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Thai Customs Raises Personal Import Exemption to 20,000 Baht




Belongings worth 20,000 baht can be brought into Thailand with no import tax


BANGKOK – Customs department Director General Somchai Sajjapong has reported that Thai and foreign tourists are now allowed to bring in with them personal belongings worth 20,000 baht into Thailand with no import tax from earlier fixed at 10,000 baht.

The increase in the value of personal belongings brought in by both Thais and foreigners into the country with import tax exemption is now in force.

Director General Somchai Sajjapong said the change in the value of personal belongings with tax exemption has become effective July 10.

The increase which was made to suit the current situation in which the baht value has changed will enable more flexibilities for Thai tourists returning from overseas and foreign tourists visiting the country and carrying with them personal belongings, he said.

He said the increase of the value of tax-free personal belongings brought in will now be same as the value of things bought at duty-free shops by travelers at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports before entering the country.

But he said further that in case of cigarettes or cigars which is considered personal belonging and brought in by travellers themselves, import duty will be exempted only it doesn’t exceed 200 cigarettes, or not more than a combined weight of 250 grammes in cigarettes, cigars and tobacco.

For liquor, it must not exceed 1,000 cc or one litre, he said. – Thai PBS

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