What documents do foreigners need to open a bank account in Thailand?

What documents do foreigners need to open a bank account in Thailand?

Open an account.

        Foreigners coming to Thailand can open an account with a Thai bank. Each bank has different requirements for opening an account.

        The majority of banks have requirements for creating an account for foreigners, one of which is that they must have a work permit (Work Permit), mostly because the bank needs proof that the foreigner who wants to create an account truly works in Thailand. Documents issued by the government may be used in its place if a foreign national is awaiting a work permit (Work Permit), but they must include the date on which the work permit will be received (Work Permit).

        Some banks may allow foreigners who do not have a work permit (Work Permit) to open an account by bringing a passport and supporting documents as evidence for opening an account as follows: 

       - Certificate from an embassy or international organization
       - Foreign agencies, such as a pension certificate from a foreign government agency
       - Applicant’s foreign bank to open an account via SWIFT
       - Persons that the bank can trust such as bank officers, customers, government officials, executives of private companies, public and private educational institutions located in Thailand that the bank can trust.

        Examples of commercial banks in Thailand that are ready to open accounts for foreigners
         Bangkok Bank Use a passport and a copy of your house registration if you don't have a work permit, and bring one of the following important documents along with a certificate from an embassy, an international organization, or a foreign agency, such as a pension certificate from a foreign government agency country, a foreign bank of the applicant to open a SWIFT account, or people the bank trusts, like bank employees, customers, government officials, or executives of private companies. Use the client’s work certificate from the company in case the client is in the process of applying for a work permit and does not yet have a work permit.

        Kasikorn Bank Passport, copy of house registration, work permit, bring passport and one of the following important documents. Letter of affidavit issued by an embassy or international organization, the company is accepted by the bank confirming that you actually have a work permit application, the bank of the applicant for opening an overseas account via SWIFT, a person that the bank is trusted such as a bank officer, customers, government officials, executives of private companies, public and private educational institutions located in Thailand that the bank can trust.

         Krung Thai Bank Passport, copy of house registration, bring passport and one of the following important documents. Certificate issued by an embassy or international organization, the company is accepted by the bank to confirm that you have a valid work permit, the bank of the applicant for opening an overseas account via SWIFT, a person that the bank is trusted such as a bank officer, customers, government officials, executives of private companies, public and private educational institutions located in Thailand that the bank can trust.

        Siam Commercial Bank Passport, copy of house registration, work permit, salary certificate, bring your passport and one of the following important documents. Certificate issued by an embassy or international organization, the company is accepted by the bank to confirm that you have a valid work permit, the bank of the applicant for opening an overseas account via SWIFT, a person that the bank is trusted such as a bank officer, customers, government officials, executives of private companies, public and private educational institutions located in Thailand that the bank can trust. Use the client's work certificate from the company in case the client is in the process of applying for a work permit and does not yet have a work permit.

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