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What´s your experience with available flights from continental Europe to BKK, specifically from Zurich or Frankfurt?

Last week, the Thai embassy informally told my Thai wife that we should not rely on any flight offers shown online for the next few months, even those on official airline websites, because they were "fake". These online bookings may be invalidated when the flight date approaches because the embassies decide on which passengers will be prioritized for a seat. Though the embassy did not tell us how long the waiting lists are for getting an approved seat on a flight in September, October, etc.

Is each and every flight from Europe still a repatriation flight for which the embassies assign passenger names to seats?

I´d calculate: 3 Swiss Air flights per week = 450 - 600 passengers per week from Zurich alone. If we knew whether 2,000 or 20,000 people still are on those embassy waiting lists, we could estimate in which month we´d have a chance to reserve a normal commercial flight rather than sitting on our luggage for the next 2 - 3 months while waiting for an embassy approval: "You may take a flight next Thursday - take it or leave it." This kind of last-minute flight approval would not work for us as we would have to dissolve our household in Europe first.

 

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I don't know way to coming here! Call custom service in airlane company and ask reculations! Many fligh here anyway!

Airlane company should not let you in flight if you not fill reculation about get in coundry! Yeah only should not! Even before covid Finnair and Gatar have watch my visa and coming back flight before departure! When i was whit only tourist visa.

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I am waiting for some updates but from what I understand one does not have to be on the waiting lists for the flights.

One of my friends left Thailand last month and sent a request for return a few days ago with the Swiss Air return flight included which is planned next week.

Waiting for the final authorisation from the Thai Embassy in France which didn't address this issue (let's keep fingers crossed)

I will keep you posted as soon as I am told.

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2 is 1, my question was not about the visa, Covid test certificate, etc. My question was about waiting times for getting on a flight after meeting all the requirements.

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10 minutes ago, maqui said:

2 is 1, my question was not about the visa, Covid test certificate, etc. My question was about waiting times for getting on a flight after meeting all the requirements.

Normally you give your intended date of departure and you are confirmed 72 hours prior to the flight but, as mentioned above, I am not sure that one has to board a specific repatriation flight. 

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21 minutes ago, maqui said:

2 is 1, my question was not about the visa, Covid test certificate, etc. My question was about waiting times for getting on a flight after meeting all the requirements.

Apologies for posting this on two threads, but this one I discovered was more relevant.

 

"My Thai partner and I have been back in Scotland for 6 weeks, but she has to return to CM for work etc soon. Her KLM return flight was cancelled, and we are also told the only option is a repatriation flight. Endless attempts to contact the Thai embassy in London have failed. The phone menu options just lead you in circles, clearly like so many of them in business this was written by a sadist.

 

If anyone can offer any help or advice about how we should tackle this (Whilst we still retain some sanity!) I/we would be very grateful."

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13 minutes ago, alyx said:

Normally you give your intended date of departure and you are confirmed 72 hours prior to the flight but, as mentioned above, I am not sure that one has to board a specific repatriation flight. 

How ar these flights landing in BKK as the airport is still lock down only to transports and approved embassy flights

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Last week, my wife heard stories about Thai friends of friends who had cancelled their appartment rental contracts weeks ago and are hanging out on the couches of friends while they are still waiting for an embassy-approved seat on a flight. Granted, facebook stories. But this, in combination with the advice by the embassy employee to not make an online booking, made us wonder how cumbersome it might be to get on a flight.

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1 minute ago, moe666 said:

How ar these flights landing in BKK as the airport is still lock down only to transports and approved embassy flights

As I wrote....wait

Now, you are aware that Swiss air is flying out (Qatar too maybe) meaning that they are landing and I am pretty convinced that they do not fly empty.

As soon as I can confirm/invalidate ....

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OP @maqui

You are wrong in many statements:

1 Swiss airlines is not allowed to take passengers to Thailand. The only flights are repatriation flights organized through the various Thai Embassies in Europe

2 the THAI government has set a limit to the number of foreigners allowed into the country on a daily basis, I think currently this is 200-300 peopl, who all have to go to pre-defined and pre-paid quarantine hotels 

3 the Swiss Embassy in Thailand announced that waiting times for repatriation flights are up to 2-3 months. This is btw the reason why Thai nationals don't get any Schengen short time Visas. 

4 from your post, it seems that you are a first time mover to Thailand and you currently live abroad with your (Thai) wife. Therefore, you are not even in the list of eligible people who could get a CEO (certificate of entry) into Thailand 

 

Sorry for the bad news, I also had to cancel all my trips to Switzerland,  because I would not be able to come back for months 

 

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6 minutes ago, moe666 said:

only to transports and approved embassy flights

Right, that´s the point. The airline booking websites offer plenty of flights in September. But will the embassies decide for every seat on every flight, just a few days before departure, whether a reservation might be reassigned to a passenger with a higher priority? The embassy employee indicated that we should not rely on flight bookings we make on our own.  Rather, the embassy, after checking our documents, would provide us with a "secret" link to the airline websites where we could book the flight. That´s the process for the repatriation flights. But is every flight to Bangkok such an embassy-controlled repatriation flight, for an unknown number of future months?

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3 minutes ago, Swiss1960 said:

OP @maqui

You are wrong in many statements:

1 Swiss airlines is not allowed to take passengers to Thailand. The only flights are repatriation flights organized through the various Thai Embassies in Europe

2 the THAI government has set a limit to the number of foreigners allowed into the country on a daily basis, I think currently this is 200-300 peopl, who all have to go to pre-defined and pre-paid quarantine hotels 

3 the Swiss Embassy in Thailand announced that waiting times for repatriation flights are up to 2-3 months. This is btw the reason why Thai nationals don't get any Schengen short time Visas. 

4 from your post, it seems that you are a first time mover to Thailand and you currently live abroad with your (Thai) wife. Therefore, you are not even in the list of eligible people who could get a CEO (certificate of entry) into Thailand 

 

Sorry for the bad news, I also had to cancel all my trips to Switzerland,  because I would not be able to come back for months 

 

Thanks for the update: I am sure that you are correct and will confirm all this once my friend's situation is in the clear.

On the other hand, I would disagree with you regarding your third assertion: my partner has applied and just obtained a short stay visa for a trip planned in November....

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3 hours ago, Nigel Garvie said:

Apologies for posting this on two threads, but this one I discovered was more relevant.

 

"My Thai partner and I have been back in Scotland for 6 weeks, but she has to return to CM for work etc soon. Her KLM return flight was cancelled, and we are also told the only option is a repatriation flight. Endless attempts to contact the Thai embassy in London have failed. The phone menu options just lead you in circles, clearly like so many of them in business this was written by a sadist.

 

If anyone can offer any help or advice about how we should tackle this (Whilst we still retain some sanity!) I/we would be very grateful."

Currently, this is the only way out of UK to Thailand,  there were onlt 2 flights in Jul and 3 in Aug sept is not known yet, dont bother phoning, you need to email them with the documents they want and then wait, the did have a list where you could register for a flight, good luck

http://www.thaiembassy.org/london/en/services/7742/119247-Requirements-for-Certificate-of-Entry-during-trave.html

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23 minutes ago, howerde said:

Currently, this is the only way out of UK to Thailand,  there were onlt 2 flights in Jul and 3 in Aug sept is not known yet, dont bother phoning, you need to email them with the documents they want and then wait, the did have a list where you could register for a flight, good luck

http://www.thaiembassy.org/london/en/services/7742/119247-Requirements-for-Certificate-of-Entry-during-trave.html

Thanks for the help. As usual it is a bit of a mess. One of the documents is "Fit to fly". Seems like not much point in paying for one now, and having to get another a few days before you depart! Fortunately it is more easy for her I guess, as I can't travel till later in the year. 

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