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.


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.

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