Surely only immortal, loosely scheduled multimillionaires can afford to travel without insurance, so even if this proposed requirement does come to pass, it shouldn't impact most of us.
The introduction of compulsory travel insurance prior to entry into Thailand was raised in a meeting last week and officials at the Ministry of Tourism and Sports are said to considering the matter, Jaturon Phakdeewanit, director of the Tourism Safety and Security Standards is quoted as saying according to DPA.
Uninsured tourists have cost Thailand at least 3 billion baht a year for their medical treatments at state hospitals, Phakdeewanit said.
"We need to push this through as soon as possible because the problem is becoming more serious."
Government officials will likely consult with tourism operators about the best approach to implementing the new rule, before submitting the proposal to the cabinet for approval.