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There are two forms of Customs procedures to import artworks for public art exhibitions. The temporary import formalities for international exhibitions or competitions (International Events) require A.T.A. CARNET as guarantee documents. Besides, a piece of art that is an antique or art object must apply for an import license from the Fine Arts Department prior to the Customs procedures.

To use A.T.A. CARNET as guarantee documents, a piece of art that is an antique or art object must receive an import license from the Fine Arts Department.

Trader must check permission for the goods before continuing with the procedures.

Temporary Import for International Exhibition

You can see more in Temporary Import for International Exhibition or Competition (International Events) under Catagories 3 (f) and (j) in Section 4 of the Customs Tariff Decree B.E. 2530


A.T.A. CARNET Document

A.T.A. CARNET Document is an international customs document for customs clearance used as Import and Export Declaration forms and Re-importation Certificate. This cross-border permit controls the delivery of goods from one customs house to another customs house within the country. It is also a guarantee of temporarily exempting tax and duty for goods imported under the A.T.A. CARNET Convention. For details, please go to:


Criteria for the Examination of Antique Artworks

The antique works of art originating in foreign countries that require permission to import as well as a certificate of origin issued by a government agency are as follows

  1. Buddha Statue
  2. Deva Statue
  3. Totem
  4. Parts or Elements of An Ancient Site
  5. Ancient Currency Over 100 Years Old
  6. Ancient Inscriptions Over 100 Years Old
  7. Ancient Documents Over 100 Years Old
  8. Prehistoric Tools, Appliances, or Jewelry

For details, please see at www.nsw.finearts.go.th  


In the case of works of art requiring an import permit, you have to recieve a permission from the Fine Arts Department.

For more information, please contact

Office of National Museums

  • 81 1 Thanon Si Ayutthaya, Wachira Phayaban, Dusit District, Bangkok 10300
  • +66 2628 5033
  • +66 2281 6766
  • Office of National Museums

Office of the Secretary, Department of Legal Affairs

  • +66 2222 4566
  • +66 2225 8958

The Fine Arts Department

  • Na Phra That Road, Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok 10200
  • +66 2221 7811
  • +66 2223 0976
  • +66 2225 2652
  • +66 2623 6450
  • The Fine Arts Department

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