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Opening a bank account on a Tourist Visa

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Hi guys, this is in Bangkok only. Obviously the changes of rules seem to require you to have a work permit, student ID or letter from consulate(though most seem to tell me only permit but have got told the others will work too).

there was talk about kasikorn bank by on nut bts offering accounts without a permit but still failed to find one that will.

anybody know of any branches that will supply you without requiring a permit, cheers.

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It certainly is true that you should not be able to get a bank account here on a tourist visa. I have, in the past, heard that the banks in the Khao San area seem to be a little less formal. I haven't heard this said in the past 2 years but it does stand to reason that if any banks are then it would be the ones that would benefit the most from it.

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I read posts about it being possible at certain branches, after all its up to that specific branch and the manager im guessing, chang mai I've read seems to be fine to obtain one from. seems hard in bkk

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It certainly is true that you should not be able to get a bank account here on a tourist visa. I have, in the past, heard that the banks in the Khao San area seem to be a little less formal. I haven't heard this said in the past 2 years but it does stand to reason that if any banks are then it would be the ones that would benefit the most from it.

Not true at all. Bangkok Bank give detailed instructions on how you can open a bank account as a foreigner without a work permit, and you can consult their website to find out.

http://www.bangkokbank.com/BangkokBank/PersonalBanking/SpecialServices/ForeignCustomers/Pages/Openinganaccountnew.aspx

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"In Thailand for a short time?

Even if you are only visiting Thailand for a relatively short period of time, you can open asavings account and get a debit card to use for shopping and ATM withdrawals. All you will need to provide is your passport and one other official identification document – for example, your driver’s license or a reference letter from your embassy, your home bank or a person acceptable to the bank. (More details below)

You will also need to provide evidence of your address in Thailand as well as your regular address in your home country."

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It certainly is true that you should not be able to get a bank account here on a tourist visa. I have, in the past, heard that the banks in the Khao San area seem to be a little less formal. I haven't heard this said in the past 2 years but it does stand to reason that if any banks are then it would be the ones that would benefit the most from it.

Not true at all. Bangkok Bank give detailed instructions on how you can open a bank account as a foreigner without a work permit, and you can consult their website to find out.

http://www.bangkokbank.com/BangkokBank/PersonalBanking/SpecialServices/ForeignCustomers/Pages/Openinganaccountnew.aspx

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"In Thailand for a short time?

Even if you are only visiting Thailand for a relatively short period of time, you can open asavings account and get a debit card to use for shopping and ATM withdrawals. All you will need to provide is your passport and one other official identification document – for example, your driver’s license or a reference letter from your embassy, your home bank or a person acceptable to the bank. (More details below)

You will also need to provide evidence of your address in Thailand as well as your regular address in your home country."

Thanks for the reply about Bangkok Bank, that's the one that told me about obtaining a letter, not sure why I said consulate instead. Any ideas on kasikorn bank? I've been in thailand 2 months now, and staying for 6+ so need to get a bank,

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It certainly is true that you should not be able to get a bank account here on a tourist visa. I have, in the past, heard that the banks in the Khao San area seem to be a little less formal. I haven't heard this said in the past 2 years but it does stand to reason that if any banks are then it would be the ones that would benefit the most from it.

Not true at all. Bangkok Bank give detailed instructions on how you can open a bank account as a foreigner without a work permit, and you can consult their website to find out.

http://www.bangkokbank.com/BangkokBank/PersonalBanking/SpecialServices/ForeignCustomers/Pages/Openinganaccountnew.aspx

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"In Thailand for a short time?

Even if you are only visiting Thailand for a relatively short period of time, you can open asavings account and get a debit card to use for shopping and ATM withdrawals. All you will need to provide is your passport and one other official identification document – for example, your driver’s license or a reference letter from your embassy, your home bank or a person acceptable to the bank. (More details below)

You will also need to provide evidence of your address in Thailand as well as your regular address in your home country."

Still no mention of this being possible on a tourist visa. I have opened 2 bank a/c on Non Immi B with no work permit. Not a problem. Tourist visa? Not so easy.

Sent from my phone, hence brevity and gypos

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It certainly is true that you should not be able to get a bank account here on a tourist visa. I have, in the past, heard that the banks in the Khao San area seem to be a little less formal. I haven't heard this said in the past 2 years but it does stand to reason that if any banks are then it would be the ones that would benefit the most from it.

Not true at all. Bangkok Bank give detailed instructions on how you can open a bank account as a foreigner without a work permit, and you can consult their website to find out.

http://www.bangkokbank.com/BangkokBank/PersonalBanking/SpecialServices/ForeignCustomers/Pages/Openinganaccountnew.aspx

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"In Thailand for a short time?

Even if you are only visiting Thailand for a relatively short period of time, you can open asavings account and get a debit card to use for shopping and ATM withdrawals. All you will need to provide is your passport and one other official identification document – for example, your driver’s license or a reference letter from your embassy, your home bank or a person acceptable to the bank. (More details below)

You will also need to provide evidence of your address in Thailand as well as your regular address in your home country."

Still no mention of this being possible on a tourist visa. I have opened 2 bank a/c on Non Immi B with no work permit. Not a problem. Tourist visa? Not so easy.

Sent from my phone, hence brevity and gypos

Bangkok bank at avenue by major ratchayothin did say i needed a letter, so will give it a try

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It certainly is true that you should not be able to get a bank account here on a tourist visa. I have, in the past, heard that the banks in the Khao San area seem to be a little less formal. I haven't heard this said in the past 2 years but it does stand to reason that if any banks are then it would be the ones that would benefit the most from it.

"It certainly is true that you should not be able to get a bank account here on a tourist visa. "

I opened my account years ago while here on a tourist visa and there have been posts on TV from others who have done so, even quite recently.

You need to go around and try branches in areas where there are likely to be a fair number of farang who have accounts, but it certainly should be doable.

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I opened another account at Kasikorn Bank last July but, as usual, it really is at the branch manager's discretion.

Kasikorn in the Interchange building at Asoke said - very snootily, I might add - I had to renew my rental contract because it only had a month or so to run.

That was stupid and utterly illogical so I went to another branch in Exchange Tower at Asoke. Talk about a completely different experience. Really nice, friendly assistant manager sat me down, took copies of my rental contract, did the paperwork and was done in 30 minutes.

Made a point of going back to the Interchange branch to the haughty trout who dismissed my original enquiry and paying in a substantial lump of cash into my new account.

She asked which branch had organised it.

I replied, "One that knows the bank's criteria"

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It certainly is true that you should not be able to get a bank account here on a tourist visa. I have, in the past, heard that the banks in the Khao San area seem to be a little less formal. I haven't heard this said in the past 2 years but it does stand to reason that if any banks are then it would be the ones that would benefit the most from it.

Not true at all. Bangkok Bank give detailed instructions on how you can open a bank account as a foreigner without a work permit, and you can consult their website to find out.

http://www.bangkokbank.com/BangkokBank/PersonalBanking/SpecialServices/ForeignCustomers/Pages/Openinganaccountnew.aspx

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"In Thailand for a short time?

Even if you are only visiting Thailand for a relatively short period of time, you can open asavings account and get a debit card to use for shopping and ATM withdrawals. All you will need to provide is your passport and one other official identification document – for example, your driver’s license or a reference letter from your embassy, your home bank or a person acceptable to the bank. (More details below)

You will also need to provide evidence of your address in Thailand as well as your regular address in your home country."

Still no mention of this being possible on a tourist visa. I have opened 2 bank a/c on Non Immi B with no work permit. Not a problem. Tourist visa? Not so easy.

Sent from my phone, hence brevity and gypos

On the contrary, there is a specific mention of a tourist visa.

Here is what they say on the details of how to open the account, under the documents required tab, on the exact page I linked to !

"You hold a tourist visa or non-immigrant visa e.g. ED, EX, F, IB, IM, M, O, O-A, R, RS, D, F, SE, MT, S

Documents Required:

    1. Valid passport, and
      • 2. ONE of the following documents:
          • An identity card issued by a government institution or university such as: etc etc etc"

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Lots of people get bank accounts with K bank with nothing more than a passport and a few hundred baht. Don't think it is as easy at Bangkok bank or SCB. Maybe head down to Pattaya and try some branches there?

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I opened my saving's account at Kasikorn Bank MBK (top floor) without any need for a particular visa. Don't try Kasikorn on the lower floor, they will reject you.

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It certainly is true that you should not be able to get a bank account here on a tourist visa. I have, in the past, heard that the banks in the Khao San area seem to be a little less formal. I haven't heard this said in the past 2 years but it does stand to reason that if any banks are then it would be the ones that would benefit the most from it.

Not true at all. Bangkok Bank give detailed instructions on how you can open a bank account as a foreigner without a work permit, and you can consult their website to find out.

http://www.bangkokbank.com/BangkokBank/PersonalBanking/SpecialServices/ForeignCustomers/Pages/Openinganaccountnew.aspx

Extract below.

"In Thailand for a short time?

Even if you are only visiting Thailand for a relatively short period of time, you can open asavings account and get a debit card to use for shopping and ATM withdrawals. All you will need to provide is your passport and one other official identification document – for example, your driver’s license or a reference letter from your embassy, your home bank or a person acceptable to the bank. (More details below)

You will also need to provide evidence of your address in Thailand as well as your regular address in your home country."

Still no mention of this being possible on a tourist visa. I have opened 2 bank a/c on Non Immi B with no work permit. Not a problem. Tourist visa? Not so easy.

Sent from my phone, hence brevity and gypos

On the contrary, there is a specific mention of a tourist visa.

Here is what they say on the details of how to open the account, under the documents required tab, on the exact page I linked to !

"You hold a tourist visa or non-immigrant visa e.g. ED, EX, F, IB, IM, M, O, O-A, R, RS, D, F, SE, MT, S

Documents Required:

    1. Valid passport, and
      • 2. ONE of the following documents:
          • An identity card issued by a government institution or university such as: etc etc etc"

Utterly agreed but I still think that it will be MUCH different in reality. Many banks will just say "No!" because they don't have anybody who speaks English or because they have no experience of the system. If you note all the people coming on and saying they had success did it in an area frequented by LOTS of foreign nationals.

The OP tried a bank in a less "touristy" area and had no luck. If he was to try MBK (heard that one before), Khao San, lower Sukhumvit, etc then he is more likely to get some success. When I opened my K-Bank account I had tried in the branch (Charan Sanit Wong) the week before and it was a "No!". On the day I was accompanied by a good friend who happens to be one of the branch's more "influential" customers (and Thai) and everything was plain sailing. Meanwhile another friend (English) had no problem opening an account on a tourist visa at K Bank near the Khao San.

Go to tourist areas and you will get MUCH more luck.

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Many years ago I opened an account in SCB on a tourist visa I gave them the address where I was staying plus £10, 000 deposit however had it only been a couple of quid I do not think they would have entertained me it comes down to how much you are placing with the bank. On one occasion I tried to open an account for my British wife they refused as she was my dependant I then proceeded to withdraw 800,000 baht from my account when the manager asked me why I explained as they had turned my wife's application down this money was to open an account on her behalf with the bank across the road within five minutes there had been a change of mind and my wife had her own account the thought of losing money was to great !!!!!!

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I opened another account at Kasikorn Bank last July but, as usual, it really is at the branch manager's discretion.

correct. same goes for motorbike driving licence. got mine (twice) on TR visa...

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