Tourists planning to visit Thailand can now take advantage of the special insurance coverage scheme established by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) for a worry-free journey through the 'Land of Smiles'.
Known as the ‘Thailand Travel Shield’, the new policy was recently set up by the TAT in collaboration with several reputable Thai insurance companies including Muang Thai Insurance, Chao Phaya Insurance, Siam City Insurance and Krungthai Panich Insurance.
The policy, which became available from July 25th, 2014, allows visitors to purchase insurance coverage for a broad spectrum of incidents, including accidents, trip cancellations, loss or damage of baggage and emergency hotel accommodation. The scheme will be publicized through the international offices of the TAT.
“We are now happy to report that such a[n insurance] scheme has now been set in place. This is to ensure that travellers enjoy their visit to the Kingdom with great peace of mind, knowing that should anything go wrong, they’ll be covered,” said Thawatchai Arunyik, governor of the TAT.
The travel insurance policies available through the TAT provide instant coverage up to the value of THB1 million (US$31,397) for packages that start at a competitive THB650 (US$20). Packages that start at THB1,100 (US$34) provide coverage up to the value of THB2 million (US$62,800).
The period of coverage can last for up to 60 days, although it can also be organized to protect visitors that make annual journeys to the Kingdom. The packages also include 24-hour emergency assistance provided by the internationally recognied insurers, Allianz Global Assistance.
Travellers are able to access pre-trip information including details regarding inoculation, weather, exchange rates, telephone medical assistance, medical service provider referral, assistance in case of loss luggage or passport assistance and embassy referral. As with any insurance policies, guests that do choose to take out the 'Thailand Travel Shield' policy are advised to read the small print if they desire coverage for any extreme sports or motorcycle riding.
by MAX VEE