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I've seen reviews on airlineequality.com for Swampy showing some very negative feedback re the current queueing at immigration taking up to 90 mins and tales of queues starting outside of the immigration area. anyone been in the last couple of months that can confirm/deny if the queues really are getting this bad? longest i've had in several trips to queue was about 40 mins - 90 mins and i can kiss the bell bus connection goodbye! :001_Thank_You5:

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I've seen reviews on airlineequality.com for Swampy showing some very negative feedback re the current queueing at immigration taking up to 90 mins and tales of queues starting outside of the immigration area. anyone been in the last couple of months that can confirm/deny if the queues really are getting this bad? longest i've had in several trips to queue was about 40 mins - 90 mins and i can kiss the bell bus connection goodbye! :001_Thank_You5:

 

I arrived at about 11 pm at Swampy and it took me 90 minutes to clear immigration! I was also there in September and arrived at 10pm and walked through in 3 minutes!

 

Only conclusion I can make is that a stack of flights arrive between 10 and 11 at night so depending upon which flight you are to land and how fast you walk can mean the difference between quick and agonizingly slow!

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Went thru Immigration (going to Philippines) on 21st Feb 2011 at @10pm, took about 20 minutes. Returning on 26th Feb at @11pm, found a short queue and thru in 10 minutes.

All Immigration post seemed to be open, just volume of traffic.

Lots of people about, definitely busier than I remember than any time over the last 2/3 years. Leaving BKK there are 2 Immigration stations, have a look at both, similarly, there are 2 entrances to Immigration when arriving. My advice is pick a queue of mainly white skinned travellers, its all the Chinese, Indians, Arabs that cause the long queues because of language problems and not filling in the Immigration card correctly.

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There may be a way round the problem: http://www.thaifasttrack.com/index.php?p=1_10_Fast-Track

 

Never used it myself, but a pal who visits regularly swears by it for fast arrivals service. No idea if they offer an equivalent service for departures.

 

Thanks for the link bud.

 

Those 90 minutes I spent in the Line for Immigration were excruciating because it was literally only 15 metres away.

 

For THB1200 ($40) at 11 pm at night wanting to get straight to Pattaya, is something I will most likely pay!. I arrive from London a week later at 3pm, so I'll give it a miss then!

 

Now, just have to hope Cerberus has the Devils Den Van up and running by then, else I'll probably get my regular transfer guy!

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My last two trips (NOV10, FEB11) both landed at 1800 on a Sunday evening. I had cleared immigration and collected my bags by 1830. Both times I hopped straight into a cab to NANA, called a regular BF who met me at the hotel. Checked in and showered and I was in bed with her by 1930. Not bad going.

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Took me about 40 minutes to clear immigration when arriving in January.

Departing (Fast Track) took me about 15 minutes due to the woman in from of me had lost her departure card and was holding up everyone.

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Hope this starts to improve by the time i'm heading back to LOS in June as my flight lands at 15:05 and I wanna make the 16:00 bell bus.

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OK - cheers for the replies guys. Sounds like its busy but not as bad as being reported - as you've said it really depends on time of day you arrive or leave. Hopefully there won't be too many flights arriving same time as mine (0700). :001_Thank_You5:

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Most airlines give out fast track cards to all business and first class passengers... If you get chatting to a hostee during your flight you never know....

 

1200 baht sounds like a rip if you ask me.

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My last two trips (NOV10, FEB11) both landed at 1800 on a Sunday evening. I had cleared immigration and collected my bags by 1830. Both times I hopped straight into a cab to NANA, called a regular BF who met me at the hotel. Checked in and showered and I was in bed with her by 1930. Not bad going.

 

I take my hat off to you! Good going indeed!

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As long as your Bell Bus is not the last of the day, never had a problem just taking the next one.

It has only happened once, and I just went to where you check in and said "Sorry, missed bus"

No problem. Missed the 12 noon bus and it was no problem, take the 2 pm bus. The plane was late, Immagration was like 15 minutes.

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..... there are 2 entrances to Immigration when arriving........

 

This is good advice for everyone, signs will take you to the first immigration point just keep walking. You wont see a sign till you get there.

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I have never experienced long delays. Normally there are a couple of members of staff monitoring the queue lengths and they will usher you over to the Thai only queue if the others are getting too long.

 

EVA and Thai only give out fastrack passes in business class at the Heathrow end, not Suwannaphum although as Serpentine says it is probably worth asking. Thai first class takes you directly to the fastrack on the back of a buggy!

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I've never waited 40 minutes.

 

But of course, always check that 2 immigration officers are working at the line you chose... If you pick the shortest line but with only 1 immigration officer at the end of it, it can take ages, especially when you leave Swampy.

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Arrived yesterday. Plane landed 18.20 and I was in taxi 18.45.

 

You will see three different areas for immigration. Sign 1 with new visa, ignore, sign two with visa, ignore, take last sign that just says immigration but does not mention visa on entry. They are the same but with only 2 to 3 people in line as all the rest are followed the first signs which yesterday were 20 - 30 people long.

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Back in Oct when arrived, Immigration was totaly back logged. They had stop taking people and sent us to Fast Track was thru in 5 mins, where I'm betting the main area was 30+ mins. This trip on Feb 24th took about 40 mins. There were a lot of people and that was at 11 am. And almost all the queue's were open.So if your arriving at the same time as alot of flights expect a wait.

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Just back in late january and i must admit was panicking big time.

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It was absolutely dead when I arrived at 4:30pm a few Fridays ago. I was the only one going through immigration when I first arrived! Perhaps I was just lucky. This was the first time that I had arrived during the afternoon, the after times when I've come in at night it's always been busy.

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I came back a month ago arrived around midday it took me 90 minutes to get through immigration and customs were x-raying everybody's luggage.

 

Al.

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I was in the queue for about 30mins in January after arriving about 3pm on a Saturday.

 

Is the other immigration further down past the fastrack entry?

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Never taken me more than 10 minutes, try to be seated at the front of the plane so you dont end up behind 2-300 others.

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Arrived on 3rd March at 20:00 - about 5 minutes to enter.

Departed on 13 March at 18:30 - about 7/8 minutes to exit.

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There may be a way round the problem: http://www.thaifasttrack.com/index.php?p=1_10_Fast-Track

 

Never used it myself, but a pal who visits regularly swears by it for fast arrivals service. No idea if they offer an equivalent service for departures.

 

I've done it, although not as a paid service. I usually fly in on FF miles sometimes in first class. JAL, Cathay and others give you a red ticket to use Fast Track. It's great as usually only one or two people in line and you are through in a breeze.

 

Not sure I would pay for it, though. Sometimes the regular lines are quite manageable, sometimes it is a zoo. Seems if you come in on one of the late flights it can be a zoo (60-90 minute lines). OK, maybe I would pay for it if my flight was arriving after 10PM. I've also arrived in the middle of the day and the immigration hall has been empty. Mornings seemed pretty good too.

 

There is a Fast Track when exiting Thailand. It's quite nice, Same thing, when traveling in First, many airlines give you access. Only problem is diplomatic status folks use the same line so you can get caught behind a group of 10 or more if a large government party is traveling.

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silver member emirates.. i am straight through now..dont have to queue with all you peasants... :Moon2:

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