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€15k Bank Balance For 6 Months Required For Single Entry Tourist Visa Applications In Helsinki



Helsinki Require 6 Months Bank Statements Showing 15,000 Euro Balance

The Royal Thai Embassy in Helsinki have confirmed that anyone applying for a single entry 60-day Tourist Visa must provide 6 months of bank statements showing a balance of 15,000 Euro.

The extraordinary requirement came to light over the weekend when several posts on Facebook and Twitter went viral stating “Thailand will soon require a minimum of €15k balance and six months of bank statements for European travellers”.

While it is not possible to enter Thailand at this point in time on a regular Tourist Visa, many are looking ahead to next year and planning holidays to the Land Of Smiles.

Rules and requirements vary slightly from embassy to embassy when applying for a visa.

Some official embassy websites have completely removed all information related to Tourist Visas, both single and multiple entry, while others continue to publish lists of documents required and application forms, Helsinki in Finland being one of them.

When viewing the page “Tourist Visa started 9.10.2020” on the list of required documents is as follows:


Everything you would expect until you reach number 6 on the list.

6. Current bank statement of the applicant showing the closing balance (each month) of 15,000 euro/person for last 6 months in English or Finnish. The bank statement must show account owner.

Thinking it was a typo or Euro had been mistaken for Baht I reached out to the embassy for clarification on the matter as it is a ridiculous ask to show a balance of 15,000 Euro (550,000 baht) for six months in your bank for a 2-week break.

While awaiting their response I took a look at the financial requirements being asked at other embassies around the world just to be sure this wasn’t a new policy that slipped under the radar during the anti-government protests.

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A copy of recent bank statement (showing a balance of at least $700 per person or $1,500 per family) (The name of the applicant must indicated clearly), In case of submitting family bank statement a proof of relationship (i.e. birth certificate, marriage certificate) must be provided.

Une photocopie du justificatif financier (monnaie en euro),: le relevé de compte bancaire récent (moins de 30 jours à compter de la date de dépôt) avec un montant de 1000 € minimum par demandeur ou 2000 € pour un compte commun ou une attestation bancaire signée et tamponnée par la banque. Une photocopie du livret de famille est demandée dans le cas où le relevé de compte bancaire n’est pas au nom de demandeur, âgé de moins de 20 ans.

Copy of updated bank statement providing of adequate finances (THB 10,000 per person, or THB 20,000 per family)

Bank Statement or Proof of Income with a minimum balance of 550 Euro

Proof of financial means (20,000 baht per person/40,000 baht per family)

While each of the five asks for different amounts, they are within an acceptable range leading me to expect a reply stating the Helsinki requirements were indeed a mistake.

Apparently not.

After several emails back and forth with me pushing harder each time for an actual answer to my questions, “Is this a mistake and if not when was this policy introduced and by who?”.

Below was their final response:


We received the information internally form the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand.

Best regards,
W======= S.
Visa Section

At the time of publishing, the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs had yet to respond to my request for a comment on the matter.

I’m still not convinced this information from the Royal Thai Embassy in Helsinki is correct.

Asking backpackers heading to Khaosan Road and the southern islands for a couple of months to show 15,000 Euro in the bank for 6 months just doesn’t make sense.

UPDATE: Several other embassies have now updated their websites for SETV applications and also include the 500,000 baht in the bank for six months requirement.

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Bangkok Named ‘Best Leisure City in Asia-Pacific’ For Fifth Year Running



Bangkok Best Leisure City in Asia-Pacific

Readers of Business Traveller Asia-Pacific have named Bangkok the ‘Best Leisure City in the Asia-Pacific’ for the fifth year running.

This win makes it a record 10th time Bangkok has won this award since 2008.

Mr Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, said, “We are touched that even with the current travel restrictions, Bangkok remains top-of-mind with Business Traveller Asia-Pacific readers. We look forward to welcoming them back soon.”

Bangkok’s rich diversity remains a major draw, showcased via its unique blend of New World experiences and Old World charms.

And it’s not just about street food either, though that remains a key attraction. Bangkok boasts multiple Michelin starred restaurants, it’s served by a modern transportation system and has world-class shopping across the city

Although there’s not much travelling this year, readers still voted for their favourite airlines, hotels, and airports for 2020.

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Firefighters Battle Blaze At Shopping Mall In Nakhon Nayok



Firefighters Battle Blaze At Shopping Mall In Nakhon Nayok

Firefighters battled to extinguish a blaze that ripped through a shopping mall in Nakhon Nayok province this afternoon (December 2).

Flames erupted in a warehouse of the Big One Superstore shortly after midday, according to local reports.

Staff and customers were quickly evacuated from the building and nobody was hurt.

Ten fire trucks raced to the inferno to bring it under control.

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Hollywood Actress Rosie Perez Claims She Contracted Coronavirus Flying To Bangkok Last December



Hollywood Actress Rosie Perez Claims She Contracted Coronavirus In Bangkok Last December

Hollywood actress Rosie Perez has claimed in an interview she contracted Covid-19 last December flying to Bangkok to film a new TV series for HBO.

Perez, 56, told Uproxx she was diagnosed with the deadly virus in Bangkok while on location filming “The Flight Attendant”.

“I had contracted COVID when we flew to Bangkok. And at that time, they were saying it’s a new respiratory tract infection. It’s a virus that’s going around. We don’t really know what it is and what it does, but it attacks the respiratory system first and then travels to other parts of your body,”

Perez continued, “And I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ It was terrifying. I remember my manager was with me, and I said, ‘Tarik, don’t let me die in Bangkok.’ And he goes, ‘Oh my God, you’re scaring me.’ And the head of the ICU says, ‘You should be scared, sir. This is serious. We’re going to have to put her in a separate room.’ Because it was new. [This] was in December.”

Perez goes on, “I remember the doctor saying to me, ‘The mask that you have on, the mask that I have on, every time you go outside, every time you meet someone wear that mask — not just for you, but to protect them too’.

In the interview, Perez gives no details on which hospital she was treated in, how long she was hospitalised for or any other information to substantiate her claims she caught Covid either flying to or in Thailand.

Perez shot to fame in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing which she followed with White Men Can’t Jump in 1992. Among many honours, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Fearless (1993) as well as three Emmy Awards for her work as a choreographer on In Living Color in the early ’90s.

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