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Insurance Now a Requirement for All Thai Visas?

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing Thai visas and we are discussing insurance. The question posed by this video is: "Is Insurance required now for all types of visas coming to Thailand?" and at least from what we are reading and seeing out there "Yes, as a matter of practicality and matter of fact, it appears that insurance is basically a requirement for anybody looking to come into Thailand, no matter what the category." 

In a recent article we found this via Thai Visa,, the title: TAT Announces Compulsory Medical Insurance for Foreign Visitors. Quoting directly: "Bangkok, 23rd October 2020 -  The Tourism Authority of Thailand is pleased to share the latest announcement from the Office of Insurance Commission that foreign visitors will be able to purchase Compulsory COVID-19 insurance policy online prior to visiting the Kingdom." and they go on to state and this is from TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn, quoting directly: "A medical insurance policy with at least USD100,000 coverage or about 3.16 million Baht for possible COVID-19 treatment is among the official documents required from foreign visitors planning to visit Thailand during this challenging public health crisis." and quoting further from this same article: "TAT highly recommends foreigners planning to visit Thailand to inquire at the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate-general in their home country before making any booking."  

What is to be taken away from this? Well it appears to me that insurance is definitely now required. Again, we made videos on this. TAT is not necessarily, as they point out themselves in this article, the end all be all with respect to authority on Immigration matters. Again as they note, you need to deal with the Thai Embassy or Consulate directly when dealing with the specifics of a given case and with respect to insurance that applies as well.

That stated, I think that the overarching policy has become quite clear. It has kind of come into view the last few weeks and now it is really quite clear in my mind at least, it looks to me as though anyone that is a foreign national attempting to enter Thailand is going to need to do so only after obtaining Compulsory Medical Insurance for traveling to and maintaining status here in the Kingdom of Thailand.