Provided by Emirates and AIG Travel, the travel insurance and Covid-19 cover will automatically apply to all Emirates tickets purchased from 1 December, and extends to Emirates codeshare flights operated by partner airlines, as long as the ticket number starts with 176.
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Chairman and Chief Executive, said: “The response from our customers 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 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 Covid-19 cover, we aim to give our customers even more confidence in making their travel plans this winter and moving into 2021.”
Coverage for medical expenses and trip cancellation
Emirates customers will be covered when they fly to any destination, in any class of travel. Highlights of the coverage include:
- Out-of-Country emergency medical expenses and emergency medical evacuation of up to US$500,000, valid for Covid-19 (contracted during the trip) and other medical emergencies while traveling abroad.
- Trip cancellation up to $7,500 for non-refundable costs, if the traveller or a relative is unable to travel because they are diagnosed with Covid-19 before the scheduled trip departure date.
- Trip cancellation or curtailment of up to $7,500 if the school year is extended due to Covid-19 beyond the departure date, and the traveller is a full-time teacher, full-time employee, or a student at a primary or secondary school.
- Trip Curtailment of up to $7,500 for non-refundable trip costs and additional costs to return to their country of residence if the traveller falls critically ill – for instance, if they contract Covid-19 while travelling abroad.
Alleviating concerns travellers might have
Similar to other multi-risk travel insurance products, Emirates’ cover also has provisions for personal accident cover during travel, winter sports cover, loss of personal belongings, and trip disruptions due to unexpected air space closure, travel recommendations or advisories.
“We have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Emirates and we are excited to work with them to tailor this product to meet the needs of Emirates customers worldwide,” said Jeff Rutledge, CEO at AIG Travel. “Our hope is to help alleviate some of the concerns travellers may have when planning travel during this time.”
Emirates first launched its Covid-19 cover in July, as new testing requirements came into effect from August.