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23000 baht for me for one year....................funny  as i bought insurance for about 1000 baht when this  kicked  off with a Thai company 6  months  ago, theyr e  just out for a money grab, congratulations you  bunch of  greedy  tossers

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12 hours ago, AbeNormal said:

Agree, this is nothing but extortion 

 

another greedy nail in the coffin of Thai tourism

and recent news is dirty falang vaccine from Oxford UK is showing good effect in phase 3 trials and could be approved before Christmas 

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7 minutes ago, AbeNormal said:

and recent news is dirty falang vaccine from Oxford UK is showing good effect in phase 3 trials and could be approved before Christmas 

should be  free  to  all UK citizens and 25k baht for Thais

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26 minutes ago, bodga said:

23000 baht for me for one year....................funny  as i bought insurance for about 1000 baht when this  kicked  off with a Thai company 6  months  ago, theyr e  just out for a money grab, congratulations you  bunch of  greedy  tossers

I paid 32,589 for my PCH policy that covers all of covid and all other ailments and surgeries. Not to mention the policy is good for up to 20,000,000 baht.  Also pays up to 16,000 baht a day for a room with a max stay of 45 days.  Think the Thai TAT minister and his cronies are taking the p**s. Forgot to add it also covers Dental and vision and has a 1,000,000 baht payout to my beneficiary should I die. I think its a good policy and backs up my US policy I have as part of my Retirement.

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2 minutes ago, ThailandRyan said:

I paid 32,589 for my PCH policy that covers all of covid and all other ailments and surgeries. Not to mention the policy is good for up to 20,000,000 baht.  Also pays up to 16,000 baht a day for a room with a max stay of 45 days.  Think the Thai TAT minister and his cronies are taking the p**s.

i didnt  buy  it i was  just checking out the website for a laugh

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1 minute ago, bodga said:

i didnt  buy  it i was  just checking out the website for a laugh

I understand that Bodga, I was just showing the difference between what a normal policy i have includes which truly makes this TAT miracle insurance a total scam and sham.  It makes me wonder if since they will be mandating covid insurance if they will only accept it from Thailand's insurance companies and mot standard travel insurance that airlines are now getting in the game on.  Definitely a death blow to tourism if that's true. As I said before here they are with another hairbrained scheme.

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13 hours ago, AbeNormal said:

Agree, this is nothing but extortion 

 

another greedy nail in the coffin of Thai tourism

And likely your coffin with the lack of proper cover!

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53 minutes ago, AbeNormal said:

and recent news is dirty falang vaccine from Oxford UK is showing good effect in phase 3 trials and could be approved before Christmas 

 

45 minutes ago, bodga said:

should be  free  to  all UK citizens and 25k baht for Thais

 

Best post of 2020 :thumbsup:

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13 hours ago, Pilotman said:

sensible move

It's sensible but the policy limit of $ 100k is too high, considering the low probability of someone requiring hospitalization from Covid (< 5%) and the low cost of hospital care in Thailand. If it was a general travel accident/illness policy it would make more sense.

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12 hours ago, Pib said:

 

 

If Thailand drops the quarantine requirement but maintains above COVID insurance requirement Thailand still may get a lot of tourists since a tourist coming for a week or two would only have to fork out Bt1,600 to Bt4,800 on top of his other vacation costs. 

 

But what about someone who lives in Thailand...say on a retirement or marriage extension of stay.  They go back to the home country for a few weeks to  month to visit family/friends (got a reentry permit before leaving Thailand),  but when coming back to Thailand say with around 10 to 11 months still left on their visa/extension of stay, I bet the insurance industry will do everything possible (to include stuffed envelopes) to keep the COVID insurance requirement in place even after the pandemic is over because they know these folks will pay the price to get back to their residence/family/friends in Thailand.

 

Strange, im an expat and live here I have an insurance covering it. Are you saying that most expats don't have health insurance cover. I mean seems the logical to thing to do when you live here make sure you got an insurance that covers you. My insurance is more expensive then this one but it covers a lot more. 

 

I always thought people would have had insurance you make it out like all expats are living hand to mouth without insurance. I was always told it was a small portion and that mandatory insurance was not needed but listening to this i can see why they want insurance. An elderly population with no insurance is asking for trouble.

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13 hours ago, tso310 said:

Good point, just looked at the terms and conditions. 

 

  1. Additional Limitation:
    1. - Limitation for medical expenses from Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic only. [Self explanatory...coverage for SARS-CoV-2 infection and related COVID-19 disease only.]
    1. - Room and board for inpatient must not exceed single standard room cost. [Standard individual hospital room...no coverage for "premium" or VIP hospital suites.]
    1. - This limitation does not apply to hospitalization in an I.C.U. according to the medical necessity. [ICU rooms covered if medically necessary.]
  2. Important Exclusions:
    1. This insurance does not cover
      1. - Treatment which is not considered a modern medicine, including alternative medicine. [Herbal, "traditional," homeopathic, etc. medical treatments not covered.]
      1. - Medicine Treatment or investigation not related to medical expenses from Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. [Reiterate only SARS-CoV-2 and meeical conditions related to virus infected are covered.]

Granted the English translation is a bit garbled...I read it as above in bold. Seem to be standard and reasonable health insurance policy provisions.

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14 hours ago, andre47 said:

If this insurance cover only Covid 19 and no other treatments then the premiums are insanely high. It is robbery...outrageous...

Agree - virtually nobody will ever get to claim from this insurance. An additional policy will be required for normal health issues or emergencies.

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2 minutes ago, Thaifly88 said:

Agree - virtually nobody will ever get to claim from this insurance. An additional policy will be required for normal health issues or emergencies.

Yes...it's sold as a CORONA/COVID health insurance policy...not a general health insurance or travel insurance policy.

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So they want people to get insurance that ONLY covers a disease which they say is not even present in Thailand (outside a few cases in quarantine) AND they require a 14 day quarantine and tests. They want people to have insurance for something that, according to their own numbers, is almost impossible to catch in Thailand. I could understand requiring this for say the first 3 weeks of your stay, after that it should not be required because you can't get in Thailand. So they tell us.

 

Gimme a break.

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14 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

TAT announces compulsory medical insurance for foreign visitors

 

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Bangkok, 23 October, 2020 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to share the latest announcement from the Office of Insurance Commission (OIC) that foreign visitors will be able to purchase compulsory COVID-19 insurance policy online prior to visiting the Kingdom.

 

TAT Governor, Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, said, “A medical insurance policy with at least USD $100,000 coverage or about 3.16 million Baht for possible COVID-19 treatment is among the official documents required from foreign visitors planning to visit Thailand during this challenging public health crisis.

 

“TAT hopes the COVID-19 insurance protection programme, under the regulation of the OIC, offers additional peace-of-mind for foreign visitors and hopefully makes it easier for inbound travellers before departing from their country of origin,” Mr. Yuthasak added.

 

The Thai General Association (TGIA) and the Thai Life Assurance Association (TLAA) plus 16 leading and non-life insurance companies in Thailand are partnering together with the oversight according to regulations from the OIC to offer the COVID-19 insurance protection programme to foreign visitors.

 

Foreign travellers will enjoy the following advantages of purchasing an OIC-endorsed medical insurance policy, which is available online at https://covid19.tgia.org/:

 

  • The insurance policy has been approved by the Thai government and can be used in the Thai visa application process. Coverage begins immediately upon arrival in Thailand.
  • No need for advance payment or out-of-pocket expenses when admitted at private hospitals nationwide. Insurance coverage does not exceed USD $100,000 or about 3.16 million Baht.
  • In the case of death from COVID-19 infection, the insurance company will provide a life insurance benefit of USD $100,000 or about 3.16 million Baht to the beneficiary.
  • The insurance premium cost is reasonable, the process is overseen by the OIC, and purchase can be done efficiently online.
  • Thailand’s public health infrastructure and healthcare facilities,  as well as healthcare professionals are recognised as some of the best in Asia for treating infectious diseases.

 

The OIC-endorsed COVID-19 insurance packages vary from 30 days to one year. The premium ranges from 1,600-4,800 Baht for 30 days of coverage; from 2,880-8,640 Baht for 60 days; from 3,840 – 12,160 Baht for 90 days; from 7,680 – 23,040 Baht for 120 days, and from 14,400 – 43,200 Baht for one year.

 

TAT highly recommends foreigners planning to visit Thailand to enquire at the Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate-General in their home country before making any bookings.

 

Source: https://www.tatnews.org/2020/10/tat-announces-compulsory-medical-insurance-for-foreign-visitors/

No mention of other visa holders returning .

(only tourist visa ?)

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1 hour ago, ThailandRyan said:

I paid 32,589 for my PCH policy that covers all of covid and all other ailments and surgeries. Not to mention the policy is good for up to 20,000,000 baht.  Also pays up to 16,000 baht a day for a room with a max stay of 45 days.  Think the Thai TAT minister and his cronies are taking the p**s. Forgot to add it also covers Dental and vision and has a 1,000,000 baht payout to my beneficiary should I die. I think its a good policy and backs up my US policy I have as part of my Retirement.

Please, what is a PCH policy which looks like it covers almost everything?

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Would love to know how many government ministers have interests in these nominated insurance companies so anyone doing a border run when they eventually open will have to buy and insurance policy surely if you have travel insurance that states Covid is covered that should be enough but I have a funny feeling tourists are going to be fleeced upon arrival.I’m starting to feel like a prisoner in Thailand was planning to go to the U.K. next year but it looks like it won’t happen I am coming up to my 70th Birthday I was quoted 87,000 baht for Covid insurance for 1 year with a Thai insurance company they told me once I hit 70 it will be 120,000 bht yet when the virus broke I took out a Covid only insurance in Thailand which cost me 850 baht for the year that covers me for treatment in a government hospital plus a pay out if it caused my death . This to me is smells like one big rip off ☹️☹️☹️

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15 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

TAT announces compulsory medical insurance for foreign visitors

Are we to believe this requirement also applies to the numerous expected Chinese tourists ......?????

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1 minute ago, KannikaP said:

Please, what is a PCH policy which looks like it covers almost everything?

Look up the top PCH policies that they have, and think of a policy without pre-existing conditions, of course I do get a discount having been with them for a while now.  Never have had an issue with them paying out and my dental visits are all reimbursed.  Just had a post and crown installed, and a semi annual cleaning, payed 11,500 Baht and was refunded 10,600 Baht, so in total a crown and post cost and the cleaning cost me 900 baht.  All my regular medical visits to see my doctors are also covered.  What it does not cover I submit back to my US based HI and they reimburse the remainder.  For me to pay what I do annually runs me around 3,000 Baht a month when you figure it out.   2 dental visits, an eye exam, and a annual medical physical are covered. So in essence this policy covers itself.

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Hmm about $400 for 90 days for an American. Plus the cost of 2 weeks in quarantine being bored crazy. Sounds like a good deal to me. Why wouldn't i do this? 55555

 

Does anyone  know what two weeks in quarantine costs? Includes food since you can't go out?

 

I know they said they will have concerts for the imprisoned. Happening? And cooking lessons. And you can cook in your room how? And using what ingredients? Ahh the mind is staggered. But I trust the government to have have it all completely and cleanly worked out.

 

BTW My Thai friend who is a flight attendant just returned to Thailand and she had to quarantine in Pattaya and the government footed the bill. And you guys complain about double pricing at parks. 555 A mere pittance.

 

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4 hours ago, RichardColeman said:

Not even going to worry about it yet, Way I see it is that these are mad requirements for return during covid times , and will in all likelihood disappear or be changed when covid is behind us. Thailand is driven by tourism, once a they see people will not come and pay for this outside of covid it will be gone.

 

 

 

I am with you on this, I am going nowhere until travelling returns to some sense of normality. Could be rather a long time though. I can wait, I have infinite patience.

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As the awakening poet said "This is going from bed to verse", only serving to make the overall tourist situation worser and worser 😞 A law should be passed that prevents people in positions of power from taking advantage of adverse situations for personal gain !

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4 hours ago, RichardColeman said:

Not even going to worry about it yet, Way I see it is that these are mad requirements for return during covid times , and will in all likelihood disappear or be changed when covid is behind us. Thailand is driven by tourism, once a they see people will not come and pay for this outside of covid it will be gone.

 

 

 

The trouble is that a number of people and the companies/institutions which they head, with a lot of "influence", have rather cottoned on to the belief that there is big money to be made from tourism.

 

After all, they reason, if all those "little people" managed to make a living from it, then we can position ourselves to do really well when it restarts. We also can deploy our "influence" to ensure that our "friends" in the government set rules that will benefit us. In fact, one suspects that quite a lot of "influence" has already changed hands (pockets) to facilitate setting these rules!

 

That is what is behind this, and all the other nonsense around the STV. Overcome by their naive greed, and  the fantasies of all those "well heeled, high spending quality tourists with deep pockets" desperate to come to Thailand, they have totally failed to understand that whilst mass tourism does bring with it a lot of income, that money is drawn from a large number  of tourists who are on a budget, and the sort of up front payments they have engineered will simply cause potential visitors to go elsewhere.

 

Big business and by extension the government has now got involved, by the time they wake up to the fact that people will not pay this, it will be to late.

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