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I have just discovered that the Premium service offered by Bangkok Flight Services - which includes immigration access via the Premium Lane has been discontinued.

 

I have been told that there is a 'Priority' (as opposed to Premium) lane at the main immigration hall which people aged 70 or more are allowed to use. Does anyone know where this priority lane is located? Also, I am told there is a second immigration hall 50 meters or so past the main hall and I wondered whether this also had a priority lane. 

 

Any help would be appreciated. 

 

 

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There is also a top secret lane for premium hi-so people. If you’re authorized to use it then you know where it is. If you’re not then you don’t.

 

 

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22 hours ago, NanLaew said:

FWIW, I have been using this large, east-side immigration hall "Fast Track" lane to re-enter Thailand regardless of my travel class because I have a Retirement Extension which is classed as a 'long-stay' permit. This entitlement was pointed out to me several years ago and I am not sure if Marriage Extensions are similarly enabled but so far, I haven't been knocked back.

This is a first for me, I've tried a couple of times to use the fast track whilst coming back from a local trip on economy, I have an extension based on work for the past 15 years and both times got knocked back.

22 hours ago, NanLaew said:

However on arrivals, AoT have recently been sending premium class travelers (holding the above voucher) to the THAI "Fast Track" lane which AFAIK, only exists on the left hand side of the large east-side Immigration Hall. Last time I passed through, there was no similar "Fast Track" lane in the large west-side immigration hall. It has signs as follows.

Yes, this is relatively new, as before it is was TG passengers only and you are right, there isn't one in the west side immigration hall.

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The main hall, where I always go, has the over 70 lane on the far right (along with disabled etc). I invariably get stopped by an IO on my way and I say I am over 70 and they let me pass. I guess I should take that that as a complement but after a long couple of flights any additional hassle is not welcome. So don't be surprised if you are challenged. Actually probably a good thing as it keeps the younguns out.

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Strange that none of these signs mention Permanent Residence holders. I really must apply for the auto-gate access.

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On 8/5/2018 at 11:28 PM, fanjita said:

Pregnant man and Abnormal physical?  LOL.  

only in thailand !!! do men get PREGNANT !!!

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28 minutes ago, orientalist said:

Strange that none of these signs mention Permanent Residence holders. I really must apply for the auto-gate access.

Probably because a PR holder is allowed to use the Thai immigration lanes?

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On 8/6/2018 at 8:11 PM, NanLaew said:

However on arrivals, AoT have recently been sending premium class travelers (holding the above voucher) to the THAI "Fast Track" lane

i don't know what constitutes 'recent' but i arrived in business class from USA in early may and business class from HK in mid june.  i was given the premium lane pass on both flights, although it looked different than what you posted.  it is purple now, i think they changed it awhile back.  on arrival, i was not turned away from the priority/premium lane (the separate arrivals hall btwn the other two, main arrival halls).  maybe more recent data points conflict with my experience, not sure.

 

 

 

 

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On 8/7/2018 at 7:11 AM, NanLaew said:

There are 3 Immigration halls on arrival at Suvarnabhumi, two large ones with the one on the east-side generally serving passengers from concourse A, B, C and D and the one on the west-side west-side generally serving passengers from concourse D, E, F and G. In between, there's the small Priority Lane immigration hall for Diplomatic, air crew, 70+. etc.. Last time I passed (from a crowded west-side hall to the less crowded east-side hall, the signage outside the arrivals Priority (formerly Premium) Lane had been changed as follows.

 

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This now matches the passenger classifications used for the departures Priority Lane as follows. ABTC cards aren't mentioned on arrivals but I reckon that's a typo akin with arbitrarily swapping Premium with Priority when they make up new signs.

 

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The other difference is if you have a Premium Lane voucher like the following, you use the Priority Lane for departures.

 

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However on arrivals, AoT have recently been sending premium class travelers (holding the above voucher) to the THAI "Fast Track" lane which AFAIK, only exists on the left hand side of the large east-side Immigration Hall. Last time I passed through, there was no similar "Fast Track" lane in the large west-side immigration hall. It has signs as follows.

 

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FWIW, I have been using this large, east-side immigration hall "Fast Track" lane to re-enter Thailand regardless of my travel class because I have a Retirement Extension which is classed as a 'long-stay' permit. This entitlement was pointed out to me several years ago and I am not sure if Marriage Extensions are similarly enabled but so far, I haven't been knocked back.

 

With regard to the OP, the BFS website still indicates that meet and greet will expedite your inbound immigration experience. The last time I used them, maybe 2-3 years ago, they used the "Fast Track" lane in the east side hall as above and NOT the (then named) Premium Lane in the middle.

 

Is the fast track available for all airlines? I see there is a priority card in the picture?

 

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2 hours ago, elgenon said:

The main hall, where I always go, has the over 70 lane on the far right (along with disabled etc). I invariably get stopped by an IO on my way and I say I am over 70 and they let me pass. I guess I should take that that as a complement but after a long couple of flights any additional hassle is not welcome. So don't be surprised if you are challenged. Actually probably a good thing as it keeps the younguns out.

For an even faster experience on arrival, you are qualified to use the smaller, faster, central Priority Lane in between the 2 main immigration halls. Same for outbound flights, just show your passport although the airline check-in could be asked to confirm your DoB in the passport and give you a Premium Lane pass to save the hassle of the Priority Lane staff possibly not knowing how to check birth dates quickly.

Edited by NanLaew

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