- Download our Moving to Thailand Guide (PDF)
Countries from all over the world ship to Thailand, although shipping to a Thai location outside of Bangkok will be pricier. Moving to inland cities will require a combination of land and sea transport, and island homes will usually require a series of boat transfers. Expats moving to Thailand should note that it is often cheaper to buy new furniture and amenities in the country than to ship them.
When shipping to Thailand, it is essential to use a credible shipping company and to take out insurance on the cargo. The insurance company should not be the same company being used for transporting an expat's belongings.
Shipping household goods in Thailand
After entering Thailand, expats have six months to import household items from their home country. Thai customs are known to be flexible when addressing the deadline, but it is advisable to contact them directly a few months in advance if anticipating a late delivery.
Expats entering Thailand on a visa allowing them to stay for a year or longer will not have to pay taxes as long as the imported goods have been owned and used for at least six months. In such a case, electrical appliances will also not be taxed as long as there is only one of each type of item. Taxes may apply if there are duplicate items (for example, two fridges). Invoices are usually required when importing goods.
Shipping pets in Thailand
Most household pets can be brought into Thailand provided they are accompanied by a vet's certificate and proof of a rabies vaccination. Pet owners should ensure their pets are microchipped with an ISO-compliant microchip. Over and above the rabies and leptospirosis vaccinations, pets must have a valid health certificate before travelling to Thailand. This certificate is only valid for 10 days, so expats must ensure they travel within this period.
Finally, pet owners must apply for an import permit from the Thai Department of Livestock Development. This can be done online, and the permit will be valid for 60 days. Some breeds that are considered aggressive, such as American Staffordshire Terriers and Pit Bull Terriers, are prohibited from entering the country.
- Thailand's Department of Livestock Development has more on bringing pets into the country.
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