Thailand Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Customs Rules

Import regulations::

Free import by each passenger holding a passport of his own, irrespective of age:
1. 200 cigarettes or 250 grammes of tobacco or equal weight of cigars;
2. 1 litre of alcoholic liquor;
3. One still camera with 5 rolls of film or one movie camera with 3 rolls of 8 or 16 mm. film.

Free import for non-residents:
- for holders of transit visas or who can obtain a visa on arrival: up to THB 10,000 per person or THB 20,000 per family.
- for holders of tourist visas: up to THB 20,000 per person or THB 40,000 per family.

Prohibited (without licence):
1. Firearms and ammunition incl. explosive articles and fireworks, drugs of narcotic nature, e.g. heroin.
2. Gold bullion. Moreover it must be declared on arrival and can, if no import licence is available, be left in Customs bond at the airport of entry to be retrieved on departure.
3. Meat from any country affected by Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) or mad cow and foot-and-mouth diseases. The measure covers meat from all EU Member States and any other infected country. Those carrying such diseased meat will be fined THB 40,000 and/or imprisoned for up to two years.

Additional Information on regulations::

Violation of these rules or false declaration will result in heavy fines and forfeiture of articles concerned. The import of heroin may result in imprisonment for life or even death penalty.

A declaration of goods acquired abroad is required if the total value exceeds THB 10,000.- per person.

Export regulations::

Free export of tobacco products and/or tobacco: any quantity.
Prohibited (without licence):
1. Antique or objects of art, whether offically registered as art or not;
2. Religious articles (excluding one small Buddha image normally carried on person).

Crew members customs regulations::

same regulations as for passengers apply.

Pets::

Pets must be accompanied by a health certificate, completed in English and signed or further endorsed by a full-time authorized veterinary official of the government of the exporting country. Importer should contact the Animal Quarantine Station at the airport of entry, at least 15 days prior to importation. If carried as cargo, an Import Permit obtained in advance from the Department of Livestock Development (DLD) is also required.
Cats and Dogs: also require a pedigree certificate and a rabies certificate if the country has not been rabies free for at least the past 12 months.
Birds: the country of origin must be free from Avian Influenza and the bird must have been resident in the country of origin for a period not less than 6 weeks or since hatching. Birds must be kept in isolation or quarantine under the supervision of an authorized veterinary official for a period of 21 days prior to shipment.
All pets are subjected to quarantine at approved premises, for a period of at least 30 days upon arrival, at the expense of importer/owner.
Pets may enter as passenger's checked baggage, in the cabin or as cargo.
Prohibited: import of Pitbull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier.
Export: Export permit required.

Baggage Clearance regulations::

Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in Thailand. Exempt:



Airport Embarkation Tax

No airport tax is levied on passenger upon embarkation at the airport. However, the Bangkok Airport Tax is levied on transit passengers who decide to leave the transit area if the tax has not been included in the ticket. Fee: THB 700.- (payable in THB only), before their departure.



Currency rules

Currency Import regulations:

Local currency: up to THB 50,000.- per person or THB 100,000.- per family holding one passport.
Foreign currencies: unlimited. However, amounts of foreign currency exceeding USD 20,000.- (or equivalent) must be declared to a Customs Officer upon arrival by all travellers.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency: up to THB 50,000.- per person or THB 100,000.- per family holding one passport.
Foreign currencies: unlimited. However, amounts of foreign currency exceeding USD 20,000.- (or equivalent) must be declared to a Customs Officer upon departure by all travellers.




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