MJCM

When traveling with wife can't use Thai passport Immigration line anymore ?

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Came back from Siem Reap today and the (Foreign passport) line at Immigration was about 30-40 long in each line. My wife (Thai) went to the Thai passport line and asked if I could come over there. They refused and said only Thais can use this line.

Is this a new policy ? And since when ?

Ps: The waiting at immigration took longer then the flight from Siem Reap to Bangkok :(

Edit: And another thing, when waiting in the line (I guess) a trainee from Immigration was checking all TM.6 if people had filled in the correct address where they are staying. With some people even had to show hotel bookings etc.

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I guess if OP hadn't asked, it would have been ok

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I guess if OP hadn't asked, it would have been ok

I didn't ask, my wife did while I was waiting in the other line.

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It all depends.

I usually fly with a wheelchair and often get wheeled through the Thai immigration or the express line at the airport.

It depends on the number of the people in the various queues at the airport.

If you look carefully when you enter the exit or immigration areas at the airport, there is a sign there in Thai and English that requests priority for certain classes of people.....including those in wheelchairs and senior citizens over 70 years of age.

After 6 October 2016 I will qualify for both of those.

I bet you have never noticed that sign.

I am not even 50 ;) so I don't qualify I have seen the priority lane, but that requires a card from the airline (flying business class) and we only came from SR with Air Asia.

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Last time-but thats some time ago now, i was ushered to the Thai line as therewas noone waiting there from the farang line.

But then again DMK-immi often seems to have a peculiar own interpretation of new rules ordered by above.

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The International protocol is that families should not be split up at airports - seems like this little requirement hasn't yet filtered through to the numbnuts at this airport...................

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The International protocol is that families should not be split up at airports - seems like this little requirement hasn't yet filtered through to the numbnuts at this airport...................

I am not sure you are correct about that - at least not in that the non citizen can join the citizen in the "citizen only" line - they might require the citizen to stand the "non-citizen" line with their spouse though.

I can't imagine an American citizen entering the US with a non US citizen spouse (nor green card holder) on the "citizen/green card holder only" line. Same goes for European countries. The idea is that a citizen only need to be checked for actual citizenship (by proof of passport) and will only be flagged if there is a warrant for his/her arrest in the system whereas a non citizen/resident must be checked for his nationality (passport) and eligibility to enter the country (visa / visa exempt etc'). In some countries - Thailand included - when there are long lines at the foreigners' line and the Thai lines are empty, they will send foreigners to the Thais only line.

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And you were troubled why ? As it states, Thai passports only, and foreign other line, not brain science

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<snip> In some countries - Thailand included - when there are long lines at the foreigners' line and the Thai lines are empty, they will send foreigners to the Thais only line.

Not in this case they didn't, the Foreign Passport line had each 30-40 people waiting and the Thai Line was virtually deserted.

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And you were troubled why ? As it states, Thai passports only, and foreign other line, not brain science

Did you read the OP ?? I wasn't troubled, just wondering what happened as before you could go through there but they stopped it.

Just a simple question and nothing to be troubled about

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So my son has to go one line alone and me the other ? This is thailand

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So my son has to go one line alone and me the other ? This is thailand

I think in case of you accompanying a minor they will make an exception, I certainly hope they do.

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It's because the Thai passport line is now all automatic e-passport gates, so they won't accept a non Thai passport.

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ID: 17   Posted (edited)

It's because the Thai passport line is now all automatic e-passport gates, so they won't accept a non Thai passport.

Oke, that is a good explanation, but my wife didn't mention anything about gates, maybe they weren't working at that time.thumbsup.gif

Thanks Stocky

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So marrying a Thai doesn't make you Thai too?

No way.

True, but you could use the Thai line previously, but I guess they stopped that and that's why I asked.

Boo Hoo Hoo ,Wait in line like every one else.If you had rode a slow bus to there the wait would not have seemed as long would it.?

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So marrying a Thai doesn't make you Thai too?

No way.

True, but you could use the Thai line previously, but I guess they stopped that and that's why I asked.

Boo Hoo Hoo ,Wait in line like every one else.If you had rode a slow bus to there the wait would not have seemed as long would it.?

You will be glad to know that it's not possible anymore. Please read post #16.

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So my son has to go one line alone and me the other ? This is thailand

He could join you in the farang line, I'm sure.

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The International protocol is that families should not be split up at airports - seems like this little requirement hasn't yet filtered through to the numbnuts at this airport...................

I am not sure you are correct about that - at least not in that the non citizen can join the citizen in the "citizen only" line - they might require the citizen to stand the "non-citizen" line with their spouse though.

I can't imagine an American citizen entering the US with a non US citizen spouse (nor green card holder) on the "citizen/green card holder only" line. Same goes for European countries. The idea is that a citizen only need to be checked for actual citizenship (by proof of passport) and will only be flagged if there is a warrant for his/her arrest in the system whereas a non citizen/resident must be checked for his nationality (passport) and eligibility to enter the country (visa / visa exempt etc'). In some countries - Thailand included - when there are long lines at the foreigners' line and the Thai lines are empty, they will send foreigners to the Thais only line.

Re."I can't imagine an American citizen entering the US with a non US citizen spouse (nor green card holder) on the "citizen/green card holder only" line."

A few months ago, while going thru USA immigration (I'm American) I specifically asked if my Thai wife could come thru immigration in the same line as I and they said "of course."

Also, you are completely wrong about USA immigration not checking USA citizens for warrants and the like. .

Why embarrass yourself by pretending to know what you're talking about when you obviously don't?

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ID: 23   Posted (edited)

It's because the Thai passport line is now all automatic e-passport gates, so they won't accept a non Thai passport.

"... is now ALL e-passport gates"?? No they aren't. Not by a long shot.

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I never ask.. I just go and stand in line... never had a problem not once. Even when I'm by myself, I take out my Thai driver license and hand it together with my Passport, Wai the official Sawasdee Krup and off I go. To be honest I do get nervous thinking when am I going to get busted so now I'm thinking of walking up with a big limp. If you are 70 over you can also use the line. The problem with the main line and trainees is the tourist do not know what address to put down, they are on tours and staying at a number of hotels, they are confused?

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ID: 25   Posted (edited)

The question you should have asked...

"Was there ever a policy, that allowed foreigners, married to a Thai, skip through, to the Thai only passport line..

But the Thai only passport sign, and being told to your face, by Thai Immigration, was not good enough for you..

So, you decided to ask others here, in hopes of?

Just be glad, you were allowed in the Thai line in the past..

Edited by D3030

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