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Next going after those living here (working?) on Multi-Entry Non-Imm visas granted without showing any funds, just because they married their tilak? 

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Just now, Metapod said:

Who walks around with 20k cash on them anyway? Haven't they heard of an ATM card? It is a rubbish law.

I am sure that they have, but it is not immigrations job to escort you to the ATM and back... that is a privilege they might extend to you if you hire the immigration officer (at a standard fee) to escort you to the ATM and then back to the queue.

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4 minutes ago, AsianAtHeart said:

If the airlines charged for that $600 (20,000 Baht)…I guess Thailand would have proof of their money as it flew away, with nary a penny of it to benefit their economy.  One would think that Thailand's attractiveness to tourists will be diminished on account of their money-hungry antics.

Most tourists arrive on visa exempt entries with no such requirements.

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Just now, mangpono said:

Just curious, as I can't remember - are there ATMs at Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi after you get off the plan and before immigration, so one can hit up the ATM before getting in the immigration queue if you feel the need or for peace of mind?

I have looked for ATMs on the air side of the immigration and Suvarnabhumi... never seen any... just currency exchange.

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.... Yes, that was always on the books, and selectively enforced... in fact, those enterprising van owners, used to advertise, VISA VAN SERVICE .....  Thus essentially marking the van for frequent stops along the way.

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1 minute ago, DLang said:

Next going after those living here (working?) on Multi-Entry Non-Imm visas granted without showing any funds, just because they married their tilak? 

One can get a work permit if on a marriage extension.

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4 minutes ago, Metapod said:

Who walks around with 20k cash on them anyway? Haven't they heard of an ATM card? It is a rubbish law.

 

 Sadly for you, it IS a Thai law that has been on the books for years but not used much until recently. Now if you don't like that law I suggest that you try to get it changed and I wish you luck on that.

 

As for having an ATM card, all that proves is that you have one. It does not show how much money you actually have available, nor does it show how much you owe, nor does it show your credit limit or your creditworthiness. It is simply a piece of plastic that allows you to charge things on it, IF you have enough credit available at the time.

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1 minute ago, Mooner said:

Carrying round 20k in cash. What could possibly go wrong?

I believe travellers checks are considered cash....

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5 minutes ago, thaibeachlovers said:

The requirement has been there for many years, and is published. I knew about it years ago. If one knows about something and does not conform, one probably should not complain, however infuriating.

 

I guess I'm spoiled, because I have been denied boarding by the airline a couple of times traveling to other countries when the visa/cash/document requirements changed.  Irritating as it was, it was a blessing to get to remedy those problems before getting on the 12-15 hour flight, only to be turned back.  I had some excellent discussions with some airline staff who told me they do it because they get fined BIG $$$ if they bring someone in who doesn't qualify for entry.  They claimed it could cost them in the tens of thousands of $USD in addition to having to haul the rejected passenger back.

 

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1 minute ago, billd766 said:

 

 Sadly for you, it IS a Thai law that has been on the books for years but not used much until recently. Now if you don't like that law I suggest that you try to get it changed and I wish you luck on that.

 

As for having an ATM card, all that proves is that you have one. It does not show how much money you actually have available, nor does it show how much you owe, nor does it show your credit limit or your creditworthiness. It is simply a piece of plastic that allows you to charge things on it, IF you have enough credit available at the time.

That piece of plastic shows (or does not show) that you can convert that into the cash needed at that time.  A simple logical approach would be to install an ATM machine that prints out the current balance - certified available or to withdraw it for the line.   The fact that you are bringing into all this your credit limit , credit worthiness etc. -- IS not applicable for the purposes of crossing the border... only the 20,000 baht.

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When I was a regular tourist to Thailand Ialways had cash as well as a card. The cash is always welcome and you never know when the card will be stolen, or eaten by the machine. 

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