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Just landed in Suvarnabhumi airport, went swiftly through immigration and customs. I bought 2 bottles of Champagne in Dubai (75cl each both packed together in the same carton)

When I already passed customs and was in the arrival hall, I was stopped by a customs officer and had to follow him to the office.

They told me I was allowed only 1 bottle. So both bottles were confiscated plus fine approx 10.000 THB or 10 times the import tax.

I could talk my way out but I just wanted to warn TV members to be careful when you bring in alcoholic beverages. Even if you would go to the red line you are not allowed to take more than one bottle but you can avoid the fine by keeping 1 bottle but the rest will be confiscated.

 

 

 

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Thanks for the reminder and the attempted rip-off story.

Can't warn often enough.

Alc and tobacco/cigarettes are the money maker for customs.

And don't forget even if travelling (two) in a group: each to his own bag.

Never put stuff together.

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8 minutes ago, metempsychotic said:

the 10x the duty is the stated fine

And way over what is usual in western countries.

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14 minutes ago, KhunBENQ said:

And way over what is usual in western countries.

last i checked, Thailand was not a western country.

the limits and the penalties are clearly stated.

I wonder if a western country would have waived the fine and let him walk with his allowance had he been in the same situation.

what i am interested to know is if he walked through customs with the 2 bottles clearly displayed in their duty free bags of if they had been packed away in carry on. I suspect the former.

In which case he was just begging to be stopped.

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I'm suprised that the Dubai duty free let you purchase the incorrect amount. They usually pull you up and refuse the sale. Although once or twice I have advised the duty free sales team that I was willing to take the wrap if I was stopped at BKK with too much product. With my acceptance of the potential issues they let me purchase a 2 for 1 deal..

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last i checked, Thailand was not a western country.

the limits and the penalties are clearly stated.

I wonder if a western country would have waived the fine and let him walk with his allowance had he been in the same situation.

what i am interested to know is if he walked through customs with the 2 bottles clearly displayed in their duty free bags of if they had been packed away in carry on. I suspect the former.

In which case he was just begging to be stopped.

It happened to me in another country long time ago, I paid tax plus reasonable fine and could keep the bottles.


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last i checked, Thailand was not a western country.

the limits and the penalties are clearly stated.

I wonder if a western country would have waived the fine and let him walk with his allowance had he been in the same situation.

what i am interested to know is if he walked through customs with the 2 bottles clearly displayed in their duty free bags of if they had been packed away in carry on. I suspect the former.

In which case he was just begging to be stopped.

If you read my story you would understand the 2 bottles were in one carton 75cl each so I was a whopping 0.5l over the limit!


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1 hour ago, luk AJ said:


If you read my story you would understand the 2 bottles were in one carton 75cl each so I was a whopping 0.5l over the limit!


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i did read the story, and i admit its a <deleted> policy.  My response was more against the assertions that it was a rip off attempt by customs when, for once, the limits and penalty are remarkably transparent for thailand.

I have gone over the limit on many occasions myself, but understanding that limit and rolling the dice. 

if you had put that duty free in a carry on, you wouldn't have been stopped.

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On 9/26/2019 at 3:23 PM, luk AJ said:

Not a smuggle attempt, it was in a transparent duty-free bag hand carried.

 

Dubai duty-free should not have sold you alcohol that was over the limit which is 1L of alcoholic beverage (even beer counts in the 1L).

 

http://www.customs.go.th/list_strc_simple_neted.php?ini_content=individual_160503_03_160905_01&lang=en&left_menu=menu_individual_submenu_01_160421_01

 

Alcohol and tobacco are easy pickings for the customs chaps, with clear limits and clear penalties.

 

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Someone's going to be pleased about getting 2 nice bottles of champagne!

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Thanks for posting this OP. Other responses and @Crossy link just answered some questions for my next trip.

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30 minutes ago, Crossy said:

 

Dubai duty-free should not have sold you alcohol that was over the limit which is 1L of alcoholic beverage (even beer counts in the 1L).

 

http://www.customs.go.th/list_strc_simple_neted.php?ini_content=individual_160503_03_160905_01&lang=en&left_menu=menu_individual_submenu_01_160421_01

 

Alcohol and tobacco are easy pickings for the customs chaps, with clear limits and clear penalties.

 

It doesn't state an age limitation on the customs link above. Are children below the age of 18 also entitled to bring 1 l of alcohol? 

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