ThailandUninsured tourists will be made to pay up at the border.

Thailand moves closer to compulsory travel insurance

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Visitors will soon need travel insurance to enter Thailand. Photo Credit: anyaberkut/GettyImages
Thailand is now expected to introduce compulsory travel insurance for international visitors by the end of 2019.

Thailand has become increasingly alarmed over the costs of bailing out uninsured tourists who require medical attention or evacuation after illness or accident.

Tourists will be expected to pay up as they arrive in Thailand without proof of adequate current travel insurance arrangements.

The Bangkok Post reports that the premium would be directed to Thailand’s Tourism Promotion Fund to operate as a ‘slush fund’ to cover payments in the event of claims.

The introduction of the compulsory travel insurance fee will require Cabinet approval before it is introduced.

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