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    Default 400,000 Baht deposit, Thai marriage visa

    Hi All, Bangkok bank offer a foreign currency deposit account so you can change money to Baht when exchange rate is more favourable, could anyone tell me if I could use this account as proof of having 400,000 baht in thai bank for marriage visa entry and possibly annual renewal? Im in Bangkok at the moment and am getting married today. I only have until tomorrow to open thai bank account and start transfer process as money has to be in account for 2 months prior. Can anyone recommend an account to setup either in addition or instead of foreign currency account if I cannot use? many thanks ~ Jay

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaaaay View Post
    ...Im in Bangkok at the moment and am getting married today...
    Hi Jay, congratulations. Best of luck to you both.
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    Sorry I'm late.


    The answer is maybe yes, maybe no. There are reports that some Immigration Offices will accept it, but you have to check with the office that you intend to use for your extension first, and even then they may change their minds later.

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    Hi mate, congratulations by the way

    I would recommend, that if you are going to open an account like that, that you also open a Thai currency account with Bangkok Bank at the same time.

    There are branches that will do that, and some that won't, but that's another story!

    If you do have an FCD account, then presumably at some point you'll need to transfer money to a Thai account. Might as well be one at the same branch?

    A lot of things in Thai banking can only be done at the branch you opened the account at.

    As said above, only the immigration officer you are going to deal with can really answer your question. Definitely worth a trip down to Cheang Wattana to ask them. You have the advantage of being in Bangkok, so you can deal with the 'head office' as it were.

    Bearing in mind that when you do do the extension of stay due to marriage, you will need to do it in the area that you will be living in.

    So, what they tell you in Bangkok won't necessarily apply to another office.
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    Ok thanks guys, I'll try and open both for now, I'm back to Ministry of foreign affairs tomorrow to get certificate translated to English and stamped and hopefully my 'wife' will have be getting hold of her tabien baan so we can change her name too We may well be trying for spouse visa also, is there any problem with changing her surname to mine do you know? she will have new passport and ID card

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    Hi Biff, do you happen to know a handy branch to use of Bangkok bank somewhere near koh san road or should I go to silom, thanks

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    I don't know the Khao Saan Road very well mate, I opened my account way up north in Chiang Rai.

    I've read various things people have said about opening bank accounts in Bangkok. Seems it depends on the branch, the mood of the person you're talking to, and whether there's a ร in the month

    I reckon if you go down to the Silom branch, with your wife, marriage certificates (that's what our branch manager said he would need to see in order to open an account for me), ID card, your passport etc. etc. and tell them that you would very much like to deposit quite a lot of money, today. You want a FCD account and a savings account (seems like that's the one they like to give to foreigners, it works pretty much like a current account, as far as I can tell).

    Tell them you've got substantial funds in the UK, you will be living in Thailand but don't need to work there (some reports say they will only open an account with a work permit, others say they've been in the exact same branch without one and got an account), and they should sort you out, no problem.

    They will have staff who speak English, so you can do most of the talking.

    Might be best not to turn up in flip flops and a Chang vest as well Not saying that you would, but it's worth mentioning that the term 'dress to impress' still means something in Thailand and isn't just something that's written on RnB night flyers down the local disco
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    I think the BKK Bank HO is in Silom, probably not a proper branch as such but any branches in the area should know the correct rules. Wifey got me a TMB account in BKK by us just turning up with a UK marriage cert and my passport (ATM Card issued on the spot) as she had an account with them.

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    The correct rules are often the ones you want to avoid! There's rules that say you need a work permit to open an account, and other rules that say you don't!
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    Quote Originally Posted by colin244 View Post
    I think the BKK Bank HO is in Silom, probably not a proper branch as such but any branches in the area should know the correct rules. Wifey got me a TMB account in BKK by us just turning up with a UK marriage cert and my passport (ATM Card issued on the spot) as she had an account with them.

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    Yes, BKK's Head Office/Main Branch is on Silom Road. It must be at least 9 years ago, on just about the first trip to Thailand with my missis that I went in there and opened a Savings Account (with passbook and ATM card), which I used for several years thereafter on holiday trips. They needed just my passport (with a 30-day visit stamp), and maybe a copy of my wife's i/d to open the account. You need an address, we used a family address in Bangkok. I don't know if that's still their current policy but it's worth trying.

    After I retired to LOS 3.1/2 years ago I found the BKK Bank local branch in Rayong province rather unresponsive about either getting the account transferred or getting internet banking so I went down the road to Kasikorn where I was welcomed with open arms. By then of course I had a Retirement 'O' visa so I don't know what their attitude is to applicants on visit stamps, but again I suggest it's worth a try, particularly if you can show some local connection. I would recommend Kasikorn to anybody, their customer service is excellent.

    I assume you're not thinking of going back to the UK otherwise you could get an O Retirement Visa there based on UK Bank funds.
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    Thanks guys, looks like I'll have to try and open one in ubon as flying there tomorrow. had to do a lot of unexpected running around today to change my wife's surname as we only got her tabien baan day after wedding. We ran out of time and have not changed her name in passport yet or had the marriage certificate translated to English and stamped - all at the ministry of foreign affairs... which now does not open until Tuesday. I can arrange for my wife to fly back to do those things in time before we apply for a spouse visa and she can get tb test then also. Can anyone tell me if I need to take the marriage papers to the UK for any reason? I can get my wife to post them after she's been to M.O.F.A if so...

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    thanks mellow sailor, would love retirement visa but have 11 years to wait

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