Travel insurance could become compulsory to visit Thailand

That’s because Thai tourism officials are pushing forward with a proposal to require all visitors to Thailand to obtain travel insurance before entering the country.

Apparently our misadventures in the South East Asian country are costing local hospitals a fortune.

Officials at the Ministry of Tourism and Sports are deliberating over the proposal raised in a meeting last week to make the insurance compulsory.

According to Jaturon Phakdeewanit, director of the Tourism Safety and Security Standards, visitors without travel insurance have cost Thailand at least 3 billion baht ($A117 million) a year for their medical treatments at state hospitals.

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“We need to push this through as soon as possible because the problem is becoming more serious,” he said.

Government officials will be discussing with tourism operators about the best approach to implement the new rule, before submitting the proposal to the cabinet for approval.

Travel insurance documents will likely be inspected at immigration counters upon arrival, as many visitors do not need visa to enter the country.

Travel insurance policies can cover you for unexpected accidents or illness, lost luggage, theft, personal liability and unforeseen trip cancellation.

 

The cost of purchasing insurance can vary greatly depending on a range of factors such as age, itinerary and level of cover, but according to a guide on CompareTravelInsurance.com.au, a policy for a person aged around 30-years-old travelling to Thailand for a one-week holiday could cost anywhere from $30 to $250.

Tourism is a major industry in Thailand, with more than 14 million people visiting the country since January 1, generating $US20.5 billion ($A27.4 billion) dollars in revenue.

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Source:

http://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/asia/travel-insurance-could-become-compulsory-to-visit-thailand/news-story/105f81f99248d28836eb22b1d952ae16

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