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Thailand Travel Insurance Overview


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Thailand is one of the most interesting places for Canadian tourists to visit. The Southeast Asian country is known for its food. Thai food and dishes are magical, you don’t want to miss them.  The Food Market is a must-visit by tourists. The most interesting thing about the dishes is that they are crazily affordable.

But Thai cuisines and dishes are not the only reasons to visit Thailand. You will also explore the islands and beaches, sunsets, incredibly cheap massages, and so forth.

The strong bilateral relationship between Canada and Thailand encourage Canadians to travel to Thailand for trade, business, investment, and other purposes. Canada shares people-to-people ties with Thailand. As a matter of fact, over 250,000 Canadians visited Thailand in 2016 and 6,000 Canadians live in the Southeast Asian country.

No matter your reason for traveling to Thailand, it is always necessary to make sure you have the right Thailand travel insurance or private medical insurance to protect you in case of medical emergencies, accidents, hospitalization or any other kind of unforeseen circumstances in Thailand.

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Thailand Travel Insurance Details


Basic Information About Thailand

Some important information on Thailand Travel Insurance that we think you’ll want to know before you travel.

Name Value
Currency Thai baht
Official Language Thai
Capital Bangkok
Continent Asia
Population Approx. 69 million
Plug type Plug type A, B, C, F, and O
Driving side Left-hand side
Seasons
  • Spring – March to May
  • Summer – June to August
  • Autumn – September to November
  • Winter – December to February
Laws Local laws and customs

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Thailand Security Measures for travelers

The decision to travel to Thailand is your choice and you are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. However, we provide you with credible and relevant information in our Travel Advice to help you to make well-informed decisions when you travel to the Southeast Asian country.

Risk Level

Thailand – Exercise a high degree of caution

Due to ongoing political tensions and irregular demonstrations in Bangkok and several other places in the country, exercise a high degree of caution in Thailand.

  • Avoid all travel to the southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Songkhla, and

Travel Health Notice – Zika Virus

The Public Health Agency of Canada advises Canadian travelers to practice special health precautions in Thailand due to the Zika virus. Pregnant and would-be pregnant women are advised to avoid traveling to Thailand.

Entry / Exit requirements

Thailand, just like every other country, decides who enters or exits its borders and the Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet the country’s entry or exit requirements.

The information on this page was obtained from Thai authorities; however, it can change at any time. Moreover, you can verify the information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.

Passport

The type of passport you use for travel determines the entry or exit requirements that apply to you. Check with your transportation company to find out about passport requirements before you travel.

  • Regular Canadian Passport – You are required to hold a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date you expected to leave Thailand. The passport’s physical condition should be good. Defects like scribbles or a missing page and unclear bio page can render a passport void in Thailand.
  • Passport for official travel – Different rules may apply. Learn more about official travel here.
  • Other travel documents – The rules that apply when traveling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document may differ. Find out about entry rules from the closest diplomatic mission for Thailand before you leave.

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Thailand Healthcare

There are both public and private health care centers in Thailand. Both the public and private healthcare centers in Thailand have good quality and standard but expats usually prefer private hospitals. Furthermore, medical treatment in Thailand could be costly, especially if you do not have a Thailand travel insurance policy. In addition, some hospitals may require cash payment. So, you need to travel with enough money to cover potential costs and the right Thailand travel insurance for the all-round coverage you need.

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Thailand Travel Insurance News

After being involved in a car crash that claimed the life of her friend in Thailand, a Vancouver woman faced thousands of dollars in medical bills.

Nezabravka Borislavova and her friend Alexandra Lambert were driving on a highway near Phuket when heavy rain began to fall and their car hit a lamp post and spun off the road. The car rolled several times down a steep embankment; it was awfully wrecked, said Lambert’s father.

The two were embarking on an adventure to Bangkok which was suddenly cut short. Due to the injury, she sustained in the crash, Lambert died. Her parents took care of bringing her body back to Vancouver. Lambert’s father Douglas Lambert said it was their worst nightmare.

Borislavova suffered internal bleeding and broken bones. She required several operations but thankfully, she will be fine once she gets better. According to a crowdfunding page set up to help her cover her medical bills, Borislavova had no travel or medical insurance and she had limited resources through her family. The page raised $20,000 in two days but she required $50,000 to cover her bills and return home.

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Thailand Travel Insurance FAQ


Do you need a Visa for travelling to Thailand?

Canadian passport holders do not need a tourist visa to enter Thailand for stays up to 30 days. If you have obtained a multiple entry tourist visa, you may stay up to 60 days in Thailand. You need to obtain a business visa, a working visa and a student visa to travel to Thailand for business, work and to study respectively.

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Can I buy multiple travel insurance policies?

You can buy multiple travel insurance if you are not satisfied with the benefits and features offered by a single insurance policy. The policies should be purchased from different providers.

Does travel insurance cover doctor visits?

Yes. Doctor visits and other outpatient services are covered in Thailand travel insurance.

Can I buy travel insurance the day I leave?

Yes, you can buy Thailand travel insurance the day you leave Canada. Not all providers offer this feature but some, especially those offering usage-based policies, offer it.

How long does a travel insurance claim take?

The type of claim you intend to make determines the length of time you will wait to receive an outcome. If you provide the required documents to your insurer, you should get an outcome in 10-14 business days.

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