Thailand Vaping and e-cigarettes law, Can you bring and use e-cigarettes

The use of e-cigarettes and Vapes in Thailand

Previously, it has been criticised as another hot topic the use of electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes in Thailand, which is still confusing many Thai people since the Justice Minister, General Paiboon Kumchaya, announced plans to remove “Amphetamine” from the legal drugs list in the future.

Amphetamine is a potent central nervous system stimulant that is used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, narcolepsy and obesity. The abuse of amphetamine may create some of the most serious effects too. Currently, it is only used in the medical profession in Thailand.

The abuse of amphetamine may create some of the most serious effects too. Currently, it is only used in the medical profession in Thailand.

Did you know that Baraku, e-baraku, e- cigarette are untaxed goods in Thailand but they are prohibited for import, possess and to sell in the Kingdom.

Any breach will result in a term of imprisonment up to 10 years, a fine of 5 times the price of the goods or both fine and the confiscation of goods, according to the Ministry of Commerce B.E. 2557 (2014) effective 27 December 2014.

However, the Office of the Consumer Protection Board (Thailand) also announced to not sell or use Baraku, e-baraku, e-cigarette, liquid of baraku and liquid of e-cigarette effective 19 February 2015, which means it is prohibited to sell, rent, hire-purchase, possess, promote and/or give the goods for free.

Any breach will result in a term of imprisonment up to 5 years, a fine of 500,000 baht or both imprisonment and fine. If anyone is found to be producing for sale/import in the Kingdom the imprisonment is up to 10 years, a fine of 1,000,000 baht or both imprisonment and fine.

Even though there are no laws prohibiting the use of e-cigarette in Thailand, e-cigarettes are untaxed goods. Therefore if anyone is found to possess these untaxed goods in the Kingdom, the imprisonment is up to 5 years, a fine of 4 times the price of the goods or both imprisonment and fine according to the Custom Act B.E. 2469 (1926).

However, you may find some people try to sell e-cigarettes to you on the street but you do still need to be aware that it is still prohibited to use it in Thailand.

On November 1, 2016, the Excise Department may request the government to allow for legal import of e-cigarettes and baraku.

This is possible because the current tobacco law does not define products that are made with the intention to replace tobacco products such as e-cigarettes which are used for vaping and baraku known as shisha. Director-general of the Excise department, Somchai Poolsavasdi said that if the changes are executed, the products will be taxed accordingly.

Under the existing tobacco law, only products made of tobacco leaves can be imported. As such, import of baraku and e-cigarettes are illegal and are brought into the country via smuggling. There are strict laws regarding the selling or possession of narcotics and drugs in Thailand.

Therefore the Vape is cool but still controversial in Thailand.

Electronic cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, include e-pens, e-pipes, e-hookah, and e-cigars are known collectively as ENDS – electronic nicotine delivery systems. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), e-cigarettes are devices that allow users to inhale an aerosol containing nicotine or other substances.

Unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes are generally battery-operated and use a heating element to heat e-liquid from a refillable cartridge, releasing a chemical-filled aerosol.

Living as a Digital Nomad in Bangkok, Thailand.

Living as a Digital Nomad in Bangkok, Thailand.

Being a Digital Nomad is like having a job with lots of freedom job as digital nomads spend at least a few months of the year abroad, change their destinations, and earn a living while working online. They do not to work in the office, they can work in anywhere even on the beach with sea view.

However, it is not that easy for every digital nomad to make enough money to be able to live and work anywhere in the world. But why do a lot of digital nomads want to live and work in Bangkok, Thailand?

According to the nomadlist scores for living and working in Bangkok voted by digital nomads, Bangkok is good for working online because of the speed of Wi-Fi in the city, nightlife, friendly to foreigners, A/C, places to work, cost of living etc.

 

Figure 1 – www.nomadlist.com (January 26, 2017)

So I would like to summarise top 3 reasons why you should work and live as a digital nomad in Bangkok.

  1. Convenience
  2. Cost of living
  3. Comfort

Why convenience?

It is convenient because of the speed of Wi-Fi in the city. In Thailand, you can find internet or Wi-Fi providers that not require complicated registration such as True Move, 3BB broadband, and CS loxinfo. You can also work online at any coffee shops in Bangkok. Enjoy drinking coffee while working online!

Cost of living in Bangkok is cheap

Yes, Bangkok is cheap. Food in Bangkok costs around 1 USD – 3 USD for your breakfast, lunch and dinner. Even though you visit a nice restaurant or luxury one, it is still cheap. There are many good places for cheap drinks in the city too. You can also pay for public transportation like local bus starting 0.17 USD to roam around the city.

Why comfort?

Bangkok is served by multiple transport systems such as the Skytrain (BTS), underground (MRT) rail systems, taxis, river taxis, motorcycle taxis, tuk-tuks and local buses. BTS and MRT connect the main shopping, entertainment and business areas of the city, while river taxis and express boats can be used to explore many historic sites at the riverside. Tuk-tuks are worth a ride and roam around the city.

Visa

You can work as a digital nomad with a tourist visa in Bangkok but please be aware of the period of stay for your Visa. If you have a 1 months tourist visa, it is still great to discover the city but I am sure that it will be not enough for you to stay because the city is great. You will fall in love with it. I highly recommend you to apply for a 3 months tourist visa at your home country. If you want to extend your visa for one more month, you can apply it at the Immigration Office at the Government Complex Commemorating His Majesty The King Chaengwattana, B Building, Floor 2 (South Zone), Chaengwattana Road (Soi 7), Laksi, Bangkok 10210 (Website:

I highly recommend you to apply for a 3 months tourist visa at your home country. If you want to extend your visa for one more month, you can apply it at the Immigration Office at the Government Complex Commemorating His Majesty The King Chaengwattana, B Building, Floor 2 (South Zone), Chaengwattana Road (Soi 7), Laksi, Bangkok 10210 (Website: http://bangkok.immigration.go.th/intro1.html)

Tel : 0-2141-9889 , Fax : 0-2143-8228
Office hour: Mon-Fri 8:30 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 16:30
Closed on OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS

Please be aware of the new rules for visa on arrival. If you want to extend the period of stay, Thailand becomes stricter for visa on arrival.

Border runs have been cut short due to the very recent change in rules regarding overland entry by Thai immigration. Foreigners entering Thailand via border posts at Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Malaysia without securing a prior visa will now be granted only 15 days of stay in the country as opposed to the previous Visa on Arrival, which was valid for 30 days.

(See more: http://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/new-visa-rules.php)