< /p>A traveler who moved to Thailand from Russia said that she did not go to “third countries” in order to open a bank card that works around the world, because. it is unreasonably expensive, but opted for the “plastic” produced in the Russian Federation, which is still used in Thai resorts.
“Like a bolt from the blue in February of this year, the news broke that some Russian banks were ending their cooperation with the Chinese and would no longer issue and service even issued Union Pay cards. This decision was made in connection with the sanctions, the banks “St. Petersburg”, “Uralsib”, “Zenith”, “Primorye” and “MTS-Bank” recommended their customers to withdraw money from their cards and stopped servicing them, now it's just a piece of plastic ”, – the Russian woman clarified in her blog on Yandex.Zen.
Gazprom and Rosselkhoz are still keeping apart from the sanctions regarding the servicing of cards of the Chinese payment system, therefore, the clients of these two banks and part-time Union Pay cardholders continue to make non-cash payments for goods and services in Thailand.
A tourist issued a card from Gazprom, paying 5,000 rubles for it, and now she withdraws money from ATMs and pays for purchases in stores. “The coefficient for converting rubles into baht ranged from 1.5 in October 2022 to 2.6 in April 2023. The baht is, of course, more expensive than the ruble,” she added.
At the same time, the compatriot called for option “B” in the arsenal ”In case of unforeseen circumstances, this is a“ stash ”of dollars or euros in denominations of at least 100, since exchange points offer the most favorable rate for them.
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