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Immigration says “fast-track” services at Bangkok airports are fakes

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Don’t fall for offers of being fast-tracked through airport Immigration say officials… there’s no such service.

A senior official from Thailand’s Immigration Bureau has responded to an online ad offering a fast-track immigration service at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports. Choengron Rimphadee says the service, advertised at a cost of 2,900 baht per flight, doesn’t exist.

The ad appeared on the website of a car rental company and swiftly came to the attention of immigration officials. The ad, which stated, “Fast track arrival-departure 2,900baht/flight” has now been removed.

Choengron says airport immigration counters do not offer a fast-track option, but the process has been improved overall, with people “now waiting no more than 15 minutes during peak arrival and departure times”.

He goes on to say that there are special lanes for various categories of traveller, including people requiring assistance, such as wheelchair passengers, the elderly, diplomats, Elite Card holders and crew members, among others.

Choengron has urged foreign travellers not to fall for any ads offering a fast-track service through immigration. Immigration officers are now on the look-out for any more such ads and have threatened legal action should they find any.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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