Opening a bank account may not be easy for some foreigners who want to open an account with a local bank in Thailand. Most of the time, foreigners are required to present their passport with valid Thai visa and work permit before they can open a personal bank account. The same condition applies to those foreigners who are authorized directors, branch managers or representative office managers of their entities in Thailand whereas copies of company registration papers and other additional supporting documents are also needed before they can open a business bank account.
However, regardless of any type of business entity, foreign business owners or managers can open a business bank account since there are no restrictions on foreign firms opening a business bank account in Thailand.
Aside from major local banks, international banks such as Citibank, HSBC, Standard Chartered and UOB provide business banking services in Thailand. All of these banks are able to provide full online banking facilities and support as well. Both local and foreign currency accounts are available under similar terms and conditions.
In opening a Thailand business bank account, there is a minimum initial deposit required but usually, it is a relatively low amount. Normally, the international banks require Baht 50,000 or more (or the equivalent in foreign currency) as the initial deposit. For major Thai banks such as Bangkok Bank, Kasikorn Bank, Siam Commercial Bank, etc, the minimum initial deposit for a Thai Baht account is usually Baht 10,000 for a current bank account and Baht 500 for a savings account. However, it is advisable to know the terms and conditions of these banks before deciding to open a bank account.
MSNA can assist you in opening a business bank account in Thailand. We can help you coordinate with the respective bank officers and prepare the necessary requirements. Consult now for further information.