The pandemic was scary. It was dangerous. The world shut down in panic and international Travel was impossible. Bulgarians were trapped within their own borders.
Countries slowly opened their borders, but to protect their citizens and travelers, they enforced strict entry requirements. This involved a lot of paperwork and pre-approvals. Thailand was no different. They were one of the strictest countries, and one of the slowest to ease their restrictions.
The good news is that from July 1st, 2022, Thailand has removed its final restrictions and travel is not possible. It is easy. Bulgarian citizens will no longer need to apply for Thailand Pass or provide proof of flights, hotels, and insurance.
Bulgarians can once again visit the tropics and enjoy the culture shock of exquisite food, coconut drinks, long, warm beaches, and lush jungle.
Travel Insurance for Bulgarian Travelers
That said, there are still things that can go wrong. Covid is no longer the panic factor it was, but it is still around. If you ask any traveler from Bulgaria the most important thing needed to protect yourself abroad, they will tell you comprehensive Travel Insurance.
Incidents happened before Covid, and they will happen long after. Having good Travel Insurance ensures you are protected against things like:
- Medical emergencies
- Personal injury & accidents
- Missed or delayed flights
- Damage to belongings
- Lost luggage
It is important to know that foreign visitors cannot receive free medical care in Thailand. If something should happen, whether it be an accident or personal injury, a citizen of Bahrain will need to cover any medical expenses themselves. If they lose their luggage, or a flight is delayed, they have to cover any personal costs. Depending on the severity, this could be hundreds, if not thousands, of Dinar.
Though “Covid Insurance” is no longer mandatory for entering Thailand, each travel must maintain a personal responsibility. This includes protecting yourself with Travel Insurance.
AXA Thailand: AXA Sawasdee Thailand
AXA Sawasdee Thailand is a well-known and respected insurance company in Thailand that caters to travelers from around the world. Their policies are straightforward and trusted by Thai authorities and medical institutions.
You may get your Travel Insurance here: https://u.axa.co.th/Sawasdee_Siamlegal
Benefits of AXA Sawasdee Thailand
It is possible to organize Travel Insurance through your home country, but there are many advantages to using an international company that is based in the country you are visiting.
Using a local insurance company that is respected and trusted can simplify processes in the unfortunate event you need to make a claim. AXA staff are familiar with medical institutions in the country and are trained to deal directly with these institutions. AXA staff speak the Thai language and are familiar with local laws.
Using an insurance company from your local country may present issues internationally, or have certain exclusions when making a claim in Thailand. AXA Sawasdee is designed for Thailand.
Offered Packages of Travel Insurance
Many travelers have different levels of comfort for traveling and protection. AXA provides multiple packages to cater to any traveler’s needs. Bulgarian travelers can choose between 2 insurance packages for their trip:
Each package offers a different level of cover and claim amounts.
No Waiting Period
Many insurers will have a 14-day waiting period for their conditions. This means that you either need to purchase your insurance weeks in advance or risk not being covered until the day you finish your vacation.
Because AXA understands Bulgarian citizens want to feel safe from the moment they land in Thailand, they have removed any 14-day waiting period, so visitors are protected from day one.
Choice of Policy Duration
Many insurance companies offer limited choices for the length of their policies.
Holiday makers want to know they are covered until they safely land home, so visitors from Bulgaria can select the duration of their AXA Insurance policy.
Whether you stay for 15, 30, 60, 90, or 180 days, you are covered while visiting. If you are looking at Thailand as a potential relocation or long-stay destination, AXA has coverage for those looking long-term.
AXA knows plans change, so if you decide to extend your holiday you don’t have to worry about canceling and reapplying. Just call them and extend your existing policy.
Days in Quarantine and Covid Diagnosis
If you are diagnosed with Covid while in Thailand, AXA Sawasdee Thailand covers days spent in quarantine. If you require medical attention while in quarantine, AXA Sawasdee Thailand can assist with organizing professional medical care and emergency transport.
Though many insurance companies now include Covid cover as standard practice, some companies will place exclusions if a traveler is diagnosed as Asymptomatic. This is not the case with AXA Sawasdee. You can make a claim on your policy if you are diagnosed as Symptomatic or Asymptomatic.
24/7 Dependable Service
AXA Sawasdee Thailand’s insured travelers have access to their 24/7 helpline. Any time of the day, helpful staff are available to address your concerns and offer assistance.
They pride themselves on the quick service you can depend on. If you need the insurance policy and certificate quickly, AXA Sawasdee Thailand can do that.
Certificate of Insurance
Foreign visitors are no longer required to provide proof that they have insurance when in Thailand. But in the unlikely event that a citizen of Bulgaria needs to make a claim or provide insurance documents to a doctor or hospital, the last thing they want is to be searching through a multi-page policy.
Travelers from Bulgaria will receive a convenient 1-Page Certificate of Insurance when they purchase Travel Insurance with AXA Sawasdee Thailand. The certificate contains all relevant policy details and can save time and frustration in a stressful situation.
You can get a full refund of the insurance premium if the Royal Thai Embassy/Consulates do not accept your AXA Sawasdee Thailand insurance. You must provide proof that the policy was not accepted by the Embassy, e.g. a web page of the Embassy listing the requirement, or a leaflet with the Embassy header/logo.
How to Buy Travel Insurance from Bulgaria
There are many insurance companies to buy Travel Insurance from. Axa makes organizing insurance for your trip fast and simple.
- Go to the AXA Sawasdee Thailand website and apply.
- Pick between the 2 packages: AXA Insurance Package 1 or Package 2.
- Pay for your policy.
- Receive the insurance policy and certificate by email moments after your payment.
- You can then print your 1-Page certificate if you like to carry a hard copy.
Tips to Make Sure your Insurance is Approved
Before traveling, it is always best to check the details of your policy. You want to make sure that:
- Incidents relating to COVID-19 are not excluded.
- Your policy covers your entire stay in Thailand.
- Your details are correct.
Thailand is the perfect country to escape to. You can explore and find unique experiences you will not find in Bulgaria. It is a wonderful choice to go searching and enjoy an extended holiday at a fraction of the cost.
Royal Thai Honorary Consulate in Bulgaria
If Bulgarian travelers have questions about traveling to Thailand and other information needed, what they can do is contact or visit the local Royal Thai Honorary Consulate.
Royal Thai Honorary Consulate, Sofia
- Address: ул. Петър Парчевич 42, ет.6, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
- Email Address: [email protected]
- Contact No.: (+359 2) 9600933
- Business Hours: 10:00 am- 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm