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    All foreign tourists will soon need insurance in order to enter Thailand


    All foreign tourists will soon need insurance in order to enter Thailand

    Foreign tourists wishing to visit Thailand will be required to purchase travel insurance prior to their arrival into the Kingdom in the not to distant future.

    The Bangkok Post, citing an unnamed but “informed source” claims the proposal has been put forward by the Tourism and Sports Ministry for consideration.

    Under the proposals, there may even be insurance vending machines installed at airports and border checkpoints throughout Thailand so those without insurance can purchase soon after arriving on Thai soil.

    Rumours regarding possible insurance for foreign visitors first surfaced last year, when representatives from Thaivisa were told privately by an official from a local immigration office that there had been discussions regarding a proposal that would require foreigners applying for an extension of stay to have valid medical insurance.

    The requirement is seen as helping to reduce the burden on Thai hospitals who are being forced to treat an increasing number of uninsured foreigners

    All foreign tourists will soon need insurance in order to enter Thailand - PattayaOne

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    Thought that was supposed to happen a few years ago.

    Will probably be forgotten about again, and resurface again in 2021.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snakeeyes
    Rumours regarding possible insurance for foreign visitors first surfaced last year, when representatives from Thaivisa were told privately by an official from a local immigration office that there had been discussions regarding a proposal that would require foreigners applying for an extension of stay to have valid medical insurance.
    Which would of course have no effect on the thaiVisa insurance business........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi
    Thought that was supposed to happen a few years ago.
    Yeah, it was a few years ago and I believe the reason it was dropped was because many expats were too old or had medical problems whereby they couldn't get an insurance company to cover them.

    The Thais then came up with an insurance scheme for farangs where for a one off medical and an annual fee they could get free treatment at a government hospital. You had to have a 'Yellow Book'.
    They dropped that after a few months and declared it was meant for immigrant workers only.
    Last edited by Pragmatic; 05-06-2017 at 08:56 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snakeeyes
    proposals
    Quote Originally Posted by snakeeyes
    Rumours regarding possible insurance
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    there had been discussions
    Any day now.

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