Emirates to update Covid-19 medical insurance offer

Passengers have until the end of November to book a ticket inclusive of the airline’s current free multi-risk insurance cover

Dubai-based airline Emirates has confirmed that complimentary medical insurance cover for Covid-19 will no longer be included on flights booked after November 30.

The carrier was the first airline to introduce free medical cover for Covid-19-related expenses in July 2020 in order to ease travellers’ worries about quarantine or medical treatment costs should they receive a positive Covid-19 diagnosis during a trip.

The airline said it was ending the insurance after “a review of customer usage and feedback” – however, it confirmed plans to replace the existing cover with a new Covid-19-related medical travel insurance. An Emirates spokesperson for the airline said: “It is our plan to continue providing our customers with a complimentary Covid-19-related medical travel insurance cover, and we hope to announce updates on this front in the coming weeks.”

The UAE’s national carrier, Etihad Airways will continue to offer Covid-19 medical insurance with all tickets until 31 March 2022, having introduced free travel insurance for passengers in September last year.

Insurance that covers the cost of Covid-19 medical treatment continues to be a condition of entry for several destinations around the world.

For more information, visit

Share article

View Comments

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.