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Travelling to Thailand : Thailand Immigration Information regarding adequate finances during the stay

Q&A: Thailand Immigration Information regarding adequate finances during the stay

Q1: Is it true that tourists entering Thailand must be able to prove that they have adequate finances during the stay as currently being widely reported in local and international media?

Yes, this is true, according to the Immigration Act of Thailand B.E. 2522 (1979), foreigners who fall into any of the 11 categories are prohibited to enter Thailand. This includes “having no appropriate means of living on entering the Kingdom”. Without appropriate means of living, tourists risk becoming economic and social burdens of the host country.

In this connection, according to the Notification of the Ministry of Interior dated 8 May 2000, holders of tourist visa must be able to prove that they have adequate finances equivalent to at least 20,000 Bath per person or 40,000 Bath per family. For on-arrival-visa tourists, they must be able to prove that they have adequate finances equivalent to at least 10,000 Bath per person or 20,000 Bath per family.

Q2: Why did the news about this inspection of tourists’ financial status by Thai Immigration Officers only emerge now?

In order to facilitate foreign tourists, Thai Immigration Officers conduct random inspection of foreign tourists’ means of living upon arrival at all ports of entry. If tourists are not able to prove that they have adequate finances, the officers will then consider case-by-case whether to allow the entry. The random inspection will not take place after the tourists have been granted an entry and have passed through the Immigration checkpoints.

Q3: What would be considered appropriate preparation for tourists planning to visit Thailand?

All travelers must also make sure that they are in possession of a passport valid for at least six months and a round-trip air ticket. Holders of tourist  visa and those foreigners eligible for tourist visa exemption, must be able to prove that they have adequate finances equivalent to at least 20,000 Bath per person or 40,000 Bath per family. For on-arrival-visa tourists, they must be able to prove that they have adequate finances equivalent to at least 10,000 Bath per person or 20,000 Bath per family.

Most importantly, traveler should check if they have appropriate visa in accordance with their purpose of visit. Generally, a foreign citizen who wishes to enter the Kingdom of Thailand is required to obtain a visa from a Royal Thai Embassy or a Royal Thai Consulate-General.

For more information on Thailand Visa and Visa Exemption Scheme, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website at www.mfa.go.th

Q4: Why Thailand, which is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, should be too strict on tourists wanting to enter the country to enjoy the many unique tourism experiences?

Every government has some restrictions on foreign tourists in order to balance between tourism promotion and national security as well as public order. Thailand’s restrictions are in line with those of other countries.

Furthermore, Thailand recognizes the huge importance of tourism, and tourist safety is an on-going priority for us. Therefore, all measures implemented aim to ensure foreign tourists’ safety and pleasant stay in Thailand.