Health

Health Insurance

All visitors should have health insurance which covers the cost of local hospitalisation and medical repatriation to their country of residence. They should bring along their insurance card, claim forms and and any other relevant documents.

Medical facilities

For routine operations, private hospitals in Egypt are fine. For more serious cases, evacuation should be considered.

Good hospital facilities are available at the Sharm International Hospital and Dahab Specialized Hospital. Patients should arrive with their health insurance card.

Cairo has a range of good hospitals.

St Catherine has only basic medical support and any serious condition would be treated in Dahab, (1½ hours away by car), Sharm, (2 ½ hours away by car), or Cairo.

An ambulance service runs between St Catherine and Dahab and Sharm.

Yallajabaleya guides are First Aid trained and carry First Aid kits.

Vaccinations

Hepatitis A Recommended for all travellers
Typhoid Recommended for all travellers
Yellow fever Required  only for travellers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in
Africa or the Americas.
Hepatitis B Recommended for all travellers
Rabies For travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk from animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles,Mumps,Rubella Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-Diphtheria Revaccination recommended every 10 years

Risks

Normal hygiene measures should be taken with water. Only bottled water should be drunk cold. Tap water should be boiled.

Mosquitos are not a serious pest in the wilderness but can be present in the oases. Insect repellent should be brought. Malaria has only been seen in the Fayoum and the last reported case was in 1998.

As anywhere else, contact with blood or bodily fluids can bring risk of infections. The most serious in Egypt is Hepatitis C.

Risks of snake bites or scorpion stings are very slight.

Medication

Visitors should bring their own medication. Only basic plasters and analgesics are present in St Catherine. Most generic medications, however, can be obtained fairly easily in Dahab, Sharm or Cairo.

Fitness

Basic level of fitness are required for all adventure activities but none of them are technical and the guides are flexible, adapting to those who want a strenuous day and those who like to take it more gently.

Children as young as 4 and adults in their 80’s have all climbed Mt Sinai. Ground is firm. Weather is generally pleasant. When it gets hot, walks are kept for the morning and late afternoon. It never gets oppressively humid. Air is dry and there is usually a breeze.

British Embassy Travel Advice

This is generally very cautious. If they do not advise against travel, you can be pretty sure it’s all right.

http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country