Thailand Targets Tourists, Medical Coverage in New $14,000 Offer

Thailand has introduced a new scheme to provide visitors with up to $14,000 in medical coverage in the event of an accident, as part of efforts to revive its tourism industry after the pandemic.

The government will cover expenses up to 500,000 baht and offer compensation of up to one million baht in case of death under the Thailand Travelers Safety scheme, which began on January 1 and will run until August 31.

Tourism minister Sudawan Wangsuphakijkosol who disclosed this to AFP the news Thailand on Thursday, stated, “The campaign aims to reassure foreign tourists about their safety in Thailand and ensure that they will receive proper care.”

The kingdom, known for its appeal to young backpackers seeking adventure, has been struggling to recover from the impact of travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While Thailand saw an increase in visitors to 28 million in 2023 from 11 million the previous year, the numbers remain significantly lower than the 40 million who visited in 2019.

The government’s goal is to attract 35 million visitors in 2024 and generate $55 billion in revenue.

To be eligible for medical coverage, tourists can register for the scheme through the Thailand Traveler Safety website at tts.go.th.

However, it’s important to note that the scheme will not cover accidents caused by negligence, intent, illegal acts, or risky behaviour.

The move comes in response to reports of young Europeans facing substantial medical bills due to inadequate insurance coverage after accidents in Thailand.

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