Traveling reminds people of freedom. Breathing fresh air, losing yourself in nature, basking on a beach, eating delicious food and meeting new people; these are simple pleasures that remind us of what life is. A traveler experiences more than most and understands the freedom found in different places.
With COVID-19 being pushed back by countries around the world, Greek citizens can once again experience the freedom of travel.
A common pain point for many travelers during the pandemic were strict entry requirements, and the paperwork involved. Thailand wanted to protect visitors and locals, so they introduced the need for compulsory “Covid Insurance”. If a traveler did not have a valid insurance policy for the duration of their holiday, they could not enter Thailand.
From July 1st, 2022, Thailand has lifted its travel restrictions. Covid Insurance is no longer required, and it is easy for Greek travelers to once again visit the Land of Smiles.
Travel Insurance for Greek Travelers
As the pandemic fades, people still need to be personally responsible when abroad. Travel Insurance is bigger than Covid. Whether a seasoned traveler or heading out for the first time, it is important to remember that things could go wrong. Protecting yourself with comprehensive Travel Insurance reduces stress and covers you for things like:
- Medical emergencies
- Personal injury & accidents
- Missed or delayed flights
- Damage to belongings
- Lost luggage
These things were here before Covid, and they will be a factor of travel long after Covid disappears. Your travel insurance is one of those things you hope you will never need, but may regret not having if the unthinkable happens.
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 Greece 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 Euros.
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 COVID-19 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. Greek 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 Greek 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 Greece 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 Greece 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 Greece 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 Greece
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.
Making sure you have good insurance coverage will ease your mind and allow you to soak it all in without having to worry about “what ifs” and “maybes”.
Covid is still a problem. There are many things that could happen. Protecting yourself against them is a wise choice. It allows you to focus on why you are holidaying, to enjoy yourself. After feeling trapped for the past two years, you deserve a safe, memorable get-away.