UPDATE: Phuket Immigration Chief Col Kathathorn Kumthieng confirmed to The Phuket Information right this moment (Could 14) that he has been knowledgeable of the brand new requirement however that he has but to obtain an order for his workplace to begin making use of it when processing purposes for one-year Non-Immigrant O-A permits-to-stay.

Col Kathathorn additionally confirmed that the brand new insusrance requirement applies solely to Non-Immigrant O-A “retirement” visas.

Dr Natthawut Prasertsiripong, Chief of the MoPH Division of Health Service Help, following his announcement final Wednesday (Could 8) confirmed that the Cabinet authorized the brand new requirement on April 2. (See .)

“Cabinet approved an extra health insurance requirement for foreigners applying for one-year Non-Immigrant O-A visas,” Dr Natthawut stated.

The brand new requirement applies to all foreigners aged 50 or older,” he added.

“The insurance policy must provide up to B40,000 coverage for outpatient treatment and up to B400,000 for inpatient treatment during their stay in the Kingdom of Thailand,” Dr Nutthawut stated.

The requirement applies to all new candidates for one-year non-immigrant O-A visas, and for these making use of to “renew” their one-year permits-to-stay, he stated.

Dr Nutthawut defined that the transfer was a joint coverage resolution by the MoPH, the Ministry of Overseas Affiars and the Immigration Bureau.

“The Office of the Insurance Commission (OIC, see ) has also supported the move by working with private insurance providers to develop and offer appropriate policies,” he stated.

“The federal government has discovered that foreigners who’re of their elder years staying on the sort of visa have extra health points than different foreigners staying on different kinds of visas,’ Dr Nutthawut stated.

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“Greater than that, that is to guard the Ministry of Public Health, which is compelled to pay for medical care for foreigners who wouldn’t have the funds to pay for their hospital payments,” he added.

Seven Thai insurance suppliers at the moment are providing insurance policies to match the brand new requirement.

The insurance policies are being provided by means of a particular web site arrange at .

If a foreigner already has insurance offered by an agent abroad, the coverage should present the identical quantity of protection, Dr Nutthawut stated.

“I have to talk with consular officials on the process of checking that overseas policies are valid,” he stated

Dr Nutthawut additionally defined that consideration is being made for foreigners whose health dangers are thought of by personal insurance corporations as too excessive to supply protection.

“The relevant authorities might consider requiring them to have higher deposits in bank accounts so as to make sure that they have enough to live on during their stay in the Kingdom of Thailand,” he stated.

The information comes because the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) final month signed a memorandum of understanding with three main insurance corporations to offer an insurance coverage, Thailand Journey Protect, for overseas vacationers.

The insurance plan, an internet insurance bundle, supplies protection of as much as B2 million with premiums ranging from B400 per journey, as much as seven days, and may be purchased on-line by new arrivals to the nation.(See story .)