Visa-free Thailand is now offering tourists up to $14,000 in medical coverage

By TIN Media | Medical Tourism Published 2 months ago on 19 February 2024
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Thailand has implemented a new initiative to entice tourists back after the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Under this scheme, visitors will receive medical coverage of up to USD 14,000 in case of accidents, as announced by the tourism minister.
Additionally, the government will provide compensation of up to one million baht (approximately USD 37,270) in the unfortunate event of a visitor's death. This move comes as Thailand's tourism sector continues to grapple with the aftermath of pandemic-induced travel restrictions, with a slower-than-anticipated recovery in tourist arrivals.

The country hopes that by offering enhanced safety measures and financial protection, it will be possible to rebuild confidence among travellers and stimulate the resurgence of tourism in the country.
The Thailand Traveller Safety scheme commenced on January 1 and is slated to run until August 31, 2024. Tourism Minister Sudawan Wangsuphakijkosol emphasised that the primary objective of the campaign is to assure visitors that Thailand prioritises their well-being and ensures they receive proper care.
Thailand announces medical coverage of up to USD14,000 for travellersPhoto courtesy: Canva
Historically, Thailand has been a favoured destination among young backpackers worldwide, drawn by its idyllic beaches, vibrant culture, and thrilling adventures. Through initiatives like the Thailand Traveller Safety scheme, the country seeks to reaffirm its status as a welcoming and secure destination for travellers seeking both relaxation and excitement.

While the Thai government's new scheme offers up to USD14,000 in medical coverage for accidents, it is important to note that it excludes incidents caused by negligence, intent, illegal acts, or risky behaviour. Tourists can enroll in the program via the Thailand Traveller Safety website.

Thailand announces medical coverage of up to USD14,000 for travellersPhoto courtesy: Canva
Even though the number of tourists went up to 28 million in 2023, as compared to 11 million the previous year, when compared to the pre-pandemic levels of 40 million in 2019, the current number is significantly low. In 2024, Thailand aims to attract 35 million visitors, and have USD 55 billion as its target revenue.

Thailand's introduction of a comprehensive tourist safety scheme marks a significant step towards rebuilding its tourism sector. Initiatives like these demonstrate Thailand's commitment to prioritising the safety and well-being of visitors as it strives to regain its position as a premier global travel destination.


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