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Moving To Thailand From The UK

Moving to Thailand

If you are moving to Thailand, whether to Bangkok, Nonthaburi, or Pattaya, Britannia Movers International has the experience and the local knowledge to tailor the move to your individual needs.


Importing Personal Effects to Thailand

Shipments of used household and personal effects can be imported duty free providing they are owned for longer than six months. Only one consignment by sea and one by air is allowed duty free. Returning Thai residents must have lived abroad for more than twelve months. Your local Britannia Member will provide you with detailed customs regulations. All necessary documentation must be completed and submitted when requested, before your shipment is dispatched. To assist us with this please let us have a copy of your passport (and visa if applicable). The required documentation will be supplied to you on arrival. Please note that you must be in the country in order to successfully complete all customs clearance procedures.


Prohibitions and Restrictions

In general it is in your interest not to import the following items:

  • Firearms & ammunition
  • Inflammable goods & substances
  • Plants & plant material
  • Foodstuffs, perishables or otherwise
  • Narcotics and dangerous goods
  • Offensive materials
  • Alcohol & Tobacco

Transit Times

Sole use containers usually take an average of 5 – 6 weeks door to door. However this can vary depending on customs or immigration delays and prevailing weather conditions. Crated (LCL) shipments usually take 7 – 9 weeks door to door.

Bar Coding

Bar Coding

All Groupage consignments will be bar coded before they are loaded into the shipping container. This will ensure that no items are left at origin.


Domestic Pets

Britannia can recommend a specialised shipper of animals to assist you in sending your family pet(s) from home to home. They will coordinate all documentation and necessary veterinary procedures.

Find out more about pet transport.


Moving Motor Vehicles to Thailand

Importation is discouraged and permits are very difficult to obtain, particularly for foreign passport owners.

International currency exchange

International FX

When you are making international payments for individuals you can benefit from IFX expertise in seeking the best possible rate, whether you are sending or receiving foreign currency.

IFX can help to protect you from exchange rate fluctuations and save you time and money on international payments.

IFX offers :

  • International payments
  • Regular Overseas Transfers
  • Prepaid Currency Card
  • Forward Contracts

More info on the IFX website.

Moving to Thailand with Britannia

Britannia in Thailand – Britannia can offer you a door to door shipping service to Thailand, and can ship your effects by sole use container, or for smaller shipments, in a wooden crate (LCL). In addition we can offer a door to door airfreight service to most major destinations in Thailand. Our agents in Thailand will arrange customs clearance, and deliver and unpack the effects, including removal of debris on day of delivery.

Additional Removal Services – Britannia can provide a variety of additional services when moving to Thailand. We are authorised to provide a comprehensive insurance, can arrange storage prior to delivery, and can also take care of your pet transport.

If you are interested in moving to Thailand, get a free removal quote, and read more about our international removals.

Living in Thailand

Whether you are planning on living in the mountainous region of North to experience a traditional Thai lifestyle, or the country’s largest city and capital Bangkok, moving to Thailand could be an exciting and luxurious adventure. With Thailand being a common stopover for travellers on a long flight to Australia, more and more tourists are falling for the country’s charms. With the cultural traditions being influenced by other Asian cultures such as Chinese, Indian and Cambodian, you are sure to find yourself a new way of living.

Thailand is located in Southeast Asia, and is bordered by Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. Thailand can boast a newly industrialised emerging economy with tourism and exports being the strongest sectors. Tourists often find themselves pleasantly surprised at the culture change when in Thailand.

Thailand has an excellent employment rate and many varied options for employment. As Bangkok is the economic centre of Thailand, there are plenty of opportunities for employment. However if you are looking for a more laid back way of living, the countryside and southern islands offer various opportunities as well. Whether you are looking for professional opportunities or new adventures, and an exciting country to explore, Thailand could be your perfect expat destination.

Interesting Facts About Thailand

  • Thailand’s capital, Bangkok is also known as the City of Angels.
  • The national religion in Thailand is Theravada Buddhism, and almost 95% of Thai people are Buddhists.
  • Bangkok is one of the hottest capital cities in the world.
  • Thailand means land of the free in Thai.
  • Thailand is a constitutional monarchy with King Rama IX as the world’s longest serving current head of state.

Tips About Moving to and Living in Thailand

  • If you are planning to move to Thailand permanently to study, or for professional reasons, you’ll need to obtain a non-immigrant visa.
  • To be able to work in Thailand you must obtain a work permit. Teaching English as a profession is always an option and often quite simple to find.
  • There are a number of international schools in Thailand, with programmes varying from British GCSEs and A Levels to the International Baccalaureate.
  • The cost of living is generally very cheap in comparison to other destinations however food can be very expensive, especially when dining out. When shopping at the local markets bargaining is always expected. Learning Thai will not only be good for fitting into the lifestyle, but will also help to cut costs.

Key Information

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Currency: Baht (฿) (THB)
Calling Code: +66


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