Traditionally, it has always been easy to transfer money into Thailand, but getting the money out has always been more difficult. Normally, if you are transferring large sums of money offshore, you would need to supply the bank with a host of supporting documents proving that you have made the money here and paid tax on it.
The Bank of Thailand have now relaxed the regulations concerning capital outflows. The amount you can transfer offshore without having to fill in the foreign exchange transaction forms has increased from US$20,000 to US$50,000. They have also eased
the supporting documents you need to supply to the bank. This is to facilitate firms sending foreign exchange transactions overseas whilst reducing the administration costs for firms and banks. This makes money transfers more viable than the traditional Western Union route with its high fees.
The Notifications of the Ministry of Finance with immediate effect 12th October 2010:
(1) relaxing regulations on Thai direct investment and lending to affiliated companies overseas
(2) relaxing regulations on lending of Thai companies to non-affiliated companies abroad up to $50 million per year.
(3) increasing the amount limit for purchase of immovable properties abroad.
(4) raising the outstanding balance limit of foreign currency accounts.
(5) relaxing regulations on repatriation of export proceeds of values less than US$50,000.
The full article can be accessed here: http://www.bot.or.th/Thai/PressAndSpeeches/Press/News2553/n4553e.pdf
You can transfer this money directly to an offshore bank account or straight into an investment portfolio to maximise returns. For money transfers abroad, seek advice from your local financial advisor on what would be the best option. Contact details are provided above.
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