Moving to Thailand by Powerhouse Co,.Ltd: Step by Step guide Things to consider when moving to Thailand Importing Personal Effects into Thailand: In theory personal effects can only be imported if you have a work permit, however, some shippers can get around this situation for you. If you are moving to Thailand for work your company should be able to handle everything for you. If not it is advisable to use the services of a reputable broker here in Thailand to deal with customs for you. Import Duty when relocating to Thailand: Imported personal effects can be taxed up to 160%, this also applies to packages and gifts received from overseas. If someone is sending you small items have them send it by air via an express courier and write “ No Value Gift “ on the package, this will prevent any import duty. What are Illegal Imports I can’t bring into Thailand when moving there: Pornography, drugs, certain types of fruits, plants and vegetables are all illegal imports. Drug offences in Thailand can lead to heavy fines, lengthy jail terms and even the death penalty. Illegal Exports: It is illegal to export artifacts from old temples and Buddha images. For works of art and antiques an export permit needs to be obtained from the National Museum; a process that can take some time. Tax Free Rules: When leaving your home country to live in a foreign country for at least 6 months VAT can be claimed back on goods bought for export. The moving company that you use can take care of this for you. Should you wish to export the goods yourself the following steps should be taken. Find out the minimum value for export, ask the retailer for a receipt for export with your new address on it. Show the goods and receipts to customs when leaving . The receipts will then be stamped and returned to the retailer who will refund the VAT to your account. Bringing Pets into Thailand: Before departure it would be advisable to contact the Thai Embassy/ Consulate in your home country for the relevant information. To bring a pet into Thailand you will require: An entry permit for animals coming by air. A certificate in English identifying the animal with details including breed, sex, age, colour and markings plus owners name and address. A health certificate signed by a vet stating the animal does not have rabies, leptosporosis, ectoparasitism and that they have been vaccinated against infectious and contagious diseases. The country of origin must have been rabies free for at least 12 months or the pet has had the appropriate vaccination. The animal should be vaccinated against leptosporosis or tested negative against the disease within 30 days of departure. The animal maybe quarantined for up to 30 days. If you decide to bring your pet to Thailand be sure to give them heartworm medication and be aware of the hazards involved of having a pet in Thailand. If you have any concerns or questions you can contact the Airport Quarantine Station on 02 535 0814.