant risk of terrorist attacks throughout the country. Attacks can be indiscriminate and occur with no warning, including in Cairo. While attacks in the North Sinai …

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Emergency services

In case of emergency, dial:

  • police: 122
  • tourist police: 126