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Thai Returnees Exempted from Insurance Requirement; Foreigners Pay Thousands

Thailand's Covid-19 insurance portal. Not yet updated with lower coveage packages.
Thailand's Covid-19 insurance portal. Not yet updated with lower coveage packages.

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration said Thais returning from abroad do not need to purchase health insurance with US$50,000 in coverage.

CCSA spokeswoman Apisamai Srirungson said Thais who arrive from countries and territories whose peoples are exempted from quarantine upon entering Thailand are exempted from the insurance requirement, as Thai citizens are afforded universal health coverage and free treatment of Covid-19.

Foreigners, however, must purchase insurance, which can run into the tens of thousands of baht.

The government’s insurance portal has not been updated yet with the lower coverage plans. But a 30-day policy with the previously required $100,000 in coverage is 4,800 baht. Six months of coverage is 23,040 baht.

Presumably those insurance premiums will decrease with the lower coverage provided.

Apisamai said Thais and foreigners who are not fully inoculated against Covid-19 will have to enter quarantine for seven, 10, or 14 days, depending on the conditions met by each individual.

The CCSA has also announced the designation of 17 provinces as pilot areas for tourism. These include Bangkok, Krabi, Phang Nga, and Phuket, in addition to specific localities in Chonburi, Chiang Mai, Trat, Buriram, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, Ranong, Rayong, Loei, Samut Prakan, Surat Thani, Nong Khai, and Udon Thani.

Entries into areas that are piloting tourism programs would need to fall in line with the conditions set in the respective area, such as full vaccination of the entrant and a local capacity to control outbreaks.