Flights to the United Arab Emirates: why travelers should buy travel insurance – News

Costs start from 1 Dh per day



Published: Sat 5 March 2022, 09:15

As the travel industry opens up with declining daily Covid-19 cases and improved passenger confidence, demand for travel insurance has increased in the UAE as travelers are more cautious after difficult experiences they have had during the pandemic.

Insurance industry executives say the cost of travel insurance starts from Dh1 per day and goes up to Dh500, depending on the passenger’s plan. As these times are still uncertain for travelers, they take out insurance because, on the one hand, it has become mandatory and, on the other hand, passengers will have peace of mind in the event of an eventuality.

“Yes, there is an increase in travel insurance requests from customers. With the decline in Covid-19 cases and the opening of airspace, people have started to travel again. Given the lived experience by travelers during the Covid-19 pandemic, they are more cautious and aware of the benefits associated with travel insurance plans,” says Julien Audrerie, Executive Vice President and Head of Consumer Lines at Oman Insurance.

“While airlines offer travel insurance, comprehensive cover including Covid-19, accident or sudden illness is what people are looking for,” he said, adding the cost can be as low as possible. than 40 Dh and go up to 500 Dh.

Lately, most governments have opened their borders to foreigners, including the United Arab Emirates, which has led to an increase in global passenger traffic. The latest data from local airports showed that passenger traffic increased significantly last year with Dubai International (DXB) registering a 12.7% increase to 29.11 million while Abu Dhabi International Airport ( AUH) received 5.26 million passengers in 2021, a growth of 46 percent. hundred.

Echoing comments from Julien Audreries, Anas Mistareehi, Chief Operating Officer, Al Wathba National Insurance Co., said there is an increase in demand for travel insurance after the pandemic outbreak, as packages have been amended to include Covid-19 coverage and more.

“It has become mandatory to take out travel insurance for travelers, whether inbound or outbound. Travel insurance is essential to ensure safe travels and coverage for emergency medical expenses, flight cancellations, baggage delays, and more.

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According to Mistareehi, travel insurance costs start from Dh1 per day and include Covid-19 coverage for inbound and outbound travellers.

Sanjeev Anand, managing director of business development at Al Sayegh Insurance Brokers, also agrees that there is an increase in travel insurance post-pandemic.

“All travel agents offer travel insurance as well as visas for all inbound and outbound travel to and from the UAE. Inbound travel insurance in the UAE is priced at Dh8 with Covid-19 coverage For overseas trips, the premium is based on several factors such as country destination, age of the individual and other medical declarations of the individuals,” Anand added.

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