This is something to take notice of especially to those that drives into Thailand. There's a new declaration form with barcodes that is being used at the Thailand borders and those who lose the barcodes on declaration forms risk a RM2,000 fine imposed by the Thai authorities.
According to Titi Tinggi state assemblyman Khaw Hock Kong in the Padang Besar parliamentary constituency, the new ruling was implemented by the Thai authorities in mid-March.
“I understand that each vehicle to be taken to Thailand must be declared to the customs and immigration departments, including the number of passengers, which was previously not practised.
“A barcode would be posted on the declaration form. Drivers who lose the barcode will not be allowed to leave unless they pay a fine of RM2,000,” he told reporters here yesterday.
He said he was informed that many Malaysians who entered Thailand through Padang Besar in their own vehicles were not aware of this ruling and were warned by the Thai authorities during the early stages of the implementation.
“I want to advise our people to observe the laws of that country so that they do not face any problem, including having their vehicles impounded,” said Khaw.
There's no plans for the Malaysia-Thailand border gateways to be opened round-the-clock as well as majority of people in Padang Besar did not agree with the proposal. They felt the move would only create more problems to the country when the issue of security should be the priority.
Currently, the border gateways are opened from 6am to 10pm.
I'm not sure if this ruling only applies to those entering the country from Malaysia or also applies to those that enters the country from the other borders.