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Visa wait for tourists could top four hours

BANGKOK: Tourists applying for a visa on arrival at Suvarnabhumi airport are likely to face up to a four-hour wait during the New Year period due to a tough screening process to catch undesirables trying to enter the Kingdom.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 27 December 2017, 08:41AM


Immigration police say tourists arriving over the next few days should expect to cool their heels for four hours before they are stamped in. Photo: Bangkok Post / file

Immigration police say tourists arriving over the next few days should expect to cool their heels for four hours before they are stamped in. Photo: Bangkok Post / file

Col Cherngron Rimpadee, deputy immigration police spokesman, yesterday (Dec 26) asked for understanding saying the procedures are necessary to deal with criminals that take advantage of the hectic period to enter the country by disguising themselves as tourists.

The Immigration Bureau is considering opening more lanes for visa processing to reduce the lengthy queues.

A visa on arrival allows passport holders of 18 nationalities to enter Thailand for the purpose of tourism for a period not exceeding 15 days.

It is being offered at designated immigration checkpoints in airports nationwide.

Popular among Indian and Chinese tourists, it is issued mostly at Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports, with 6-7000 tourists applying for them each day.

Ideally, the process should take three minutes to complete but sudden influxes of applicants can lead to long queues.

Gen Pruettipong Prayoonsiri, director of Immigration Police Division 2, said the Immigration Bureau is looking for solutions that don’t compromise security, such as boosting staff during busy periods.

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Kurt | 28 December 2017 - 11:08:28

... The Immigration Bureau is CONSIDERING more opening lanes for visa processing, etc., etc. ???

Wrong statement!
Should be:
The Immigration Bureau bows and wai deep in feeling guilty not to have already more opening lanes and apologize for incompetence to arriving passengers.
The Immigration Bureau should read more frequent the tourist arrival figures of TAT and anticipate on that in her Im...

Kurt | 27 December 2017 - 13:58:02

Immigration 'household' problems again,..sight..
A never ending incompetent happening.
Why always ordering and executive things before thinking  over first how to handle it properly?

Tourists waiting up to 4 hours after a long flight! Welcome to Thailand.

marcher | 27 December 2017 - 13:08:17

Just a few days to go and they 'are considering'. With New Year just coming up I think it will be over before they get their act together.
Also I thought visa on arrival when flying in was 30 days? 15 days for the visa runners

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