I planning to buy brand new iPad and tablet from the UK as I live here to take to Thailand for my cousin and my grandchild.

Do I need to pay for custom tax?

  • UK VAT can probably be claimed back
    – Calchas
    Aug 16, 2015 at 14:26
  • UK VAT can only be claimed back by tourists. OP lives in the UK.
    – MastaBaba
    Aug 16, 2015 at 14:36

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Technically, yes. From here: "Some products can be imported free of duty, e.g. laptops and other electronic products." and "Goods imported into Thailand are subject to VAT at a rate of 7% calculated over the CIF value plus any applicable duty." with CIF being "Cost, Insurance and Freight". So, you do not have to pay duty, but you would have to pay sales tax.

That said, you're not likely to be stopped for this. But, to minimise the risk, make sure the boxes are opened and, better yet, get rid of the boxes altogether.

However, as a foreigner, it's possible to get the sales tax back on electronics bought in Thailand. It might then be cheaper to buy the products over there.


I don't think so. Unless you are ordering it online from Thailand. If you are buying it personally and taking it to Thailand personally then I don't think you would require to pay custom fee.

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    Something more authoritative than "I don't think so" is really necessary to make a good answer.
    – Flimzy
    Aug 16, 2015 at 0:59

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