Travellers to Thailand may have to buy compulsory travel insurance

Thailand is considering making travel insurance compulsory with travellers obliged to purchase a special policy from airports when they arrive.

Pending approval from the the country’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the new policy – which would cost 20 baht (£0.52/€0.58/US$0.65) for 30 days’ cover – is likely to be rolled out later this year, according to the Thai Office of the Insurance Commission.

All proceeds would go to Thailand’s Tourism Promotion Fund and used to cover payments in the event of a claim, said secretary-general Suthiphon Thaveechaiyagarn. The policy, available to purchase at immigration offices at Thailand’s airports, would offer up to one million baht (£26,000/€28,957/$32,467) of cover in case of death.