If you are coming into Thailand on a tourist visa you might have to show immigration 20,000 baht in cash.
Immigration officials at a number of border check points are asking some travellers to show them 20,000 in cash before being allowed to enter.
The increased measures are part of an effort to crackdown on foreigners that they suspect might not actually be tourists and who may intend to work here illegally.
People trying to enter with a history of tourist visas and those with education visas appear to be under the most scrutiny.
Reports on social media have begun to surface showing tourists travel woes, for those that did not have the cash on them at the time and were refused entry.
One traveller even claimed that he provided hotel details online bank statement showing lots of savings and a booking for an outbound flight and was still denied entry.
A British national in Hua Hin who has three previous tourist visa entries to his name was also told to show 20,000 baht in cash when entering at Don Mueang airport on Wednesday and was subjected to questioning on how he could financially support his stay in Thailand.
Immigration officials have said they are not authorised to speak publicly on matters of immigration but one officer said that people on a tourist visa should be able to prove they can support themselves while here.
All entries into Thailand are at the discretion of the immigration officers.
While it is unclear if this procedure is taking place at all border check points it seems authorities are taking steps to try and crack down on those that may be trying to cheat the system by working illegally in Thailand.
Source : Thaivisa
Content : LovePattayaThailand