Moving to a new country may seem like a daunting prospect. But year on year more Brits are taking the plunge and moving to the enjoy the beauty of Thailand. If you want to plan your new life in the Thai sun then we have taken a closer look at some of the things you need to consider. With a population of over 64 million and one of the biggest economies in South East Asia, Thailand has been named as one of the best placed to live for ex-pats. Even the famous veteran angler John Wilson has decided to sell up in Norfolk and move to Thailand – even more proof of the lure of Thailand.
Thailand is one of the continent’s most developed countries, even more so than its neighbours like Cambodia and Myanmar. It is the world’s largest exporter of rice and also exports computers, cars, textiles, footwear, rubber, jewellery, fishery products and believe it or not, pineapples!
The official language of Thailand is Thai and over 95% of the population are practicing Buddhists. Thailand enjoys a tropical climate with temperatures reaching around 40 degrees in the months of March to June with September bringing with it tropical monsoons.
As with any international move, you need to do your research about the culture, people and cost of living and most importantly – plan, plan, plan! The cost of living in Thailand is famously cheap so most expats are able to lead very comfortable lives. To make a good impression on the locals, learn a thing or two about their culture and observe their customs.
Again, with many international moves one of the most important things you will need to consider is a visa. When looking into moving to Thailand there are several different visa options available and its essential you have the right one before you enter the country. For example, those wishing to work or start a business in the country will need the Non-Immigrant B Visa. You must also apply for a work permit and to get this you have to supply several different types of identification and be able to prove that any work you plan on doing cannot be done by a Thai national. Plus, you’ll need to provide a medical certificate to show that you are in good health.
Atlantic International Shipping can help you with the ins and outs of shipping your possessions over to your new home in Thailand. To help you prepare we’ve described some of the key points help in your preparations.
Unlike some removals the shipper of the possessions does not have to be present at customs when the shipments arrive. However the shipper’s original passport must be shown at customs for the shipment to be cleared. You can import your personal and household items duty free however only one shipment by air and one by sea will qualify for duty free, a second shipment will be subject to full import duties. What’s more any household effects under 6 months in age are subject to duties. Your personal and household items must be imported no earlier than a month before you arrival in Thailand and no later than six months after.
Customs in Thailand are known to be flexible with the deadline but if you’re expecting a late delivery then it is advised to contact customs directly. It’s also a good idea to get Marine Insurance to cover you in the unlikely case anything gets damaged or broken during its journey or perhaps the unlikely event that the ship sinks!
If you are entering Thailand on a visa that allows stay for longer than a year then no taxes will apply but importing items on a permit that is valid for less than year then you will have to pay a 20% import tax and a 7% value-added tax on all goods. All removals to Thailand are subject to inspection and custom regulations are strict.
A point to note is that to bring wine and alcohol with you will need a permit that can take quite some time to obtain, what’s more you will then have to pay a duty of 315% so unless they are expensive bottles then it might be best to give them away before you move.
If you’re thinking of importing your car then you will need the automobile registration of the foreign country, a driver’s license of the country from which the car was exported and an import permit that must be available before the car is shipped. There are also some quite hefty import duties attached to importing your car – up to 330%.
Atlantic International Shipping can help you in the first step on the way to your new life in Thailand. Our company has a comprehensive team of Move Consultants that undertake removal services on your behalf. The team of Move Consultants are thorough professionals and follow a strict policy for removal to Thailand. Click here for a free quote on moving to Thailand.