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Coronavirus: UAE’s Emirates airlines launches free multi-risk travel insurance

Emirates airlines will provide free multi-risk travel insurance to all passengers on top of existing COVID-19 cover, the airline announced on Monday.

All flights purchased from December 1 will be eligible for the new insurance. It will also extend to any flights code sharing with Emirates whose ticket numbers begin with 176.

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The Dubai-based airline said the insurance would be provided by AIG Travel and was an “industry-first.”

“We’re very pleased to be able to now provide this new multi-risk travel insurance and COVID-19 cover, which is another industry first, to all our customers,” said Emirates Chairman and Chief Executive Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum in a statement.

“By launching this new multi-risk travel insurance and COVID-19 cover, we aim to give our customers even more confidence in making their travel plans this winter and moving into 2021,” he added.

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UAE tourism

The UAE resumed tourist visas in September, which it had suspended in March in efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The emirate of Dubai had already been allowing tourists to visit since July 7. Arrivals from certain countries are required to take a PCR coronavirus test on arrival, while other countries are required to take a test both before and after flying.

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The rules are stricter in neighboring Abu Dhabi, which requires three PCR tests for anyone staying beyond eight days.

Emirates was one of the first airlines to offer free COVID-19 insurance to passengers.

The coronavirus pandemic and resulting slowdown in international travel has hit airlines globally, including Emirates. The airline has asked some pilots to take a year of unpaid leave as it seeks to cut costs until travel reaches its pre-pandemic levels.

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Last Update: Monday, 23 November 2020 KSA 13:11 – GMT 10:11

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