Tourist visa holders must show 20k 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 at Suvarnabhumi having been refused entry on the grounds that he could be working illegally.

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Thaivisa member ‘Kohhanganlover’ posting from the immigration detention centre after being refused entry to Thailand

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. – Thai Visa

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  • That’s real turn off… I will go to Cambodia and Vietnam instead…

  • had to show aswell, luckily had 70k with me…. odd

  • Brilliant, that will get them coming! Ffs.

  • How stupid, why would you carry that amount of cash !!

  • Every few weeks a new trick to cause havoc and hurt tourist numbers

  • Wtf

  • Completely out of touch.

  • Terry Schroeder

  • Can imagine now all the opportunists waiting outside the ports

    • EXACTLY!!. Thats all I need is a aggressive tout hounding me. Pisses me off.

  • @Abdullah Al Muhit

  • Way to put people off coming! It’s not like Thailand is the gem of Asia anymore or even cheap like it once was. The authorities should be encouraging people to come, surely?

  • You should be fine tone

    • Yeh well I’ll be right too then haha, what’s been happening mate

    • Real busy building, bud. Broken the back of it though. Plenty of room for ya when you hit the dentist.

    • Where are you based in Thailand and is there a dentist there need a wisdom gone

    • Pai mate but you’d have to fly into Chiang Mai. Plenty of dentists there mate. Had a tooth out the other week, B800

    • What’s your best time of year weather wise,are you there often sound like plod don’t i

    • Haha! I’ve been here 4 years mate, its home now. Probably Christmas. Hot during the day, cool at night, no rain.

    • Are you gunna been there for xmas

    • I’m here forever bud

    • Ok will talk more about shacking up in pai for a couple of weeks then between Xmas and new year the missus is keen she reckons

    • Be great to see you mate. We’ve got plenty of room here if you want to stay.

    • Be great to see you mate. We’ve got plenty of room here if you want to stay.

  • $600 USD???

  • Quite right. Education Visa bandits should be banned altogether.

  • Who in the hell would carry 20K Bhat in cash in their possession?. Jesus, what era are they living in???!?

  • It’s in the most country’s you must show you can support your self. It’s also ok if you can show in in your bank app

  • 20k is nothing, I don’t see the problem.

    • I think it’s more that it’s another obstacle, not the amount.

    • True. Especially to an unsuspecting youngster who has just 2 or 3 thousand baht hidden in their secret money belt. And some people nowadays run there lives almost entirely round the credit card I suppose.

    • and having 20k in ya bin in BKK….. what a night!

    • Ouch, dangerous!!

  • Kim E B AndersenLisbeth Andersen

  • I usually have that much in cash on me anyway but still with this and the other changes. I am thinking of trying other destinations.

  • spam or not?

  • I do not give …..of it, if happens than it happens, got no sense to fight for that it should be different, no reason to fight as well for green one any I gues you got that ideas might be you gonna make it soon if you are more than cleverminded I wish at least you are and only smarties :0 caz you might be muuuuuuuuuuuch better

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  • 20K it’s only £400 & odd quid isn’t ?

    • 500 since brexit mate..

    • unless the thai baht dropped 20% in recent months which would not surprise me hahaha

    • I thought about £480 I’ll have to go back to school hahaha why would you not have that much money on ya anyway fcukin hell that’s two days on the piss hahaha

  • Brenton Walker Rhiannon Tilden

  • $600 :v

  • Chris Kross