✈ Middle East travel insurance

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Why do I need insurance to travel to the Middle East?

  • Medical expenses – Your medical costs and treatment could be covered if you're ill while on holiday (it's worth checking in advance if your policy would reimburse your hospital costs, as many countries in the Middle East could ask for payment in cash for hospital treatment)
  • Baggage - If you’re planning to do some major shopping while away, you might want to get your new clothes and souvenirs covered against loss or theft
  • Adventure cover – Whether you're scuba diving in the Red Sea, rock climbing in Turkey or skiing in Dubai, get additional cover for hazardous sports
  • Repatriation – Your insurance could cover your travel costs back to the UK if you get injured and have to be flown home
  • Airline protection – You could claim your money back if your holiday plans are disrupted due to delays, cancellations or if your airline goes bust

For more information, take a look at our guides to claiming on your insurance policy and types-of-travel-insurance-cover.

Middle East: Checklist

  • Money - Credit cards and travellers’ cheques are fairly widely used in the Middle East and they are one of the safest ways to carry your money. Take a look at your options for spending money abroad.
  • Visa - You can get your visa at the airport or border, or to avoid hassle, you can apply for a country specific visa before travelling. Every country is different in its visa requirements, so check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for country specific visa information.
  • Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims. During Ramadan, it is considered disrespectful to eat, drink, smoke or even chew gum in public places during daylight hours. It is however acceptable in certain cafes and hotels, so check with your travel provider before you travel.
  • Cultural respect - Many countries in the Middle East have strong cultural and religious traditions, so make sure you do your research before visiting them. Causing offence, however accidental it may be, can have serious consequences.

Middle East: Did you know?

  • A total of 20 countries make up the Middle East. These include Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates (which itself is a federation of seven states).
  • Over 80% of the Middle East is covered by deserts.
  • Sights not to be missed in the Middle East include the Pyramids of Egypt, the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world) in Dubai, the Souq Waqif in Doha and the Dana Nature Reserve in Jordan.
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