Thailand travel insurance
Before buying travel insurance for your trip to Thailand, there are a few things you might want to think about:
- Firstly, the cost of your trip – If you have to cancel it’s important to know that you can get your money back
- How much medical coverage you have – No one wants to think about becoming ill or having an accident abroad but, unfortunately, it does happen
- • The activities you’re likely to be doing – If you’re planning on an adventure sports travel, we can offer you extra cover if needed
- And don’t forget to check the latest travel advice for Thailand from the FCDO
What is covered with travel insurance to Thailand?
Thailand travel insurance includes cover for over 100 sports and activities, so you can get up to more on your holiday. We also offer a range of benefits, some of which include:
- Medical expenses and hospital benefit
- Personal accident and liability
- Cancelling and cutting short your holiday
- Abandoning your trip
- Delayed departure
- Accommodation cover
- Personal belongings and baggage
- Personal money, passport and travel documents
- Legal expenses
We want you to have the best experience on your trip to Thailand, so we’ve listed some interesting facts, as well as other important information that you might need to know before you travel.
|Most common languages spoken||Thai|
|Population||Approx. 69 million|
|Plug type||Plug types A, B, C, F and O|
|Driving side||Left-hand side|
|Seasons||Spring – March to May|
Summer – June to August
Autumn – September to November
Winter – December to February
|Laws||Local laws and customs|
Do I need a visa for Thailand?
People who hold a British passport can travel to Thailand and stay there for 30 days without a visa – this is known as visa exemption. If you’re planning on going for longer, whether it’s to work or to travel, you will need to get the appropriate visa to cover your stay.
You can find full details regarding visas and entry requirements here.
What travel insurance do I need for Thailand?
It’s important to buy travel insurance for Thailand. The exact policy you need will depend on your plans. Our single trip travel insurance covers a holiday of up to 365 days. On annual multi-trip travl insurance, Thailand is covered under our Worldwide travel insurance.
How much is travel insurance to Thailand?
Travel insurance for Thailand doesn’t have to be expensive. At InsureandGo, we offer a choice of policies to suit your holiday and your budget. The final price will depend on the type of trip, how long you stay, and whether you need travel insurance for medical conditions. Think about the cost of your flights and accommodation, and make sure you’re fully covered.
If you’re visiting Thailand as part of a cruise, you’ll also need cruise travel insurance.
Thailand Entry Requirements
You can travel to Thailand for up to 30 days without a visa if you are not working and have a valid UK passport.
You will need a relevant visa to stay longer than 30 days or to work in Thailand. If your passport expires during your trip, the visa becomes invalid, so it is essential to ensure your passport is not due to expire.
Is It Safe To Travel To Thailand?
The FCDO does not currently advise against travel to Thailand. The exception is the area to the south near the border with Malaysia. By and large, Thailand is as safe as many other destinations. Use common sense as you would in any other country, and remember to carry travel insurance in case anything unexpected happens.
Be aware that criticising or being negative towards the Thai royal family or Thailand, in general, is a crime, so be careful what you say or post on social media.
Political unrest and protests can occur, but as long as you keep clear, this should not cause any problems.
Can you help if I need medical treatment while in Thailand?
Yes – all our policies come with access to our 24-hour emergency assistance team, so there will always be someone here to help you if you become ill or are injured while abroad.
If you need emergency medical assistance just give our team a call any time, day or night.
Healthcare in Thailand
There are a couple of different healthcare options in Thailand which offer good medical services to travellers.
Thailand has a government run healthcare service which is funded by the Ministry of Public Health. Although this government-funded health care has a good service, it can often be overcrowded, resulting in long waiting times.
Another option would be to go private. As Thailand is one of the leading medical tourism destinations in Asia, the private hospitals have excellent medical facilities and staff.
Find more information about healthcare in Thailand here.
Fun facts about Thailand
- The durian fruit is banned from some Thai hotels and aeroplanes because of its pungent smell, once described as a mix of “pig-mess, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock”. Now don’t let that put you off.
- In Thailand, a wedding gift of a pair of Siamese cats is supposed to bring good luck. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were given a Siamese kitten when they married in 1947, one of 2,500 gifts. Hope they unwrapped it before the honeymoon.
- King Mongut of Thailand (then Siam) offered elephants to the US president and French emperor. Abraham Lincoln politely declined, but Napoleon III accepted and immediately sent a ship to ferry them to Paris Zoo. They had no bags, only trunks.
- Three-nippled James Bond villain Scaramanga had his evil hideout in Phang Nga Bay, Thailand. The striking top-heavy limestone islet, Khao Tapu, where he hid his laser is known geologically as a karst. Was it chosen by a karsting agent?
- The “original” Siamese twins, Eng and Chang, were born in Thailand in 1811 when it was called Siam. They became world famous in travelling shows. Despite being joined from breastbone to navel, they each married and had 21 children between them.