Beginning 1st October 2017, Thailand will be imposing new regulations at the entry point of Malaysia-Thailand border. According to Bernama, the Malaysian Consul-General Mohd Afandi Abu Bakar revealed that foreign visitors entering Thailand will need to submit an entry form to the Royal Thai Customs Department, declaring details about their vehicle and passengers.
If drivers fail to comply to this rule, they will be fined up to four or five times the value of the vehicle or the vehicle detained, and face a two-year jail sentence. The detailed information on the new rules will soon be made available to the public and be uploaded on the foreign ministry’s website once Thai authorities provide them to the consulate.
For those who’re unaware, there are several major border crossings between Malaysia and Thailand, including Wang Kelian (Perlis), Padang Besar (Perlis), Bukit Kayu Hitam (Kedah), Bukit Berapit (Perak), and Rantau Panjang (Kelantan).
Even though some of the terms of admission had long been in practice, but it’s understood that the changes to the entry requirement were executed to facilitate and streamline the check-in record of foreigners to Thailand.
So, the next time you decide to drive up to Thailand, ensure you have all the necessary documentations with you.