Long Stay (o-x) visa

Hi everyone, can I confirm.

I was told by my embassy (Switzerland) that I can not apply for a Long Stay (o-x) visa¬†unless, I already have 3M BHT in a Thai Bank. After calling the bank directly in Bangkok, I was told that I cannot open up an account unless I go there in person. It’s a bit of a catch 22 situation.

Has anyone done this, and is there an immigration department in Bangkok that I can discuss this with. I know that other people (in other countries) have been able to obtain a Long Stay (o-x) visa and upon arrival organise a bank account and transfer the funds after obtaining the VISA.

Thank in advance for anyone that can help.

Asked on November 22, 2020 in Visas & Legal.
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