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Thailand temporary import permit

Any up to date info help on the following would be much appreciated!

I'm being told I need to get a TIP for a motorcycle I'm shipping to Thailand, despite having a carnet. Is that the case? I think it is but just double-checking.

I'm being quoted $600 for the processing of the TIP. Is that more or less in line with what's being charged?

And now for the hard question: I'm being told to provide an actualized, up to date inspection certificate from the country the bike is registered in (Ireland), plus evidence of motor tax paid, which I won't be able to do as have been away from the country for 2 years... Would anyone know if this is in fact required?


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A TIP is certainly required for Thailand as for many other countries. But it is free of charge and whoever quoted you 600 $ for this is a huge scammer and you should avoid him as the plauge!

Thailand is not a Carnet demanding country so even though some travellers have had their Carnets stamped its really not neccesary or required and has no lelegal points to have it stamped.

For the other requrements you mention I have never heard about such requirements. But Thailand is sometimes a very difficult land to deal with when it comes to such things as temporary vehicle import. Maybe better to fly the bike to Malaysia? After all its just a days ride from Kuala Lumpur to the thai border?

There is a dedicated facebookgroup for overland travels for Thailand.
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Thank you Snakeboy!
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A TIP is certainly required for Thailand as for many other countries. But it is free of charge and whoever quoted you 600 $ for this is a huge scammer and you should avoid him as the plauge!
When I entered Thailand in October I was quoted USD 800 for same day carnet processing. Payable after arrival in Thailand. Yesterday for 10 days processing to enter Thaialand I was quoted 10 days time.

The maximum length of a TIP is 30 days but I handled the renewal myself for free despite agent asking $350.


The problem seems to be when and how to get the TIP. I could no info from customs guys at Bukit Kayu Hitam
(Major Thai Border crossing). They just gave me the WhatsApp number of some agents and closed their windows.
Thailand is not a Carnet demanding country so even though some travellers have had their Carnets stamped its really not neccesary or required and has no lelegal points to have it stamped.

For the other requrements you mention I have never heard about such requirements. But Thailand is sometimes a very difficult land to deal with when it comes to such things as temporary vehicle import. Maybe better to fly the bike to Malaysia? After all its just a days ride from Kuala Lumpur to the thai border?

There is a dedicated facebookgroup for overland travels for Thailand.[/QUOTE]
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So does anybody know what the ‘normal’ agent fee is to cover one month Temporary Import Permit to Thailand.

The guy I used last time is now quoting USD 500. Perhaps because he knows I know how to get the extra 30 days renewal free.
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You will get a TIP at the custom office when you cross the border into Thailand and it is free of charge. There is no need for an agent to do this. If you still let an agent do this he or she can charge whatever they want for that job….
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You will get a TIP at the custom office when you cross the border into Thailand and it is free of charge. There is no need for an agent to do this. If you still let an agent do this he or she can charge whatever they want for that job….


First time crossed into thailsamd from malsysisa ib stuipidly thought I could use a carnet.i also was missing an exit stamp from Malaysia so the Thai the customs officer gave me a list of agents to give 'fast' help.

Since then I realised might have misunderstood something. she gave me the list becauase they were all people who could get me into Thailand at the next checkpoint along within 4 hours that day. rather than 4-5 days getting TIP normal way.

live and learn because 3 hours later I was legally in Thailand and have since crossed Thai/cambodia with additional 30 extensions given for free in both at countries - no attempt at graft any all. Alsop crossed Lao /THAiland using agent services but my experioence showed me DIY m might be possible.
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Which border did you enter from Malaysia?

How much did it cost you?

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A few years back when I first entered Thailand on my motorbike, I also had some confusion around the TIP requirements. One agent at the border quoted me a ridiculous fee just to process it, when as others have pointed out, it can be done for free directly with customs. My advice would be to go straight to the customs office when you arrive rather than dealing with outside agents. Most people in the FB group should be able to provide more specific guidance too. Safe travels!
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