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Well after a very comfortable trip back from Sydney to Bkk in a very nice 777 in Business Class we wander up to passport control. First thing that ticked me off was that the 'Fast track' for Business Class passengers no longer exists or First Class as far as I could see, but anyway there was minimal queues anyway being pretty much first off the plane.

As normal handed over the passports for me and the wife (complete with arrival forms) to the women at the counter the conversation went like this:

women: where is your boarding pass?'

me: on the plane in the pocket of the seat that was in front of me.

women: <big sigh> <tut> <rolling eyes> why?

me: well because I have no need for it

women: where have you come from?

me: Sydney, flight TG994

women: <looks around> <more tuts> <examines both passports with great intensity>

Eventually after several minutes of deliberating and general pissing about she decided to stamp our passports and let us through. Me having a UK passport (with lots of Thai stamps) and my wife being Lao I wasn't expecting any favours. I thought at one stage she was going to tell me go back and get the passes!!

So what the hel_l is this all about?!?! Why do I need my Boarding Pass at Passport Control??? I have NEVER in ANY airport (and I've been quite a few!) needed my boarding pass to get through passport control!

BKK seem to have rules upon themselves - just like the pictures at passport control - no other airport I know of requires this.

The flight out to Sydney had an equally bizarre occurance at boarding time we left the lounge and wander down to the gate passing through the security and fluids check. We reached the gate (about 100m walk) to be greeted by a huge queue at the top of the stairs of the gate - ANOTHER fluids check!?!? Was this one to check for incompetance at the one we had passed through not 5 minutes before??

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I have been asked for a boarding pass at Ben Gurion in Israel and in the USA also. I was in Europe once and the guy in front of me was told to go back to the plane and get his that he had left behind. It is always a good bet to keep all documents with you. Even though I have a Thai visa and never been asked for a boarding pass or a return ticket I keep them with me because I know I could be asked for it. Every country has it's own special rules, and as a very frequent traveller all over the world none are worse than america airports where one check in girl demanded to know my address in Thailand???

Anyone who is a frequent visitor to BKK should know what is required, there are plenty of signs at the immigration saying that you need a boarding pass and return ticket, whether you are asked for it or not.

I don't think I have been photographed at any other airport apart from in the UK when you leave, but the yanks do take your fingerprints.

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one check in girl demanded to know my address in Thailand???

That seems to be happening quite often at Suvarnabhumi Airport lately. Officious men demanding to know where you are staying in Thailand. Too bad if you haven't pre-booked your accommodation.

Peter

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If taken to the extreme could they deny you entry because you don`t have a boarding pass?? I doubt it as it`s easy enough for them to find out which flight you came in on..Just another Thai immigration officer that should be wearing a hello kitty armband. :o

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previous reports on TV has alluded to the fact that bording passes have been asked for due to the fact that people have been doing 'visa runs' in the airport. ie. checking in, not boarding the plane, and then somehow making it to the arrivals hall and re-entering Thailand, probably with a little help from a dodgy airport employee. ie. the person never went anywhere.

Hence, immigration - a sepearate department to AOT are cracking down to catch these people out.

As for reporting addresses, that is pretty standard wherever you go. The US and the UK are particularly inistant that you know where you are staying the first night from my own personal experience.

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I should just clear up that of course I state my address on the arrival card, but this was a check in girl in the states.

She said, have you got anything to say that you live in Thailand? I replied, In addition to the Visa? Oh yeah, didn't see that, sorry.

If anyone thinks immigration in at Bangkok is bad, you need to get out more, it is one of the better ones.

Edited by jackmuu

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There are signs at passport control here at BKK stating that you should have your passport/visa, arrival card, boarding card and proof of onward travel ready for inspection. I have never been asked for my boarding card or proof of onward travel. They do ask for the boarding card when I make a duty-free purchase on arrival, either before passport control or after (in the baggage claim area). In general it's always a good idea to keep your boarding card if only to sort out frequent flier mileage issues post flight. Also leaving a document with your full name and frequent flier account number for anyone to pick up seems unwise in these days of increased identity theft.

For travel from the U.S. to Thailand please note that the carrier is responsible for transporting you back from Thailand were you to be denied entry. Therefore they do perform some extra checks to insure that you will likely be allowed entry in to Thailand. Some carriers, UA and NW specifically, have been known to deny boarding to travelers on one-way tickets to Thailand who do not have visas, or to round-trip travelers whose stay exceeds 30 days.

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There are signs at passport control here at BKK stating that you should have your passport/visa, arrival card, boarding card and proof of onward travel ready for inspection.

I did actually see them whilst waiting for her deliberation as whether she was going to stamp the passport or not.

However the main point of the matter is IF the requirement is that you MUST show your boarding pass at passport control then would it not be wise that it be announced on-board the flight so you know not just leave it in the pocket or on the floor. When you leave a aircraft and you walk from the back you see them discarded everywhere so I know it's not just me!

On the note of the miles - yes this is a good point but I've never had a problem as I always show my card at check in and make sure my number is on the ticket then you know it is registered. :o

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previous reports on TV has alluded to the fact that bording passes have been asked for due to the fact that people have been doing 'visa runs' in the airport. ie. checking in, not boarding the plane, and then somehow making it to the arrivals hall and re-entering Thailand, probably with a little help from a dodgy airport employee. ie. the person never went anywhere.

Hence, immigration - a sepearate department to AOT are cracking down to catch these people out.

As for reporting addresses, that is pretty standard wherever you go. The US and the UK are particularly inistant that you know where you are staying the first night from my own personal experience.

That is exactly the reason, and you don't have to have any help from a dodgy airport employee, as it is dead easy at Suvarnabhumi to go down to the arrival level from international departures. Just take the escalator. I do it all the time to get a smoke in one of the smoking rooms on the second level, as I have never found a place to smoke on level 4.

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They certainly used to ask for boarding passes at Don Muang immigration, but I personally found it was a 'sometimes' thing ... I was on a Non-Imm 'B' visa when DM was operating - wonder if that made any difference?

When SVB opened they seemed not to bother asking for boarding passes for a while, but it seems to have returned now - linked to the general 'revision' of visa / immigration rules?

ALthough I can't fathom why Thai Immigration want to see the boarding pass (previous explanations seem a little unlikely to me, even for 'visa runners') - I don't see it as a big problem - I always hang on to all relevant docs' until I get to my apartment anyway.

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There has been an increasing amount of "stowaways" occuring lately, so the boarding pass is neccesary to ensure you werent hiding in an engine, under a wing or in the wheel well, cant be to carefull :o

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it's not that difficult it to put a boarding pass in your pocket instead of the seat in front of you....would save you such trouble at immigration and the time to write this rant. :o

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previous reports on TV has alluded to the fact that bording passes have been asked for due to the fact that people have been doing 'visa runs' in the airport. ie. checking in, not boarding the plane, and then somehow making it to the arrivals hall and re-entering Thailand, probably with a little help from a dodgy airport employee. ie. the person never went anywhere.

How does this work?

Surely if the immigration officer checks your passport they will see that you have an outward stamp from a short time previously (unless of course you were Tom Hanks :o)

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previous reports on TV has alluded to the fact that bording passes have been asked for due to the fact that people have been doing 'visa runs' in the airport. ie. checking in, not boarding the plane, and then somehow making it to the arrivals hall and re-entering Thailand, probably with a little help from a dodgy airport employee. ie. the person never went anywhere.

Aircrafts are loaded and emptied using the same bridges, people entering and exiting the aircraft are using the same space in the airport. After you pass immigration on departure, you usually don't need any special assistance to go back to the arrival immigration.

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