Arrival in Bangkok
Arriving in a new country is always daunting. Need to know how to fill in the immigration form, how to get into the city from the airport, taxi information, where to exchange money, left luggage, where to eat cheaply, airport hotels, where to buy a sim card or rent a car? For Information on arriving at both of Bangkok’s international airports, click on the airport at the bottom of the page and read on.
When you arrive, you need to proceed to the immigration counters. You will need your passport, boarding pass, and a completed arrival/departure card which you should receive from the attendant on your flight. Your passport must be valid for at least another 6 months. On arriving at the immigration queue an attendant will check your arrival card. If it is completed correctly, they will allow you to proceed.
*Important* – You must complete the address in Thailand section or you will not be allowed to proceed. Writing “Don’t know” or leaving the space blank is not acceptable. If you haven’t booked accommodation try writing Khaosan Road guest house (this is usually acceptable) or prepare a hotel name in advance. At the immigration counter, you will be processed and photographed (no hats or glasses). Always be polite to the immigration officer. You can then proceed to baggage and exit through customs.
You can bring in no more than 200 cigarettes and one litre of alcohol. If more than the allowance the penalties are confiscation of the items and a fine of ten times the value. Narcotic drugs are strictly prohibited as is pornography.