The Government of Thailand plans to impose a rate of 100 baht ($ 3) for tourists as a measure to finance its health coverage, announced a head of the Thai Ministry of Tourism, which considers the measure for this year.
Since 2017, the authorities are studying ways to force all visitors to take out health insurance, arguing that most of them arrive in the country without insurance and that their treatments cost around 300 million baht a year (about 8.4) millions of euros).
Currently, only ten-year visas for citizens of 14 European and North American countries over 50 are required to have insurance. Last week, the Government also announced the extension of the obligation for foreign residents over 90 years of age and for those applying for or renewing one-year visas. Thailand plans to impose a tourist tax of 3 dollars this year
The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Chote Trachu, has confirmed that within a period of six months will come into force a new tourist tax with which he hopes not to affect the sector. The number of visitors increases year after year and, after arriving in 2018 at 38 million, it is expected that 41 million will be reached in 2019.