News Coronavirus watch24 Nov 2020

Major carrier offers additional COVID-19 coverage


With the COVID-19 pandemic raging on, Emirates is expanding its multi-risk travel insurance policy which is "designed to provide all passengers a truly unique offer for stress-free and hassle-free travel".

The travel insurance package, underwritten by AIG, covers out-of-country emergency medical expenses and emergency medical evacuation up to $500,000, valid for COVID-19 (contracted during the trip) and other medical emergencies while travelling abroad.

 

This expanded coverage will automatically apply to all tickets purchased from 1 December and also extends to Emirates codeshare flights operated by partner airlines as long as the ticket number starts with 176.

 

“Emirates was the first airline to offer complimentary global COVID-19 cover for travellers back in July, and the response from our customers has been tremendously encouraging. We see a strong appetite for travel around the world, especially heading into the winter holidays as people seek warmer climates and family destinations like Dubai,” said Emirates chairman and CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum in a statement.

 

It also offers the following benefits:

 

• Trip cancellation up to $7,500 for non-refundable costs if the traveller or a relative (as defined in the policy) is unable to travel because they are diagnosed with COVID-19 before the scheduled trip departure date, or for other named reasons - similar to other comprehensive travel cover products;

 

• Trip cancellation or curtailment up to $7,500 if the school year is extended due to COVID-19 beyond the departure date, and the traveller or a relative (as defined in the policy) is a full-time teacher, full-time employee, or a student at a primary or secondary school;

 

• Trip curtailment up to $7,500 for non-refundable trip costs and additional costs to return to their country of residence if the traveller or a relative (as defined in the policy) falls critically ill, for instance, contracts COVID-19 while travelling abroad;

 

• Travel abandonment up to $7,500 if the traveller fails a COVID-19-related test or medical screening at the airport and is required to abandon the trip; and

 

• $150 per day per person, for up to 14 consecutive days if, while outside of their country of residence, the traveller tests positive for COVID-19, and if they are unexpectedly placed into a mandatory quarantine outside their country of residence by a governmental body.

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