Ethiopian Airlines Unveils COVID-19 Global Insurance Cover

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Airlines Group, the Largest Aviation Group in Africa, has announced today that it will cover the medical insurance including repatriation, evacuation and quarantine costs related to COVID-19 as of October 1, 2020 until March 31, 2021.

The coverage is applicable on all Ethiopian’s international flights booked with the airline’s tickets, the airlines said in a statement sent to The Monitor.

The global cover dubbed Sheba Comfort is part of the airline’s extra security measures to protect passengers and ensure that they travel with peace of mind.

Passengers will have their medical expenses up to EUR 100,000 covered if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 during their travel in addition to quarantine costs up to EUR 150 per day for a maximum of 14 days.

Sheba Comfort also includes repatriation and evacuation services whenever needed besides 24/7 assistance through the airline’s hotline.

“We are glad to be among the pioneer global airlines to introduce this extra security measure and provide global cover for COVID-19 with a view to boost passengers’ confidence,” said Tewolde GebreMariam, said, Ethiopian Group CEO.

The Sheba Comfort insurance scheme is part of the measures the airlines “have been taking to ensure the health and well being of passengers on the ground and onboard, according to the Airlines.

“As the travel safety continues to evolve by the day, we will always be at the forefront of adopting all necessary changes to ensure the safety of our passengers as our top priority,” Tewolde said.

Sheba Comfort insurance scheme is introduced in collaboration with AXA Partners and Awash Insurance Company.

It is valid for 92 days for round trip and 31 days for one-way trip, according to the airlines.

Ethiopian has recently unveiled an ultra-modern, spacious passenger terminal which is completed with emphasis on biosecurity and biosafety measures.