Emirates Becomes World’s First Airline To Offer FREE Covid Cover For Travellers

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Emirates Becomes World’s First Airline To Offer FREE Covid Cover For Travellers

As borders begin to open around the world, you can take-off to your next destination with confidence! Emirates becomes the world’s first airline to provide free cover for your health and quarantine costs if you’re diagnosed with COVID-19 on your travels. We’re keeping you safe on the journey and giving you extra security wherever you are in the world. The new initiative was kicked off under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai.

Travellers can book their flights on emirates.com or with a travel agent and will automatically receive free global cover for COVID-19 related costs. The cover is valid for 31 days from the moment you take your first flight, and it covers you even if you travel onwards to another city.

In case you are diagnosed with COVID-19 during your travels, while you are away from home, Emirates will cover your medical expenses up to EUR 150,000 and your quarantine costs up to EUR 100 per day for 14 days – absolutely free. Passengers who are diagnosed during travels can call the free hotline number +971 4 2708825 or send a WhatsApp message +971 56 3589937 to get support and to use your cover.

All Passengers Must Provide A Negative Covid Test Before Landing In Dubai

The UAE government announced that a PCR test will be mandatory for ALL passengers arriving at DXB. The rule applies to all tourists, residents, transit passengers, and Emiratis. The PCR test is mandatory for all inbound passengers, regardless of the country they are flying in from. The new rule is effective from August 1, at all UAE airports.

Meanwhile, Here Are The Travel & Testing Rules For Those Travelling Abroad This Summer.

In addition, authorities also confirmed that passengers traveling to Europe, UK, as well as other countries that require a PCR test, must get tested prior to departure. The test will be valid for 96 hours from the date of testing. The recent rule has been put in place in order to curb the spread of Covid. However, kids under 12 and those with other health conditions are exempt from the rule. The new requirements apply to all airlines operating in the UAE. Click here to find out more about the rules and guidelines for expats returning to UAE. 

Emirates Updates Booking Policies

Apart from facilitating faster refunds, the airline has also resumed operations to a host of destinations. In line with this, Emirates also updated its booking policies to provide more flexibility to its customers. Travellers who purchase a Flex or Flex Plus fare by July 31 for travel before November 30 will get the following benefits:

– Free date change for travel in the same class to the booked destination

– Free rebooking to any alternate Emirates destination in the same region

– Extended ticket validity for two years from the purchase date

– The ability to convert the ticket value to a travel voucher that can be used as credit towards future Emirates purchases

On that note, Emirates Refunded AED 1.9 Billion To Passengers In Two Months