Security and health

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Egypt. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers consult Smartraveller to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.


As not all vaccines are always available in Egypt, it is advisable to be vaccinated before travelling. These include being vaccinated against typhoid, meningitis (A and C), rabies pre exposure, Havrix monodose, hepatitis B, polio and diphtheria/tetanus. The pre-exposure rabies vaccinations with Imovax involve three shots over a one-month period.

Contact your doctor to ascertain the most current recommendations regarding health precautions and immunisations for travel in Egypt.

Eating from street stalls and cafes is not recommended. The local water supply is heavily chlorinated and should be safe, but it is advisable to drink bottled water.