Bangkok, 22 August, 2017 – If you’re heading to Thailand via Bangkok, you could soon be able to enjoy the Kingdom’s thriving metropolis even more conveniently than before, with the rollout of new Auto Gates to perform international visitors’ immigration checks at Suvarnabhumi Airport.
This latest Thailand Visitor Info followed the announcement by the Immigration Bureau of Thailand on 19 August that Singaporeans arriving at Suvarnabhumi Airport will be the first to benefit from this convenient technology.
The Bureau is also considering expanding access to visitors from other countries and territories, and those who arrive at other airports, including Don Mueang International in Bangkok, Phuket International Airport and the U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport.
Singaporeans travellers can choose to go directly to one of two specially-reserved Auto Gates and follow the easy procedures at the gate. As part of the check, the Gate gathers passengers’ information and takes a record of their fingerprints for identification on future trips. It can also be linked to the airlines’ check-in systems to verify passengers’ identities.
The Auto Gates are open for use by those who visit for tourism purposes under the 30-day visa exemption scheme. Those who are visiting for other reasons need to apply for a visa and go through the regular immigration checking process.
The opening of these Auto Gates to international tourists is a significant step by the Royal Thai Government, as part of a wide-ranging initiative to help make arrival in the Kingdom more seamless and convenient. The Auto Gates are expected to speed up immigration processing by reducing the time passengers need to wait in queues and easing airport congestion.
With around one million Singaporean visitors to Thailand each year – many of them repeat visitors – the country was chosen as the first to benefit from the new arrangement. A reciprocal agreement means Singapore is now considering allowing Thai nationals to use its automatic gates.
All visitors to Thailand are reminded to double check visa and eligibility requirements. If you’re a citizen of 42 countries (check out www.mfa.go.th for the list) and coming to Thailand as a tourist, you may be eligible to stay in the Kingdom for up to 30 days without a visa.