Health & Safety
Healthcare in Egypt is generally very affordable. There is easy access to pharmacies, where most medication can be purchased. Doctors are easily accessible and there are various hospitals throughout Cairo. Most doctors can speak English well, as well as many pharmacists.
Healthcare in Egypt consists of both public and private sector. Public health coverage is offered through the Ministry of Health, which operates a series of medical facilities providing free health services. There are hospitals throughout Egypt, from small clinics in rural areas to speciality hospitals with advanced facilities in Cairo.
Health insurance in Egypt
You should have private medical insurance in Egypt for both routine and emergency care. Many hospitals will ask for cash directly instead of billing an insurance carrier but patients should ask for all necessary paperwork to recoup any expenses paid out of pocket. Some hospitals and hospital groups will offer insurance for use in their facilities only.
Pharmacies in Egypt
Pharmacies in Egypt are in no short supply and you should easily be able to find one that’s convenient. Many medicines are available for purchase without a prescription, but if you are dependent on your medication should take a supply with you from home. Most pharmacists in the larger cities have a good command of the English language and will be able to recommend basic medicines to you. Medication is inexpensive in Egypt, but you should consider buying something you have used before.
Safety is sometimes a concern for those who have never been to Cairo. However, despite the hustle of the population in this metropolis, the city remains comparable to any major European city in terms of safety. Cairo is regarded as a safe and secure city, even by Western standards. In general, the city places a greater concern on the welfare of foreigners than on Egyptian citizens.
People in Cairo are usually kind and hospitable and provided that students stay out of the poorer outskirts of the city at nighttime, there should be no problem concerning safety. We advise students to use the same judgment and common sense as they would in their home countries: to be aware of their surroundings and to be cautious going anywhere with a stranger alone. What is considered unacceptable behavior in Egypt is not that different from other countries. There are a few places that are off-limits to foreigners.
Provided that every visitor observes and respects local culture and sensibilities, it is very unlikely to receive anything other than a warm welcome and genuine interest from the Egyptian locals.