Temporary import and re-export of personal motor cars and motorcycles (foreign vehicles) through Customs Checkpoints

Notification of Department of Land Transport on Criteria, Procedure and Conditions for Application for Permit, Period for Using Vehicles and Marks Demonstrating Temporary Use of Imported Vehicles for Travel or Other Specific Purposes B.E. 2559 issued on 30 March B.E. 2559, effective from 27 June B.E. 2559

Documents Required:

  1. Registration Certificate of motor cars or motorcycles or other reliable evidences
  2. International Permit (only for motor vehicles from Lao PDR entering Thailand based on a bilateral agreement)
  3. PASSPORT or BORDER PASS verified and stamped by Immigration offices
  4. In case where the importer is not the owner of the vehicle, an authorization letter from the owner is required
  5. In case where the importer has Thai nationality, he or she is required to present a document to verify residence or work or marriage spouse or study abroad
  6. case:
    1. Vehicles not requiring a permit from Department of Land Transport are listed below
      1. Vehicles imported under cooperation between the governments of Thailand and the country from which the vehicles are imported
      2. The vehicles of the countries with which Thailand has agreements on road transport i.e. Lao PDR, Malaysia and Singapore
      3. Local vehicles
    2. Other motor vehicles than those in item 6 require a permit from the Department of Land Transport

Customs Procedure

Import of Vehicles
  1. The importer/agent present documents to Customs officers at Customs Checkpoints. In case where there are other things or passengers and accompanying luggage with the vehicles, the importer/agent must notify the Customs officers
  2. The Customs officer record such information and prepare a Special Declaration Form for the importer to sign as a self-guarantee and verification of the accuracy of the completed Special Declaration Form
  3. Allowed period for the vehicles to remain in Thailand is one month, which may be extended to another one month for each time of request, but not exceeding six months in total from the date of import. However, this must not exceed the period of stay allowed by the immigration offices.
  4. The importer/agent take his/her vehicle along with the Special Declaration Form above to the Customs Checkpoint for Customs officers to inspect
  5. The Customs officer checks and signs the Special Declaration Form, and gives one copy to the importer/agent so that they could present it to Customs officers when exporting the vehicle
Export of Vehicles
  1. The exporter presents to Customs officers at the Customs Checkpoint his or her vehicle along with the Special Goods Declaration issued by Customs upon importation.
  2. The Customs officer checks against the Special Goods Declaration and sign it. Then, the exporter signs the Special Goods Declaration, and the vehicle is released by Customs.
  3. The Customs officer records the re-exportation of the vehicle.

Imposition of Guarantee:

  1. When the temporary time-limit set in the bond and security paper is due, or an importer provides a written notice to Customs that he does not wish to re-export the vehicles temporarily imported, Customs will impose the full amount of liable taxes and duties as indicated without any reduction.
  2. In case of taking the vehicles from Customs custody later than the set date, a penalty fee of 1,000 baht a day (but not exceeding 10,000 baht in total) will be charged.


Last update : November 8, 2018 16:13:26

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