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Thai authorities moot compulsory travel insurance for travellers

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Thai authorities moot compulsory travel insurance for travellers

By The Thaiger

 

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The Thai Office of the Insurance Commission says they expect to introduce compulsory travel insurance for visitors to Thailand by the end of 2019.

 

The basic compulsory travel insurance will offer up to 1 million baht of coverage in cases of death, with a maximum duration of 30 days, the cost is reported to be as low as 20 baht. Tourists will be expected to pay it as they arrive in Thailand without proof of adequate current travel insurance arrangements.

 

The Bangkok Post reports that the premium would be directed to Thailand’s Tourism Promotion Fund for coverage of payments in the event of claims.

 

The new insurance scheme will need to be considered by the Ministry of Sports and Tourism before being considered by the new cabinet.

 

The Tourism and Sports Ministry, despite admitting that the April and May tourism numbers have dropped year-on-year, especially the Chinese, still predict the number of foreign visitors will reach 40 million this year.

 

Source: https://thethaiger.com/hot-news/tourism/thai-authorities-moot-compulsory-travel-insurance-for-travellers

 

 

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8 minutes ago, webfact said:

the cost is reported to be as low as 20 baht.

Is this for the whole stay or per day 

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from I see around Hua Hin, these people are practically GQ models.

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I applaud this and anyone who travels should have at least basic travel insurance.

 

How it's implemented is another matter. The easiest way would be add it to the cost of the airline ticket in the same way the old departure tax is now however this being Thailand, I'm sure they will find some way to make the process onerous.

 

 

 

 

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So you pay on arrival?  What will the lines at the airport be like when this happen.  It is bad enough now.  Us on extension of stay will be next in line.

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38 minutes ago, sammieuk1 said:

I supposed they are banking on some tourists surviving unscathed to pay for the ones that don't at 20bt🤔

I'd think that the %'age of tourists that need medical treatment whilst on holiday ( 2 to 3 weeks average stay) is very small, out of 30'ish million per annum? And many of the ones that do would be for non life-threatening/not ruinously expensive things. Also lots of people get travel insurance anyway.

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

The basic compulsory travel insurance will offer up to 1 million baht of coverage in cases of death, with a maximum duration of 30 days, the cost is reported to be as low as 20 baht.

Probably to cover the 5000 THB expenses they had with the deceased Russian

 

Ain't Thai to accept expenses. Profit only naaa

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