FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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DO I NEED A VISA TO ENTER THAILAND? If you are entering Thailand without booked return/onward travel within 30 days of arrival, or staying over 30 days, or entering for purposes other than tourism then you will require a visa

DO ALL NATIONALITIES FOLLOW THE SAME VISA RULES? No, some countries must follow different criteria, the information set out on this site is for UK passport holders only. other nationalities are advised to contact us direct for further information.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE VISA? Applications must be made in person by contacting this office to book an appointment in advance. (Please try to give a weeks notice from the appointment you would like to make) Non-Immigrant 'B' visa and some Non-Immigrant 'O' visa applicants must submit their supporting documentation for approval before booking an appointment

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PROCESS THE APPLICATION? Visa's will be issued while you wait and the whole appointment will take approximately 20mins. Non-Immigrant 'B' and some Non-Immigrant 'O' applicants are advised to allow up to 5 days for the documentation to be approved and then 20 minutes for their appointment

WHAT IS THE VISA LIKE AND WHERE DOES IT GO? The visa is a sticker containing your information and dates, this will be stuck into your passport on one full page (please ensure you have enough pages left in your passport for the visa and for immigration stamps when entering and departing Thailand each time).

HOW DO I PAY FOR THE VISA? Payment is by cash only, we do not accept cheque or card payments

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I OVERSTAY THE PERMITTED TIME ON MY VISA? You are likely to be stopped at immigration on departure from Thailand where they will issue you with a fine for each day you over stayed. sometimes a record of this is kept and further entries into Thailand may not be possible

HOW LONG DO I NEED LEFT ON MY PASSPORT? Your passport must have a minimum 6 months remaining on your passport from the date you intend to depart from Thailand

CAN SOMEONE ELSE COLLECT MY VISA FOR ME? Yes, they can provided you are in the UK at the time of application and you have signed the application form. they will need to bring with them your passport, 1 passport photo of you and the completed application form.

CAN I LEAVE AND RE-ENTER THAILAND ON A TOURIST VISA?  Once you leave Thailand the visa you are using becomes used and void and you will not be able to re-enter using the same visa no matter what amount of time you may have remaining on it

CAN I APPLY FOR A VISA FOR A THAI NATIONAL TO ENTER THE UK? No, We can only issue visa's for people entering Thailand. Thai Nationals looking to get a visa for entering the UK must contact the immigration office in Bangkok

CAN A THAI NATIONAL RENEW THEIR PASSPORT AT A UK CONSULATE? No, They will need to renew it through the Thai Embassy in London contacting them direct.

 

 

 

 
WHAT ARE THE CUSTOMS ALLOWANCES?


PLEASE NOTE IT IS ESSENTIAL YOU DO NOT BREACH ANY CUSTOMS, QUARANTINE, CURRENCY OR DUTY/TAX REGULATIONS, AS IN SOME CASES THE PENALTIES CAN BE VERY SEVERE.  THIS IS PARTICULARLY SO WITH REGARD TO ILLEGAL DRUGS, WHEN THE ULTIMATE PENALTY CAN BE DEATH. 

PLEASE ENSURE THAT IF YOU ARE CARRYING PACKAGES FOR OTHER PEOPLE THEY ARE NOT PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED, AS YOU ARE THE ACCOUNTABLE PERSON. 

ARRIVING PASSENGERS WILL RECEIVE BEFOREHAND A “PASSENGER DECLARATION” FORM (No. 211) WHICH MUST BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED TO THE CUSTOMS OFFICIALS WHEN PASSING THROUGH THE RED CHANNEL (SOMETHING TO DECLARE) OR GREEN CHANNEL (NOTHING TO DECLARE). 

DUTY FREE ALLOWANCE – UP TO BAHT 10,000

PROVIDED ITEMS FOR OWN USE – QUANTITY REASONABLE AND ITEMS NOT SUBJECT TO PROHIBITION OR RESTRICTION. 

MOTOR VEHICLES/MOTOR SPARES DO NOT QUALIFY AS PERSONAL EFFECTS.

CIGARETTES/CIGARS/SMOKING TOBACCO AND SPIRITS 

MAXIMUM 200 CIGARETTES         

OR    

25GRAMS OF CIGARS OR SMOKING TOBACCO 

SPIRITS 1 LITRE

ACCOMPANIED LUGGAGE DEPOSITORY

IF YOU ARE IN TRANSIT AND DO NOT WANT TO CLEAR ACCOMPANIED LUGGAGE THROUGH CUSTOMS, PROVIDED THE CONTENTS ARE NOT PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED OR SUSPECT OF A CUSTOMS OFFENCE YOU CAN ARRANGE FOR THEM TO BE LEFT IN CUSTOM’S BOND FOR UP TO 2 MONTHS ON PAYMENT OF FEES CALCULATED ON A DAILY BASIS.  CUSTOMS OFFICIALS WILL ISSUE A DEPOSIT FORM (No 466).

DUTY PAYMENT

IF RE-ENTERING THAILAND WITH GOODS EXCEEDING BAHT 10,000 IN VALUE, THESE ARE SUBJECT TO IMPORT TAXES/DUTY.  A FLAT RATE OF DUTY WILL APPLY ON DUTIABLE ITEMS, PROVIDED: 

THEY ARE INTENDED FOR PERSONAL USE; OF A REASONABLE QUANTITY AND NOT INTENDED FOR COMMERCIAL, BUSINESS OR TRADE PURPOSES 

TOTAL VALUE DOES NOT EXCEED BAHT 80,000 

PASSENGERS MUST BE ABLE TO PAY ANY TAXES/DUTIES IN CASH ON DATE OF ARRIVAL.  FAILING THIS, GOODS WILL BE SENT TO A WAREHOUSE TO AWAIT FORMAL ENTRY/CLEARANCE, WHEN THEY WILL EVENTUALLY BE RELEASED. 

THE FOREGOING INFORMATION HAS BEEN GIVEN ONLY AS A GUIDE.  HOWEVER, THE THAI CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT HAS A WEB SITE, WHICH SUPPLIES MORE COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION. 

WEB ADDRESS: http://www.customs.go.th/Traveller/Travel.jsp

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CAN I IMPORT A VEHICLE IN TO THE COUNTRY?

REGULATIONS ON THE IMPORTATION OF MOTOR VEHICLES INTO THAILAND 

NEW VEHICLES

All brand new vehicles can be freely imported into Thailand provided that the vehicles are shipped within 60 days from the date of first registration.  An import licence is not required. 

USED VEHICLES

All used vehicles require an import licence prior to shipping.  To be eligible, the application must comply with the following conditions:

Thai nationals who have been living abroad for at least 2 years are entitled to import vehicles (one car per person) regardless of the engine capacities, provided that they are changing domicile to Thailand and they have owned the vehicle for the previous 18 months.  This condition also applies to foreigners who have been granted permits or permanent residency in Thailand.

Applications for import licences should be made to the Department of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce,Bangkok. 

TEMPORARY IMPORT OF VEHICLE FOR PURPOSE OF TOURISM

Valid International Driving Licence and passport or equivalent documents are required.

Vehicle registration or, in the case of a borrowed vehicle, authorisation documents from the owner are required.

Cash guarantee or bank guarantee or self-guarantee is required.  If the vehicle is brought in through Bangkok or Klong Toey Port, cash guarantee or bank guarantee is essential.  If entry is via land across the southern border then it is acceptable to guarantee oneself by completing the customs form, giving necessary details to the customs officer and signing the record.

Permission is granted for a 6 month period from the date of entry.

In the case of having requested to bring the vehicle in for a period of just 5 – 10 days and then wishing to extend the length of stay, a renewal can be granted free of charge by the Customs Department.

Procedure: 

Contact the customs office at the relevant border 

Customs officer will complete an additional incoming form and at the same time check the documents as in No. 2 above and also fix the self-guarantee. 

In the case of cash or bank guarantee, the customs officer will evaluate the price of the vehicle according to is condition plus 20%. 

IMPORT DUTIES 

Vehicles above 2400cc are liable to import tax of 210.53% on CIF value.

Vehicles of 2400cc and below are liable to import tax of 137.23% CIF

(The above duty rates are inclusive of VAT and excise taxes) 

CIF :  Taxes are calculated from the cost (ex factory price) of the vehicle, when it was made, plus Insurance and Freight, less 5-70% depreciation (used vehicles only). 

Useful Address: 

THAI CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT:               

SUTHORNKOSA ROAD, KHLONG TOEY BANGKOK 10110 TEL: (662) 249 0431-40 FAX: 249 2874

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IS DRIVING EASY & WHAT ARE THE RULES OF THE ROAD?

As precautionary measures to prevent and avoid road accidents, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) urges all road users to strictly observe the following traffic regulations and guidelines.
 

1. Before putting a vehicle into motion always check the following: driver’s license, yearly vehicle tax payments sticker, yearly vehicle insurance payment sticker, license plate and vehicle condition such as wheel brake, emergency brake, headlights, tail lights etc.

-         The maximum speed limit for cars inside a city limit is 60km/hr and 80km/hr for outside a city limit.

-         The maximum speed limit for motorcycles inside a city limit is 60km/hr and 80km/hr for outside a city limit.

-         The driver should pay special attention to highway signs posted on the left-hand side of the road for specified speed limits.

2. Always drive on the left side of the road.  When there are two or more lanes for traffic in the same direction, slower vehicles must use the leftmost lane except when passing or making a right turn.

3. Always slow down to a safe and reasonable speed when driving on a narrow road or when approaching curves, intersections, business or residential areas, road construction zone and oncoming vehicles. 

4. Never pass any vehicle when driving through residential areas, intersections, curves, or over a bridge.  Always pass other vehicles on the right.

Never pass other vehicles on the left except when the leading vehicle is making a right turn or when there are two or more lanes for traffic in the same direction. 

5. When driving at night, always turn on headlights and tail lights. 

6. Broken down or parked vehicles must be parked on the side of the road or the shoulder of the road.  A warning sign that can be seen over an appropriate distance must be displayed.  At night-time emergency red lights must be used to provide warning. 

7.Give the right of way signal to vehicles coming from main roads. 

8. Strictly obey traffic lights and posted traffic signs. 

9. Never control a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or intoxicating liquor; or while being sick or dizzy. 

10. Always take safety precautions while in control of a vehicle. 

11. Always allow a safe distance while following a vehicle. 

12. Slow down to a reasonable speed and do not sound the horn if it is not necessary while passing through the following zones: school, hospital or public agency. 

13. Always give a headlight signal or sound the horn and make sure there are no obstructions or oncoming vehicles before passing the leading vehicle. 

14. When a driver is involved in an accident that causes injuries or property damages, always provide assistance wherever necessary. Immediately notify the nearest police station and identify yourself as well.  The driver who fails to stop at the scene of the accident for which he is responsible would be considered guilty and might be sentenced to imprisonment. 

15. Sound the horn and slow down the vehicle when approaching a stopped vehicle that is letting passengers get on or off and give warning particularly to deaf and blind persons. 

16. Safety rules for pedestrians

-         Always use sidewalks or road shoulders if there are any; if not, always walk on the right side of the road to be able to see oncoming vehicles.

-         Always cross the road only when it is absolutely safe to do so, especially in Bangkok.  Please watch  out for bus lanes as buses sometimes run against the traffic flow.

-         When crossing the road at night-time always do so at a lighted area or use a flashlight for identification purposes.

-         Always obey traffic lights, i.e. cross the road only when the red traffic light is on for the approaching vehicles, and make sure that the vehicles have come to a complete stop.

17. Safety rules for bus passengers

-         Always wait for a bus or a vehicle on the sidewalk, the road shoulder, or at bus stops.

-         Before getting on a bus or a vehicle, wait until it has stopped completely and other passengers who  want to get off have done so.

-         Always take a seat when it is available; if not stay inside the bus or the vehicle.  Do not stand on the doorsteps.

-         Never get on or get off the bus or the vehicle while it is moving, waiting for traffic lights or while it is in the middle of the road.

-         For private or public vehicles, the passengers should always get on or get off the vehicles where it is not prohibited.  Always stop the vehicles at the sidewalks and get on or get off on the left side of the vehicle.

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