Guide to Sending and Receiving Money From Thailand

28 Mar 2022

Many people relocate to Thailand because they prefer the lifestyle here over their home country. Often, they start a business or go to school to learn the Thai language, cooking, massage or Muay Thai.

Staying in Thailand for an extended period requires money, maybe even more money than you expected. Sometimes you can't make enough of it with your new business or you spend all that you have, so someone needs to send you more. Or you may need to support someone back home. There are various reasons why people transfer money internationally. 

You can use money transfer services to support loved ones and obtain required finances no matter how far away you are from home. You can also use them to spend your retirement days in Thailand or live the digital nomad life. Other common reasons to use money transfer services include. 

  • move pension payments
  • dip into your savings by transferring funds from a foreign bank account to a Thai bank account
  • get money for services from companies located outside of the United States

 

So Many Choices, What's the Difference? Are They Safe?

But nowadays, there are so many financial service providers. So, what's the difference? Firstly, there are three methods for moving money: online e-wallet systems, wire transfers, and bank transfers. Each company specializes in one. So, which ones are available in Thailand?

We'll get into all of these in a minute, but first, let's talk about safety. How can you keep my money safe when you send it to Thailand via the internet?

Security is crucial, and all the internet businesses we will be reviewing take their legal obligations extremely seriously. As a result, they take special precautions to safeguard the sensitive information you supply them, such as your personal information and identification.

But, of course, it's still preferable to be safe than sorry. So here are some other security practices for transferring funds:

  • Double-check your money transfer provider's privacy regulations and tracking process.
  • When setting up your account, use a strong, long, and unique password that includes a mix of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
  • Make sure your money transfer provider offers two-factor verification, like an SMS or email-based security code.

 

What Information Does Someone Need?

For any service, you'll need the following details to wire money from another nation to a Thai bank account:

  • Name and complete address of the recipient account holder
  • Account number to which you will send money
  • Swift / BIC code or Routing Number

 

Accounts on the Internet

Using the "Add An Account" functionality, connecting your bank account(s) to an e-wallet account is simple. Once established, you can use the e-wallet to move payments between accounts, receive money online, and deposit money using a credit/debit card or bank transfer into the e-wallet.

 

Wise (previously known as Transferwise)

Wise is Thailand's most popular online money transfer service because it lets you send money to Thailand at the real exchange rate with no hidden fees or charges. With a cost of only 1-1.5% of the amount to transfer, this service is significantly less costly than a bank transfer.

Plus, you can keep money in multiple currencies for free, and when you convert, it utilizes the actual exchange rate.

It's quick and straightforward to sign up. First, sign up with an email address or a Facebook, Apple, or Google account online or the Wise app. Next, link your account to your new profile so that people may send money directly to your bank account.

Here's how you can get money:

  • Open a balance in Baht via the website or app from the comfort of your home.
  • Select "Get account details".
  • Give the sender these details so they can pay you.
  • Wise will deposit the payment immediately.

In two swift actions, you can send money online:

  • Begin your transfer by simply entering how much you want to spend and where you want to spend it. Then, make a local payment with your debit or credit card, a bank transfer (SWIFT), or an online banking transfer.
  • Money is delivered locally: The receiver receives money immediately from Wise's local bank account in their currency.

Wise is 13 times less expensive than major Spanish banks, eight times less costly than major UK banks, and five times less costly than major Swiss, French, and German banks!

Wise gives you the best rate (Google rate), doesn't charge a margin, and has transparent fees. The cheapest method is bank debit (ACH), followed by bank wire transfer, debit card, and credit card.

 

PayPal

PayPal has been in business for a long time. Depending on the amount sent, it charges a 3–8% fee. However, for more than 5000 THB, withdrawals to a Thai bank account are free.

 

Powered by PayPal, Xoom

When it comes to money transfers, Xoom is convenient, but it is also expensive compared to other money transfer services. The transfer charge varies depending on the amount and the method of payment. For example, if you pay via bank transfer, there is no fee; however, there is a percentage fee if you pay by card. They also include a margin in the exchange rate.

How do I use Xoom to send money?

  • Create an account and log in.
  • Enter how much you want to spend and where you want to spend. Next, fill in the information for your receivers. Finally, enter your preferred method of payment.
  • Money is directly deposited into the recipient's account or is ready for pick-up at the agent's location.

Xoom will send the money in 1-2 business days.

 

Skrill (formerly known as Moneybookers)

You can receive funds or fill your account for free and then transfer the money to your Thai bank account for a nominal cost of 25 THB (on transfers of 999.99 Euros or less - their transaction limit).

 

Remitly

Remitly accepts both credit and debit cards, and their Express option allows you to send money in minutes. In addition, Remitly has no minimum transaction amount, making it ideal for sending tiny amounts to relatives or friends in other countries. We enjoy Remitly because they are less expensive than Xoom/PayPal or Western Union for same-day money transfers.

People can also make payments via the Remitly website or mobile app.

Transferring money to Thailand costs $3.99 (for Express), and the conversion rate varies depending on the amount.

How do I use Remitly to pay with my debit or credit card?

  • When you're ready to pay, type your name, card number, expiration date, and card verification data into the Remitly website
  • Bank transfers or SWIFT payments are also options for sending money from the US.

Remitly is fantastic since it allows you to send money internationally in minutes. Furthermore, the money transfer can be received by bank deposit, cash pick-up, mobile money, or home delivery.

 

WorldRemit

WorldRemit focuses on remittances and small transfers. They're ideal for personal money transfers to Thailand of up to $10,000 from the United States. Their rates are frequently better than those offered by your local bank, and they have more delivery alternatives than PayPal, MoneyGram or Western Union. They charge a $3.99 transfer fee and add a margin to the currency rate when sending money to Thailand.

How do I use WorldRemit to send money?

  • Sign up for an online account and log in.
  • Enter the amount, the transfer method (cash, bank deposit, Mobile Money, or Airtime top-up), and the destination. Fill in the information for your receivers.
  • Use a bank transfer or your debit or credit card to make a local US payment to WorldRemit.

The time it takes to receive money is determined by the delivery method. For example, they will receive Thai baht in three working days if they send money via wire transfer. However, with a valid photo ID and transaction reference, Worldremit can dispatch cash immediately.

 

OFX

OFX is among the oldest money transfer firms with a solid security record. For those sending money from the United States, it adds a margin to the exchange rate but does not charge a transfer fee.

How do I use OFX to make a money transfer?

  • Get a live price for your transfer by creating a free online account and logging in.
  • Enter your receiver's bank account, financial institution number, account number, and branch transit number.
  • 'Finish the transaction' by making a bank or wire transfer payment. A direct debit is an option for business customers.

In one business day, the recipient will receive the money in Thai baht into their account.

 

Are there any restrictions on the amount of money that someone can transfer?

That depends on which online money transfer service you choose.

XE and Wise have no limits on minimum transfer amounts. A single transaction with OFX requires a minimum of $150.

For personal accounts, Wise has a maximum transfer amount limit of $50,000. In addition, they have a maximum limit of $250,000 for business accounts in unlicensed jurisdictions and up to $1,000,000 in permitted states.

There are no limit transfer amounts for OFX and XE. Meanwhile, if you have the proper documents, Xoom has a 24-hour maximum of $50,000.

 

Transfers by Wire

Wire transfer services are incredibly fast. Some transfers take only a few minutes. If you need to receive money but don't have a Thai bank account, these services are a suitable choice. However, their fees might be high - up to 20% on minor amounts in some cases.

 

Western Union

Western Union is a dependable money transfer business that has been in operation for over 145 years.

With Western Union online money transfers, you may send money worldwide or around the corner from Thailand anytime. You'll also have peace of mind because you'll be able to follow the transactions using tracking codes.

A local agent can also help you send and receive money. There are roughly 100 locations across the country, so finding one close to you should be simple.

You must be 18 years old or older with a valid government-issued ID to transfer or receive money using Western Union (WU). A supplementary ID (for example, information about the country of birth or a residency status certificate) is sometimes required.

The rest of the information you'll need to provide about yourself and your recipient will be determined by whether you send or receive your message online or in person. If you've paid or received money with WU before, you'll already have a WU profile, which has most of the essential information. If you don't already have a profile, bring the necessary details when visiting a WU location or sending money online.

 

Moneygram

Moneygram allows you to send cash from one of its many locations or online.

Please bring the following items to your nearest Money Gram agent to send money to a Money Gram location abroad:

  • Your ID.
  • Recipient's full name (which matches their ID and location).
  • The amount you wish to send (plus fees).

Please bring the following items to your nearest Money Gram agent to send money to a bank account:

  • your ID, the recipient's full name (which must match their ID and location),
  • the amount you wish to send (plus fees),
  • and the recipient's bank name and account number.

To receive money at a Money Gram location in Thailand, you'll need your ID and address, the sender's location and name, and the transfer reference number.

 

DeeMoney

DeeMoney is a relatively new financial solutions provider based in Thailand (established in 2018), specializing in money transfers and foreign currency exchange. It supports payouts to approximately 35 nations throughout the world. The transfer is customarily done straight into the receiver's bank account; however, the receiver can withdraw cash at specific places in some countries.

Transfers might take one to five days and cost between 150 and 250 THB depending on the destination country (except China, where the fee is 300 THB).

To begin transferring using DeeMoney, fill out a registration form at deemoney.com/sign-up and download the app. In addition, you can sign up in person at one of their locations. A Thai bank account and phone number are also required.

If you activate roaming on your cellphone to get the OTP through SMS, you can even transfer funds from your Thai bank account while you are abroad.

 

Transfers between Banks

Transferring cash from a foreign bank account to a Thai bank account is only ideal if you need bank records (for example, purchasing a house and need a TT3) or sending significant quantities of money that wire transfers or e-wallet systems can't handle. In addition, fees and exchange rates vary from one bank to the next.

The three bank transfer options include wire transfer, check, or bank draft (cashier's check).

 

Transfer via Wire

You'll need the receiving bank's SWIFT number to make a wire transfer from a foreign bank to a Thai bank account. The transaction can be completed over the internet or in person. 

Because the sending and receiving banks both charge fees, these types of transfers are only cost-effective if the quantity sent/received is more than 130,000 THB. As a result, the total costs can range from 1800 to 2400 THB, regardless of the amount sent.

How can I transfer money from one bank account in the United States to another in Thailand?

Follow these procedures to send money from your bank account in Thailand to another bank account in Thailand:

  • Go to your institution's website and look for the wire transfer area.
  • Check for any transfer restrictions.
  • Fill in the recipient's banking information.
  • Enter the quantity you want to send and the currency you wish to send it in.
  • Pay the transfer processing fee, ranging from $30 to $80, depending on your bank. Your recipient bank may levy a fee of up to $30 to receive the funds.
  • Find out how long your transfer will take to arrive.

It can take up to five business days to complete SWIFT transfers.

 

Bank Drafts and Cheques

Not all Thai banks accept bank drafts (cashier's cheques) or international cheques, so you must check with your Thai bank in advance. Checks and drafts can take days to weeks to process and can result in fees of up to 2,000 THB.