Thailand extends free foreign tourist insurance till year-end

By Hoang Vu   June 24, 2024 | 06:06 pm PT
Thailand extends free foreign tourist insurance till year-end
Locals and tourists play with water as they celebrate the Songkran holiday which marks the Thai New Year in Bangkok, Thailand, April 13, 2023. Photo by Reuters
In an effort to boost its reputation amid the current tourism boom, the Thai government has extended its free travel insurance coverage program for all foreign tourists until Dec. 31.

The campaign, which provides cash compensation to foreign tourists in cases of accidents, emergencies, and deaths, was set to expire on Aug. 31 after taking effect from Jan. 1, according to a statement by the government’s Department of Public Relations.

Under the policy, each case of death entitles the deceased’s family to 1 million baht (US$27,315) in compensation.

Incidents resulting in loss of organs or permanent disabilities are covered for 300,000 baht, while medical expenses from accidents are compensated based on verified costs up to a maximum of 500,000 baht.

Tourism and Sports Minister Sermsak Pongpanit said the extended insurance campaign assists international tourists during emergencies in Thailand – including accidents, crimes, and natural disasters.

Thailand has raised its annual 2024 foreign tourist arrival target to 36.7 million, 1 million higher than its previous forecast, as Thai travel fever gripped inbound tourists over the first half of the year.

The Southeast Asian nation has received 15.5 million foreign arrivals so far this year, up 37% year-on-year, thanks to visa waivers and tourism promotion policies.

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