Emirates will pay for your medical treatment, hotel quarantine, and even your funeral if you catch COVID-19 while traveling.
Emirates has a new strategy for boosting passenger demand in the midst of a global pandemic: coronavirus insurance. If one of its passengers is diagnosed with COVID-19 during their journey, the Dubai-based airline will cover their medical expenses, up to €150,000 (about $176,000). It will pay €100 ($118) per day for quarantine costs — such as a hotel room — for up to two weeks.
And if the worst happens, Emirates will offer €1,500 (about $1,765) for a passenger’s funeral.
The coverage is available for travel between now and October 31, 2020. It’s valid for 31 days from “the moment you take your first flight, and it covers you even if you travel onwards to another city,” Emirates said. Testing costs are not covered, and passengers must contact the airline to get expenses approved before paying them.
“It is an investment on our part, but we are putting our customers first, and we believe they will welcome this initiative,” Emirates Group CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said in a press release.