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Hooray! I see from the Bangkok Post that the Thai Pass and indeed compulsory insurance are now no longer required for any/all travellers, just a certificate of vaccination. Also that the paper TM6 immigration form that I must have filled in at least 25 times over the years has also been ‘temporarily’ suspended.
Both I gather to ‘Speed the immigration process!
Just hope there are no local issues on arrival reading the various national vaccination certificates.
1 user thanked author for this post.18 Jun 2022
Yes very positive news – however – I am probably going to continue buying Thai Health insurance and somehow drop my American Express Travel insurance, if this is possible (for my Thailand trips). During my last visit I unfortunately suffered an injury whilst out on my daily run. I decided to claim on the Thailand Insurance policy which I was forced to buy pre trip on the basis my Amex policy was not suitable.
Well, it could not have been easier. Injury happened during an afternoon – within a short period the hotel arranged for a specialist known to my business partner to see me the next day, at 10.30am. Went to the amazing Brumrungrad hospital and had a series of tests, plus some physio and was back at the hotel by 1.30pm. Claim went in a few days later via email – admittedly, the claim took 6 weeks to settle, but the speed of the treatment, the professionalism of the Dr, who was American and had extensive articles about her via Google.
I disclosed I had other insurance in place in the UK, but the insurer was comfortable with the claim as I was forced by circumstances to buy the Thai insurance.
Never thought I would say this, but it is far easier for me to use the Thailand insurance without the hassles of long phones calls back to the UK, time differences etc.
This will work for me….
and I was cleared to go for light runs before I returned to UK.
Some of the Thailand hassles have been worth while…18 Jun 2022
Strange thing was when the policy requirement for Covid cover reduced from a 50k requirement to a 20K requirement, the premium doubled to…ca. £40 for 2 weeks. Yes I went for the AXA policy. What made it so easy was the staff in the hotel made all the appointments and communicated with both AXA and Brumrungrad in Thai. No hanging on to AMEX in the UK, waiting for treatment to be approved being passed from pillar to post and then being told we will call you back.
Not sure if there is an upper age limit, but here is a link to a choice of insurers.. via the news outlet The Thaiger
The hospital itself was clean, very efficient and of course it had the obligatory McDonalds and Starbucks as catering outlets…19 Jun 2022