For international tourists, Thai Government to make additional COVID insurance options available

 Monday, January 24, 2022 


To foreign tourists, the Thai government is keen to offer more Covid-19 insurance options for the ones whose own insurance doesn’t cover hospitals or hotel isolation in cases of asymptomatic infection. The governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand said that the officials are currently discussing with the Office of the Insurance Commission, as per Bangkok Post report. Yuthasak Supasorn has mentioned that premiums could start at around 800 baht per person to cover the cost of hotel isolation, which usually starts from around 30,000 baht.

Last week, the new ruling by the CCSA emphasized that if tourists are not fully covered by their own insurance policies, they must cover the expenses themselves. This signifies that if hotels permit its guests to slip through the net, as recently it can be seen in many cases, they and the runaway tourists will have to face legal action.

“We previously sought cooperation from hotels to look after guests during the health screening process. The new rule mandates strict compliance with health measures. Hotels cannot be careless about the process or they risk being delisted from Thailand Pass registration, rendering them unable to welcome any inbound guests.”

The president of the Thai Hotels Association differs with hotels being intimidated to face legal problems. Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi says such consequences will have tremendously negative implications for small hotels with limited operating budgets. The THA president says that erstwhile some guests who were infected have turned down the proposal of going to hospital by thinking of the cost and the likelihood that their insurance wouldn’t cover it, due to them being asymptomatic.

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