Money & duty free for Thailand

Exchange rates:

Baht
C$1 = ฿29.89
€1 = ฿43.2
£1 = ฿54.47
US$1 = ฿31.92

Currency & Money

Currency information

Baht (THB; symbol ฿) = 100 satang. Notes are in denominations of ฿1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of ฿10, 5, 2 and 1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 satang.

Credit cards

American Express, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted. ATMs are found in all major cities and almost all provincial banks.

ATM

ATMs are found in all major cities and almost all provincial banks.

Travellers cheques

Accepted by all banks and large hotels and shops. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in US Dollars, Euros or Pounds Sterling.

Banking hours

Mon-Fri 0830-1530.

Currency restriction

The import and export of local currency is limited to ฿50,000. The import and export of foreign currency is unlimited, but amounts over US$20,000 must be declared.

Currency exchange

Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks (which have the best rates), hotels (which charge high commissions) and bureaux de changes can be found in larger towns (generally open 0800-2000). Outside large towns and tourist areas, notes higher than ฿500 may be difficult to exchange, so visitors are advised to carry small change.

Thailand duty free

The following goods may be imported into Thailand without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 250g of cigars or tobacco.
• 1L of alcohol.
• Goods to the value of ฿10,000.

Banned imports

Prohibited imports include obscene and pornographic objects and publications, goods displaying the Thai national flag, narcotics, counterfeit currency, fake Royal/official seals, and pirated and counterfeit goods.

Restricted imports include drugs, food, weapons and ammunition, antiques and artworks, and endangered species.

Any drug-related offences are severely punished and may result in life imprisonment or even the death penalty.

Banned exports

There are restrictions on the export of illegal drugs and all firearms and ammunition. The export of archaeological items or anything with historical value, religious artefacts and images of the Buddha requires a certificate of authorisation from the Department of Fine Arts in Thailand. Radio transceiver equipment, plant and living materials, live animals or products, medicines and chemicals also require a permit from the relevant government agency.

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