The Ultimate Newbie Guide to Thailand

Custom Department of Thailand 

Clearing customs in Thailand is usually eventless. Some of the most frequent asked questions are related to alcohol and tobacco, which are included in the Import regulations below. It is worth noting that violating Thai law is usually viewed in a stricter way than the same offense in a western country. Trafficking drugs, including marijuana (pot) can land the offender in jail for 2 - 15 years (category 5 narcotic).

Links: The Customs Department of Thailand and IATA

Customs Rules (Excerpts)

Import regulations

Free import by each passenger holding a passport of his own, irrespective of age:
1. 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco or equal weight of cigars;
2. 1 liter of alcoholic drinks (all types combined);
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.
Personal items which will taken out of Thailand are exempt.

Prohibited (without license):
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 license 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 countries. 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 license):
1. Antique or objects of art, whether officially registered as art or not;
2. Religious articles (excluding one small Buddha image normally carried on person).

Currency rules

Currency Import & Export Regulations:

Foreign currencies: Unlimited. However, amounts of foreign currency exceeding USD 20,000.- (or equivalent) must be declared to a Customs Officer upon arrival or departure by all travelers.

Local currency: The amount of 50,000 baht or more in Thai currency must be reported on departure, except those traveling to Lao PDR., Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Vietnam are allowed to take out Thai currency not exceeding 500,000 baht.

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