Thailand - Travel Preparation


Ordinary passport holders of many Western and Asian countries, do not need a visa if their purpose of visit is tourism. Visitors arriving by air receive 30-day permits (except for citizens of Korea, Brazil, Chile and Peru who get 90 days; but effective December 15, 2008, those arriving by land are only allowed 15 days (visitors from several countries, mostly nearby ones, but notably including Russia, still get 30 days on the land border due to bilateral visa exemption). Thai immigration requires visitors' passports to have a minimum of 6 months validity and at least one completely blank visa page remaining. Visa-on-arrival is available at certain entry points for passport holders of 20 other nations, including India and China. Latest information can be collected from Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Those who faces problems with their passports from countries or have problems with document forgery (i.e. some African countries) should obtain a visa in advance from their nearest Thai embassy.

Proof of onward transit is ignored by Thai immigration. A print-out of an e-ticket on a budget airline is sufficient for the immigrants, Buying a fully refundable ticket and getting it refunded once in Thailand is also an option. Land crossings, on the other hand, are a very straightforward process and no proof of onward journey required (unless the border officials decide otherwise).

Overstaying in Thailand is dishonest. If one overstays for up to 10 days , one probably will be allowed out with a fine of 500 Baht per day. However, if any one for any reason gets caught overstaying by the police for drug trafficking etc one is carted off to the notoriously unpleasant illegal immigrant holding pens and may be blacklisted from Thailand entirely.



Import Regulations by Thailand customs

Free import

For over 20 year olds:
• 200 cigarettes or 250g cigars 250g of tobacco
• 1L of alcohol
• Non-commercial amount of gifts and other items for personal use of up to 10,000 local currency (Baht)


• Narcotics and other controlled substances
• Pornography
• Counterfeit items
• Goods with Thai flag on them
• Fake Royal or other Official seals
• Copyright infringing items
• Local currency


• Live animals – health certificate required along with complete and valid inoculations. Contact nearest embassy to obtain permission.
• Plants, foodstuff and seeds– health certificate require. Check with the nearest embassy.
• Weaponry and ammunition – permission obtainable from Ministry of Interior. Check with the nearest embassy.
• Medication
• Foreign currency – any amounts need to be declared.

Export Regulations by Thailand customs

Free Exported

• No information available.


• Narcotics
• Pornography
• Counterfeit items
• Goods with Thai flag
• Fake Royal or other Official seals


• Foreign currency – up to the amount declared upon arrival

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 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, during which they shall be submitted to tests and/or treatments deemed necessary. The importer/owner shall be responsible for all expenses.

Pets may enter as passenger's checked baggage, in the cabin or as cargo.

Prohibited: the importation of Pitbull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier.

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.

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.

Thai Customs contact information

The Customs Department
1 Sunthornkosa Road, Klong Toey
Bangkok, 10110
Telephone: +66026677100