Medical and recreational tourism in Thailand: a guide with tips for foreigners
Thailand is one of the countries where medical tourism has gained momentum in recent years and is becoming increasingly popular. People from all over the world come not only for medical care, but also to improve their health and restore their physical and spiritual strength. Among the main reasons why Thai medicine is so attractive to foreigners are the following:
• the low cost of treatment;
• the quality of medical service providers in private medical facilities;
• the highly developed tourism industry.
There are currently more than 1,000 hospitals in Thailand, of which more than 470 are private. Some 37 private institutions have been accredited by the JCI.
How to get medical care in Thailand, what is needed, and what documents to prepare – read further in the article.
What do you need to do to come to the country for medical care
First of all, it is necessary to find a medical facility for treatment or to receive other medical services. If such a task would prove difficult, you can enlist the help of companies that specialize in the field of medical tourism.
In Thailand, the highest level of service is still provided in private hospitals and centers, where modern services are used and some of the most experienced doctors work. Among the country's top healthcare facilities, which are known worldwide, there are:
Among the most common and popular procedures most frequently used by foreign tourists in Thailand are:
• cosmetic/plastic surgery;
• dental procedures;
• medical examination programs;
• cardiac procedures;
• orthopedic surgery;
• infertility treatment;
• surgical treatment of obesity;
• gastric bypass and banding;
• ophthalmology and eye surgery;
• cataract surgery, etc.
Once you have found a suitable hospital, discuss all the details of your future medical care in detail with your doctor. After you have settled all the issues, you can proceed with the preparation of the documents. To travel to the country for treatment, it is advisable first of all to obtain an MT medical visa.
To register it, the following documents must be submitted
• questionnaire form;
• photographs with a size of 35x45mm or 30x40mm;
• tickets back and forth;
• account number;
• document from your place of work.
You will also need to complete a questionnaire and prepare medical documents, including test results.
Foreigners who come to Thailand with a medical visa for treatment or examination are allowed to stay in the country for up to 90 days. You must carry all the necessary documents to prove your identity and the purpose of your visit.
It is also advisable to take out medical insurance in advance, which covers certain costs and allows you to enjoy certain benefits. There are two main types of insurance available in Thailand:
For more insurance information, visit the Thai Embassy website.
As required, on arrival, tourists must pass an entry check and present the necessary documents to the immigration/medical officer.
After these formalities, vaccinated persons and visitors with a negative test document can travel freely throughout the country. If the tourist is not vaccinated and there is no confirmation of a negative test result, the recommendations and instructions of the health service must be followed within 72 hours after the arrival.
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• valid passport or border pass;
• insurance policy;
• COVID-19 vaccination certificate or documents confirming a negative test result.
As this is a visit for treatment or examination, it is also recommended to have medical certificates and confirmation from the medical facility in Thailand where services will be provided.
3 minResidence permit
The simultaneous stay of visitors in the hotel lobby not more than one person per 10 square meters of serviceable area is allowed.
Persons can visit hotels and stay there (outside hotel room) only if they wear respirator or face mask (including homemade mask), so that the nose and mouth are covered.
Hotel guests are obliged to keep the 1.5 meters distance.
Online check-in making in advance is recommended to avoid queues at check-in to hotel.
Meals in hotels are provided through meals delivery service to rooms upon prior order or at hotel restaurants situated inside or in open areas, provided the distance of at least 1.5 meters between seats at adjacent tables.
Not more than 4 clients are allowed to stay at the table (excluding children under 14 years old). Unless these tables are separated by a special partition;
Self-serve is not allowed.
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