The Dubai-based airline, Emirates, became the first aviation company that offered to cover the medical costs of COVID-19 for its passengers when they travel in the UAE and across the globe.
The directive was initiated by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Ruler, and Vice-President of the UAE. Emirates will be the first airline to cover the medical costs of coronavirus for its passengers when they travel in the UAE and around the world.
By providing this service, Emirates will enhance travel confidence and the company’s reputation as an aviation industry leader. As the travel ban got eased, Emirates is resuming flights with new destinations added to its list on a weekly basis.
Reportedly, the cover allows to passengers to claim medical expenses of up to EUR 150,000 (approx. AED 637,528) and quarantine costs of EUR 100/ per day (approx. AED426) for 14 days, should they be diagnosed with COVID-19 during their travel, while they are away from home.
The cover is not limited to any country and goes free of cost. The operation period for customers flying on Emirates is until 30 October 2020. The cover applies passengers who fly onward to another destination after arriving at their Emirates destination. It will be valid for 31 days from the moment the passenger flies. For any details on Emirates COVID-19 cover, one should visit emirates.com/COVID19assistance.
Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2, also known as COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus which is causing illness in humans and animals. Most people infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus will feel mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without any special treatment. Older people, as well as those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness, and require immediate assistance. Novel Coronavirus was first identified in a cluster with pneumonia symptoms in Wuhan city, Hubei province of China, quickly spreading around the world. On early March 2020, the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic had officially started, becoming the defining global health crisis of our time. Today, it is the greatest challenge people have faced since World War II, worsened by subsequent lockdowns of whole countries, collapse of entire industries, and a major economic recession.