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Sup people,

Anyone visit Thailand recently? Would like your advice.

So it sounds like they have started enforcing the proof of funds rule at immigration lately, which essentially means you need to have 20k Baht cash on you if asked, although 20k Baht is just like 10k ZAR, I don't really like the idea of carrying that much cash on me as I usually just use my credit card on international trips and pay my accommodation and transport in advance.

So have have you been asked to provide proof of funds by having cash at hand?

The last time I was in Thailand was 2012 and I wasn't asked but the issue seems to have cropped up recently.
 

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never ever heard of any country asking for proof in terms of cash. Sounds dodgy as hell. Have you got a link to a government website or similar where they state this as a law to travel there. It sounds like a hazard and danger which will quickly make tourists a bigger target for mugging. Usually proof of funds is a balance in your account which has remained steady for at least 3 months and thats it.

I believe perhaps theres misunderstanding when they refer to cash they mean available funds non credit based. Like liquid cash in your account and not credit card.
 
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Went to Thailand at the beginning of this month. Didn't have any issues with immigration. No one asked us for proof of funds either.
 

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"Minimum Currency Limit

When Entering Thailand:


1. Holders of a transit visa or those who enter Thailand without a visa are required to possess not less than the equivalent amount of 5,000 Baht per person or 10,000 Baht per family.

2. Holders of a Tourist Visa -- not less than the equivalent amount of 10,000 Baht per person or 20,000 Baht per family.

3. Holders of a Non-immigrant Visa -- not less than the equivalent amount of 10,000 Baht per person or 20,000 Baht per family.

The above requirements do not apply to minors under 12 years old."

"Nationals Allowed to Enter Thailand
For maximum 30 days without Visa with a return air ticket dated for less than 30 days

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, The Phillippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Vietnam.

Nationals of the above-mentioned countries may stay up to 30 days in Thailand without a visa, provided that they hold a valid passport and enter Thailand for touristic purpose. Moreover, these nationals do not need to apply for a transit visa, providing they are in possession of a confirmed ticket out of Thailand. This regulation came into effect in February 1995. Countries which have concluded an agreement with Thailand on the exemption of visa: New Zealand, Republic of Korea. Nationals of these two countries who are holders of ordinary passports may stay 90 days in Thailand without a visa. Period of stay in Thailand according to visa classification."
 
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I also had no issues with me at customs or immigration and only had like 4K cash. Big mistake rather take a card if your going to Phuket not a lot of people wants to swipe
 

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Thanks all, will probably take around 20k baht split between me and my wife, so 5k each in zar.

Would prefer using my card but it's good to always have some cash in case of an emergency.

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Thanks WiZard WiZard , found this page somewhere as well when I as googling as well but just wasn't sure as there is so much mixed info and the embassy page is a mess. Some page so different amounts for different categories.

Regardless, based on the above and what the other 2 guys have replied in the thread I'm going to put this down as the best answer.
 

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Thanks WiZard WiZard , found this page somewhere as well when I as googling as well but just wasn't sure as there is so much mixed info and the embassy page is a mess. Some page so different amounts for different categories.

Regardless, based on the above and what the other 2 guys have replied in the thread I'm going to put this down as the best answer.
I don't know where you are going. But if you go to shops in a mall you can use your card there. None of the tours take cards. So make sure you have enough cash lol bank fees are high
 

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I don't know where you are going. But if you go to shops in a mall you can use your card there. None of the tours take cards. So make sure you have enough cash lol bank fees are high
Just doing Phuket and PhiPhi, same trip we did in 2012. So the cash I'm taking along is mostly for the island.

Back then we used a lot of cash on PhiPhi for day trips, back in Phuket (we stayed at the Hilton which had an ATM in the resort) I just drew a few thousand every few days.
 

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Been to Thailand a few times and the only time I was asked to provide proof of funds is via a bank statement when applying for a 60 day visa.
On my 30 day and 6 month student visa applications I had no need to show proof of funds at all.
So as far as I know you don't need to have the actual cash in hand, but rather just have to provide proof that you do in fact have it in your bank account.
Once you are in the country with a valid visa there is not all that much they can to tbh.
 

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Just doing Phuket and PhiPhi, same trip we did in 2012. So the cash I'm taking along is mostly for the island.

Back then we used a lot of cash on PhiPhi for day trips, back in Phuket (we stayed at the Hilton which had an ATM in the resort) I just drew a few thousand every few days.
Then you should have enough. Beginning of Aug a City Tour, PhiPhi, Jamesbond and Coral (4 Day Tour inc buffet lunch) Was like R1.8 just shop around a bit
 

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In Plain terms I don't think you will have a problem getting in. You have been there so you should be fine. But if you go to Aus they are full of sh1t. I want to apply for a VISA but you need like AUS$100pd.
 

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In Plain terms I don't think you will have a problem getting in. You have been there so you should be fine. But if you go to Aus they are full of sh1t. I want to apply for a VISA but you need like AUS$100pd.
Agreed, sad to think I got 4 Baht for a Rand in 2012, now I get 2 😢
 

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Agreed, sad to think I got 4 Baht for a Rand in 2012, now I get 2 😢
Some of my friends went in December and they still got close to 3 but they go every year so they know the place.
But yeah it is sad
 

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