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I have not been to Thailand in a few years but there was once an express lane for passport control. Access could be purchased or was allow due to age or disability I think.
Anyone know if it is still in operation and where I could find information about it? I have a trip coming up in January and in the past passport control lines were a mess.

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Yes, myself now having passes the glorious age where it also fits (though once before I was also invited to use it) have passed by a few days ago. It is the far right hand side-in fact via the ´for Thai´ channel can be better reached.
Not that it helps 1 minute-as then the wait for luggage is simply longer-and you also cannot sit there.
How it works for handicap etc dk-is likely in that link to be found.
If you pay for it, you get a kind of sticker to hand over to immi-officer. I remember there was also a line for people in wheelchairs.

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I have not yet had to suffer an excessive queue at BKK immigration. I only recall one case where my bag was on the conveyor by the time I got through immigration.
So I don't see any need to pay about £30 for a fast track service when on the past track record, I won't get out of the airport any quicker.
£30 is rather steep if there is no significant net benefit.

For comparison, I did pay about £5 for the fast track security when departing from a UK airport on a European trip earlier this year. I'd read horror stories of big queues after airports had laid off staff during the pandemic and not replaced them quickly enough. As it turned out, I both normal and fast track service was fine on a Sunday morning.
However, buying peace of mind for £5 is far easier than paying £30 to fix a problem I haven't yet encountered.

One case where I do pay for the premium service is with Air Asia departing from DMK. For a far more modest fee, you get fast check in, choice of seats and a free meal. That has a good cost/benefit ratio. (At least that's how it was pre-pandemic)

For those who have arrived at BKK in recent months, how was the non fast track immigration queue ? Even if you qualified for fast track, I presume you could see if the normal queue is extending onto the ramp.

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On another forum, a member reports recently arriving off an EVA flight and going straight through immigration with no queue.
So I imagine he had plenty of time to admire the baggage carousel.

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Many thanks everyone for their input and gerefan for the link. My research at Suvarnabhumi airport site directed me to my airline and my airline ANA said not available until 70 etc. Klook (from gerefan) does sell this service. I plan on using it for my entry as I have many years of memories of huge long hot lines along with many line cutters.
Again thank you all.

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