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Every foreign tourist to Thailand set to be charged 100 baht insurance fee


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17 minutes ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

Let's see... 300 million a year in unpaid hospital bills... (maybe!)

 

vs potentially 3.8 billion in revenues from the proposed tourist tax

 

And what exactly kind of coverage are these Thailand travelers going to get for their 100 baht???

 

BTW, it doesn't seem to specify any particular kind of arrival/visa class... So presumably, either on entry or exit, they're planning to charge any and all foreigners, including long-term expats here who may already have insurance.... 

 

I didn't see any mention of any exemption for O-A visa holders who likely will be subject to the new and much more expensive insurance requirement of their own.  Or any plan to drop the O-A specific proposal in favor on this broader, more reasonably priced alternative.

 

Add to your previous sums the revenue gained from tourist spending and the losses as a percentage of tourism revenue become so insignificant as to not merit any mention. I hope the 100 baht tariff backfires and tourists look elsewhere for their holidays.

 

Fat chance of long term expats benefitting from a 100 baht tariff, more likely that 100 baht will be an additional cost to the insurances etc.

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The article says tourists, but I wonder if they mean to extend it to all foreigners entering the country. I imagine that many on this forum already have to pay 1,000B (re-entry permit, single entry) whenever we leave the country and come back. I've never been able to figure out what the re-entry permit was for other than a blatant money grab. So hey, what's another hundred, right?

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18 minutes ago, lopburi3 said:

Indeed there was for a very short period of time (seems like 30 years ago but memory may well be wrong on that).  

Time flies! 12 years ago it was included into the ticket price!

Helped more than one person out who had not "budgeted for this last minute payment - back in the day.................

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1 minute ago, boonrawdcnx said:

Will those who visit and have health and accident insurance also be charged?
I think they should first stop the rip off prices of private hospitals here and the apparently 300 million they are “loosing” will suddenly only be 50 million!
These rip off hospitals are also driving up insurance premiums for everybody with their overcharging. We just found out in a Facebook group that 2 different people were charged different amounts by the same hospital for the same simple procedure - the one paid cash without insurance and the other had insurance - he was charged 3 times the amount! Got my prescription medication from the same hospital 8000 baht - when my supply was used up I took the hospital prescription and went to Pharma choice where I paid 2400 Baht for the same medication they charged me 8000 for at the hospital.


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Remember that health insurers know what the rate is.

 

The Americans that I know insist that Thailand is still not expensive.

 

I moved back to the UK last year, so can make some comparisons. Ear-syringing/cleaning in the UK, private healthcare, same price (as near as dammit) as Bumrungrad/BNH. My prescriptions cost pretty much the same with an NHS prescription as they do over the chemists counter in Bangkok (same tablets at B'grad cost double).

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31 minutes ago, JohnOFphon said:

Didn't there used to be a departure tax? I remember going to a machine and paying 500 bt for a ticket that had to be shown,,,at check in or passport control...don't remember which.

There still is but purely absorbed into price of the airline ticket

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10 minutes ago, sunnyboy2018 said:

there used to be an exit tax

That was the airport tax, it's now included in your ticket price, was 500 Baht, increased to 700 Baht around the same time that they opened Swampy.

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10 minutes ago, Aussieroaming said:

Add to your previous sums the revenue gained from tourist spending and the losses as a percentage of tourism revenue become so insignificant as to not merit any mention. I hope the 100 baht tariff backfires and tourists look elsewhere for their holidays.

 

Fat chance of long term expats benefitting from a 100 baht tariff, more likely that 100 baht will be an additional cost to the insurances etc.

The first time I arrived in SEA I chose Thailand only because I did not have

to pay $ 25-30 for a visa... in Thailand I could get 30 days for free.
  These small amounts count when people planning a trip .
I stayed 15 days then and spent 50,000 baht without an air ticket.
Thailand was smart and enterprising ... now is completely stupid.

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There's this fat plump cash cow that is in the crosshair of every money grabbing beaurocrat, this cow represent the tourists that flock to Thailand every year and leave 202 trilions baht behind them, you know the one, with an open season on them all year round, so someone came up with the idea how can milk that cow even more and we call it some sort of "Insurance cover"...

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37 minutes ago, JohnOFphon said:

Didn't there used to be a departure tax? I remember going to a machine and paying 500 bt for a ticket that had to be shown,,,at check in or passport control...don't remember which.

Yes there was a departure tax. I think that they stopped it about 15 years ago (or more).

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34 minutes ago, JohnOFphon said:

Didn't there used to be a departure tax? I remember going to a machine and paying 500 bt for a ticket that had to be shown,,,at check in or passport control...don't remember which.

I thought that was now added as a some figure to the cost of flying so probably still there, maybe less than 500 per pax now.

Now everyone has forgotten about it it's easier just to start another collection system.

I could be wrong though.

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