Passengers entering and departing Thailand via an international airport shall be aware of Customs laws and regulations. The Customs Department provides Customs services to passengers who enter and depart Thailand from Suvarnabhumi International Airport, which consist of Customs services for arriving passengers and those for departing passengers as follows:
The Customs Department offers Customs services to passengers travelling through Thailand based on international standards and facilitation of service principles of the World Customs Organization. The Customs has implemented a two channel system which is
* Buddha images, artifacts, antiques by the Fine Arts Department
* Firearms, ammunition, explosives by the Department of Provincial Administration, Ministry of Interior
* Plants and other parts of plants by the Department of Agriculture
* Live animals and animal remains by the Department of Livestock Development or the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation
* Food and drugs by the Food and Drugs Administration
* Vehicle parts by the Ministry of Industry
* Cigarette, tobacco, and alcohol by the Excise Department
* Radio communication devices and telecommunication equipments by the Office of Specific Business Licenses, Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission
There is no limit on the amount of Thai currency which can be brought into Thailand. Foreign currencies, in banknotes or coins, with the total aggregate value exceeding USD 20,000 must be declared to the Customs officers at the Customs checkpoint. Failure to declare or incorrect declaration may result in criminal offense.
Passengers with dutiable or controlled items which are not intended for use in Thailand must deposit them at the Customs Bond facility at the Airport Customs offices in which you arrive with the deposit duration of no more than 2 months. At the time of obtaining the bond, passengers are required to present the airline ticket to the third country and pay the related fees on the day of departure. Passengers can reclaim the items by informing the airline staff upon check-in.
Remarks : Fractions of one day are rounded as one day
Obtaining Customs Bond: Documents to present
Temporary import of firearms and ammunition which are carried with passengers into the country to secure the safety of a diplomat Import.
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The Sports Authority of Thailand is responsible for the Customs temporary import procedures on behalf of the athletes. The documents required are:
More information regarding the Firearms, Ammunitions, Explosives, Fireworks and Firearm Replicas Act 1947
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In case the pets travel as accompanied baggage
* More information regarding the Firearms, Ammunitions, Explosives, Fireworks and Firearm Replicas Act 1947
The amount of Thai Baht allowed to be brought outside the country must not exceed 50,000 Baht. With the exception for neighboring countries i.e. Thailand and Vietnam, the amount of Thai Baht allowed to be brought outside the country must not exceed 500,000 Baht.
Remarks: According to the Customs declaration no. 116/2013 effective on 14 November 2013, there has been a change regarding the amount of Thai currency being brought outside the country. That is, Thai currency, in banknotes or coins, with the total aggregate value of more than 450,000 Baht but not exceeding 2,000,000 Baht brought outside countries bordering Thailand, Vietnam and China (only Yunnan District) must be declared to the Customs officers at the Customs checkpoint. The currencies must be listed according to the form specified by the Customs Department.
Foreign currencies, in banknotes or coins, with the total aggregate value exceeding USD 20,000 or equivalent must be declared to the Customs officers at the Customs checkpoint.
Customs officers at the Departure verify the goods requested for VAT refunds for passengers departing the country at the checkpoint located in the international departure hall before passengers proceed to airline check-in counters.
Jewelry, gold ornaments, watches, glasses, or pen, must be valued at least 10,000 Baht. After the Customs clearance procedures at the airport, tourists are required to carry the items to be once more inspected by the Revenue officers before receiving the VAT refunds.
Passengers wishing to bring personal belongings on their trips, for example, watches, necklaces, rings, video cameras, cameras, radios, laptops, etc., with the intention to bring them back into the country, are exempted from tariffs under the condition that they present such items along with their boarding passes, passports and air tickets to the Customs officers at the Departure Customs office. The Customs officers will keep the record and give a copy of the record to passengers in order to present it to the Customs officers at the Red Channel upon their return to Thailand. The conditions are as follows:
If passengers have items which are not personal belongings but which have the characteristics of commercial goods such as orchids or other belongings, please contact the Customs officers in advance for recommendations on Customs clearance procedures before departure.
Antiques or artifacts, whether or not they have been registered, are prohibited to be exported or dispatched from Thailand, unless there is a permit from the Fine Arts Department’s director general according to the criteria, procedures and conditions specified in the ministerial regulations no. 5 in B.E. 2539 (1996).
In case the antiques or artifacts permitted to be exported or dispatched from Thailand are religious Buddha images or icons, the person who receives the permit must clarify the purpose of the export of such antiques or artifacts. Only Buddha and religious images which are intact and are for the purpose of worships, researches, or exhibitions are permitted to be exported or dispatched from Thailand. Export or dispatch of parts of such items is not allowed.
Purchases of goods from Duty Free shops located in the city must be brought outside Thailand only. If such items are brought back into Thailand, passengers will be required to pay related duties or taxes at the red channel.