• People bringing their belongings into Thailand from different parts of the world have different stories to tell about their experiences. Most of these stories are positive. It is important to be aware that Thai Customs Offices may not operate in the same way as Customs Offices in other countries. Regulations in Thailand may, and do, change. Consequently it is best to consult with the company that will be shipping your items to Thailand as they will have the most up-to-date information. 
  • An important point to remember is that once you have your Thai work permit, you will not need to pay import tax, which can be quite high. So if you can delay sending your goods until you have a work permit, you will be better off financially.

Importing Pets

  • Thailand makes it pretty easy on pet owners, relatively speaking. There is no quarantine for dogs, so as long as you have the right paperwork, you’re good to go. Before any of the below, check with your airlines to ensure that they allow pets. Some airlines will allow pets in cabin, as long as they meet certain size requirements.
    1. Get dog’s rabies shot more than 40 days but less tan 6 month prior to arrival.
    2. Health certificate verifying dogs health and breed
    3. Above documents authenticated and endorsed by the USDA, or your home country’s Department of Agriculture.
    4. Thai import permit.
  • Any of these steps and procedures are subject to change at any time. Please use the Thai embassy website for updates.


  • DO NOT put any food items whatsoever in your shipment (even if they’re non-perishable). It’s not worth the drama. Carry them in your suitcase.
  • If you can wait until you have your work visa before having your goods shipped to you, then do so. 
  • Make sure your full name (including your middle name) is on all documentation. Whatever names are listed in your passport, include them.