Malaysia – Thailand Border Crossing

Introduction

This article generally applicable if you want to cross into Thailand overland but I’ll be more specific on Malaysia – Thailand Border Crossing by Car or Motorcycle.


Required Documents For Thailand Border Crossing

In a nutshell, you will need;

  1. TM2 Information of Conveyance form. – 2 copies | TM2 Form Download
  2. TM3 Passenger List form – 2 copies. (Only if you’re riding /driving with a passenger). | TM3 Form Download
  3. TM6 Card (Arrival/Departure white card).
  4. Passport is valid for 6 months at-least.
  5. Driving license recognized in Thailand. i.e. From ASEAN countries or International Driving Permit.
  6. (a). Authorized letter from the vehicle owner & copy of the owner’s N.R.I.C./ Passport (If the vehicle is not on your name). | Sample
  7. (b). Form 24 (SSM company registration details) &  FORM 49. (If you’re using a company registered vehicle) | Sample
  8. Note: Thai border in Sungai Golok requires the authorized letter to be stamped by a Commissioner of Oath.
  9. Simplified customs temporary Import / Export form.
  10. Copy of your road tax – Ensure it is not expired.
  11. Vehicle registration card (Grant / VOC). (Photocopy is acceptable but you will need to get it stamped at any police station to established authenticity of the document)
  12. Compulsory Motor Insurance (CMI) (Less than RM 20).
  13. Visa – (Not needed for countries that have been exempted). For the Thai Visa service, read here and for any other Thailand immigration forms, it can be found here.

Note: If you are NOT on a vehicle registered in Laos, Malaysia or Singapore, you now need prior approval to enter Thailand.  In December 2016 Thailand introduced new rules which required a traveller with their own motor vehicles to obtain a permit and guide to enter the country in advance. The new rules allow motorcycles and vehicles under 3500kg to enter the country, with a permit and guide organised via a travel agency. However, they state – No vans, camper cars, buses, trucks, vehicles over 3500kg or that have over 9 seats. More info / latest updates see Overlanding Asia FB Group.

All the (TM) Thai immigration forms and simplified customs import/export form can be obtained at the Thailand border for free despite sometimes you will need to pay up a little fee (RM1-RM5) which you will not get an official receipt. To save up time, you can download the TM2 & TM3 forms from the links above and fill it up before you head up to the border.

Alternatively, you can also get those immigration forms (TM2, TM3, TM6) and third-party insurance for your vehicle a few Kilometers before the Malaysian border. (You can see few signboards saying Thai Insurance etc, just drop by one of those shops or if you’re going towards north of Malaysia via PLUS highway, you can drop by at Gurun R&R’s (rest area) Caltex Petrol Station which is about 80KM before Bukit Kayu Hitam border to get your immigration forms (TM2, TM3, TM6) and vehicle third party insurance.


Malaysia-Thailand Borders Opening & Closing Time

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Now that you’ve already had a rough idea on the border crossing, I’ll walk you through the process.


Arriving at Malaysian border

This is the easiest part, you can just drive through and you will only need to get your passport stamped. Most of the Malaysian borders have dedicated lanes for cars and motorcycles.

Bukit Kayu Hitam Border (Malaysia) – Immigration Counter

Arriving at Thailand Border

If you’re driving a car, park your vehicle just before the Thailand border as most Thailand border crossing do not have dedicated lanes for drive-through. However, If you’re crossing via Bukit Kayu Hitam – Dannok (Sadao) border, you can just drive through and get your passport, completed TM6 (white card), TM2 and / TM3 forms stamped. For motorcycle, you’ll need to park your motorcycle first anywhere close to the Thai border area.

Note: You will need to pay an overtime fee when you stamp your passport to enter Thailand during out of working hours. Read more at the link below:

Thailand Border Crossing Fee

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Dannok, Sadao Border (Thailand) – Immigration Counter
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Thailand TM6 Immigration form ((Arrival/Departure white card)

Don’t forget to pass over the completed TM2  & TM3 forms to the immigration officer when they check on your passport. You will need to have a copy of each for arrival and departure. The immigration officer will keep one copy for arrival and he/she will stamp the departure copy and give it back to you. You will then need to submit this stamped copy when you exit the border on your way out of Thailand.

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Thailand TM2 & TM 3 Forms Sample

Often, the officer will not ask you about these forms but the laws are in place and there is a fine for not having the forms on your return and occasionally, you get a bad official who likes to make trouble if you don’t have all the copies & / or completed correctly. If you lost them, be polite, smile always and you can often get out of fine. Remember, this is Thailand 🙂

Next, park your car or motorcycle after the drive-through passport control/immigration counter and go to the Customs Declaration Counter to get your simplified temporary import/export form.

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Thailand Customs Declaration Counter in Dannok, Sadao

You will need to provide your passport and the vehicle registration card (Grant / VOC) to the customs officer at counter# 1 for verification. If the vehicle is not registered on your name, you will need to provide authorisation (permission) written letter and copy of the owner’s passport / Identity card. See Sample. If you have been out & / or in before, your data should still be in their system and is easy to bring it up if your info & the vehicle are still the same.

The customs are organized & computerized and they will complete the form for you. Your data goes in the computer & the form is printed out for you which you need to bring it over from counter #1 to counter# 2.  They’ll usually print out 2 forms, one of them (import) which they’ll keep and give you the export form which you will need to sign at two sections. See the image below.

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Simplified Customs Declaration Form

The validity of the form is usually 30 days and you MUST return the export form to the Customs Counter when you exit Thailand. Failing to do so, there is a fine of 1,000 baht a day, with a maximum of 10,000 baht if you return/depart late (up to 6 months).

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Thailand Vehicle Late Export Fine

Note: You can enter and exit Thailand from any borders provided you do it within 30 days, i.e. You enter Thai via Bukit Kayu Hitam and exited using the Wang Kelian border.

That’s it! You can now drive/ride into Thailand straightaway and their official may stop you to check whether your passport has been stamped or not on your way in, just show it to them and they will let you pass.

The process is quite simple, to be honest, and you may want to skip border crossing on Malaysian public holidays as the waiting queue at the border can be long and you may just be stuck there for hours. Alternatively, go to other small borders such as in Wang Kelian etc as they may not be busy as Bukit Kayu Hitam / Dan Nok border.


Questions & Answers

Do I need Compulsory Motor insurance (CMI) for my vehicle?

Yes, and it is compulsory if you’re driving/riding in Thailand. Please note, the CMI only covers bodily injury (Max 80,000 Thai Baht – varies based on underwriter) and not for the repair works on the vehicle(s). This can usually be purchased near border crossings into the country and it usually costs about RM 20 for 9 days.

Is there any Insurance that covers vehicle damages?

Yes, read my other post about this here – Malaysia Vehicle Coverage in Thailand

Do I need Travel Insurance?

Having travel insurance is really important and some even choose not to have one but honestly, accidents do happen and they also seem to happen when you least expect it & least need it. Medical bills can cost a fortunate abroad and with good travel insurance, you can have peace of mind. so please, if you don’t do it for yourself, do it for your loved ones.

What should I do if I’m Injured due to an accident?

First of all, if you’re injured, get yourself treated at the nearest Hospital. If you have travel insurance, call up your underwriter to further assist you. You can use the CMI Insurance cover note that you purchased before entering Thailand for bodily injury to the Hospital’s receptionist. She/He (if willing) can assist you to call up the Insurance company to make a medical claim. The biggest problem you may encounter is communication as most Thai people don’t speak English. The good thing is, you can call Tourism Police who speaks English by dialling 1155 from your local Thai sim-card number and they’ll assist you.

The insurance company may ask you to go to the nearest police station and make a report of the accident. You will need to provide your passport,  compulsory insurance cover note and a medical report from Hospital. Depending on your local insurance policy (if any), you can also get your self covered for medical expenses outside Malaysia.

Should you require any other assistance whilst in Thailand, please click on the link below:

Thailand Tourist Assistance Center

My vehicle involved in an accident, what should I do?

Read my other post about this here – Malaysia Vehicle Coverage in Thailand

Do I need an International Driving Permit (IDP) / License?

In general, an IDP is not required if you are a tourist/visitor in Thailand as long your license is in English, has a photo and your country signed the 1949 Convention on Road Traffic done at Geneva, which most countries are including Malaysia. There is also an ASEAN agreement on the recognition of domestic driving license issued by ASEAN countries.

However, there is always contention about this but for me, the overriding decision to get one is for insurance purposes. Most travel insurances that I’ve checked have in the fine print that you must have an IDP in the event of a claim for damages or medical costs from an accident. The paperwork for our last few vehicles we hired in Thailand has also required an IDP for claiming on insurance.

For about $30 it is a no brainer for me. I don’t really care about paying a fine but an accident could mean thousands of Ringgit in medical, vehicle damages costs and I am not willing to risk it.

If you’re Malaysian, you can get it at JPJ’s office for RM 150. A sample of the IDP can be found at the image on the right below.

Third Party Insurance and IDP Sample

Singaporeans crossing into Thailand?

In 2016, Singapore travellers entering Thailand through land border checkpoints are eligible to do so without a visa only twice in a calendar year. However, the government has now revised its regulation and allow Singaporean to enter Thailand for tourism purpose through land border checkpoints more than twice a calendar year without requesting a visa.


Important Notes

  1. You’re not allowed to bring in and use electronic cigarettes / Vape or any related substances or equipment. Imprisonment not exceeding 10 years and/or fine THB500,000 (RM64,000).
  2. Didn’t declare your vehicle via Thai custom if you’re crossing overland. Imprisonment not exceeding 10 years and/or fine 4 times value of your vehicle value and confiscation of the vehicle.
  3. Using Walkie-Talkie (unregistered) | Imprisonment not exceeding 5 years and/or fine up THB100,000 (RM12,800).
  4. Smoking at Thai beaches. Imprisonment not exceeding 1 year and/or fine up THB100,000 (RM12,800)
  5. If you driving a commercial vehicle such as Van, you will need to hire a Thai tour guide (even if you’re Malaysian), get a permit for your vehicle, have a tourist pass and insure all of the passengers for tourist purpose. These services can be obtained at the border area.  Failing to do so, get ready to be slap with a big fine and also jail sentence.  This rule does not apply to private MPV vehicle such as Alphard, Velfire, Starex etc.
  6. Always obey the traffic rules whilst you’re riding/driving and stay calm if you been pulled over by the police. Smile is the key to start with good communication.

This information was gathered from my last trip, the 6 Nation’s Borders Ride which I rode and clocked 8033KM on my 171CC scooter.


154 Responses

  1. Andrew Chua TC says:

    Hi Chris. Where do you think is the best place to get TM6 card in advance before a trip to the Betong? Its not the RM2 filling card that matters but the long Q and waiting time. Usually I have the TM6 cards filled and ready before a trip including TM2 and TM3 which latter both can be downloaded thanks to Chris. When I returned from Betong in the late evening yesterday and head to the empty counter to get some TM6 cards to heads up for future trips, the night guy is quite rude and asked me for CNY ang pow as they deem it their income loss if they were to give away the forms freely. Aren’t the cards issued and provided free of charge by immigration? Once I asked some from a famous travel agent in the city and they gave me but how many times can I do it? Then once I asked a Thailand acquaintance to asked for it at the border for me but he is no longer coming back.. It is quite frustrating for a simple TM6 card to be a time consuming hassle. Customs for car declaration was quite straight forward and easy, Just remember that driver must get the passport stamped and cleared first at immigration before heading to customs for car declaration or they will asked to go back and get it done. A few ahead of me at the custom Q was not aware of this process. I like to prepare the forms in advance as I always travel in a group of 4-7 person and that is a lot of time and money wasted at the Q filling counter. Thanks!

    • Hi Andrew, The Thai already have an app for online TM6 submission which you can find it at the link below but the app doesn’t work properly. I’m sure in the future, it would work like the SG Arrival Card app. The TM6 card is available for free and you don’t have to pay. However, many have been taking advantage of it by taking multiple cards (not for their trip usage) which lead to low availability of the TM6 card at the border which leads to further inconvenience for other visitors. I usually buy (RM2) the TM6 card about a few pieces when I’m at the border and use it for future trips to save time. I can also get the card from my insurance agent in KL when I renew with them. Unfortunately, that how it works at the moment and you’ll just need to go with the flow.

      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=th.go.immigration.etm6&hl=en

  2. selva says:

    hi, we planing to come Thailand by car with my family, do i need to fill up TM2 & TM3 forms

  3. Wai Sek Mei says:

    Hi Chris,
    Im going into Betong & Hatyai at different date in this coming Dec, do I need to return the custom declaration form when out from Betong and then re-fill another form when go into Hatyai ? Or I can just keep the form from Betong and no need to get another form when go into Hatyai? Hope you understand my question. Thank you.

    • Andrew Chua TC says:

      For the benefit of others, you need to fill in the forms twice, Each entry and exit requires a set of forms to be filled.

      • Hi Wai, sorry for the late reply and I am not sure why I didn’t get this notification.

        Back to your question, you can’t use the same custom form for different dates to go in and out of Thailand. Everytime you go in, you need to declare, every-time you go out, you must return the form. You can’t keep the form for future exits.

  4. Jamuna Kanasan says:

    Hi Chris, thank you so much for the detailed information about driving front and back from Thailand. It helped a lot, due to less information provided at the Thailand border office. We went to Hatyai in 2016 for 2 days vacation by driving own car. After reading the blogs, I noticed that I have not submitted the Simplified Customs Declaration Form as was not aware it. Is there a way to return the form with discounted payment when I enter Thailand border the next time I plan to drive. Or is there anyone who could make the payment on behalf of us since we’re in Malaysia. Thank you.

  5. Alex says:

    Hello! I want buy car at Malaysia and use it in Thailand. Is it possible to get TM2 form for 6 month, after cross the border and again get 6 month? Or get TM2 for one month and extend it at local customs office at Koh Samui? Thanks!

  6. Hi, consider yourself lucky to not get caught while driving in Thai without the custom paper. Since you’re already back in Malaysia, you don’t have to worry any longer. You can re-enter thai again using the same car without problems. As for Thai records, your car didn’t come WITH CAR into their country when you enter the last time. Don’t forget the procedure the next time 🙂

  7. Hi,

    I have entered Thai via BKH/Danok border several times. Last week, I made a big mistake. Since the Thai border immigration always change their procedure and place to hand over passport and customs declaration, I thought this time around both the immigration and custom declaration was conducted at the same place. The officer on duty was asking for both my passport, my car registration and TM2. So, I just entered without declaring my car to the custom office thinking that it was already settled at the immigration counter. I just realized I didn’t have the custom declaration form on my way out. My question is, ma I able to enter Thai using the same vehicle without paying a penalty since I didn’t declare to the customs when I entered Thai. If anyone had an experience making the same mistake, please share. Thanks.

    • Hi, consider yourself lucky to not get caught while driving in Thai without the custom paper. Since you’re already back in Malaysia, you don’t have to worry any longer. You can re-enter thai again using the same car without problems. As for Thai records, your car didn’t come WITH CAR into their country when you enter the last time. Don’t forget the procedure the next time 🙂

  8. Hi Chris, may i ask TM3 form both inbound/outbound must fillup exactly same info or outbound is the date i leaving hatyai?

  9. Hi Chris, may i ask TM3 form both inbound/outbound must fillup exactly same info or outbound is the date i leaving hatyai?

  10. Hi Ik, yes, you will still need to get CMI insurance and its compulsory. Read the differences between the insurances you got here – http://riderchris.com/info/malaysia-vehicle-coverage-thailand/

  11. lk sow says:

    Hi Chris, if I had my Malaysian 1st party insurance extended to cover Thailand, do I still need to get the compulsory Motor Insurance? Tkx

  12. Chuiquen Wan says:

    Hi Chris,i have returned the Customs Declaration Form but forgot to sign at the counter because i was first time experience drove into Thailand. The official in counter 8 was not friendly and not remind me to sign in the book
    . Will i be fine the next time arrive in Thailand, Pls advise. Thanks!

  13. Chuiquen Wan says:

    Hi Chris,i have returned the Customs Declaration Form but forgot to sign at the counter because i was first time experience drove into Thailand. The official in counter 8 was not friendly and not remind me to sign in the book
    . Will i be fine the next time arrive in Thailand, Pls advise. Thanks!

  14. Shayn Shakty says:

    Hi Chris,
    I’m travelling from KL to Hat Yai by car.
    Do I have to get an international driving pass to get around and when would they place the thai registration on the car

  15. Dave Denny says:

    Hi Chris. I have just received my P Malaysia B-full motorcycle licence. Do you know if its possible to ride into Thailand with the P licence ?

  16. Mike Chia says:

    Hello Chris,I’m going Hatyai through the BKH border..1 bike and with 1 car that both under my name..Somebody said only 1 name per vehicle only can pass the order..is that true ??And if I just using the photocopy Geran with only local authorized JPJ stamp..Any problem??Thanks

    • Hi Mike, not sure where you heard that. There is no problem going into Thai with 1 or more vehicles registered on your name. If you are going to use photocopy Geran, you will need to get police station stamp and not JPJ. The police station needs to be near to the border. Say if you’re accessing BKH, you will need to get Changlun Police Station stamp on your photocopy Geran.

  17. Chen Kim Heng says:

    Dear Chris,
    I plan to go Phuket by car from Penang on 14/6/2018. I should consider kayu hitam border or Wang Kelian? How many hours from Wang Kelian to Phuket? Is there any shop can buy car insurance at Wang Kelian? Thanks

  18. KALAIARASU A/L KANESAN says:

    Hi chris,i can ride my bike from dannok to bangkok??

  19. Soh Su Li says:

    Hi Chris, my family and i are planning a trip to hatyai.
    and have decided to rent a van with a driver. He wanted us to send him a picture of our passports claiming its to get our insurance. May i know what is the information that we need to disclose to him?

    • Hi, honestly, I don’t know but maybe it’s a requirement for all the passengers to get insured. If you’re worried, you can just send a photocopy of your passport and cross over it so it can’t be used for fraud etc.

  20. Balasubramaniam Shammugasamy says:

    Hi Chris, I made a road trip to Phuket in 2016 December via bukit kayu hitam exit. On the way back return to Malaysia, I forgot to return the TM3 while form, also the officer didn’t ask me for the form as well. So, now I plan to do a road trip again via bukit kayu hitam. Will I need to pay the fine of 10,000 Baht? Or will it be more? It is almost 1 and half years ready. Please clarify on this. Thanks

    • Hi, you will only need to pay the fine 10K Baht if you didn’t return the custom export form. You should be able to access Thai back without problems but do return all the necessary forms in the future 🙂

  21. jamms says:

    Hi Chris… Where can I buy insurance coverage for my bike in Thailand… Any recommendations… Pls.

  22. Lim says:

    Hi chris,
    1. gurun r&r which area should I get d forms and insurance?
    2. am i able to get d car insurance before border if i wish to enter hatyai at msia time 6am? wat time are they opened?
    3. for d road tax photocopy, is it means i have to photo d one which i paste on my car front big mirror?
    4. if d car is under my parent’s name, n my bf will be d driver, so pls advice d authorization letter shall put my name or my bf?
    5. for d tm3, shall i include the driver’s name as well?

    • Lim says:

      6. and also shall i have car coupon if i park at roadside in hatyai?

      • Hi Lim, Answers to your questions are as per below:

        1. Inside Caltex Petrol Station
        2. I don’t think so there is people working at 0600 to provide insurance services and usually they are opened at 0900. You can try getting the car insurance on Thai side. Just after the border on your right side.
        3. In my many times of crossing Thai, they haven’t asked for a roadtax copy. You can just take a photo of it and show it to them IF they asked for it.
        4. The authorization letter should include the name of the driver, regardless you or your BF.
        5. Yes, you will need to include the driver’s and passenger(s) name.
        6. I have no idea about this to be honest, I usually ride my motorcycle to Thailand. Cheers.

      • Param Charleston says:

        hi there, for your point 2, just after the border you mean after the thai border or after malaysia border?
        cheers!

      • It is after the Thai border. (I’ve added that into my previous comment). Cheers

      • Param Charleston says:

        thank you! im making my trip this weekend. kinda worried if ill miss out something!

      • No worries, if you followed this article to the latter, I am sure you will not miss out anything. The process is straightforward too.

      • Param Charleston says:

        thanks a lot! still digesting it haha

  23. Roslan Khalidi says:

    hi Chris, any payment required at immigration counter for passport entry / exit chop? how much?

    • Hi Roslan, if you enter/exit Thailand during out of working office hours, you will need to pay about RM2 when you stamped your passport. However, you may also need to pay during office hours (this is the not official but they will sometimes insist).

  24. Eric Cheah says:

    Hi Chris, if I drive in myself without passenger do I still need to submit T2,3 form ? Thanks

  25. Hi, the new VOC does not state road tax information but you can just do a photocopy of your road tax. In my umpteen times of crossing Thailand, they have never asked for road tax information (I am using the new VOC too) but it is always a good idea to have a copy.

    The process for exiting the new Dannok immigration is still the same, you just drive / ride through to stamp your passport at the immigration counter, return your TM2/TM3 forms and once you done it, just go a little further, there will be a counter where you can return your custom form. At the Malaysia side, just scan your passport (presumably you’re Malaysian) and off you go.

  26. Chew Beng Ham says:

    Hi, our car registration do not state the road tax expiration. Is it OK if I photo copy the road tax disc as a proof. How do you go about when exit the new Danok immigration centre?

  27. Chris Walter Theodore says:

    Hi Chris, I have visited betong few days ago, and I chose to drive in. On my way back, I have submitted my import export form to the custom, but I forget to submit the TM2 form back to immigration. Will this land me into any trouble? Thanks in advance

  28. Lyn says:

    Hi Chris, this is super helpful, thank you! I read news about new rules will be implemented but the procedure looks uncleared. Could you advise me please?
    http://says.com/my/news/new-regulations-at-entry-points-of-malaysia-thailand-border-beginning-1-october

    • Hi Lyn, those “NEW” rules aren’t new rules and it has been in placed for sometime now. It is just not followed properly. The so called new rules requires you to submit TM2 and TM3 (if you have passenger) forms, declaring your vehicle via the temporary import (custom simplified form). I’ve just crossed twice this month and therefore, all the information on this article is still applicable. Cheers

  29. Dave says:

    Hi Chris, Thanks for your wonderful blog. We Indian family staying in SG and planning a trip (with kids) overland from SG to Thai to SG , do we need to take any precautions or follow any paper work prior to passing Thai border ? Even I heard Mal-Thai border is bit unsafe, could you please help to provide more insight? Which border is closer/better from Penang to Thai? What route you want us to take to reach Bangkok? Is it worth to stay in Surat Thani first and then touch Bangkok and come back ? Thanks for your help in advance .. Cheers

    • Hi Dave, don’t listen what the world tells you 🙂 The border is SAFE and I’ve crossed for the umpteenth time. If your nationality and Vehicle are SG, you can just cross normally and the papers you’ll need are all stated in this article. If you are non SG, you may need VISA.

      You can cross via Bukit Kayu Hitam border as that is the biggest and nearest to Penang. To reach Bangkok, you can use the national highway (see map – https://goo.gl/MN9gC2) and I would suggest that you take rest whenever you feel tired. You can either make a stop in Surat Thani / Krabi (Lovely place for Family). Enjoy the journey and don’t drive at night!

  30. Lee kah chin says:

    Hi chris. Plan going hadyai with my thai girlfren next month and enter at bukit kayu hitam kastam. Do i have any problem to enter at malaysia kastam and the thai kastam if my girlfren is holding a thai passport?

    • Hi Lee, both of you should be able to pass the Thai immigration (Custom only if you’re driving) without any issues as long both of you don’t have any bad records in Thai. cheers.

  31. Calvin says:

    Hi Chris,
    I would like to travel in Thailand with a rented car, is it advisable for me to rent a car from car rental agency (Kuala Lumpur ) and drive to Hat Yai, or it’s easier if i rent a car straight away in Hat Yai to skip those car driving permission documents?

    Thanks.

  32. Calvin says:

    Hi Chris,
    I would like to travel in Thailand with a rented car, is it advisable for me to rent a car from car rental agency (Kuala Lumpur ) and drive to Hat Yai, or it’s easier if i rent a car straight away in Hat Yai to skip those car driving permission documents?

    Thanks.

    • Hi Calvin, the choice is yours, the easiest would be to rent a car in Hatyai but if you decided to rent a car from KL, you will need the approval letter from the Car Rental company and since it
      is registered under a company name, you will also need to get Form 49 from
      them. See 6 (b). at my article for sample

      • Calvin says:

        Got it. By the way, what is the procedure & documents needed if i wanna rent a car in hat yai and drive on Thailand road? Other than my driving license, insurance, Do i need to apply anything (permission) at JPJ in Malaysia. Thanks^O^

      • Hi, I don’t know what is the exact procedure to rent a Car in Thailand. You will just need to ask them what documents that you need. Ideally the’ll ask you copy of your passport and license. I would highly recommend that you get International Driving Permit (IDP) at JPJ in Malaysia for RM 150.00. This would be helpful if you got into accidents in Thai.

  33. Hemant Godhani says:

    Hi Chris,
    I would like to go Singapore from India by Bike/Bullet, via Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, What document I needed for that

    • For Myanmar and Thailand, you will need to hire tour guide and notify them atleast 10 days in advance and they will provide you with the list of documents required. For Malaysia and Singapore, you will need to have the ownership of your vehicle card, insurance papers, road tax papers (if any). Enjoy your ride. Cheers

  34. Bosco says:

    Hi would like to ask if im going in thailand alone, and bring one of my myanmar friend that stay on thailand to malaysia, required what ? the tm3 form need to fill his name ?

  35. Kenneth Chng says:

    HI CHRIS,WHAT DOCUMENTS IS REQUIRED FROM BETONG CUSTOM BY CAR AND THE AUTHORISED LETTER OF VEHICLE STILL WORK IF VEHICLE NO UNDER MY NAME

    • Hi, the procedures for Betong is still the same and for the required documents, you can refer to this article. You will still need authorization letter if the vehicle is not under your name.

  36. Jamalluden Abdul Rahim says:

    Hi Chris,

    Super helpful and very comprehensive what you had shared here. Bravo!
    I had drive/rode through Bukit Kayu Hitam before and had stopped by the duty free or the side street booth to get the immigration forms fill up and bought the insurance.
    So question is, are there such booths at other borders?

    • Hi Jamal, thanks 🙂 As for your questions, only BKH has duty free etc and the rest may have small booth IN the immigration complex to fill up forms and for insurance, you will need to cross into Thailand and get it at the side street.

  37. Ben says:

    You absolute superstar, mate! Any suggestions on good Thai tour companies for motorbike at the Southern (Malaysian) end?

  38. Wan73 says:

    Hi Chris,
    During submission of TM2, do we need attached any supporting document copies e.g. geran? Or just the TM2 paper enough?
    Two TM2 copies right? Immigration Officer will sign and stamp the two copies? Then, one the officer keep and the other one for during exit?

    • TM2, TM3 & TM6 forms are to submitted at the immigration counter. Yes, you will need to have two copies each and they will keep one, the other one usually they will stamped it and give it back to you in which you will need to return when you exit.

      For the supporting documents such as geran, authoristion letter etc, it has to be submitted at the custom’s counter who will then give you the temporary import form for your vehicle.

  39. mark says:

    Can we drive Malaysia rental car into Thailand?

    • Hi Mark, yes you can as long you have the approval from the Car Rental company and since it is registered under a company name, you will need to get Form 49 from them. See 6 (b). at my article for sample.

  40. Jerry Panyanouvong says:

    Hi Chris

    I am planning to ride to Singapore from Laos on a Lao registered bike, what kind of documents do I need to cross into Malaysia and Singapore?

    • Hi Jerry, unless you’re shipping your bike, you will need to cross into Thailand, Malaysia and then into Singapore.

      For Thai: The documents needed are as per stated in this article.
      For Malaysia: Your Passport, Bike papers, Insurance papers
      For Singapore: Your Passport, Bike papers, Insurance papers and AutoPass card (you can buy at the SG border).

      • Ron says:

        Can Lao vehicles enter Malaysia and Singapore without a carnet? I read on the Singaporean customs website, only Malaysian and Thai vehicles are allowed entry without a carnet. So I would check carefully otherwise entry may be refused. With Malaysia, it’s a little unclear as I’ve heard non-Thai and non-Singaporean vehicles coming through without the need for a carnet as this is apparently only needed if coming from Indonesia or shipping the vehicle in. Again, would be best to double-check with the customs authority or the JCP bureau.

  41. Alex Pichel says:

    Hi Chris, I am currently driving my BMW 1200 Adventure through Indonesia and am planning to ride it to Bangkok from Jakarta in November. The bike has a German numberplate and I have a valid Carnet. I will ride up towards Medan, take a ferry to KL and ride from there up to Bangkok.
    Any advise or potential issues I might encounter … appreciate your help.
    Stay safe,
    Alex

    • Hi Alex, unfortunately, starting from December 2016, Thailand introduced new rules which required a traveler with their own motor vehicles to obtain a permit and guide to enter the country in advance.

      Not only does one need to apply at least 15 business days before arrival, but a guide and Thai registered lead vehicle is compulsory. A foreign registered vehicle can only spend 60 days in Thailand within a calendar year

      Malaysian, Singaporean and Lao registrations are exempt from the new rules. Cambodian and Burmese vehicles traveling in their respective border areas and exiting back through the same border they entered are also exempted. All other registrations must seek entry in advance, through an authorized Thai based travel agent.

      https://goo.gl/B2BSjH

      https://goo.gl/EqCdaK

      Note: You will need to have a Facebook account and join the the Overlanding Asia group before you can view the information at the link above.

  42. Philip Thomas says:

    Hi Chris, is it possible to take my road registered and legal in Malaysia motor bike in the back of my truck to Thailand?
    Both vehicles are registered in Malaysia, and are street legal I will buy 3rd party insurance for both vehicles.
    My motorcycle is suitable for enduro/off-road riding and I will be using it both on and off road in Krabi.
    I may also have a second motorbike in the truck as well, not belonging to me but street legal as well and registered in my mates name , he will be travelling with me in the truck.
    Both of us have Malaysian driving licences as well as international driving permits issued in Malaysia, we have UK passports.
    Any advice you can give would be appreciated .
    Many thanks

    Philip

    • Hi Philip, Honestly I am not quite sure here but it should be possible as long you have all the documentations. You’ll still need to go through the custom process for all of your vehicles including those motorcycle on the truck. As long you pass the customs (import all of your vehicles temporarily to Thai), I don’t see any problems as it should legal. Please ensure those vehicle(s) which is not on your name, you get the authorisation letter and copy of the owner’s NRIC / Passport. Have a good trip and please do let me know how you get on passing the border? Cheers.

  43. Napatsawan Sittichaiwong says:

    Hello Chris,
    Is there any fee of tax for the custom if we bring the sport car in to Thailand from Malaysia?
    My boss is working in Thailand with Visa and Work Permit. He plans to buy a new car in Malaysia and bring it to use in Thailand.

  44. Mike Gagne says:

    Excellent , thanks for all the Hard Work in putting this all together

  45. Sam says:

    Hi Chris. I heard that some Malaysians were arrested by Thai police along route Hatyai to Padang Besar for possessing WALKIE-TALKIE sets in car, although not using them at time of arrest. I have been using them for years, but this recent arrest has scared me. kindly advise me on current rules on walkie-talkies in Thailand. Thank you

  46. Yee Jy says:

    Hi Chris, I am planning to enter into Betong via Pengkalan Hulu. I will be driving a car under my father’s name. The authorization letter and IC photocopy is not a problem. But is the stamp from commissioner of oath compulsory?

    • Hi Yee, as mentioned in my post (see below), only sungai golok border requires COA letter.

      Note: Thai border in Sungai Golok requires the authorized letter to be stamped by a Commissioner of Oath.

  47. lisa c1001c says:

    For 6 (a). Authorized letter from the vehicle owner & copy of the owner’s N.R.I.C./ Passport (If the vehicle is not on your name)… if someone try to make a fake authorized letter without knowing by owner, how? Because only a letter without attached prove (example fotocopy ic or else) can get into Thailand border..

    • Hi Lisa, Unfortunately, there is no way the immigration officer would be able to see whether the authorisation letter is genuine or not. However, if the letter is not attached with a photocopy of the owner’s IC/passport, they will not allow the vehicle to pass the border.

      • lisa c1001c says:

        Anyway thank you for reply.. as I know.. they can go into Thailand only submit with photocopy car’s geran and original authorization letter (actually it’s fake) without owner ic/passport.. If that happened how to let them know to be aware from this case.. thank you

      • To access Thailand with a photocopy “Geran”, one need to get it stamped at a local police station where they will actually record the person details such as I.C. etc , who brought the photocopy (Geran). If the “Geran” has no police stamp, Thai Custom will not let the vehicle in. So that is the security part, the rest is just trying luck if it’s really fake. I can’t really think this will happen as the person needs his passport to be stamped as well. So EVERYTHING is recorded.

        If you have anything to report, you can contact Thai Immigration – https://www.immigration.go.th/

      • lisa c1001c says:

        Ok, I got it. Thank you very much.

  48. lisa c1001c says:

    For 6 (a). Authorized letter from the vehicle owner & copy of the owner’s N.R.I.C./ Passport (If the vehicle is not on your name)… if someone try to make a fake authorized letter without knowing by owner, how? Because only a letter without attached prove (example fotocopy ic or else) can get into Thailand border..

  49. Sherlyn Chan says:

    Hi chris, can i check, if the photocopy of the car registration card to be present to thai authority is good enough? Or i must get it stamped by police? Is commissioner of oath good enough?

    Also, i plan to drive from KL at night to border and should reach before the border opens, any rest area to park our car to freshen up before further drive to Hatyai? I plan to use Bukit Kayu Hitam checkpoint.

    • Hi Sheryl, if you’re bringing the photocopy of your car registration, you MUST get it stamped at any of the police station and the commissioner of oath stamp/letter is useless. As for rest area, they are few. There is a Gurun R&R (80 KM PLUS highway) before the Bukit Kayu Hitam border or somewhere 7KM before the border, there is a place called CTC Recreation where you can park your car, have your meal, money changer, toilet etc. Map here -> https://goo.gl/o5pNbd

      • Sherlyn Chan says:

        Hi Chris, KL police station refuse to stamp as they don’t provide verification on such document. They ask me to try at border. Anyone has problem?

        I’m reaching checkpoint before morning, any police station nearby to do this? Yeah

      • Usually people stamp it at the nearest police station to the border. You can go to Balai Polis Changlun which is 10KM from the border – Waze it and you should be able to find it. You can also call them first to verify – 60 4-924 1222

      • Sherlyn Chan says:

        thanks for the information. Instead of the all the hassle, i took your advise and get the original voc from finance today. DONE!

  50. Sherlyn Chan says:

    Hi chris, can i check, if the photocopy of the car registration card to be present to thai authority is good enough? Or i must get it stamped by police? Is commissioner of oath good enough?

    Also, i plan to drive from KL at night to border and should reach before the border opens, any rest area to park our car to freshen up before further drive to Hatyai? I plan to use Bukit Kayu Hitam checkpoint.

  51. Aidid Wafie says:

    Hi Chris, If I’m not mistaken, there is new border post checkpoint with dedicated line for vehicle beside the old checkpoint. Do I need to verify my form at old checkpoint or proceed to new checkpoint?

    • The process will be the same and there will be only be one checkpoint open at 1 time. If the new one is opened, the old one will be closed. Therefore, just proceed accordingly.

  52. Hi, you will need to pay THB 10 thousand fine as you didn’t return the form. When you enter Thailand the next time, you will not be allowed to pass through the border unless you pay the fine. You can make the payment at the custom office at the Thai Side border it self. I’m not sure if you can negotiate the rate but you can try. Good luck.

  53. TZL says:

    Hi, i would want to ask about simplified temporary import/export form. If we dint return the form, will it affect anything if my car already in Malaysia ? As i dint return the form after exit from Thailand on June’17, can i still enter again to Thailand ? Or my car will be blacklisted ? Is there anyway to minimize the penalty of 10000bath ?

    • Hi, you will need to pay THB 10 thousand fine as you didn’t return the form. When you enter Thailand the next time, you will not be allowed to pass through the border unless you pay the fine. You can make the payment at the custom office at the Thai Side border it self. I’m not sure if you can negotiate the rate but you can try. Good luck.

  54. Th Cheah says:

    Hi Chris,
    Just sharing. Since Malaysia Transport Ministry no longer stamp the motor vehicle registration card when we renew road tax, I just called up JPJ and find out that owner of the vehicle need to get a letter from JPJ as a prove of the car ownership. The fee is RM20. Validity date follow road tax date – 1 year.

    • Mohd Nizam Abu Seman says:

      If i get this letter from JPJ and use photocopy of the grant without PDRM stamp on it. is this letter can be used for replacement of grant? and acceptable by the Thailand Custom ? my original grant still with bank.

      • Your photocopy grant MUST be stamped by PDRM. You can do it at any police station. The JPJ letter (RM 20 vehicle detail) is not needed to be honest but it will be good to have. Honestly, you can take your original grant from your bank as August 2016, Bank are being told to not hold this document if the owner request for it.

      • Mohd Nizam Abu Seman says:

        thanks bro.

    • Hi Th Cheah, Yes, that is true but to cross into Thailand, you don’t need that RM 20 document as the new VOC / Grant is accepted but it will be good to have. Cheers (I’ve crossed with my VOC many times)

  55. Steven Yap says:

    I am driving my uncle’s car. I can make up a consent form and bring the card registration card but i might not get his IC copy. Can i still proceed? He is not in the country.

    • Hi Steven, You will still need his IC Copy, you can ask him to scan and email it over to you. You will be turned down at the border if you can’t provide owner’s IC or Passport.

  56. Billy Siah says:

    hi, what about driving my company car into dannok? i just need to bring the form 49? But my name is not registered as a director in the form 49. So do i write an authorization letter following your sample in my company’s name to authorize me to drive into thailand?

  57. Chuan Jie Lam says:

    Hi I had just buy a new car n I dun hve grand but only voc. Can I still drive to Thailand or I need to go jpj n ask for grand?

  58. Chuan Jie Lam says:

    Hi I had just buy a new car n I dun hve grand but only voc. Can I still drive to Thailand or I need to go jpj n ask for grand?

  59. Dars says:

    Hi Chris,

    I am an Indian, but working in Penang.. I have an Indian Licence in English, which I am using here.. Can I still enter to Thailand ? And what about visa fee I will be applicable for?

    • Hi Dars, presumably you’re driving Malaysian registered vehicle, you can enter Thailand without problems but it would be better to have an International Driving Permit/License. As for Visa fee, please contact Thailand Embassy in Malaysia or Thailand Embassy in India for further information.

  60. Hasminzalmi Kasim says:

    Hi Chris,
    Last time when I returned to Malaysia, Thai officer said my TM2 was stamped, but no signature from the previous officer (during entrance). Will this give trouble when my next ride to Thailand?

    • Hi Hasmin, As long it’s stamped and the officer took back your form when you exit, you should not have any problems entering Thai again. Rule of thumb in the future, just ensure the TM2 document is signed and stamped by the officer before you enter Thai 🙂 Please also checked on the dates stamped on your passport as in some cases, they stamped the dates wrongly. So just double check on your documents.

  61. Hasminzalmi Kasim says:

    Hi Chris,
    Last time when I returned to Malaysia, Thai officer said my TM2 was stamped, but no signature from the previous officer (during entrance). Will this give trouble when my next ride to Thailand?

  62. Steven Hew says:

    Hi Chris,
    If I driving sedan car to go in Thailand, do they limit the passenger number? How many adult and kid can be fit in a car?

  63. DS says:

    Hi Chris,
    If i’m driving alone and no passengers, should i still fill in the TM2?

  64. Lee Tc says:

    Dear Chris
    My car was damage seriously in dannok.
    Can I tow out to Malaysia and claim my insurance ?

    • Hi Lee, sorry to hear that and I hope you’re fine. You can tow out the car to Malaysia, should not be a problem but to claim your insurance, it will depend on your insurance policy. Most policies does not cover accident outside Malaysia. Maybe you can file a report and say you’ve been involved in an accident at Malaysia. I’m not sure if this will be successful. All the best.

  65. Steve Lim says:

    Dear chris
    Does Singapore passport need a visa to cross the danok border ?

    • Hi Steve, with effect from 31 December 2016, Singapore travellers entering Thailand through
      land border checkpoints are eligible to do so without visa only twice in
      a calendar year (for each stay not exceeding 15 days). If you’re entering the third time overland, you will need to obtain a Visa. However, this rule is not applicable if you’re taking a flight into Thailand.

  66. BowenK says:

    How do I fill up the name of owner of conveyance in form TM 2 & TM3 ( if I’m not the owner but with authorised letter?

  67. AJ says:

    Hi Chris
    Thanxs for the infos. I intend to ride up to Thailand this coming Sept. Any idea if there’s any new changes apart from those you indicated above? Also do you know of any touring groups in Spore to recommend so that maybe i can join them?

    • Hi AJ, I don’t think there is any changes. The note above applicable to border crossings for years. I usually ride alone and I can’t recommend any group, sorry. Perhaps you can search on Facebook for any Singapore bikers group. cheers.

  68. Tan Shi How says:

    If I’m travel alone by riding my motorcycle into Thai, is there any problem to cross border ?

  69. Tan Shi How says:

    If I’m travel alone by riding my motorcycle into Thai, is there any problem to cross border ?

  70. Troy says:

    Hi. Im planning to ride my motorcycle to thailand via wang kelian/ wang prachan border. Is it possible as i heard its only for travellers on foot?

  71. Albert Tan says:

    I intend to drive my 4wd pick up truck into Myanmar through Maesai/Takchilek border crossing, my last trip at the same border crossing, the Myanmar custom had deny my truck entry. How can I go about if I want to enter Myanmar all the way down to Yangoon.

    • Hi Albert, some borders have different rules and If you want to access Myanmar, I would suggest that you do via the Mae Sot/Myawaddy border. Please note crossing into Myanmar requires you to hire travel guide and have permit. It is not like crossing into Thailand with you SEA vehicle. Please contact the travel agent at the link below, He is professional and his price is the most competitive. The rest are expensive. Remember it will cost you atleast 200USD one to drive in Myanmar.

      https://goo.gl/rWNbPE

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