COVID-19 stopped people from traveling. Isolated, stuck in the country, stuck in the home. You’ve been keeping your family safe, but it’s been over two years.
It is time to get back out into the world, and Thailand is the perfect country to start. You miss traveling with your family. You are eager to get out and enjoy yourself again. You want to break the pattern of staying home. You don’t want to wait another year.
Many countries implemented strict entry requirements during the pandemic. One of Thailand’s requirements was that visitors had to hold a valid “Covid Insurance” policy when entering the country. This is no longer the case!
On July 1st, 2022, Thailand removed the mandatory “Covid Insurance” for South African visitors, yet Covid has not disappeared. Situations that existed before Covid have not disappeared. Before Covid Insurance, seasoned travelers understood the importance of protecting themselves against unforeseen circumstances when traveling abroad.
Before Covid Insurance people protected themselves with comprehensive Travel Insurance. A lot of things can happen when out of your country, so it is best to travel responsibly.
Travel Insurance for South African Travelers
Thailand is a great holiday destination for the coming months. It has removed travel restrictions and is welcoming international travelers. South Africans can once again enjoy delicious food, ageless culture, and exquisite experiences in the Land of Smiles.
In Thailand, foreign visitors cannot receive free medical care. If you have an accident or suffer a personal injury, you will need to pay any medical expenses. If you lose luggage, or a flight is delayed, you will have other costs. Depending on the severity, this could be thousands of Rand.
This is why Travel Insurance is important. A few rands spent before you leave home might save you thousands of Rand later. Travel Insurance isn’t about Covid. It covers you against things like:
- Medical emergencies
- Personal injury & accidents
- Missed or delayed flights
- Damage to belongings
- Lost luggage
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 the best 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. South African 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 South African 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 South Africa 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 South Africa 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.
South African travelers 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 South Africa
AXA Sawasdee Thailand is available for South Africans online. Follow these simple steps and you will have your new policy in minutes:
- 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.
It is time to no longer feel trapped. It is time to take your family and rediscover what is out in the world. With the right travel insurance, you can travel safely and not have to worry about things that might happen. You can focus on important things like having fun.