Thailand to introduce compulsory travel insurance/tourist tax

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Post by handdrummer » Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:43 pm

it seems that this means that soon, no one without health insurance will be able to travel. I wonder what will happen when a person who has a retirement visa in Thailand takes a vacation to another country. will said person have to show proof of insurance before being readmitted to Thailand? if so, I'm trapped here forever.

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Post by oakdale160 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:29 am

handdrummer-- In whichever country you are visiting, buy a short-term Travel insurance before leaving and show at IMM,
But don't worry its never going to happen.

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Post by oakdale160 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:15 am

So far the following countries require proof of Med Ins
Russia, Cuba, Malaysia, Dubai.
The Schengen countries need proof of Insurance in your own country, but that will all change with Brexit.

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Post by oakdale160 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:19 am

And do you remember, there used to be machines in airports where you could buy, not med Ins, but life insurance just for your flights. you bought it, then mailed the policy to a loved one, otherwise when you perished so did the policy.

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Post by pitsch » Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:50 am

When I went to Malaysia as tourist I never needed an insurance certificate.

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Post by barrys » Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:53 am

oakdale160 wrote:
Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:15 am
The Schengen countries need proof of Insurance in your own country, but that will all change with Brexit.
Why? the UK is not part of Schengen!

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Post by VincentD » Sun Jun 11, 2017 12:13 pm

Do note that up to about 1991, any tourist who stayed more than 90 days had to have a tax stamp in the back of their passports. Those who didn't obviously missed their flights, were hauled off to the tax department in Sanam Luang, and though they ended up not having to pay anything in most cases, it was a very lucrative sideline for the travel agencies around the area. The then elected prime minister, Anan Panyacharun, managed to put a stop to that.
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Post by hhinner » Sun Jun 11, 2017 12:44 pm

^^ A typo I'm sure, but Anand was unelected.

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Post by VincentD » Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:08 pm

Perhaps, but he made a lot of changes that made life easier for some of us.
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Post by hhinner » Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:35 pm

^^ No argument there. He was much better at the job than any PM since, whether elected or otherwise.

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Post by aragon » Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:02 am

pitsch wrote:
Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:50 am
When I went to Malaysia as tourist I never needed an insurance certificate.
Same here and I currently visit Dubai regularly and have never been asked to provide proof of medical insurance.
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