By Zoe Zaczek For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 04:22 BST, 8 September 2020 | Updated: 04:23 BST, 8 September 2020
Etihad Airways will cover the cost of hotel quarantine if travellers contract coronavirus while overseas in a desperate attempt to get people on flights.
The 'COVID-19 global wellness insurance cover' is included in every Etihad Airways ticket travelling from September 7 to December 31.
'Our COVID-19 global wellness insurance cover is an extension to your travel insurance, giving you extra peace of mind as you travel the world,' the airline said.
'If you're diagnosed with COVID-19 whilst you're away, we'll take care of your medical expenses and quarantine costs. No stress, no hassle. Simple.'
Pictured: Passengers arrive at Sydney International Airport off a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong on August 23
The national carrier for the UAE said insurance is valid for 31 days from the first day of travel.
But Australians are unlikely to make the most of the safety offer, with overseas travel banned for another three months.
Last week the Federal government announced the travel ban had been extended until at least December 17.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said the decision came following advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee.
'AHPPC has advised that the international and domestic COVID-19 situation continues to pose an unacceptable public health risk,' he announced on Thursday.
'The extension of the emergency period is an appropriate response to that risk.
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