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?|
ENSURE THAT IF YOU ARE CARRYING PACKAGES FOR OTHER PEOPLE THEY ARE NOT
PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED, AS YOU ARE THE ACCOUNTABLE PERSON.
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
DUTY FREE ALLOWANCE
– UP TO BAHT 10,000
ITEMS FOR OWN USE – QUANTITY REASONABLE AND ITEMS NOT SUBJECT TO
PROHIBITION OR RESTRICTION.
MOTOR VEHICLES/MOTOR SPARES DO NOT QUALIFY AS PERSONAL EFFECTS.
TOBACCO AND SPIRITS
MAXIMUM 200 CIGARETTES
OF CIGARS OR SMOKING TOBACCO
SPIRITS 1 LITRE
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).
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:
ARE INTENDED FOR PERSONAL USE; OF A REASONABLE QUANTITY AND NOT INTENDED
FOR COMMERCIAL, BUSINESS OR TRADE PURPOSES
VALUE DOES NOT EXCEED BAHT 80,000
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.
FOREGOING INFORMATION HAS BEEN GIVEN ONLY AS A GUIDE. HOWEVER,
THE THAI CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT HAS A WEB SITE, WHICH SUPPLIES MORE
|CAN I IMPORT A VEHICLE IN TO THE COUNTRY?|
REGULATIONS ON THE IMPORTATION OF MOTOR VEHICLES INTO THAILAND
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.
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.
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.
the customs office at the relevant border
officer will complete an additional incoming form and at the same time
check the documents as in No. 2 above and also fix the
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)
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).
THAI CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT:
SUTHORNKOSA ROAD, KHLONG TOEY BANGKOK 10110 TEL: (662) 249 0431-40 FAX: 249 2874
|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.
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.
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
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.
Never pass any vehicle when driving through residential areas,
intersections, curves, or over a bridge.
Always pass other vehicles on the right.
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
When driving at night, always turn on headlights and tail lights.
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.
the right of way signal to vehicles coming from main roads.
Strictly obey traffic lights and posted traffic signs.
Never control a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or intoxicating
liquor; or while being sick or dizzy.
Always take safety precautions while in control of a vehicle.
Always allow a safe distance while following a vehicle.
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
Always give a headlight signal or sound the horn and make sure there are
no obstructions or oncoming vehicles before passing the leading vehicle.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.