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Which banks will let a foreigner on a tourist visa open up a bank account? What is required to open a new account?

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Have a look at this topic.

 

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I opened an account at Bangkok Bank in Pattaya when I was here on either a tourist visa or visa exempt entry ... although it was many years ago. Choose a branch (of any of the major banks) where it's likely they would have many farang customers. Act (i.e., pretend to be) polite so that the person you're dealing with won't assume you're a pain in the derriere. 

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i have heard most major banks will offer accounts   but some only on a Sunday others  only on odd weekdays  some on even    but i suspect all of them have refused many times because they dont know how to or maybe too near lunch time   do the rounds to beat the above  combinations  and good luck

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Its a matter of going from bank to bank until you find one, even branches of the same bank may or may not. Its not a bad idea to have a copy of the page from their website, if they have one, that says you can.

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Any bank as long as they can bothered to do the paperwork. The lazy ones will tell you that you need a WP. That's BS...you don't 

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Larger branches a better chance. But most will not open an account on a tourist visa anymore. Hell, took me 5 attempts to open an account on a 12 month extension this winter. They all asked for yellow book or work permit.

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see all you long time naysayers    no no no dont need a yellow book i get by on my passport/drivers licence  

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All the branches of all the banks in Thailand make up their own rules, you are better approaching different banks and asking them, also better to take your wife or girlfriend with you when you ask.

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This all changed about 2 years ago - mainly due to the USA international requirements on declaring overseas bank accounts. Have a lot more forms to sign now and have to keep track of you in case the Yanks come calling with questions. So they do not want these Farangs any more as too much trouble. It is not the only country which has made opening (or keeping open) bank accounts harder recently.

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22 minutes ago, rickudon said:

This all changed about 2 years ago - mainly due to the USA international requirements on declaring overseas bank accounts. Have a lot more forms to sign now and have to keep track of you in case the Yanks come calling with questions. So they do not want these Farangs any more as too much trouble. It is not the only country which has made opening (or keeping open) bank accounts harder recently.

whilst a agree with the reasoning in your post   your terminology ie yanks   is on a par with

 ferrang derogatory  slang

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2 hours ago, possum1931 said:

All the branches of all the banks in Thailand make up their own rules, you are better approaching different banks and asking them, also better to take your wife or girlfriend with you when you ask.

Amazing,immigration is asking for a bankbook with 4-800.000 baht,but banks don,t let you open a bank account,what a failed state

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i came to thailand a few years back with a pocket full of travellers Cheques....walked in to 1 st bank i saw in bangkok....had an account and ATM card within 5 mins.....and a free bag as a welcome gift......

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16 minutes ago, mrmicbkktxl said:

Amazing,immigration is asking for a bankbook with 4-800.000 baht,but banks don,t let you open a bank account,what a failed state

Yes, I have to agree with you on this point, Thailands banks take a lot of money from you and give you very little in return, and IMO, their mentality is very similar to that of the Thai government, but I still prefer Thailand to the UK.

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