This barrier is unrelated to the end of the transition period, following the United Kingdom's departure from the EU.

Public ID: PID-GD6JY9

Restrictions on alcohol sales in Thailand affect UK exporters

in Thailand

Trade barrier summary

Thailand's alcohol regulations can be restrictive, often reflecting cultural and religious sensitivities. Restrictions include:

- alcohol can only be sold on certain days at certain times
- alcohol cannot be sold near temples, hospitals, government and state enterprise offices, pharmacies, educational institutions or public parks
- the sale of alcohol is only permitted in disco, nightclubs, lounges, bars, and massage parlours during specific times
- establishing new entertainment venues is banned in 22 provinces nationwide - 5 in the north, 8 in central, 3 in the north east, and 6 in the south
- alcohol cannot be sold via automatic vending machines, street selling or dispensing machines at convenience stores
- alcohol cannot be sold at a discounted rate, as a sales promotion, by any giving or offering privilege.

Sectors affected

  • Food and drink



Date reported

23 May 2019

Last updated

18 December 2020

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