Do you need medical insurance to travel to Thailand?

As of January 29, 2024, You do not need medical travel insurance to travel to Thailand. The mandatory general medical insurance requirement for foreign visitors has been lifted. Previously, a temporary COVID-19 insurance mandate was in place, which is now no longer required.

Do you need medical insurance to travel to thailand

If there is one thing we learnt from the COVID pandemic is that an outbreak can happen at any time, so, for the latest and most precise information on medical insurance requirements, it’s highly recommended to reach out directly to the Thai embassy or consulate in your area. They are best equipped to address your specific concerns and provide up-to-date guidance tailored to your situation.

Here are a couple of official websites you can bookmark and keep up to date with:

Official Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand

Under “Royal Thai Embassy→ Select your country to find the nearest embassy/consulate.

Information for US travelers going to Thailand

Information for UK travelers going to Thailand

Information for Australian  travelers going to Thailand

General information for tourists going to Thailand

While travel insurance for Thailand isn’t required, consider the peace of mind it offers. Unexpected medical situations, even minor ones, can lead to significant expenses in Thailand, particularly at private hospitals.

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