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.
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:
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
- Royal Thai Embassy, London
- UK Government – Foreign travel advice for Thailand: (For UK citizens, includes information on entry requirements)
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.