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Tourist cash requirement

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Not the safest way, but most 'profitable' .... take cash money (Usd/Euro) and exchange at one of the popular exchanges like Superrich or Siam Exchange.

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Below is what TIMATIC says on the subject.

 

I'm not sure how a tourist is expected to know that they need to be able to show cash only. Many might assume that in 2017 Credit & ATM cards would be acceptable since that is what they will actually use.

 

 

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Visa required.

 

The following are exempt from holding a visa:

Nationals of USA for a maximum stay of 30 days.

Additional information:

 

Visitors who are visa exempt must hold documents for their next destination.

Visitors over 12 years of age must hold sufficient funds to cover their stay (at least THB 10,000.- per person or THB 20,000.- per family). Proof of funds includes Letters of Credit, vouchers, MCO's or well-known credit cards, which are honored in Thailand. Exempt are: holders of a re-entry visa.

Extension of stay is possible for visa exempt passengers.

 

Important:

Visitors who are visa exempt but do not hold return/onward tickets could be refused entry.


 

 

 

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I have to to Thailand several times on 30 day tourist and was never asked for evidence of funds. Sometimes I have Thai Baht left over from previous visit and some Euro cash. I mostly use ATMs to withdraw cash as I do not think it is very safe to travel with a lot of cash even though it is usually more expensive to use ATMs due to fees and exchange rates.  

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6 hours ago, thedemon said:

Below is what TIMATIC says on the subject.

 

I'm not sure how a tourist is expected to know that they need to be able to show cash only. Many might assume that in 2017 Credit & ATM cards would be acceptable since that is what they will actually use.

 

5 hours ago, changside said:

I have to to Thailand several times on 30 day tourist and was never asked for evidence of funds. Sometimes I have Thai Baht left over from previous visit and some Euro cash. I mostly use ATMs to withdraw cash as I do not think it is very safe to travel with a lot of cash even though it is usually more expensive to use ATMs due to fees and exchange rates.  

 

If you do not travel to Thailand frequently and/or stay for longer periods of time, you are unlikely to be asked to "show the money."  But if you ARE asked to show it, there are many examples where having a credit-card or ATM card did the visitor no good at all, and they were not allowed to enter the country.  Yes, this is counter-intuitive for this day and age, and the only reason I know this rule, is because I read this forum. 

 

If you are (like me) averse to carrying a wad of cash, travelers checks are the only option which are an accepted alternative.

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ID: 20   Posted (edited)

Unless you are expecting to be mugged during your inbound travel, travelling with 10k or alternative major currency (+15% for volatility and incase they use an airport rate for conversion ) seems pretty damn safe. Western union would expensive in fees and you'll have to queue behind all the good folks sending release fees to Nigerian royalty and Syrian oil tycoons. 

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3 hours ago, ladada said:

Unless you are expecting to be mugged during your inbound travel, travelling with 10k or alternative major currency (+15% for volatility and incase they use an airport rate for conversion ) seems pretty damn safe. Western union would expensive in fees and you'll have to queue behind all the good folks sending release fees to Nigerian royalty and Syrian oil tycoons. 

When is anyone "expecting to be mugged"?  Granted, flying in you are probably OK, and the 10K for a Visa-Exempt is not so much, compared to the 20K you need with a Tourist or other visa-entry.

 

Agree completely that Western Union is the worst choice, if only for the crazy fees they charge.  As well, I once tried to send myself funds, to activate a WU debit-card (years ago), and was told this was impossible.  I had to give the money to a friend to send it back to me.

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