In what is the most comprehensive (and hilarious) travel coverage in the time of the coronavirus pandemic, Emirates has announced that they will provide free insurance coverage to anyone flying with them anywhere in the world. The announcement comes amid global uneasiness about travel that is killing the tourism industry.
Emirates Group Chairman and CEO believes the coverage will spur travel for those who are concerned about unforeseen pandemic-related costs. He stated, “Emirates is proud to lead the way in boosting confidence for international travel. We know people are yearning to fly as borders around the world gradually re-open, but they are seeking flexibility and assurances should something unforeseen happen during their travel.” For Emirates, this includes death.
How does it work? And what is covered?
The insurance benefits are currently extended for travel between July through the end of October 2020. You don’t have to book any specific class or fly any specific route; you’re covered all over the world. As long as you book an Emirates flight, you become automatically covered by their extensive travel insurance in the event you get sick on your trip. Emirates would cover your medical expenses up to €150,000. If you’re required to quarantine, they would also cover up to €100 a night of the quarantine period. The assistance is valid for 31 days and will not pay for anything in your country of residence. So if your trip is longer than a month or you return home and then get sick, you wouldn’t be covered.
If you die on your trip, the Emirates insurance also cover up to €1,500 of funeral expenses. So that’s one less thing to worry about if you get coronavirus and die on vacation. Good deal, I suppose, if you don’t mind the death part.