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Flt. Lt. Dr. Atchariya Pangma, Secretary-General of National Institute of Emergency Medicine (NIEM).In an unprecedented move that marks a new dawn for global tourism, Thailand has earmarked a substantial 50 million Baht towards medical assistance for international visitors, setting a new benchmark in travel safety and security. This initiative, spearheaded by the Ministry of Tourism and Sport (MOTS) in collaboration with the National Institute of Emergency Medicine (NIEM), is a testament to Thailand’s unwavering commitment to ensuring the well-being of its guests.

At the heart of this revolutionary scheme is the promise of up to 1 million Baht in compensation for tourists facing the direst outcomes, alongside comprehensive coverage for various unfortunate incidents, from accident injuries to permanent disabilities. This bold step is not just about numbers; it’s a pledge of safety and security that aims to redefine the travel experience in the Land of Smiles.

Mr. Mongkon Wimonrat, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.

Mr. Mongkon Wimonrat is the deputy permanent secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.

Ms. Sudawan Wangsuphakijkosol, the visionary Minister of Tourism and Sports, articulated the government’s mission with clarity and conviction. “Under the auspices of our esteemed Prime Minister and Finance Minister, H.E. Mr. Srettha Thavisin, we have crafted the ‘Assistance Scheme for Foreign Tourist Injury and Casualty,’ a robust framework designed to fortify tourist safety and elevate their confidence in choosing Thailand as their preferred destination,” she stated. This initiative directly responds to the evolving needs of international travellers, offering them a safety net in the vibrant yet unpredictable tapestry of global travel.

The scheme is meticulously crafted, extending its coverage to foreign tourists who hold valid passports and are visiting Thailand strictly for tourism purposes between January 1 and August 31, 2024. It’s a model of inclusivity designed to offer peace of mind to travellers, from solo adventurers to families, ensuring their Thai escapades are memorable and secure.

The MOTS has embraced technology to streamline access to this groundbreaking initiative. Through the Thailand Traveller Safety (TTS) system, accessible via a dedicated online portal, tourists can effortlessly register for protection and coverage, underscoring Thailand’s commitment to blending traditional hospitality with modern innovation.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Saksira Pheuk-um, Commissioner of the Tourist Police.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Saksira Pheuk-um, Commissioner of the Tourist Police.

Moreover, the establishment of the Tourist Emergency Medical Assistance Centre (TEMAC) by the NIEM is a game-changer. This centre is ready to coordinate with the MOTS’s Tourist Assistance Center and the Tourist Police Hotline in an emergency, ensuring that tourists receive timely and efficient medical attention.

The Tourist Police, under the leadership of Pol. Lt. Gen. Saksira Pheuk-um also plays a pivotal role in this initiative. Their dedication to enforcing the law, suppressing exploitation, and solving fraud cases is instrumental in creating a safe and welcoming tourist environment. “Our mission is to instil a sense of security among our international guests, ensuring they can explore Thailand with peace of mind,” Pol. Lt. Gen. Saksira remarked.

This comprehensive approach to tourist safety indicates Thailand’s resolve to set new standards in travel security. It’s a multifaceted strategy that addresses the immediate health and safety concerns and looks to the future, laying the groundwork for a resilient and sustainable tourism industry.

In conclusion, Thailand’s 50 million Baht medical aid initiative is more than a policy; it’s a statement. It tells the world that Thailand is not just a destination but a guardian of those who choose to explore its wonders. As we witness this transformative moment in travel safety, it’s clear that Thailand is not just setting trends but charting a new course for the future of tourism.

Download full details of the Assistance Scheme for Foreign Tourist Injury and Casualty.




Written by: Bridget Gomez