Travelling to Bangkok for work or holiday soon? Now you don’t have to waste your shopping time queueing at the immigration checkpoint to have your passport chopped.
Singaporeans can now enjoy faster access to Bangkok via the Auto-Gate at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Singapore is the first country to enjoy the Auto-Gate usage and in return, Singapore will also open up a similar Auto-Gate for Thai nationals.
The news is further confirmed by Royal Thai Embassy of Singapore which has since released an update on their official Facebook page.
Singaporeans to be allowed to use Automated Gate (Auto Gate) to enter the Kingdom of Thailand On 19 August 2017, the…
The Auto-Gate can only be used for tourism purposes. For other purposes of visits, visitors will still need to apply for a visa through a regular immigration checking process.
Here’s how the Auto-Gate works:
Singapore Travellers who wish to use the Auto Gate do not need to do preliminary register with the Thai immigration office. At the Auto Gate, the system will record passenger information and fingerprints for identification on subsequent trips. It can also be linked to airlines’ check-in systems to verify passengers’ identities.
After the trial run at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport, the Auto-Gate service is expected to expand to other international airports in Thailand such as Don Mueang, Phuket and U-tapao.