Foreigners over 70 years old living in Thailand with a 1-year non-immigrant OA visa can now purchase health insurance with a minimum coverage of $100,000 (about 3 million Baht) for medical expenses and treatment of Covid-19, Deputy Health Minister Dr Satit Pitutecha to know the press. The necessary confusion arose from previous publications so that the minister clarified a few things.
The ministry has increased the health insurance limit from Baht 40,000 for outpatient care and Baht 400,000 for inpatient care to Baht 3 million to attract foreigners with high purchasing power to live in Thailand while ensuring that their medical costs are covered. be fully covered during their stay.
“This move will contribute to the government’s plan to make Thailand a global medical centre and promote health tourism in the country,” emphasized Dr Satit.
The new rules also make it easier for ex-pats who cannot obtain insurance in Thailand and thus risk having their application for extension of stay rejected, as these applications can now use health insurance from abroad or a government benefit from abroad. abroad. However, this must be certified by a relevant government agency, such as a foreign embassy in Thailand or the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Expats can also purchase Thai health insurance online at https://www.ainsure.net/nl-index.html where they can choose from several insurance companies.
Statistics from the Immigration Department indicate that the number of applications for the 1-year non-immigrant OA visa has been on an upward trend since 2017, except in 2020-2021 due to the Covid-19 crisis.
In 2017, about 2,891 people applied for the visa. This number increased to 3,164 the following year and then to 4,222 in 2019. In 2020, the number of applicants fell to 2,321 and in the first nine months of 2021 to 1,447.
The Immigration Service also estimated that expatriates in this group spend around THB 30,000-70,000 per month during their stay in the kingdom.
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