Required to be on Deposit for Specified Period

Cash on deposit in a Thai bank equal to or greater than 800,000 baht:

  • For the 2 months preceding the date you apply for the extension. 
  • For 3 months after the date the extension is granted.
A minimum deposit must remain for all other months equal or greater than 400,000 baht. Chonburi (Pattaya) usually requires a return visit 3 months after the date the extension was granted to show your bank book as proof that the full 800,000 has remained on deposit for that period.

Note: There is no leeway, if you let the amount fall even 1 baht below the requirements at any time, your extension can be canceled or the next application for renewal can be denied.


Type of Bank Account


The account can be a baht account or a foreign currency account so long is as it is in a Thai bank.

  • Account must be in retiree's name - joint accounts should be avoided as only half the amount on deposit, if it is accepted, will be included for determining the 800,000 baht required amount.
  • Account must not be restricted on making withdrawals - fixed accounts offering higher interest rate are acceptable provided funds can be withdrawn at any time (with loss of higher interest rate as the penalty).


Note: If using a Foreign Currency account, remember that the baht exchange rate will fluctuate; thus it is advisable to have a "cushion" sufficient to ensure that the deposit remains equal to or greater than the amount of baht required at all times.


Documents Required as Evidence

Original Letter from your Thai Bank verifying your account and showing your balance (the letter should be dated the day of application for extension, but if doing the extension early in the morning before banks open, the day before should be acceptable).

Photocopy of your bank passbook Identity page showing name and account number and all page(s) showing activity for the last 2 months. The passbook will need to be updated showing a transaction on the date you apply - bank branches usually have ATMs to do the transaction and another machine where you can then insert the passbook to be updated showing the transaction.


USING 65,000 BAHT IN MONTHLY INCOME

Embassy Certification of Monthly Income

The only supporting documentation usually required if your Embassy or Consulate in Thailand provides a Letter to Thai Immigration, is their letter certifying the amount of your monthly income.

Most Embassies/Consulate should provide such letters.  Each will have their own requirements as to any documentary evidence they require to issue the Certification.

Note: The Embassies for the UK, USA, and Australia do not provide such certifications. See below for documents required for their citizens.


The Certification will be in a format adopted by the respective Embassy/Consulate, but should:

  • Be less than 6 months old, the closer to the date of application for extension, the better.
  • Show monthly income in your country's currency, e.g., Euro, Peso, etc.
  • Amount of monthly income must be equal to or greater than 65,000 baht per month.
Note: Currency exchange rates fluctuate. Thai Immigration will use the exchange rate in effect at the time you apply for the extension to convert the monthly income shown to baht. If it is equivalent to less than 65,000 baht, the extension will be denied.

No Embassy Certification of Monthly Income

Holders of passports from the United Kingdom, United States of America, and Australia,  are required to prove they have the equivalent of at least 65,000 baht in monthly income.

Immigration rule requires the applicant show they have transferred at least the equivalent of 65,000 baht into their Thai bank account, as follows:

  • Funds must be from a foreign source
  • Fund must be transferred in each and every month as follows (no averaging):
      • First time application for extension, period should for 2 or 3 month before application for extension.
      • Renewal of extension, period is required to be for the 12 months preceding the application for extension.

Documentation Required as evidence:

  • Original Letter from your Thai Bank verifying your account and showing your balance (the letter should be dated the day of application for extension, but if doing the extension early in the morning before banks open, the day before should be acceptable Thai Bank passbook's identity page,
  • Original Letter from your Thai Bank showing all deposits to your account from a source outside of Thailand for the initial/renewal period required as noted above. It should be recent but does not have to be the day of or day before as does the bank account verification letter mentioned above. If for renewal of extension, it must show at least 65,000 baht has been transferred into the account in each month for the 12 months preceding the date of application.
  • Original bank book showing a transaction as of the date of application (this can be done at your bank's an ATM and passbook update machine).
  • Photocopy of bank book identity page and pages showing transactions for the initial/renewal period required as noted above - it is best if done at the time the bank account verification letter is obtained so that the balance shown in the letter agrees with the ending balance in the bank book. 
  • Photocopy of proof of residence (Rental Agreement, Housebook, Company Documents if Company Owned, etc.).
  • Photocopy of document showing source of income (e.g., Statement of Pension amount from source not over 6 months old may be asked for by the Immigration Officer)



USING MONTHLY INCOME PLUS DEPOSIT IN THAI BANK

Combination of monthly income and funds on deposit is equal to or greater than 800,000 baht.

Monthly income x 12 months plus funds on deposit in a Thai bank must be equal or greater than 800,000 baht at the time of the application for an extension.


Type of Bank Account

The account must meet the requirements shown above for those using the 800,000 baht in the bank method.

Embassy Certification of Monthly Income

The Certification from your Embassy must meet the same requirements shown above for those using the 65,000 baht monthly income method except the amount can be less than the equivalent of 65,000 baht.

No Embassy Certification of Monthly Income

Holders of passports from the United Kingdom, United States of America, and Australia,  are required to prove the amount of monthly income.

Immigration rule requires the applicant show they have transferred at least that amount into their Thai bank account from a foreign source.  Documentation to show proof is the same as shown above for those using the 65,000 baht in monthly income.

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