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Suwanabhumi Airport Immigration 07/11/2019 3:23 pm

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On 7/13/2019 at 3:24 PM, NanLaew said:

It's also 'joined up' with the US border security requirements. BTW, the Thai Immigration police's computer system is provided, maintained and upgraded gratis through an arrangement with the US government.

Ah-ha, so it's the Yanks whom the Thai-bashing brigade on here should be blaming for the immigration queues at BKK then!

 

On 7/13/2019 at 10:16 PM, emptypockets said:

No extra time except the morons of all races who can't follow simple instructions on a screen. 

Didn't encounter any of this mob standing in front of me upon my return to BKK from Europe the week before last. However I was delayed in my tracks by a couple of dimwits who appeared to be having a bit of a struggle with the concept that the reason why you're handed the TM6 card on the plane is so that you can complete the arrival section before - rather than when - you get to the front of the immigration queue.

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15 hours ago, Jip99 said:

 

 

I am 63, probably less frail, and had to suffer an hour of queuing yesterday.

 

Queuing on the ramps in both halls.

 

I saw a sign for over 75's................ guess I will have to wait awhile to enjoy that concession.

Distinctly recall the sign saying over 70 when I arrived back at BKK from Europe the week before last.

 

But don't forget that those with disabilities are also eligible for the priority lanes, regardless of their age. You might, therefore, like to consider following my lead by investing in a collapsible walking stick and adopting a suitable limp while within the confines of BKK.

 

That said, the limp is actually much more for real in my case these days.

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2 hours ago, OJAS said:

Distinctly recall the sign saying over 70 when I arrived back at BKK from Europe the week before last.

 

But don't forget that those with disabilities are also eligible for the priority lanes, regardless of their age. You might, therefore, like to consider following my lead by investing in a collapsible walking stick and adopting a suitable limp while within the confines of BKK.

 

That said, the limp is actually much more for real in my case these days.

 

 

Ha Ha..... a friend used to use that tactic....... best 150 Baht he every spent on that 'telescopic walking stick.

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On 7/14/2019 at 12:11 PM, orchidfan said:

I arrived late Friday night  (12th).

First immigration hall was full and barricaded off with Imm staff herding people to hall 2. It was also full to the brim.

So being elderly (late 60's) I shuffled over to the Priority  (VIP?) area which had 3 or 4 IO's working and was completely empty!!

I asked politely in Thai, that, as I was elderly and tired, could I use this lane?

The Senior (of 2)  officers "guarding" the entrance checked my passport and said.."yes, old enough, go through".

I was all done and through in under 10 mins.

I was most grateful to them for letting me queue jump using common sense and a bit of sympathy for an elder.

Sensible and polite. Well done

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Arrived yesterday afternoon on the same flight as the OP. The immigration lines were not near as busy but the conga lines were already backed up to the edge of the sloping, carpeted entry. I had chosen to buy a 1200 baht 'fast track' service as I had a domestic departure within 3 hours and I had oversize baggage to collect and recheck. Bought and paid for that online (with PayPal) the night before.

 

A smart dressed chap with my name on a signboard met me at the gate and took me to the fast track lanes just off the main immigration hall (not the centrally located premium lanes). There were 3 manned immigration desks and the 3 lanes had maybe around 30 people, mostly families with kids. A lady IO asked if I was traveling alone so she walked my past all the people waiting, opened a closed booth and stamped me in. The longest wait was for my regular checked bag as my oversize box arrived at that collection point first. Customs were randomly pulling bags for x-ray and selected both mine (Thai meet and greet guy was pushing that cart). I was a bit worried as I had 2 kg of frozen beef sausages in there but maybe their machine is calibrated to tell the difference between beef and pork as they never said anything! Smile Plus check-in was empty so that was fast and the guy handed me my back pack at the entrance to domestic security, said cheerio and that was it.

 

All in all a wise investment as it was exactly 1 hour from getting off the Perth flight to waiting at the gate for the Udon one. Even had time for 2 pints and Bill Bentley's since I waived the free Thai lounge pass. There's no alcohol served in their lounge and apart from that, it's a bit like the moon when it comes to atmosphere.

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20 hours ago, NanLaew said:

Arrived yesterday afternoon on the same flight as the OP. The immigration lines were not near as busy but the conga lines were already backed up to the edge of the sloping, carpeted entry. I had chosen to buy a 1200 baht 'fast track' service as I had a domestic departure within 3 hours and I had oversize baggage to collect and recheck. Bought and paid for that online (with PayPal) the night before.

 

A smart dressed chap with my name on a signboard met me at the gate and took me to the fast track lanes just off the main immigration hall (not the centrally located premium lanes). There were 3 manned immigration desks and the 3 lanes had maybe around 30 people, mostly families with kids. A lady IO asked if I was traveling alone so she walked my past all the people waiting, opened a closed booth and stamped me in. The longest wait was for my regular checked bag as my oversize box arrived at that collection point first. Customs were randomly pulling bags for x-ray and selected both mine (Thai meet and greet guy was pushing that cart). I was a bit worried as I had 2 kg of frozen beef sausages in there but maybe their machine is calibrated to tell the difference between beef and pork as they never said anything! Smile Plus check-in was empty so that was fast and the guy handed me my back pack at the entrance to domestic security, said cheerio and that was it.

 

All in all a wise investment as it was exactly 1 hour from getting off the Perth flight to waiting at the gate for the Udon one. Even had time for 2 pints and Bill Bentley's since I waived the free Thai lounge pass. There's no alcohol served in their lounge and apart from that, it's a bit like the moon when it comes to atmosphere.

Thanks or the info, Which meet and greet company did you use ?

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On 7/14/2019 at 6:35 PM, theoldgit said:

It certainly used to be over 70, it could of course have changed.

 

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I could pass as a "pregnant man". Who says beer bellies are no good?

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