How Much Thai Bhatt I can take while Travelling to Thailand From Kolkata

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HOW MUCH THAI BHAT I CAN CARRY WITH ME / HOW MUCH THAI BHAT iNDIAN AUTHORITY WILL ALLOW TO CARRY WITH ME WHILE TRAVELING TO BANGKOK FROM KOLKATA
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You can bring up to $5000 worth of foreign currency into India without declaring it on entry.

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Yes, but the person is traveling from Kolkata to Bangkok

I really don't know; I'd be surprised if the Indian authorities would care how many Bahts you take out of there (well, a couple of suitcases full might inspire a few questions I suppose). Similarly, I'd personally tend to get my first Bahts at Bangkok airport. Maybe get some pocket change before leaving.

So maybe you want to clarify the question: Roughly how many Bahts were you thinking of, and why?
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There are agencies throughout the world that might be interested in finding out just how you managed to acquire commercial quantities of Thai Baht in cash; and are willing to transfer them internationally in person. Banks!! Remember Banks?? (If you're talking about lesser amounts - don't worry - no-one'll care!).

In most countries (and I do NOT know the actual amount for India) less than about $10K USD is not considered. It's only amounts which possibly involve money laundering or drug dealing that raise concern. Of course - in India - there is always the possibility of petty corruption leading an ambitious minor level officer to try it on!!
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Originally Posted by Haylo View Post You can bring up to $5000 worth of foreign currency into India without declaring it on entry.
Yes, but the person is traveling from Kolkata to Bangkok
You mean that Kolkata isn't in Thailand and Bangkok isn't in India any more?

(misread the question, sorry)
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But, Obione, unless I'm mistaken the Thai Baht and unlike the Indian Rupee is freely convertible, no? So unless you're dealing with exorbitant amounts, I don't readily see any trouble with it no. (If on the other hand it isn't, there likely would be a -- at least theoretical -- problem; but more so at the Thai end than at the Indian, you'd think).

Then again I'll agree, with Indian stipulations you never know. So it would pay perhaps to look into -- as I guess the OP had meant to do I don't know, maybe give your airline or airport or its customs department a ring about it or so.

(And heheh, Haylo, never to worry -- I often misread such questions when they are about traffic the other way around )
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machadinha I totally agree - except where large amounts are involved (raising the possibility of money laundering - drugs?? or terrorism??). For most countries the amount set for undeclared cash is $10,000K. Over that you must usually declare the cash, and be able to justify carrying such a large sum of cash. (Banks after all make it very easy to transfer large sums quickly and safely these days). In India (and indeed in Thailand, though less likely there) - entrepreneurial Govt officials, bent on improving their own personal financial status, are NOT unknown - so best be careful!
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Assuming OP is a resident Indian:

Dunno Thai rules, but nobody has even enquired about smallish amounts of Thai Baht at the airport or seaport whenever I have entered Thailand- which is many times.

Indian regulations do not permit you to export foreign currency in cash unless you have got it legitimately from a bank or somesuch- who will have guidelines as to how much they can give you. (unless you returned within the last few months from abroad and kept smallish amounts for the next trip. I think the period you can keep this cash is 3 months, same as for NRI accounts, but not sure)

In practice, on departure India, nobody will care about a couple of hundred dollars worth of Thai currency.
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I have sent more than a couple of our employees to Thailand on deputation. Each were allowed to carry 3,40,120 THB
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Originally Posted by obione980 View Post In most countries (and I do NOT know the actual amount for India) less than about $10K USD is not considered.
USD 10K limit rule is applicable In India as well.

Next time you land in India, look at the back side of your de-embarkation card provided by the Indian immigration.

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