Emirates Offers Free Corona Health Insurance to Passengers

Dubai-based airline Emirates has offered a complimentary COVID-19 health insurance to its passengers and will pay for your medical expenses and quarantine costs if you catch the corona virus on your trip.


With many people still hesitant to travel internationally, Emirates came up with the policy in an attempt to lure passengers to book a trip abroad.

The complimentary insurance is offered to each Emirates passenger regardless of their booking class and destination as long as your flight falls between 23rd July and 31st October 2020.

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An Emirates Airbus A380. ©Paliparan


According to Emirates, the insurance coverage is valid across the entire world with the exception of your home country.

A statement on the Emirates website reads: “If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 while you’re away from home, we 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.”

“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.”


The insurance is valid for both one-way and return flight tickets. Even if you would travel onward to a third country you would still be insured as long as the dates fall within the 31-day time-frame.

For example, if you fly with Emirates from London via Dubai to Thailand for a vacation, and from there would take a side-trip by bus to Cambodia, the insurance coverage would also include this.

Taking a second Emirates within your 31-day period would again reset the count to day 1, giving you another free month insurance.

Full details can be read in a special Emirates COVID-19 Assistance PDF.

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Emirates is based in the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and offers flights to destinations all over the world. ©Paliparan


Although Emirates is the first airline in the world to offer such an extensive insurance coverage, there have been other airlines before who came up with similar COVID-19 insurance policies.

Vietnamese low-cost airline VietJet was the first to hit the news headlines by offering passengers 7,850 EUR in cash if they would contract the corona virus in the 30 days following a domestic flight.

Like the new Emirates insurance plan, the VietJet policy starts on the day of your flight and counts regardless of how passengers are infected with the disease, so even getting infected at your destination instead of the plane will trigger the insurance policies.

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A Vietjet aeroplane. ©Screenshot

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Koen works as a freelance journalist covering south-eastern Europe and is the founding father and editor-in-chief of Paliparan. As a contributor to some major Fleet Street newspapers and some lesser known publications in the Balkans, he travels thousands of miles each year for work as well as on his personal holidays. Whether it is horse riding in Kyrgyzstan’s Tian Shan mountains, exploring the backstreets of Bogotá, or sipping a glass of moschofilero in a Greek beachside taverna, Koen loves to immerse himself into the local culture, explore new places and eat and drink himself around the world.

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