A Vietnamese airline has started a new type of free insurance for its customers. One that’s aimed specifically at COVID-19.
Budget domestic carrier, VietJet recently implemented what it’s calling, Sky COVID Care.
The coverage ranges from 20 million Vietnamese Dong ($1,196 CAD) to 200 million Dong ($11,963 CAD) is free for all passengers travelling on domestic flights with the airline up until June 30.
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Passengers are able to cash in on the policy if they are infected with coronavirus while travelling on one of the airline’s flights.
“With the insurance, passengers are eligible for insurance coverage and benefits from Vietjet within 30 days starting at 00:01 of the flight date, regardless of how passengers are infected with the disease,” the company said in a statement on its website.
VietJet is prepared to pay “tens of billions of dong” to ease the minds of passengers and assure them that they are travelling on a “modern and comfortable aircraft with young and professional cabin crews.”
The airline also assures travellers that their health and safety, as well as those of their crew, are protected at the optimal level against all risks of coronavirus.
To be eligible for Sky COVID Care coverage, passengers are required to provide all information requested from VietJet’s “terms and conditions” when booking their trip as well as comply with “all regulations on disease prevention and control of Vietjet, the Ministry of Health, and authorities.”
Passengers that have been confirmed as testing positive for coronavirus are immediately ineligible.
As well, those who infringe on or violate safety regulations surrounding the prevention of coronavirus, as illustrated by the Ministry of Health of Vietnam or other government agencies, or anyone that violates travel bans or lockdowns issued by government authorities, will be refused.
Additionally, those with “epilepsy (or) mental illness” as well as those who do not possess the correct travel documents, permits, or visas or fail to present accurate personal information are also deemed ineligible.
To be able to cash in the policy, passengers must test positive for coronavirus “subject to a test approved by the Ministry of Health of Vietnam,” and be treated at a hospital or authorized medical centre located in Vietnam.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Vietnam has 153 known confirmed cases of coronavirus.