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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 www.emirates.com

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