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Insurance to be compulsory for travellers to Thailand

BANGKOK: All foreign tourists will soon be required to have travel insurance before entering Thailand under a proposal put forward by a committee of the Tourism and Sports Ministry, according to an informed source.

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By Bangkok Post

Monday 5 June 2017, 04:22PM


Foreign travellers queue at immigration on arrival at Suvarnabhumi airport. Under a proposal by the Tourism and Sports Ministry they will be required to show evidence of travel insurance, together with their passports. Photo: Pattanapong Hirunard / Bangkok Post

Foreign travellers queue at immigration on arrival at Suvarnabhumi airport. Under a proposal by the Tourism and Sports Ministry they will be required to show evidence of travel insurance, together with their passports. Photo: Pattanapong Hirunard / Bangkok Post

The plan has been proposed by a committee working on the development of Thailand as a wellness tourism hub, and will be forwarded for consideration by the national tourism policy commission.

The requirement should not be seen as a "hurdle" to visitors to Thailand, the source said on Monday (June 5).

Under the proposal, the Office of the Insurance Commission would draft details on insurance policies and insurance distribution channels, including the installation of automatic vending machines at international airports and border checkpoints.

The Tourism and Sports Ministry first proposed requiring foreign visitors to have travel insurance last year, explaining it did not have enough staff to supervise the safety and welfare of the growing number of tourists.

Hospitals have until now often been left carrying the cost of medical treatment of uninsured tourists injured during their stay in Thailand and who have no means to pay their bills.

 

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Eagle | 06 June 2017 - 16:58:49

petermach,the travel insurance is not only for traffic accidents!It covers much more.Not only people involved in traffic accidents need a hospital!

petermach | 06 June 2017 - 15:24:43

Phuket roads are the most unsafe in the world with a huge risk . Before to ask tourists to pay because of that I think the top priority would be to fine and jail drunk or drugged drivers , stupid bikers with their small motorbike completely trafficked and dangerous , people not concerned at all by speed limits , Buses with nice painting on it but out of age...etc , etc

Timothy | 06 June 2017 - 15:17:12

Capt B, you are right. Most insurance companies will not pay out on motorbike accidents. Especially if the victim is not wearing a helmet and/or has been drinking. If Thailand made it illegal to rent a motorcycle to an unlicensed person, sort of like most other countries in the world, the hospitals would lose a lot of business, and a lot more tourists/expats would live to see another day...But we ...

Kurt | 06 June 2017 - 14:52:04

Capt B: Interesting what you wrote.
Yes, I also have a International insurance, covering me about anything, including road accidents of any kind. ( except usa)
I do not advice foreign tourists to take a thai travel insurance. 
It has been proved not to work out providing solid 100% coverage due to thai 'loopholes'. 
(Actually I call is scam)
Foreign tourist bound for Thailand should o...

Kurt | 06 June 2017 - 14:12:09

Marcher:  This is about tourists, not about expats living as permanent citizen in Thailand.
We talk here about a holiday travel insurance, provided before you take off for your holiday to Thailand.
In home country of the tourists they can provide any kind of travel insurance the tourist wants, including snow skiing and motorbike riding.
Anything is to insure! Of course you pay the premium.
But...

Capt B | 06 June 2017 - 11:53:50

The problem with a lot of "Travel Insurance" policies, they do not cover any injuries for an accident on a Motorcycle, and the insurance company will certainly not pay for any head injuries that occur whilst a motorcyclist is not wearing a helmet which is a requirement under Thai Law.

I do not carry "Travel Insurance" as I can afford to be a self insurer.
I do carry Full In...

yvonne | 05 June 2017 - 21:51:35

A lot of Comment on Thai Visa that it would be impossible to implement and a lot Tourists at Airports waiting to buy cheapest insurance possible ! Well I have news for them all. IT will be 
possible and it will be implemented at some stage. ALL that will be
 done is AIRLINES will REFUSE to board Passengers before departure that do NOT show approved Insurance , Hand over Passport PLUS 
Medical T...

marcher | 05 June 2017 - 21:07:38

Absolute rubbish. No way are they going to give us oldies who are over 70 any sort of health cover

Kurt | 05 June 2017 - 16:42:57

Finally, I advocated that already long time.
A good way to protect tourists against themselves as they mostly have no idea what possible can wait them accident wise during a holiday in Thailand.

This proposal is good for Thailand and good for the tourists.

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