Recent reports on social media suggest there has been an issue with a small number of tourists being denied entry to Thailand because they failed to meet the financial requirements. With just one side of the story being reported it’s difficult to know the full circumstances, but it’s a timely reminder that there are official regulations in place. These rules have been in effect for many years and apply to all ports of entry. Although the rules aren’t always strictly implemented, it is up to the discretion of the immigration staff on duty. It’s not anything for genuine tourists to worry about and the vast majority of visitors entering Thailand will never be asked to show proof of finances, but it is something to be aware of. Immigration officers may carry out random checks and it is up to you to make sure you can prove you have funds for your stay.
Tourist visa or visa exemption
If you are entering Thailand on the visa exemption scheme or are in possession of a tourist visa, you need be able to show you have funds on you equivalent to at least 20,000 Baht per person or 40,000 Baht per family.
Visa on arrival
If you’ll be applying for a visa on arrival you need to be able to show at least 10,000 Baht per person or 20,000 Baht per family. Please note the visa on arrival is not the same as a visa exemption.
Immigration counters are already under pressure dealing with the sheer number of arrivals and it is unlikely that you will be stopped and asked to show proof of finances. Nevertheless, it’s advisable to observe the regulations.
In addition to the financial requirements you should also make sure:
- You have a minimum of 6 months left on your passport
- You are in possession of a return ticket or have proof of onward travel
- You have travel insurance
There are also different regulations depending on your nationality and whether you arrive in Thailand at an airport or via a land border. For more information please see the information in the visa section here.
There is no one-size fits all policy for visas to Thailand. Whether you need a visa or not depends on a number of different factors including your nationality, length of stay and reason for your visit. Please do not contact me asking about visas or entry requirements for Thailand. You can find more information on Thailand visas here. If you are still in any doubt about your own situation you are advised to check with the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate in your home country before you travel to Thailand.