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This is actually the TAT's insurance offering, in the interest of reassuring tourists. The idea has been in the works for some time. It's supposed to help people feel protected from scammers and such.
Now, whether or not their chosen underwriter will deal in good faith, remains to be seen.
It's supposed to help people feel protected from scammers and such.
Which bit (line item) covers that? Though I do chuckle at the "hijacking" coverage of 2,000 baht (about $65 US) per 12 hours.
On a serious note, wasn't the government looking at mandatory travel insurance for all overseas visitors? Might this be the default mandatory purchase if you can't prove your own private coverage?
I'll stick with my own policy. The emergency medical coverage on the above is far too low IMO.
This is the catch all for those without any coverage. As far as scam protection, many scams involve outright theft. That is covered.
Some of us have good medical. Just as many have nothing. The government mentioned medical costs as one of the main incentives to initiating the insurance requirement.
Thanks and understand. So is this the first step to mandatory insurance for those that have any (proof) when they enter the Kingdom?
If so, for a mandatory minimum, and 650 baht (about $22 US) it looks pretty reasonable. How to enforce it, especially what proof do you need that you're exempt, will be interesting. Though for $22 per visit (although per person) is it worth contesting?
This is something that has been on the table for quite some time. It actually appears a bit better thought out than many of their half-baked ideas.
News from TAT:
Bangkok – 24 July 2014, Tourists planning a visit to Thailand can now avail of a special online insurance coverage scheme known as the “Thailand Travel Shield”, which will be set up by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in cooperation with four reputed Thai insurance companies, Muang Thai Insurance, Chao Phaya Insurance, Siam City Insurance, and Krungthai Panich Insurance. All are reputable, publicly-listed companies.
Effective July 25, 2014, visitors will be able to buy the insurance coverage online for a broad range of unforeseen events ranging from accidents, trip cancellation, loss or damage of baggage / personal belongings, emergency hotel accommodation, etc.
These travel insurance policies provide instant coverage up to the value of 1,000,000 Baht for the packages starting at 650 Baht, and up to the value of 2,000,000 Baht for the packages starting at 1,100 Baht. The period of coverage ranges up to 60 days, but it can also cover visitors making annual trips to Thailand
The scheme will be publicised worldwide by TAT through its international offices, as well as marketed online through website: www.tourismthailand.org/thailandtravelshield
TAT Governor Thawatchai Arunyik said, “TAT has initiated the creation of an alternative insurance scheme that could be offered by Thai companies. We are now happy to report that such a scheme has now been set in place. This is to ensure that travellers enjoy their visit to the kingdom with great peace of mind, knowing that should anything go wrong, they’ll be covered.”
In addition, everyone purchasing this insurance can take advantage of the 24-hour emergency assistance offered by the well-known Allianz Global Assistance.
The Medical and Travel Assistance Services will allow visitors to get pre-trip information; such as, inoculation, weather, exchange rates, telephone medical advice, medical service provider referral, assistance in case of loss of luggage/passport assistance, and embassy referral.
Visitors availing of the scheme are also advised to read the fine print to see what is excluded from the coverage; such as, accidents while under the influence of alcohol, indulging in extreme sports, motorcycle riding, getting involved in public brawls, etc.
Download the news as PDF file, please click here.
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Tel: 66 (0) 2250 5500 ext.4545-4548
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It is a reasonable travel insurance but whether without making it mandatory to possess travel insurance, at least covering medical expenses, it will tempt those who don't bother with any at all to look for it and take it out on-line remains to be seen. I certainly hope so. It's interesting that accidents due to motor cycle riding are excluded as these are one of the main areas where medical costs are incurred and often with those injured being uninsured.
In the same way that airlines check(or are supposed to check) that visitors arriving on a 30 day Visa Exemption have a return or onward flight before they are allowed to check in, they could also be required to confirm that visitors possess travel insurance before they are allowed to travel at all. This of course should be a universal requirement not just to Thailand. Travel insurance is a "no brainer" but along with common sense very often brains don't get taken on holiday!
I can see them tying on a length of bamboo to fixate someone's broken arm under this policy!
I would get it.
Granted under the policy they probably won't send someone to Bumrungrad or Samitivej its still better then none. Having been to public hospitals and private ones, i would say medical care (not service) are at par. Heck most of the doctors at public hospitals moonlight at private hospitals. Plus its cheap.