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No, you don’t have to declare all your valuables before leaving Thailand

Thailand’s Customs Department have backtracked on a plan to make all outbound passengers declare valuables before leaving the country.

According to information posted on its website on February 26, anyone travelling out of Thailand is required to declare items such as cameras, watches and laptop computers.

Passengers need to submit serial numbers and two photos of each item before leaving Thailand, the websites states.

However, following fierce criticism on social media, officials have backtracked on the plan, saying the controversial requirement was only a suggestion.

The measure was intended to prevent problems for passengers when returning to Thailand with expensive items.

The idea of declaring items before a passenger leaves Thailand means they have proof that the items they are returning with belongs to them and have not been bought abroad.

However, people commenting on social media hit out at the plans and now officials from the Customs Department have attempted to clarify the situation.

According to Thairath, the requirement is not new and has actually been in place since in 1926.

It is also not required by law any declaration is on a voluntary basis, Customs officials said.

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