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HEALTH INSURANCE IN THAILAND

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Read below for advice and precautions to take in order to stay in good health while in Thailand :


Vaccinations

No mandatory vaccination for travelers, but a Yellow Fever vaccination is mandatory for travelers coming from infected areas.

Recommended vaccinations for travelers: 

Adults:

Tetanus-diphtheria, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid and for those people at risk: Tuberculosis, Rabies, Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) for those who born after 1956, if not previously given, Japanese encephalitis for those working or living in the countryside.

Children:

Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough, Polio, Tuberculosis, Measles, German Measles, Mumps, Hepatitis A & B, (long stay), Typhoid (long stay for those over 5 years old).


Food

Thailand is world renowned for its spicy and varied cuisine. From restaurants in five star hotels to street food - Thailand has something for every tastebud.  However, some precautions should still be taken when eating or drinking.  The following are some notes on Thailand's Food and Beverages:

  • Varied and regular supplies
  • Hygiene in the markets, restaurants and shops: Uncertain
  • Risk of infection linked to food: eat only well-cooked food
  • Fresh water fish: risk of parasitic disease
  • Snails: risk of parasitic disease.
  • Seafood: risk of parasitic disease.
  • Milk for babies: Foremost, Thai Denmark.

Beverages

  • Avoid tap water as much as possible or disinfect.
  • Locally bottled water: Polaris, Singha, Namthip etc.
  • Imported bottled water: French brands.
  • Other non-alcoholic drinks: Yes, good quality.

Local Diseases

Thailand is not a dangerous country but there are various infectious diseases and health threats that are widespread. 

In Thailand, the following diseases may be prevalent:

  • AIDS
  • Amebiasis
  • Ascaris
  • Bilharziosis
  • Dengue
  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Japanese Encephalitis in the countryside
  • Leishmaniasis
  • Malaria outside the major cities
  • Poisonous Fish, Snakes, Scorpions, Spiders
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Tetanus
  • Tuberculosis
  • Typhoid

Emergency Care

No matter how well prepared you are, unexpected events do occur. Take note of the following local phone numbers in case of an emergency. 

  • Emergency call: 191
  • Public Health Emergency Call: 1669
  • Royal Thai Police Hospital Emergency Call: 1691
  • Emergency Medical Service: 1554
  • Bangkok Hospital: 1719
  • Emergency Medical Service Vajira Hospital: 1554
  • Bumrungrad International Hospital: +662 667 1000
  • Emergency Medical Service Vajira Hospital: 1554 
  • Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital: +662 711 8181 
  • Samitivej Children's Hospital: +662 378 9000
  • Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital: +662 378 9000
  • Samitivej Sriracha Hospital: +662 3832 0300

Country Information

  • Official Name: Kingdom of Thailand
  • Government: Constitutional Monarchy
  • Capital: Bangkok
  • Area: 513,120 sq. km.
  • Main Cities: Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Krabi, Hua Hin
  • Official Language: Thai, English (secondary language of the elite), ethnic and regional dialects
  • Currency: Thai Baht (THB)
  • Population: 67.4 million
  • Population Growth: 0.52%
  • Life Expectancy at Birth: 74.05 years
  • Religion(s): Buddhism (94.6%), Islam (4.6%), Christianity (0.7%), others (0.1%)
  • Find out more: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/th.html

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