Thailand Customs

Thailand Customs

Narcotics and pornographic materials are strictly prohibited. Permits must be obtained for firearms and certain species of animals and plants. The export of Buddha images, images of deities and antiques is strictly forbidden without first obtaining approval from the Fine Arts Department. Any amount of foreign currency may be brought in for personal use.

Aliens visiting Thailand must possess valid passports or acceptable travel documents and appropriate visas before entering the country. Visitors from certain countries are permitted to stay for up to 15 day without visas, provided they possess tickets confirming departure within 15 days, while visitors from several other countries are allowed to apply for tourist visas at all ports of entry. Transit visas are granted for up to 30 days and tourist visas for up to 60 days. 1, diplomatic and official visas are valid for up to 90 days.

Passenger with dutiable items and restricted articles which are not intended for use in Thailand must inform Customs and present the ticket to the third country. Those items should be placed in Customs custody not more than 2 months. They can be reclaimed on the departure date while checking in by informing the airline staff and paying the related fees.

Passengers bringing in goods under the auspices of the A.T.A. Carnet agreement which are to be used for exhibition, science or as sample or as sample goods and re-exports are required to inform the Customs officer at the red channel for Customs clearance at the Passenger Control Division, Bangkok International Airport Customs Bureau. (Terminal 1, 1st floor) or other place designated by Regional Customs Bureau for that area.

On the departure date passengers must present the A.T.A. Carnet document and goods for inspection by Customs officer; otherwise the goods will be considered as not having been re-exported and Customs duties and taxes will be levied.

Passengers who want to apply for VAT refund must submit the completed form for VAT refund application for tourist (P.P. 10). This form can be obtained by showing purchased goods to the Customs officer at Customs Inspection for VAT Refund point in the Departure hall.

Customs formalities can be performed at the Passenger Control Division, Bangkok International Airport Customs Bureau which is open 24 hours.

Failure to declare dutiable, restricted or prohibited items will lead to a fine amounting to four times the value of the goods plus duties and taxes and/or imprisonment for not more than 10 years. Such undeclared articles will be confiscated.