Friday, January 3, 2014

Egypt: Russian Tourist Dies from Excessive Drinking, Embassy Advises Family Cause of Death Not Covered by Medical Insurance

According to RIA Novosti, a Russian tourist of unknown age who was celebrating New Year's Eve reportedly died from excessive drinking on January 1 at a five-star hotel where she had reportedly celebrated the New Year with a group of friends.
At the time of the victim's death, the group was celebrating the new year in Sharm el-Sheikh.
COMMENT: Subsequently, the friends contacted the Russian Embassy in Cairo to ask for assistance and to report that the decedent had international medical treatment and evacuation insurance.
The friends were advised by the Embassy that the victim had died from alcoholic intoxication. As a result, the friends were told that the woman's death would not be covered under most medical insurance plans as the cause of death was "self-inflicted."
Consequently, the friends were advised by the Embassy that the family would be required to bear the expense of repatriating the woman's body back to Russia. 
The Embassy told RIA Novosti that three or four Russians die on average each year from excessive drinking while on in Egypt, which is a popular destination for Russian tourists. 
It is essential that all foreign travelers read very carefully the exclusions of all international medical treatment and evacuation insurance and related plans to ensure that travelers are cognizant of all underwriting exclusions.