Moving to Thailand

Country Guide: Thailand

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Original Passport (with one-year non-immigrant B Visa required for free duty and tax import)
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Packing list
  • Work Permit

Specific Information

  • The shipment must arrive within 6 months of the date of issue of the Work Permit for tax and duty free import for working foreign nations and returning Thai nationals).
  • For duty and tax free import, the Passport must have with it a 1-year non-immigrant B Visa (no copies are accepted).
  • Returning citizens must be overseas for 1 year in order to be considered for tax and duty free re-entry; travel to and from Thailand during the shipper’s overseas stay is likely to disqualify them from the exemption.
  • Diplomatic shipments are exempt from tax and duty, but document processing takes approximately 10 business days by the respective embassy; therefore, documentation must arrive prior to shipment to avoid additional port charges.
  • Retirement Visa holders must pay duties.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Import License
  • Diplomatic Exemption Certificate (Diplomats)
  • OBL

Specific Information

  • Shipments containing more than one of any electrical appliance will be subject to Customs taxes and duties.
  • Duties range from 210% to 310% of for vehicles not shipped under diplomatic status.
  • Motorcycles cannot be imported unless qualifying under diplomatic status.
  • Before the shipment non-diplomatic motor vehicles, the shipper must obtain approval from the Ministry of Commerce.
  • Import licenses are rarely granted to foreigners.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Vaccination Record
  • Veterinary Health Certificate

Specific Information

  • Pets require a vaccination valid for 1 year.
  • There is no quarantine period.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Wine, spirits, foodstuffs (should not be included in the shipment without prior consultation) – taxes and duties apply to quantities in excess of 180%
  • Baby items, including toys
  • Alcohol
  • Antiques and objects of art (permission from the Fine Arts Department is required)
  • Office items and equipment
  • Sports equipment, including golf sets
  • Musical instruments, including pianos
  • Luxury items, including crystal and porcelain
  • Only one of each electrical item is allowed duty and tax free; subsequent items will be assessed on the most expensive items.
  • Firearms, ammunition, fireworks (permission from the Ministry of Interior)
  • Wild flora, fauna, fish, and other aquatic fauna (permission from the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department / Department of Agriculture / or Department of Fishery is required)

Prohibited Items

  • Shortwave radios
  • Pornographic or obscene objects, literature, pictures, etc.
  • Goods containing the Thai national flag
  • Counterfeit currency, bonds, coins or other objects
  • Medical equipment
  • Gold and silver
  • Buddha Heads

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.

Helpful Website(s):
http://www.customs.go.th/
Travel.State.Gov