Compulsory insurance could survive the abolition of the Pass Thailand

The Ministry of Tourism and the Tourism Association of Thailand recommend the end of the Thailand Pass from July 1, but with an additional headache for airlines and airport immigration services.

Indeed, the passenger should always present documents relating to their vaccination status and proof of anti-covid insurance worth at least 10,000 USD, either at check-in or upon arrival in Thailand.

It was widely believed that the expected end of the Thailand Pass, which has yet to be approved by the government, would result in the automatic removal of insurance requirements for tourists.

These policies can cost between 700 baht (19.24 euros) and 11,000 baht (302 euros) for a month, but the cheapest ones are considered worthless (they don’t cover everything) and are simply a disguised entrance fee .

Neighboring countries, such as Cambodia and Vietnam, have already abolished the insurance requirement in an attempt to gain additional market share from foreign visitors.

See: Competition to attract tourists between Thailand and Vietnam

If the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) accepts the offer for permanent insurance this week, further delays will occur when passengers check in for their flight.

Airline personnel will have to ensure that their papers are in order, otherwise they will be fined by the Bangkok authorities.

That’s what happened early in the now-defunct Test and Go program procedures, when airlines had to make sure customers flying to Thailand had downloaded their code. QR.

At first, some airlines refused to board people who did not have a continuation ticket for flights departing from Thailand.

The next step will be for immigration officers to check the vaccination records and insurance documents of all arriving passengers, a likely time-consuming task in some cases, as insurance documents can be complex , written in several languages ​​and not always clear on the Covid coverage.

If Thailand’s tourism renaissance is to avoid airport chaos and unnecessary publicity, the rules that will replace the Thailand Pass must be rethought with great composure.

As always, the devil is in the details.

Source: Pattaya Mail

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