Thailand is insisting visitors to the country have travel insurance including Covid-19 cover.

The Thai General Association (TGIA) and the Thai Life Assurance Association (TLAA) along with 16 insurance companies in Thailand are partnering, with the oversight of the Thai insurance regulator, to offer the Covid-19 insurance protection programme to foreign visitors.

Cover means travellers avoid pay outs for medical treatment for up to $100,000 (3.16 million Baht), and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said costs were “reasonable”. Policies range from 30-days to a year and can be found when applying for a Thai visa.

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TAT said UK visitors can purchase a policy online before travel and said the Covid-19 insurance protection programme should give British visitors “additional peace of mind”.

Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said: “A medical insurance policy with at least USD $100,000 coverage or about 3.16 million Baht for possible Covid-19 treatment is among the official documents required from foreign visitors planning to visit Thailand during this challenging public health crisis.

“TAT hopes the Covid-19 insurance protection programme, under the regulation of the OIC, offers additional peace-of-mind for foreign visitors and hopefully makes it easier for inbound travellers before departing from their country of origin.”

Thailand has been on the UK travel corridor list since September 19, meaning those returning back in the UK from Thailand do not have to self-isolate for 14 days.