Official language is Thai. Slang languages ​​include Malay and Chinese, as well as regional dialects. English is the language of commerce and education.

Public Holidays

01/01/2022 New Year

02/16/2022 Makha Bucha Day

04/06/2022 Chakri Memorial Day

04/13/2022 Songkran (Thai New Year)

05/01/2022 Labor Day

05/05/2022 coronation day

05/15/2022 Vesakh Day (Buddha’s Birthday)

07/01/2022 Mid-year holiday

07/13/2022 Asarnha Bucha Day

08/12/2022 Birthday of His Majesty the Queen

10/23/2022 Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

05.12.2022 Birthday of His Majesty the King

12/10/2022 Constitution Day

12/31/2022 New Year’s Eve


[*] Religious holidays are determined according to the Buddhist lunar calendar and are postponed.

Duty free shopping


The following items can be brought into Thailand duty-free (persons of any age with their own passport): Up to 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco or 250g of combined tobacco products; Up to 1L of alcoholic beverages. Note: If the tobacco products or alcoholic beverages you take with you exceed the permitted quantities, they must be disposed of in the containers provided by customs, otherwise criminal prosecution is to be expected. Note: If the goods to be imported exceed a total value of BHT 20,000 per person, they must be declared in writing. A written declaration of gold jewelery is strongly recommended in order to avoid problems when leaving the country. The purchase of counterfeit goods is prohibited.

Import Restrictions

Some medicines, narcotics and substances are subject to import restrictions. The Thai Narcotis Control Division provides further information and application forms for importing medicines. More information is available from

Export Restrictions

An export license from the Thai Department of Fine Arts is required for the export of antiques. The export of a small Buddha statue from new production (to be worn around the neck) is permitted without an export license. The export of Buddha statues and images is otherwise only permitted for religious, cultural and study purposes; Permission from the Thai Department of Fine Arts is required.

Prohibited Imports

The import of weapons, ammunition, fireworks, counterfeit money, pirated goods, counterfeit branded goods, pirated goods protected by copyright, products displaying the Thai flag, drugs and pornographic products is prohibited. The importation of vaporizers such as e-cigarettes and refill liquid is prohibited. Drug possession is punishable by long prison terms or the death penalty.

Export Regulations

The export of certain leather products (eg elephants, crocodiles, snakes) and ivory are subject to the Washington Convention on the Protection of Endangered Species. It is highly recommended that you research this before purchasing. More information can be obtained from Thai Customs.

Contact addresses

Royal Thai Embassy

Honorary Consulate General in Basel. Honorary consulate in Geneva.

Kirchstrasse 56
+41 (31) 970 30 30 34. Consular Section: +41 (31) 970 34 14/15.

Mon-Fri 09.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.00. Consular section: Mon-Fri 09.00-12.00.

Royal Thai Embassy

Consulate General in Frankfurt/M and Munich. Honorary consulates in Essen, Hamburg and Stuttgart.

Lepsiusstrasse 64/66
+49 (0)30 79 48 11 17.

Consular section: Mon-Fri 08.30-13.00, telephone information: Mon-Fri 14.30-17.00.

Royal Thai Embassy

Honorary consulates that issue visas in Dornbirn/Bregenz and Salzburg.

Cottagegasse 48
+43 1 478 33 35. Consular section: +43 1 478 3335 19 / 21.

Mon-Fri 09.00-12.30 and 14.00-17.00. Consular section: Mon-Fri 09.00-12.00, telephone information: Mon-Fri 14.00-17.00.


Business etiquette

Business people in senior positions mostly speak English, but interpreters are needed in smaller companies and in companies outside the industrial belt of large cities. Business cards are required. Prior appointment is usual.

Opening hours

Business hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am-4.30pm. Some offices are open half days on Saturdays.

Business contacts

Office for Economic Affairs of the Embassy of Thailand Petzowerstrasse 1, 14109 Berlin, Germany Tel. +49 (0)30 805 00 40. German-Thai Chamber of Commerce 14th Floor | AIA Sathorn Tower, 11/1 South Sathorn Road, Yannawa | Sathorn, Bangkok 10120, Thailand Tel. +66 (0)2 055 06 00. Website: Commercial Affairs Office of the Embassy of Thailand Kopalgasse 47, 1110 Vienna, Austria Tel. +43 (0)1 748 50 20 Embassy of Thailand Kirchstrasse 56, 3097 Bern/Liebefeld, Switzerland Tel. +66 (0)2 513 19 09. Website: www.ditp.go.



According to, the country code is 0066. Public payphones are becoming increasingly rare in Thailand. A popular way to call abroad is the “Home Country Direct” service, which is offered at various post offices and CAT centers in cities. In almost all hotels it is possible to make international calls for a fee. International calls via Skype are the cheapest. Emergency numbers are: police 191, fire brigade 195 and tourist police in Bangkok 1699.

Mobile phone

GSM 900 and 1800, 2G, 3G and 4G. Network operator is dtac. International roaming contracts exist. However, the cheapest way to make calls is with a Thai SIM card and prepaid cards. The Thai mobile network covers the whole country.


There are numerous internet cafés and free WiFi hotspots with public internet access in the big cities and in the holiday areas. Internet providers include INET and True Internet.

Post office

Mail to Europe takes six to nine days. Post office hours: The main post office in Bangkok is open Mon-Fri 08:00-20:00 and weekends and public holidays 08:00-13:00. Post offices in other parts of the country usually open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Numerous German-speaking radio stations can be received over the Internet in Thailand.

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