August 14, 2022
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Health insurance is not required for Thai returnees

By on October 30, 2021 0

Health insurance is not required for Thai returnees

Expatriates covered by social security are also exempt from the obligation, according to the authorities

Suvarnabhumi airport staff are participating in an international arrivals management exercise on October 27, ahead of the country’s official reopening to foreign visitors on Monday. (Photo by Varuth Hirunyatheb)

Entry rules for Thai returnees will be basically the same as for foreign arrivals, with the exception of compulsory health insurance, once the country reopened on Monday, the government said.

Expats living and working in Thailand with a valid visa or residence permit are also exempt if they can produce a social security card or certified letter from their employer. Otherwise, they are required to provide proof of health insurance coverage in Thailand, according to a Detailed Q&A on the reopening process of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Deputy government spokeswoman Ratchada Dhnadirek said on Saturday that, like foreigners, fully vaccinated Thais can enter the country without quarantine if they come from one of the 46 places on the list announced by the government on October 21.

One of the conditions is that they must have stayed in these countries for at least 21 consecutive days.

She said the exception is for short-term travelers – Thais who normally live in the country but have left for those countries for a short time.

In this case, they do not need to have been in the countries for 21 days to qualify for a quarantine exemption, provided they have not been elsewhere before re-entering.

Like foreigners, they must also pass pre-flight RT-PCR coronavirus tests no later than 72 hours before boarding.

They are also required to book and pay for overnight accommodation in SHA + hotels or alternative quarantine facilities and stay there overnight while awaiting the Covid test results.

If the results are negative, they are free to go anywhere in Thailand.

Unlike foreigners, Thais are not required to have health insurance for coverage of at least $ 50,000 as they are already covered by universal health care.

For fully vaccinated returnees who do not come from the 46 locations or who have not stayed in any of them for 21 consecutive days, the sandbox rules will apply.

They will have to book and pay for rooms at SHA + hotels for seven days. They will be tested first on arrival, then on the 6th or 7th day. After seven days, they will be able to move to other areas.

For Thais who have not been vaccinated or who are not fully vaccinated, they will need to be quarantined for 10 days if arriving by plane and 14 days at predefined facilities if arriving by car.