A lot of people can travel in and out of Thailand without experiencing any problems. If you do not have enough money to spend, you use either your credit card or withdraw money from an ATM, right?
But what will you do if you do not have the minimum amount of money that you need to bring upon entering Thailand? Normally, if you just crossed borders from another country like Malaysia or Cambodia, you will never get asked to show the amount of money you have with you. Unfortunately, Amy Lee from Malaysia experienced being denied upon entry to Thailand because she doesn’t have enough money to show as a proof of her travel.
Amy, together with her friend, drove to the Bukit Kayu Hitam checkpoint to enter Thailand when an immigration officer at the Danok checkpoint stopped them and asked to see how much money they are carrying at the moment.
The two friends took out 15,000 baht each, the money they exchanged from their 2,000 Malaysian Ringgit before they traveled to Thailand. However, the amount that they have were deemed unsatisfactory by the immigration officer even if the requirement is only 10,000 baht or 1,270 Malaysian Ringgit for countries with visa-free entry.
Both of them also showed the officer their credit and debit cards as proofs that they can sustain their visit, but the officer still denied them entry.
Strictly Imposing the Rule
A Chinese tour guide who can speak in Thai, who was also on the scene, talked to the officer but to no avail. The office strictly denied them access until they have sufficient amount of cash with them.
So Amy and her friend returned to Bukit Kayu Hitam to withdraw more money. Luckily, they were able to enter Thailand after showing the officer their additional cash.
Netizens were dumbfounded that the story went viral. Some of them who just visited Thailand claimed that they never encounter the same situation before.
A netizen even commented:
I’ve been to Thailand so many times, but I’ve never been asked to show my cash to the officer. I guess I just get lucky every time.
Although the law of entering Thailand existed a long time ago, it was not strictly enforced. The amount of money that the visit needs to carry depends on the type of visa that they need to have:
- Transit Visa holder – minimum THB 10,000 per passenger or THB 20,000 per family
- Tourist Visa holder – minimum THB 20,000 per passenger or THB 40,000 per family
- Visa on Arrival – minimum THB 10,000 per passenger or THB 20,000 per family
- Non-Immigrant Visa holder – minimum THB 20,000 per passenger or THB 40,000 per family
If you are planning to visit Thailand, make sure you have enough cash. Better be safe than sorry.
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