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Canada’s Major Airline Offering Free Covid-19 Health Insurance To International Travellers

Canada’s Major Airline Offering Free Covid-19 Health Insurance To International Travellers

In a desperate bid to get Canadian travelers to go abroad once again, Canada’s biggest airline, Air Canada, is offering passengers free Covid-19 medical insurance, even as the Canadian government continues to advise against non-essential travel.

Air Canada announced that it will now be including complimentary COVID-19 emergency medical and quarantine insurance for eligible passengers who book round-trip international flights. The coverage will be available for new bookings made in Canada from September 17 until October 31, 2020. The airline hopes that the free insurance will give customers added confidence when booking flights and travelling abroad.

“At Air Canada, we know people have personal, family and business reasons to travel. To give them greater confidence as they do so, we have engaged Manulife to offer all Canadian residents complimentary COVID-19 emergency medical & quarantine insurance when they book round-trip flights for travel outside of Canada. Combined with our industry leading airport and onboard biosafety protocols, including Air Canada CleanCare+, and our flexible rebooking policies, customers can be assured that when they book and travel with Air Canada their safety and well-being is our top priority,” said Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada in the press release.

The plan (called the Manulife COVID-19 Emergency Medical Certificate of Insurance) is available only for new international, round-trip bookings made in Canada between September 17 and October 31, 2020, for travel completed by April 12, 2021. 

When abroad, if customers test positive for COVID-19, the Plan coverage includes:

  • Up to CDN $200,000 per insured for COVID-19 treatment medical expenses.
  • Up
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Vivera Pharmaceuticals Selected to Screen Travellers to the UAE for COVID-19

Vivera Pharmaceuticals Selected to Screen Travellers to the UAE for COVID-19

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Vivera Pharmaceuticals has been selected by Pure Health, the largest laboratory network in the UAE, to test airline passengers flying into the United Arab Emirates in accordance with the UAE’s requirement for travelers to prove they are not infected with COVID-19. Pure Health has been appointed by the UAE’s government to launch this pioneering project to promote safe travel.

Vivera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Logo (PRNewsfoto/Vivera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.)

Vivera Pharmaceuticals’ partners also offer concierge services for patient convenience.

“We are committed to supporting Pure Health in their efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic and to assist in the facilitation of safe travel protocols for passengers flying into the UAE utilizing Vivera’s RT-PCR tests for COVID-19,” said Paul Edalat, CEO of Vivera Pharmaceuticals. “With our large network of provider partners, we are ideally placed to successfully deliver on this very important initiative and we are grateful for the trust placed in us by Pure Health.”

Partnered with CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited specimen collection and laboratory sites across Southern California, Vivera Pharmaceuticals’ partners also offer concierge services for patient convenience.

“Throughout the global pandemic, the UAE has entrusted Pure Health with safeguarding it from incoming COVID-19 threats. This responsibility requires us to ensure we only partner with verified and accredited facilities around the world, thus why we have partnered with Vivera Pharmaceuticals to make certain that the screening process is of the highest quality and to ensure an excellent customer service experience for the travelers,” said Pramodh B.N., Head of Commercial Operations at Pure Health.

UAE-issued regulations require all travelers flying into the UAE to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Travelers without such a certificate are refused entry on to the flight.

The system is similar to the ESTA process in the United States. The traveler visits

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