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#1 GoinDown



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Posted 11 January 2012 - 02:58 AM

Hey all,

I'm sure this isn't much of a concern, it doesn't appear to be a hassle anywhere else on the planet, but just in case........I'm arriving in Thailand next week and took a look at the customs allowances here http://internet1.cus...ivinginthailand and here http://internet1.cus...arnet/atacarnet

Now, I've traveled all over on holiday and not bothered with Carnets (not paid any attention to them before because my old equipment wasn't worth that much!) but my setup now must be getting on for around 10K sterling new. So I'm wondering if a Carnet might be needed to avoid import duties and such like. I am on holiday and not business and the list of Carnet equipment includes professional equipment for the press and cinematographic equipment (it's a 5DM2 + lenses + Subal etc)

Given the low 10,000BHT (200 sterling) of allowance before declaration for combined personal effects I would have thought that almost every tourist with a camera would need a Carnet !

Would I need a Carnet, does anyone bother? Am I missing something here and worrying for no reason?
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Posted 11 January 2012 - 04:19 AM

I've been in & out many, many times with my equipment.
Have had my bags x-rayed several times (especially Phuket) but never had any problems.
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Posted 11 January 2012 - 04:48 AM

I've also been in and out of Thailand (Bangkok and Phuket) several times with my full setup ($10,000+) and never had any hassle. I just walk through the 'nothing to declare' line and sometimes they x-ray and sometimes they don't. I don't think I've ever even had my bags actually opened and inspected.
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Posted 11 January 2012 - 06:22 AM

Of my many trips thru the kingdom, I've only been stopped once because I had 4 big peli cases (lights and accessories, camera, housing, rebreather.) I just explained I was on holiday and none of this was staying behind and they let me go quickly.

Bali has been a bit of a problem for a few people in the past, so always check the latest news before you go anywhere.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 11:32 AM

Same here - on both my trips to Thailand (both Phuket, last time in October 2011) never had any problem with customs.

Have also been 2 times to Bali (last time in December 2010) - also there I never had any problem at customs...

Edited by fred08, 11 January 2012 - 11:34 AM.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 09:19 AM

Been there only twice, the last time was in the water outside of Phuket when the Tsunami hit in 2004. Both times, I never had a problem in terms of luggage, gear or carry ons.


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