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The following is my account of the arrival process and the ASQ hotel.   Previously: CoE applied for (as per the other threads on this topic).  Notification came in from the Thai Embassy

They’re very strict - I’ve been in the ASQ for 3 days - I haven’t even seen anyone since arrival !!! That said, they didn’t check my baggage, so I could have brought in a bottle of whisky if I wa

I want to place your comments in a genuine perspective of someone who has gone through the process and is currently in ASQ, while avoiding resorting to the emotive wording of someone who hasn’t but ha

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23 hours ago, unheard said:

An excellent report!

How much was the economy ticket on the same flight?

I think the £2500 he paid is pretty normal for a business class ticket from London, so I would think the economy tickets would be at normal prices too. I'd expected a huge mark up so that's good news. Whether you can get an economy ticket is obviously another matter. It's probably a question of how long you're prepared to wait. I'm hoping the ASQ bottleneck will get sorted out fairly quickly - you wouldn't think there'd be a problem signing up more hotels, and it looks like it's the availability of ASQ places that's driving the availability of flights.

 

An excellent report, as you say.

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20 minutes ago, JHicks said:

I'm hoping the ASQ bottleneck will get sorted out fairly quickly - you wouldn't think there'd be a problem signing up more hotels, and it looks like it's the availability of ASQ places that's driving the availability of flights.

Actually the ASQ room availability has become a major bottleneck.

More so than the flight availability.

They keep adding more groups of people eligible to enter the country.

All reasonably priced ASQ rooms are booked solid until September.

A lot of hotels are not even eligible to join the program since they can't meet the program's requirements (presence of carpets).

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On 7/22/2020 at 4:10 PM, richard_smith237 said:

The following is my account of the arrival process and the ASQ hotel.

 

Previously: CoE applied for (as per the other threads on this topic). 

Notification came in from the Thai Embassy, UK that the CoE had been approved (approx 10 days before travel date. I was offered a repatriation flight from LHR to BKK (only £2500 business class available). I paid the Airline directly for the flight (bank transfer). ASQ secured (45,000 baht) Wife called around the various ASQ hotels. 

Covid-19 test taken 3 days before flight. Covid-19 Negative Certificate and Fit to Fly certificate issued less than 48 hrs after submitting the Covid-19 test (i.e. day before I flew).

 

Flight: London to Bangkok. Check-in was a slow process, we were told to get there 4 hrs before departure – Check-in counter opened 3 hrs before flight. Check-in staff made a detailed check of our documents, also asked us to download the AOT Airports App and register (track and trace?).

The flight was uneventful – I was surprised that beer and wine was served (business class anyway).

 

 

Arrival: Step by step.... 

-     Upon stepping off the aircraft on to the airbridge a throng of Immigration officers and Airline staff await (i.e. 30-40 people) – All with Signs and asking if we are ASQ (all foreigners are ASQ and a number of Thai’s who so choose). 

-     We identified ourselves and were checked off a list (Name / ASQ booking)

-     Rows of seats (all forward facing toward the terminal) were placed on the concourse (two rows each side of the travellators)

-     ASQ’s were told to sit (filling up the rear of the rows of seats), we waited about 10mins

-     All SQ’s (State Quarantinee’s / Thai’s) were directed down the travellators and filled up the rows of seats from the front. 

-     All ASQ’s had our documents individually checked and were given a yellow ASQ badge (piece of paper on a paper clip).

-     Once all the SQ’s were positioned and had filled up the rows of seats and there was no more ‘passenger traffic’ the ASQ’s were called up, followed an immigration officer down the travellator to the front. 

-     The ASQ’s were called through to a ‘desk’ where our temperature was checked and our papers checked once more and ASQ confirmed (at this stage the CoE was taken).

-     After this check the ASQ’s were individually directed to another row of seats (deeper into the terminal where the concourses meet concourse; crossroads so to speak).

-     While sat down we had our paperwork quickly checked.

-     In groups of 10 (in the order in which we’d sat down) we were called forwards to follow an Immigration Officer who led us down the travellator and up to the main Immigration Hall (the hall was empty, every booth was occupied by an immigration officer).

-     It took about 10mins to get through immigration – the officer seemed to be triple checking everything before stamping me in.

-     Once through into the baggage hall there were still lots of Airport staff and immigration officers.

-     Baggage arrived, we were guided through customs into arrivals hall and out through the doors to the outside where the hotel staff were awaiting in ‘pseudo hazmat suits and masks’, checked off our names and took us to awaiting vans. 

-     The vans had a glass partition between passenger and the Driver and ASQ Hotel Escort.

 

 

The ASQ Hotel:

-     Upon arrival to the hotel the bags were taken up to the room, I remained in the van while my temperature was checked.

 

-     I was then told I need to take a Covid-19 Test (at my cost ±5000 baht) because my existing Covid-19 test was older than 72 hrs (it was taken 72 hrs before departure but not 72 hrs before arrival – The ASQ booking questionnaire covered and stipulated that the Covid-19 test need to be taken 72 hrs before arrival, so I was kind of stuck without a choice) Note: the Test result came the following Day (i.e. Day 1 of Quarantine, arrival is considered Day 0)

-     I was then taken to the lift by a member of the Hotel Staff (who was also wearing a ‘pseudo hazmat suit and mask’) and told my room number. 

-     In the room there is an ‘instruction manual to read’ 

-     Instructions to log into the Line App.

-     We are given 3 sets of surgical scrubs (the hotel will not wash our clothes, only the surgical scrubs – we have to wash our own underwear – washing materials are provided)

-     Food is delivered 3x per day – I am messaged once the food has been placed at my door. 

-     Quality of food is ok, I’ve no complaints. Its mainly rice dishes, but that’s my choice – I could have had pork steak for dinner (each meal is one of 3 offered choices – we select what we want from a printed menu and inform the hotel via the line app the day before)

-     There was a 12 pack of water in the room, we can request more. 

-     There were snacks in the room, we can buy more. We can look online at 7-11, list what we want and the staff can go and get something for us (we have to leave money for the staff to do this *this is the only flaw in the otherwise water tight system)

-     We have to take our own temperature and inform the hotel staff via the line App at 10am and 8pm.

-     I am unable to leave the room until day 5 or 6 once the results of the first Covid-19 test are known to be negative (test taken on day 4 or 5).

-     After day 5 or 6 ‘some’ of the hotel facilities can be used (outdoor area and gym (with a booking) but not the pool).

-     After day 6 the room is cleaned every 2 days, we have to wait in a waiting area while the room is cleaned. 

-     Family can bring items under strict guidance – the items are checked before being given to us (no fresh food, no alcohol).

-     After 14 nights we are no longer considered Poisonous and are free to travel to our respective homes (by our own means). 

 

Thank you very much Richard for sharing step by step

i appreciate you taking the time

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13 hours ago, kno77 said:

Great trip report better then this clip 

 

Thanks for posting that video clip, it shows why Thailand has kept its domestic cases down to zero for nearly 2 months now, with strict and careful measures. A lot of us foreigners were likely cynical and rightly so, when one sees the chaos and lack of organisation on  the streets and especially the roads... but they can do it when they focus, and it has yielded success.

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14 hours ago, unheard said:

I also wonder how they handle senior diplomats.

Just a week ago they've made a lot of noise in the media regarding an European union diplomat being refused an entry into his/her own accommodation and being forced to stay in an ASQ hotel.

 

should have just sent his european behind back where he came from then. I really dislike self-importance

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On 7/23/2020 at 1:51 AM, jasonr3255 said:

Thanks for your account Richard will be very helpful for many 

AGree, great report and very useful.

 

My problem goes back to the basics, I can't find the site giving the COE application form and needed attachment.

 

Appreciate if someone could please give me a link etc.

 

Also, anybody in this thread done the Sydney to Bangkok repat. Flight?

 

- Please share whether you were able to get an economy ticket, and the cost? 

And are you aware whether COE holders, if only Business class seats available can elect to wait for the next repat. flight, or must take a bu. class seat. 

 

Thanks. 

 

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19 minutes ago, scorecard said:

AGree, great report and very useful.

 

My problem goes back to the basics, I can't find the site giving the COE application form and needed attachment.

 

Appreciate if someone could please give me a link etc.

 

Also, anybody in this thread done the Sydney to Bangkok repat. Flight?

 

- Please share whether you were able to get an economy ticket, and the cost? 

And are you aware whether COE holders, if only Business class seats available can elect to wait for the next repat. flight, or must take a bu. class seat. 

 

Thanks. 

 

The CoE will be issued you by yourlocal embassy/consulate.   Look on thier website and you should find a link that will likely require you to upload several documents.

 

With the seats as with the rooms it seems the lower cost opetions tend to fill up first so if you want next available you can expect you may have to pay more.  It might work to wait until a new flight is announced and go for it when it opens up.

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