Thailand vows to solve problem of overcrowded airports

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Experiencing the downside of a steadily increasing tourism influx, Thailand is desperately seeking a way to solve its problem with overcrowded and inadequately staffed airport immigration lines, particularly at budget carrier hub Don Mueang in Bangkok, but also in the capital’s main airport Suvarnabhumi, as well at Phuket’s international airport.

The country’s airport operator Airports of Thailand (AoT) vowed to expedite efforts to solve overcrowding at Don Mueang airport after it received a torrent of criticism from irate social media users over the weekend after people had to wait up to five hours to get their passport stamped in the night from August 4 to 5 due to a large number of flights landing closely one after another. AoT said it would add eight additional immigration counters by September and immigration will increase to 100 from currently 43.

According to Thailand’s immigration bureau, another measure will be that Thai passengers will no longer be required to fill the departure and arrival TM6 form. Immigration police chief Nattorn Prohsunthorn said, adding that his agency wanted the proposed exemption to be implemented as soon as possible and it was seeking to expedite amendments to relevant regulations.

Foreign passengers from certain countries, including Singapore and Hong Kong, will be allowed  to pass through automated passport control channels in the future.

On August 8, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha ordered relevant agencies to tackle the problem of long immigration queues at the airport. The PM instructed the Immigration Bureau, AoT and the Transport Ministry to prepare contingency plans to avoid “chaos” at the country’s airport immigration counters.

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Experiencing the downside of a steadily increasing tourism influx, Thailand is desperately seeking a way to solve its problem with overcrowded and inadequately staffed airport immigration lines, particularly at budget carrier hub Don Mueang in Bangkok, but also in the capital’s main airport Suvarnabhumi, as well at Phuket’s international airport.

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Experiencing the downside of a steadily increasing tourism influx, Thailand is desperately seeking a way to solve its problem with overcrowded and inadequately staffed airport immigration lines, particularly at budget carrier hub Don Mueang in Bangkok, but also in the capital’s main airport Suvarnabhumi, as well at Phuket’s international airport.

The country’s airport operator Airports of Thailand (AoT) vowed to expedite efforts to solve overcrowding at Don Mueang airport after it received a torrent of criticism from irate social media users over the weekend after people had to wait up to five hours to get their passport stamped in the night from August 4 to 5 due to a large number of flights landing closely one after another. AoT said it would add eight additional immigration counters by September and immigration will increase to 100 from currently 43.

According to Thailand’s immigration bureau, another measure will be that Thai passengers will no longer be required to fill the departure and arrival TM6 form. Immigration police chief Nattorn Prohsunthorn said, adding that his agency wanted the proposed exemption to be implemented as soon as possible and it was seeking to expedite amendments to relevant regulations.

Foreign passengers from certain countries, including Singapore and Hong Kong, will be allowed  to pass through automated passport control channels in the future.

On August 8, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha ordered relevant agencies to tackle the problem of long immigration queues at the airport. The PM instructed the Immigration Bureau, AoT and the Transport Ministry to prepare contingency plans to avoid “chaos” at the country’s airport immigration counters.

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