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First Hong Kong tourists pass through 20-second Suvarnabhumi entry

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First Hong Kong tourists pass through 20-second Suvarnabhumi entry

By The Nation

 

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A group of Cathay Pacific passengers became the first group of Hong Kong people allowed to use the speedy new automated immigration process at Suvarnabhumi airport on Saturday morning.
 

The group arrived on the Cathay Pacific Flight CX717 at 10.50am and were allowed to use the automated channel that required each passenger to pass through the immigration process in only 20 seconds.

 

As part of the process, the system scans the barcode on each passenger’s passport and on the flight ticket as well as reading the passenger’s fingerprint and compared the information with the Advance Passenger Processing system (APPS).

 

The Hong Kong passengers had already provided all necessary immigration information when they checked in with their airline using the APPS system.

 

Immigration has been using automated system with Thai passengers for a while, using information from the online household registration of the Interior Ministry.

 

In 2017, the Cabinet instructed the Immigration Bureau to expand its use to cover foreigners to reduce queues at international airports. The bureau first used it with Singapore passport holders before expanding to those from Hong Kong.

 

The bureau plans to expand the use of automated immigration to other checkpoints around the country and to nationals from other regional countries in the near future.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30354547

 

 
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1 hour ago, wgdanson said:

And the TM6 form?

We don't have them any more. For more than a month now, everything has been automated, as per Prawit's instruction on 14th February:

 

btw, I'm still being sarcastic about the bullshit we were given.

 

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Has the TM6 been discarded or not, please. They only just 'designed'the new one.

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2 hours ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

As part of the process, the system scans the barcode on each passenger’s passport and on the flight ticket as well as reading the passenger’s fingerprint and compared the information with the Advance Passenger Processing system (APPS).

Do you have to have your fingerprints taken in your own country so they can be compared at Swampy. Fingerprints are not included on the biometric chip in UK passports.

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2 hours ago, RotMahKid said:

Just make this public to all the western tourists, who will be treated as second rang tourists and have to queue up for one or more hours.

At least the Thais firmly understand the real pecking order.?

Nothing special about Farang that ranks them above anyone else.?

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3 hours ago, wgdanson said:

Has the TM6 been discarded or not, please. They only just 'designed'the new one.

Not as of the 21st of April when I flew into Thailand from China. A landing card was issued.

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3 hours ago, wgdanson said:

Do you have to have your fingerprints taken in your own country so they can be compared at Swampy. Fingerprints are not included on the biometric chip in UK passports.

Doesn't matter, it is for the Thai system to keep your finger prints. Same deal in Malaysia and Singapore for some time now.

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4 hours ago, bluesofa said:

We don't have them any more. For more than a month now, everything has been automated, as per Prawit's instruction on 14th February:

 

btw, I'm still being sarcastic about the bullshit we were given.

 

Who is "we" as in don't have the TM6 form anymore? Or did I miss your point...sorry?

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I flew into swampy last week tm6 was still needed, on the flight(thai airways) they were saying that permanent foreign residents living in Thailand could use the thai check point custom entry but I wasnt sure if that meant those of us married and living here(yearly extensions) or not so just went through the foreign line

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