Some tourist visa holders being asked to show 20,000 baht in CASH when entering Thailand

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Some tourist visa holders being asked to show 20,000 baht in CASH when entering Thailand

If you are entering Thailand on a tourist visa, you may be required to show immigration officials 20,000 baht in CASH.

Thaivisa has learnt that immigration officials at a number border checkpoints across Thailand are asking some people entering the country on a tourist visa to show 20,000 baht in cash.

Thaivisa understands the increased scrutiny being placed on tourist visa holders is to crackdown on foreigners who officials suspect are not genuine tourists and who may be working in Thailand illegally.

People trying to enter with history of tourist visa entries appear to be the ones under the most amount of scrutiny. ED visa holders also are also the subject of similar scrutiny.

Since Thaivisa became aware of the increase in checks on tourist visa holders, reports have surfaced on social media of foreigners being refused entry for not having 20,000 baht in cash when entering Thailand.

 

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One person even claimed that they could show proof of hotel bookings, details of an onward flight and bank statements showing funds, but was still refused entry.

Thaivisa has also received a report that immigration officials at Padang Besar on Friday were pulling tourist visa holders to one side and asking them to show 20,000 baht in cash. Those who could not show the cash were taken for questioning by officials.

Last week, a Thaivisa member was held in an immigration detention centre having been refused entry on the grounds that he could be working illegally.

During the same time, another Thaivisa member in possession of an ED visa was also being held at Suvarnabhumi after he was asked to show 20,000 baht in cash.

He was only able to show 8,000 baht in cash. The member said he previously had four tourist visas and a 30 day stamp on arrival.

A British national in Hua Hin who has three previous tourist visa entries in his passport told Thaivisa on Monday that he was also asked to show 20,000 baht in cash when trying to enter the country at Don Mueang airport last Wednesday [12 July] and was questioned about whether he works in Thailand and how he can financially support his stay in the country.

Thaivisa has spoken to an immigration officer at a local immigration office who spoke to us on the condition of anonymity as they said they are not authorised to speak publicly on immigration matters. The officer could only confirm that people entering Thailand on tourist visas should be able to show they can support their stay in the kingdom.

Whenever anyone tries to enter Thailand it is at the discretion of the immigration officer.

If the immigration officer suspects that the individual may not be a genuine tourist or may be working in Thailand illegally or has some other doubts regarding their motives for entering Thailand it is normal procedure to ask for more information from the individual.

Thaivisa has been unable to confirm if the 20,000 baht in cash is a requirement nationwide or if only at the border checkpoints mentioned above.

Source: Thai Visa

  • ken

    Just another way to ensure you have bribe money when you enter this wasteland and the chances are you will need more than 20,000 baht to pay out during your stay here to pay these dishonest criminals in uniforms.

    • Guest

      You’ve made your point: you do not like anything about Thailand, so maybe it is pas due time you pack your suitcase and take a one-way plane ticket…

      • Gu

        edit: past due time

      • St George

        To the moon!

        • Guesty Boy

          and do join him Jacky boy, don’t assume we are friends because I gave you one of my valuable upvotes. I hate you but I hate those kens more than you.

          • Guest

            You have 3 accounts: Ken/Ken Anderson and The Drooler and still you want to copy me Ken?

          • St George

            I hate you too, but as a good Catholic i learned to forgive your sins

        • Guest

          or a one-way ticket to Hell I don’t care but more likely it will be Derbyshire or somewhere in the UK, remember he said once that he wants to rum for PM

          • St George

            First he has to finish his book the Ken commandments

          • Guest

            If it is a crime novel I bet the culprit will be the RFD.

          • St George

            Now what would make you think that? 😉

          • St George

            There are enough brainless morons in this wasteland

          • St George

            PM = post Marital Maturbation

    • St George

      I dont agree!

  • Packard Goose

    this is nothing new.. happened quite a few years ago to a few visa runners i knew when i lived in Pattaya, Its probably an attempt at getting a few thousand back handed to overlook those that havent got the full 20,000, sorry Mr immigration man, I only carry 10,000, but here is two for you, Thank you Mr Farrang, have a safe journey…

    • ken

      This demonstrates without a doubt that the Thai government has now overtly sanctioned certain scams and tea money as being acceptable in this wasteland.

      • Packard Goose

        Scams are part of the Thai culture, Its down to us to expose them, being that they are so see through, and make sure we are one step ahead, which to be fair, being a step ahead of these monkey brains isn’t so difficult.. unless your name is Gumble of course, that’s a whole different topic

      • St George

        99% of All ur posts are all the same racist dribble just shuffle the words around and change the subject matter add or subtract brainless, morons, thai men, or wasteland and you could be reading any, Ken, Ken from Derbyshire, the Groover or Ken andersons posts, plus his multitude of guest personsas, the guy is a true psychotic delusional psychopath,he upvotes himself, believes his own lies, and dont even accept that it is balatantly obvious, just cos he got rejected by a Rice farmers Daughter and ripped off by a few LB´s & BG ´s over the years, a bitter, twisted, heartless, nasty caustic old buzzard.

        • Guest

          Spot on Jacky Boy I have to agree with you on that one, you gave an accurate description of Kenny Boy

          • Mouse

            Yes Guesty boy, you gay boys love to hang together, f@ggots are all alike

  • soidog

    Falang waste Thai time! Taxi rip you 1000 bt ,hotel for water ,lectric rip you .4000bt ,then BG fine
    long time 2500bt pad chek bin rip you 2000bt ,no come LOS we rip you 50k baht! kee nio!

  • Cee Jay

    Does it have to be 20k baht or is $600usd good enough?

    • St George

      A gold chain will do, or a kilo of Meth

      • Tim Ward

        so you’re safe cuz we know you have the meth. hahahahah. you boring stiff zzzzzzzzzzz

        • St George

          Hi dog breath, where you been hiding out? in the zoo? you flea bitten Mongrel!

    • Money Boy

      600 USD is not 20K

      • Tyqwuan Browm

        Close 1usd is 33.5712thb 596 USD another 4 bucks puts you there

        • Cat and Mouse

          u need to go back to school to learn simple multiplication. your numbers are wrong.

        • Charles Baht Esquire.

          Take the next plane to the Philippines Cebu, Angeles, Makati Manila and a few other joints I’m checking out here this week . 1usd=50.88 pedo at the moment and pom pound is about 63.55 peso , food , hotels , Bar girls , booze is about the same price as Thailand .

          • St George

            ” 1usd=50.88 pedo at the moment ” hahahahahahahahahaha LMFAO 😀

          • Charles Baht Esquire.

            Doesn’t matter now I’m at Manila Ninoy airport coming back home to my lovely Phatamnak and Pattaya and soi 6 vertical smile gems i’v had enough of mango square in Cebu although you get more Bang ,booze for you buck in the Philippines and see the Philippine peso is still climbing nothing can stop the great American dollar

          • St George

            Trump can!

  • Ken Anderson

    It is becoming so difficult here with all the hoops to jump through.
    Why do they simply not just ask tourists to stop coming here?

    • Donald Chump

      they are trying to keep you out, they are tired of you blaming RFD for everything, right guesty boy, right Jacky boy?

  • Charles Baht Esquire.

    I agree if you can’t cough up or show a miserable 20,000 baht or you have an ATM bank Stat this will help keep the Riff Raff broke poor Poms out of Thailand causing all the drunkard trouble and problems they make .

    • taff

      If as you say keep the poor, broke drunkard poms out of Thailand, how can they get drunk if they are poor, broke poms, lets see if you can answer that in a sensible way.

      • Charles Baht Esquire.

        You grobbling fat drunkard poms would. Find away finding a answer to your d*ckhead pom was easy just stick to the facts .

        • taff

          Well thank you for that highly sensible answer, always a pleasure to converse in a stimulating conversation with you.

          • Charles Baht Esquire.

            The answer is still a realistic fact no matter how hard you try and back track your way around and out of it , well pom ?

  • Daily69

    its too less…should ask to be shown at least 10k usd

  • Rok Tur!

    most of the guys commenting on here are idiots. This goverment sucks when they gonna vote never right general in there likes the power to much its so lame . everyone has 20,000 baht this helps nothing idiots.

    • St George

      And what are you? ass-wipe fkng loser s** tourist! eh fukkarzzzzz pom

      • Rok Tur!

        Now that’s the kind of language that can really get you somewhere in life .

        • St George

          That´s true

  • DrNo666

    I never had any problems at the passport control and i have been comming to Thailand 2-3 times a year since 2006.

    I dont believe that its true that “all fallang need to be able to show 20000bt” at the boarder. More likely is it that something else wasnt right with this guys application. Considering that more and more “fallang beggers” seem to be out on the streets i can understand that they investigate suspicious cases.

  • A balanced view

    The difficulty is that the requirements change too frequently and therefore travellers and those already with visas struggle to keep up with it. Thailand has many great features but until there is visa consistency, then farang are unlikely to keep ‘healthy’ deposits in Thai banks.