According to a Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand notification, distributed to Air Operators, the seven groups of foreigners expected to be allowed entry from 1st July, must have appropriate insurance policies.
The regulations state that passengers must show they have medical insurance which applies in Thailand and covers anything and everything to do with covering COVID19. The minimum medical coverage in Thailand is for an amount of not less than USD100,000.
This is in addition to checking that before flying passengers must have obtained a ‘Fit to Fly’ health certificate certifying that passengers pose no risk of being infected by COVID 19 virus and this to be issued no more than 72 hours prior to date of travel.
The aforementioned groups will include skilled labourers, foreigners married to Thais and permanent residents of Thailand, educational personnel, teachers, and students.
Jack Levy, Managing Director of Macallan Insurance Brokers based in Thailand, said he totally understood the reasons for the Thai government’s caution. However, from a practical standpoint, he advised that passengers need to plan ahead.
Levy added, “From my experience it could take a number of days to get the policy finished and back to the client from the date when we receive the completed application form. This takes into account the underwriting process, the offer letter going back to the client for signing and, ultimately, the policy documents being produced and sent out to the client”.
Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said that the first group would comprise businessmen and investors in the waiting list who have agreed to Alternative State Quarantine.
The second group to be allowed entry from July 1 include: skilled labour and experts, foreigners married to Thais and permanent residents of Thailand, educational personnel, teachers, and students.
Medical and wellness tourists will be allowed when health institutions and hospitals are ready.
With large numbers of these groups having registered to enter Thailand they expect up to 50,000 to fly here soon.
Brokers and Insurance companies are already working around the clock to handle existing cases, so companies have taken on more staff to handle this anticipated rush.