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Your guide to expatriate banking services in Thailand

Many local banks will require foreigners to hold a work permit or long-term visa before an application to open an account can be processed. It is advisable to visit a branch in person and confirm their acceptance criteria, as the terms and conditions can vary between banks.

If you application for an account is successful, in most cases you will need a work permit if you wish to have access to internet banking. In addition, you may also need long-term Thai residency if you require a credit card or chequebook.

Non residents are, however, allowed to open foreign currency savings accounts, subject to Thailand’s foreign exchange regulations. As with all bank applications, you will be required to provide personal identification, which typically includes a passport and residency or work permits. A letter of reference from an employer, in addition to a letter of reference from your existing bank, along with recent bank statements, can all help to support your application.