Re: Some tourist visa holders being asked to show Bt20,000 in cash when entering Thailand.
Shouldn’t be showing proof of funds when applying for the actual visa be enough? Instead of cluttering up immigration queues with baffled tourists wondering why they should have 20k in cash on them.
Asking tourists to show they have the means to support themselves is fair enough. I have read of reports though of people without the cash being refused the opportunity to go to the ATM to withdraw the required monies. That is utterly wrong.
This law has always been on the books but has rarely been used. This is all part of The Big Pumpkins drive to chase us all away as the Bogeymen of Thailand. The xenophobic attitude of this man is all-consuming, as he is terrified of foreigners.
What a load of rubbish. The great majority of farangs in Thailand follow the laws and have NO problems year upon year.
The minority of people who don’t follow the law take their chances of being caught. It is nothing to do with xenophobia and everything to do with following the rules. If you stick to the rules there is no problem.
If you don’t, and you get caught then the problem is yours and nobody else’s.
The point is that having to have it in cash is a bit much.
If one can show the funds in a bankbook, ATM statement, etc, it should be good enough for any thinking person.