Open a bank account

When you are in Thailand, things are much easier for you when you have a Pattaya Bank Account needed to transfer money and of course other options you may need.

Even when you have a retirement visa, a work permit, or a non-O visa based on marriage when you are determined to open a Pattaya Bank Account, consider that this action will not be easy to accomplish.

We all know that as in every other country there are more types of bank accounts, you will hit the same thing here in Thailand. Further, you will be able to document all the bank account types existing here.

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1. Kasikorn Bank( K-Bank)

For foreigners based abroad the following documents are required:

– Passport.

– Work Permit or Education Visa is required.

2. The second type of bank account is UOB Bank

For a non-resident individual account are required:

– The phone number.

– Depending on the branch, sometimes a copy of the work permit is required, but as I said earlier, it is not mandatory.

3. CitiBank

The requirements for this bank account are:

– Your passport and Work Permit

– You also need a contract for an apartment, with a minimum of 1 year of validity.

4. SCB

For this type of bank account the Work Permit is required:

Do not forget about non-resident accounts these representing:

-Representatives of Thai companies that are established in other countries, outside of it.

-Tourists and other visitors.

-Those foreigners who decide to work for a limited period in Thailand.

-UN specialized agencies, some consulates, embassies, and government agencies.

5. Bangkok Bank

Please note that the Bangkok bank requires a certified letter from the Ambassade, which states that when you presented your passport to the embassy, those there confirmed that it is valid and belongs to you.
You will also need to provide proof of your address in Thailand and your country of origin.

If you have a work permit or you are a permanent resident, also if you have a long-stay visa, you have the opportunity to benefit from a wide range of internet banking services and transfer of international funds online.

6. Bank of Ayudhya(Krungsri)

– The Work Permit is required.

– Condominium Lese Agreement( At least 1 year).

– You have to prove that you live in a house here in Thailand by providing the necessary documents.

– Your marriage certificate and your partner ID card.


The person who requires this type of bank account must be at least 5 years old, must have current or a common account, which authorizes an owner who can withdraw cash.

8. KrungThai

For foreigners requesting this type of bank account, it is necessary to provide a passport, a Work Permit or a visa valid for at least 3 months.

When you decide to open a bank account in Thailand, do not forget that it comes with plenty of benefits.

When you open a bank account you will have the possibility to withdraw the money you receive
from far away without very high commissions.

Probably most of you are wondering, like how many other people do, if you can open or how to open a Thai bank account on a tourist visa and no work permit.

Due to the fact that the Thai government has changed the rules, now if you want to
open a bank account in Thailand it is necessary to have a Work Permit or a long term visa.

So when you are a foreigner and you want to open a bank account, this experience will not be a difficult one, but it depends of course on which bank you may choose, and sometimes even on the brach.

Another good reason to open a Thai bank account is that when you have a bigger
amount of money, it is much safer to store them on a card at the expense of a safe.

If you are already settled in Thailand, and you want to open a bank account in Pattaya you have to know that you will need the same documents for any other areas of Thailand.

It is important to note that, as I said earlier, each bank has its own requirements when you do not know how to open a bank account, but the main requirements are a visa which must be for at least 30 days valid, the dates that confirm your residence in Thailand.

Also, the owner you live in will have to give you a lease and must be specified to the bank the reason why you want to open a bank account in Pattaya.

I will also add some of the necessary documents below when you want to open a bank account:

-your foreign passport.

-your immigration card

-Thai mobile phone number

It is good to know that any branch of the bank will advise you on the documents needed to open a new bank account, but it is recommended to consider, that you will need other documents stating your permit to open a new account.
Perhaps for some, when deciding to open a bank account in Pattaya may seem uncomfortable or difficult, in fact making your social life much easier, giving you a wide range of benefits.

Despite the approach and desires in the popular areas, it should be possible to open a Thai bank account on a tourist visa, but when you are very well integrated into Thai society and you have a marriage, retirement or education visa, things are simplified.

If you come to Thailand for a few weeks, it is probably not necessary to open a bank account, but when you intend to stay in the Thai realm for a longer period of time, this decision to open a bank account must represent a maximum priority.

Hotels and large units certainly use credit cards.
For the most part, Asian culture is represented by the polite and friendly people, when you also show respect for those with whom you have a conversation.

Do not forget to note that, for any help or other question you may have, our team of experts are always here to assist you, and we are folding according to your wishes and needs.

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  1. Sammuel April 10, 2019 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Hey there. Is it possible to open a banking account with a tourist visa in Thailand? If so which bank is easier to do so? My wife and I will be staying for 15 days in Thailand and I dont want to carry a lot of cash with me on the trip. Thank you

    • J&E Concierge May 11, 2019 at 8:54 am - Reply

      Hello, the type of a Thai bank account depends on your needs. Please get in touch with us and after you provide us your needs we can recommend you and also open you Thai bank account. Thank you

  2. ValentinLit November 2, 2018 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Hello, what do i need to open a bank account in Thailand , i will arrive to Thailand in few weeks and i m planning to stay 4 months ( i have a Visa ). It will be very useful to have a bank account rather than cash money. Thanks in advice.

    • J&E Concierge November 3, 2018 at 12:24 pm - Reply

      Hello there, please feel free to get in touch with us and we will help you get your Thai bank account.

  3. Spoilme September 11, 2018 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Which banks will let a foreigner on a tourist visa open up a bank account? What is required to open a new account? Thanks

    • J&E Concierge September 12, 2018 at 9:15 am - Reply

      Hello there, we invite you to get in touch with us and we will provide you any information you need and we can also help you get your Thai bank account.

  4. BebeB1 April 14, 2018 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Which banks are good for opening a bank account in Pattaya on a tourist visa (METV)? Thanks in advice

    • J&E Concierge April 15, 2018 at 11:02 am - Reply

      Hello there, please feel free to get in touch with us and we will help you get your Thai bank account.

  5. Kingex February 18, 2018 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    When arriving in Thailand, is it possible to open an international account or an internal account in Thailand and have an ATM card? Is there any commission and extra fee?

    • J&E Concierge February 19, 2018 at 10:12 am - Reply

      Hello there, we invite you to get in touch with us and we will provide you any information you need. Thank you

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