Thailand Customs Regulations

Thailand’s customs regulation is enforced rigorously. Violators of laws are subject to fines and in severe cases imprisonment and even death penalty.


Duty-free Allowance:

  • Visitors are permitted to bring 200 cigarettes or 250gm of tobacco or 250gm of cigars for passengers holding a passport of their own.
  • 1 liter of spirituous liquor for passenger holding a passport of his own.
  • One still-camera or one movie camera can be brought duty-free. Five rolls of still-camera film or three rolls of 8 or 16 mm. movie-camera films may be brought in free of duty.


Personal effects:

  • Clothing, cosmetics, jewelry, shoes, glasses, perfumes, etc., and musical instruments for personal or professional use are all exempt of duty.
  • A certain amount of used household effects accompanying a passenger because of residential movement will be exempted from Customs duties.

Note: Personal effects do not include motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts regardless of the length of time used and owned.



Prohibited items:

  • All kinds of narcotics (hemp, opium, cocaine, morphine, heroin), and other illegal drugs such as Ecstacy, amphetamine and LCD are considered prohibited substances.
  • Pornographic materials and obscene literature.
  • There are restrictions on Thailand on the import and export of firearms and ammunitions except in cases where a permit has been obtained in the proper agency.
  • The export of antique or objects of art, religious articles (excluding one small Buddha image normally carried on a person) and gold bullion.
  • Plant and living materials, Radio transceiver equipment, live animals or products, medicines and chemicals require a permit from the relevant government agency.

The following items require a permit from the stated government agency in order to pass Customs formalities:

  • Office of National Police – Firearms; Ammunition; Explosives objects
  • Fine Arts Department – Buddha images; Artifacts and antiques
  • Department of Agriculture – Plants and planting materials
  • Office of Food and Drugs Administration – Medicines and chemical products
  • Department of Live Stock Development – Live animals and animal products
  • Post & Telegraph Department – Radio transceivers and telecommunications equipment