Foreign tourists wishing to visit Thailand may soon be required to purchase compulsory travel insurance prior to their arrival in the kingdom.
Under a proposal put forward by the Tourism and Sports Ministry, even automatic insurance vending machines may be installed at international airports and border checkpoints throughout Thailand so that tourists who travel without insurance can purchase one straight after landing on Thai soil.
In an ancient royal ceremony broadcast live on national television and not seen in almost 50 years, His Majesty King Rama X on Thursday signed Thailand’s 20th constitution approved in a controversial referendum last August. The endorsement is usually held at the palace and a public ceremony is not obligatory.
The promulgation of the new charter paves the way to the kingdom’s first general election since the May 2014 coup to be held by the end of 2018 at the latest. A date for a new general election and a formal return to democracy had previously been postponed several times.
December 5, the birthday of the late Thai king who passed away last October, will remain a national holiday and continue to be celebrated as Father’s Day after Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha countersigned a royal order on Tuesday.
According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, December 5 will mark three important occasions: National Day, Father’s Day and the birthday of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who the Thai people often refer to as the “father of the nation”.
The statement added the date would be used to “pay gratitude to the late king’s dedication to the country and its people.”
Source: Khaosod English