On July 4, 1874, King Chulalongkorn Hor established Ratsadakorn Pipat to collect all kinds of taxes and become a form of the Customs Board. Since the customs policy was complicated, the customs department developed the organization and management on the business side more effectively—Department is under the control of the Ministry of Finance by the Minister of Finance of Thailand.
Custom Regulations for Travellers:
On arrival in Thailand: The customs officer will strictly control the traveler. This does not necessarily mean that this traveler is suspected of a crime. However, this thorough inspection serves to enforce relevant laws and regulations.
Suppose the traveler brings some dutiable items whose value exceeds THB 10,000. In that case, those items are subject to import and customs duties as long as these items are for personal (non-commercial) use and carried in reasonable quantity with a total value of THB 80,000 or less.
Exceed the allowable amount for personal use or the total value exceeding THB 10,000 (or for business use) are subject to duties and taxes (including items valued less than THB 80.00).
If the value of the dutiable items exceeds THB 80,000, these items will be sent to the bonded warehouse to go through the import formalities. These items will also be confiscated until the formalities have been completed.
On arrival in Thailand, foreign nationals must have a valid passport with at least six months validity, an excellent Thai visa and proof of onward travel. However, visitors from ASEAN or Western countries, including most European countries, and U.S. citizens, only require a Thai visa to visit Thailand in less than 30 days. Access is granted through the Thai Immigration Service, with a 30-day Thai visa waiver provided upon arrival. After this time, a Thai visa extension from an immigration office or a Thai visa from an embassy or consulate outside of Thailand is required. Immigration policies are subject to change: Please check with the Thai Embassy or Ministry of Foreign Affairs (www.mfa.go.th) for the latest information.
Custom File procedure:
Carnets A.T.A. Book, This book is used to apply for a temporary import permit, to import items to be displayed at exhibitions, or to import promotional materials, commercial samples or scientific equipment under the Convention on Temporary Admission (the Convention that governs A.A. cards). Upon arrival in Thailand, you must check with the customs officer on the red line (and show him the book) to complete customs clearance with him (this process will be conducted at the airport).
The accountant must fill out re-export forms when leaving Thailand. These include Re-Export Matrix and Good Re-Export Certificate (to present the goods to be exported to the customs officer for verification). This certificate must be kept with the owner of the book.
On arrival: Those who have goods and goods that require declaration should go to the Red Line access point. These goods include hazardous materials, restricted or controlled goods, materials that exceed the permitted limit and must be subject to duties and taxes, and materials that are not exempt from responsibilities.
The Red Line traveler is subject to the following:
Processing and confiscating prohibited or controlled substances in the event of failure to declare or present a valid entry permit for payment of fees/confiscation of goods exceeding the allowable limit or goods not exempt from customs duties.
On Arrival: Those not carrying anything subject to duty must go to the Green Line at the access point if they have duty-exempt goods, no duty-duty interests, or restricted or required surveillance. Transit passengers using the Green Line are not exempt from customs control. The customs officer can select some travelers and inspect their luggage. Then you will receive the necessary approval from Red Line.
Travelers on the Green Line face criminal prosecution/penalties if it is determined that the goods subject to duty have not been declared or fully declared. Prohibited or controlled goods will also be confiscated if it is determined that they do not have a valid license for those goods.