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Visa and Immigration Procedures to Thailand
Visitors to Thailand must obtain a visa from one of the Thai diplomatic missions unless they come from a visa-exempt country or a country whose citizens are eligible to obtain visas on arrival (VoA). Countries eligible for VoAs include China, Saudi Arabia, India, Romania, Taiwan, Ukraine and a few others. All you need to enter the Kingdom of Thailand for a joyous trip is your passport, a valid visa and your air tickets. However, do bear in mind that if you overstay in Thailand after the validity date of your visa has passed, you can be banned from entering the country again for the next one to ten years.
Things/Items Allowed into Thailand
When you book your air tickets and plan on flying to Thailand, remember to bring along your slip-on shoes, sunscreen, a rain jacket, rain fly, and drysacs for a memorable trip. Goods of personal and professional use valuing less than 10,000 baht are custom free. Thailand allows all arriving airline passengers an allowance of 200 cigarettes or 500 grams of rolling tobacco to include cigars, and 1 Liter of alcoholic spirits.
Things/Items Forbidden out of Thailand
・Drugs (including Narcotics)
・Obscene Literature and Pornographic Materials
・Protected Wild Animals
・Buddha Images, Artifacts, and Antiques
・Radio transceivers and telecommunications equipment
・IPR Infringing Goods e.g. musical tape, CD, VDO, computer software, etc.
Things/Items Forbidden into Thailand
・Plants or Planting Materials
・Live Animals and Animal Products
・Medicine and Chemical Products
・Goods with an improper Thai Flag design
・Counterfeit Trademark Goods
・Fake Currency, Bonds and Coins
・Fake Royal/Official Seals
Thailand Travelers' Frequently Asked Questions
Which is the best place to go shopping in Thailand?
Many travelers visit Thailand for shopping. From the quirky little handicraft stalls to mega-shopping malls, from savvy wine merchants to the wonderful Jim Thompson house in Bangkok, there never is a dull moment when it comes to shopping in Thailand! Places I would recommend you to visit in Bangkok are Central World, Siam Paragon and the MBK Shopping Center. Chatuchak Weekend market and the Pratunam market are also worth visiting. In Chian, Central Plaza Chiang Mai International Airport and Maya Lifestyle Shopping Mall are must-sees. Phuket is a gem when it comes to shopping -- visit Jungceylon Shopping Mall and Phuket Walking Street where you can buy handicrafts and gifts. There are also some very nice Indian and Muslim shops in Thailand.
How strict are the laws in Thailand for foreigners?
In general, Thailand is a very friendly country. However, if you violate the laws you can be punished, deported or even be imprisoned. Drug laws are especially strict -- death penalties may be carried out if you are found producing, selling or transporting drugs. Defacing any images of the King is also punishable and you can be deported for that. Overstaying in Thailand can lead to the cancellation of your travel visa. Drinking is legal but drinking in religious places are strictly prohibited. Be cautious and educate yourself with local laws of Thailand before booking your air ticket.
How bad is the issue of racism in Thailand?
There are some evidences suggesting that Thai people can sometimes be unkind towards black-skinned people and the minority ethnic groups. This is a general issue across the South Asian countries. Xenophobia can also be a pint of contention.
Thailand - Direct Flights to Major Airports
Airports handling direct flights toSuvaranabhumi International Airport・ Heathrow Airport (London)
・ Dubai International Airport
・ Charles de Gaulle(Paris)
・ Istanbul Atatürk Airport (Turkey)
Airports handling direct flights toPhuket International Airport・ Incheon International Airport (Seoul ,South Korea)
・ Shanghai Pudong International Airport (China)
・ Abu Dhabi International Airport
・ Sheremetyevo International Airport (Moscow, Russia)
Airports handling direct flights toChiang Mai International Airport・ Kuala Lampur International Airport (Malaysia)
・ Macau International Airport (China)
・ Singapore Changi Airport
・ Incheon International Airport (Seoul, South Korea)
Airports handling direct flights toHat Yai International Airport・ Kunming Changshui International Airport (China)
・ Singapore Changi Airport
・ Kuala Lampur International Airport (Malaysia)
Airports handling direct flights toChiang Rai International Airport・ Hongkong International Airport
Flight Routes to Thailand
Suvarnabhumi International Airport, located in Bangkok, is one of the biggest airports in Southeast Asia and serves as a regional hub for aviation. Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways and Orient Thai Airways are major airlines operating around the world with daily flights between Thailand and Europe, the Americas, Africa and Oceania, as well as the rest of Asia. With these highly reputed Airlines, you can easily book your tickets and visit Thailand.