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Thailand Extends Free Tourist Insurance Until Year-End


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7 hours ago, webfact said:

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Thailand's Ministry of Tourism and Sports has extended its free insurance campaign for international visitors until the end of December. Originally slated to expire on August 31st, the program has been in place since January 1st and offers critical coverage for accidents, emergencies, and deaths.

 

The extended insurance program provides substantial coverage: up to 1 million baht for cases of death, 300,000 baht for incidents resulting in permanent disabilities or organ loss, and up to 500,000 baht for medical expenses due to accidents. This initiative aims to bolster tourists' confidence by ensuring they have financial protection during their stay.

 

Sermsak Pongpanit, Tourism and Sports Minister, emphasized the program’s importance in assisting foreign visitors during emergencies, including accidents, crimes, and natural disasters. This move is expected to make Thailand an even more attractive destination for international tourists, fostering a sense of security and commitment to visitor well-being.

 

However, coverage is not provided if tourists have insurance from their travel providers or if the place of accommodation or tourist attraction offers independent insurance. The scheme intends to fill gaps left by tourists' current insurance plans, giving them peace of mind without incurring additional costs.

 

This year-long extension continues to support Thailand's tourism sector, which has faced significant challenges due to global economic uncertainties and the lingering effects of the pandemic. By maintaining this insurance coverage, Thailand aims to reassure potential visitors and stimulate its recovering tourism industry.

 

With this initiative, the government hopes that tourists can enjoy their travel experience without worrying about unexpected financial burdens due to unforeseen circumstances, boosting overall visitor numbers and extending stays.

 

The combination of natural beauty, rich culture, and now, enhanced safety measures, makes Thailand an increasingly appealing destination for global travellers.

 

TOP: Sermsak Pongpanich, Minister of Tourism and Sports. File photo courtesy: Wikipedia

 

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My math may be getting as old as me and the new math came along when my younger daughter was in school so I read in the first sentence that the insurance coverage will be "extended until the end of December.  Then in a later, in the sentence beginning with "This year-long exptension continues..."  my math says from now until then, it will be a 6-month extension only of the program.  Oh well since I am not a tourist, I wouldn't be eligible anyway.

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From what i know if you are not well accident and other things,most tourist go on the begging bowl  please help on go fund me site.Hospitals will be waiting to charge u from the time u enter the doors or ambulance.Never heard of this cover,but they is something from the the motorbike insurance 50k.But if your fault or drunk forget the cover

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With the former government's aim for "quality tourists", thing like this would not be needed, quality tourists can afford both to buy travel insurance and spend some money domestically...:whistling:

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11 hours ago, webfact said:

However, coverage is not provided if tourists have insurance from their travel providers or if the place of accommodation or tourist attraction offers independent insurance.

Most Smart Tourists will have Travel Insurance So there will be not too many people have to use this New Scheme.

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43 minutes ago, digger70 said:

Most Smart Tourists will have Travel Insurance So there will be not too many people have to use this New Scheme.

Especially since they prefer to hide this insurance. No talk about hub of free insurance or something like that...

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13 hours ago, Classic Ray said:

This is simply a protection for hiso hospital owners from their cronies in government who will use the people’s taxes to pay tourists hospital bills when they default. Nothing to do with reassuring tourists.

Sounds about right. 

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9 hours ago, khunPer said:

With the former government's aim for "quality tourists", thing like this would not be needed, quality tourists can afford both to buy travel insurance and spend some money domestically...:whistling:

I think the governments idea of quality tourists is gambler's who will flock to Thailand when they build casino's, from China, and Malaysia.

What a basket case Thailand has become, dope shops everywhere, children smoking gunga,Russians hiding in Pattaya from the war,running crime, people jumping out of hotels, and now people beaten up in hua hin for bumping into a drunk Thai gangster who was probably on more than alcohol. And not to forget bodies washing up on the beaches regularly now. Oh I probably should have said bumping into a drunk bunch of Thai thugs, never used to happen in Hua Hin, but now crime is on the increase, NZ no exception, yesterday a jewelry shop was rammed and one of the owners bashed over the head with a hammer, he's in serious condition, shops being ram raided every day, since the pandemic the world has gone mad. 

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14 hours ago, kiwikeith said:

I think the governments idea of quality tourists is gambler's who will flock to Thailand when they build casino's, from China, and Malaysia.

What a basket case Thailand has become, dope shops everywhere, children smoking gunga,Russians hiding in Pattaya from the war,running crime, people jumping out of hotels, and now people beaten up in hua hin for bumping into a drunk Thai gangster who was probably on more than alcohol. And not to forget bodies washing up on the beaches regularly now. Oh I probably should have said bumping into a drunk bunch of Thai thugs, never used to happen in Hua Hin, but now crime is on the increase, NZ no exception, yesterday a jewelry shop was rammed and one of the owners bashed over the head with a hammer, he's in serious condition, shops being ram raided every day, since the pandemic the world has gone mad. 

I don't recall that the former government talked about casino, but the present does...:whistling:

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