The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has advised citizens of the country heading abroad during the current period to obtain global medical insurance that includes insurance against the “Covid-19” virus, and to adhere to safety and prevention instructions issued from the intended destinations.
The ministry called on citizens to review the travel instructions that it provides through its electronic portal, stressing the need to communicate with the country’s mission at the intended destination in the event of an infection with the “Corona” virus, and to adhere to the isolation procedures followed at the destination, with registration in the “My presence” service before traveling.
The Ministry, in cooperation with the National Health Insurance Company (Daman), provides an international travel insurance program for emergency health cases that a citizen may be exposed to while outside the country.
The program aims to spare citizens and members of their families the risks of emergency health cases, and to incur additional sums during their travels. It provides wide and comprehensive health coverage around the world, at a cost of up to 500,000 dirhams annually. It is also characterized by a direct payment system, meaning that it will pay the costs of treatment directly, unlike some other programs that obligate the insured to pay all costs, and then compensate him later.
The program covers all emergency services, whether inside or outside the hospital. The insured can communicate with a specialized call center that works around the clock, seven days a year.
For its part, local insurance companies have offered competitive offers on insurance policies against “Corona”, targeting citizens and residents traveling abroad during the summer holidays.
The discounts amounted to 20% for the category of those vaccinated with one of the “Corona” vaccines, while the terms and conditions varied, and the prices of insurance policies against “Corona” varied between companies.
The insurance coverage included emergency medical expenses and medical expenses related to “Corona”, in addition to the costs of quarantine in the event of injury while traveling.
Insurance companies stressed the need for customers to read the exceptions to the terms and conditions carefully, and to make sure that they accurately understand “what is covered” and “what is not covered”, and what to do if you need to file a claim.
She stressed the importance of obtaining information related to the traveler’s travel destination before purchasing a travel insurance policy, and following up on the latest official developments related to the outbreak of the Corona virus, issued by the channels of the World Health Organization, to stay informed about the virus around the world.
In light of the rapid increase in travel ban decisions in several countries, she advised travelers to make sure – before purchasing a travel insurance policy – that there is no travel ban during the date of the trip, because documents purchased during a previously announced travel ban period will not be valid during that period.
It is worth noting that the number of countries that allow Emiratis to travel to is 84 countries, including 64 countries that do not apply quarantine to arrivals, according to specific conditions, including obtaining two doses of vaccination and a pre-examination of “Covid-19” before a specific time of travel.
• Insurance coverage includes emergency medical expenses and expenses related to “Corona” and quarantine.
• The Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on citizens to review the travel instructions provided by its electronic portal.