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Emirates to expand COVID-19 coverage starting Dec. 1

TORONTO — Emirates has announced that it is expanding its COVID-19  coverage at no additional cost to customers.

Provided by AIG Travel, the newly expanded, multi-risk travel coverage will automatically apply to all Emirates tickets purchased from Dec. 1 and extends to Emirates codeshare flights operated by partner airlines, as long as the ticket number starts with 176.

Highlights of the coverage include:

  • Out-of-Country Emergency Medical Expenses & Emergency Medical Evacuation up to US$500,000, valid for COVID-19(contracted during the trip) and other medical emergencies while traveling abroad.
  • Trip Cancellation up to US$7,500 for non-refundable costs if the traveler 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 US$7,500 if the school year is extended due to COVID-19 beyond the departure date, and the traveler 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 US$7,500 for non-refundable trip costs and additional costs to return to their country of residence if the traveler or a relative (as defined in the policy) falls critically ill, for instance, contracts COVID-19 while traveling abroad.
  • Travel Abandonment up to US$7,500 if the traveler fails a COVID-19-related test or medical screening at the airport and is required to abandon the trip.
  • US$150 per day per person, for up to 14 consecutive days if, while outside of their country of residence, the traveler tests positive for COVID-19, and if they are unexpectedly placed into a mandatory quarantine outside their country of residence by a governmental body.

According to HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed, Emirates was the first airline to offer complimentary global COVID-19 coverage for travellers back in July, and the feedback from customers since then has been “tremendously encouraging.”

“We’ve not rested on our laurels and instead continued to look at how we can offer our customers an even better proposition. We’re very pleased to be able to now provide this new multi-risk travel insurance and COVID-19 cover, which is another industry first, to all our customers,” he said. “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. By launching this new multi-risk travel insurance and COVID-19 cover, we aim to give our customers even more confidence in making their travel plans this winter and moving into 2021.”

Dubai is open for international business and leisure visitors. It was one of the world’s first cities to obtain the Safe Travel stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which endorses its comprehensive measures to ensure guest health and safety.

For more information go to www.emirates.com/flytoDubai.