What is a Fast Track Immigration service?
Let’s start with a brief summary of the VIP Fast Track Immigration service that ANY passenger passing through Bangkok Airport can choose to use. This service that will save you time and ensure a stress-free arrival experience at the airport.
- VIP fast track service allows you to avoid the long lines at the immigration and covid-19 screening areas
- Be welcomed at the gate by a Suvarnabhumi Airport staff member, who will help get to the Arrivals area in the quickest time possible.
- Suvarnabhumi Airport Meet and Greet Assistance for travelers using any airline and in any seat class
- Use the Priority Immigration Lane and enjoy a hassle-free arrival or departure with no queues.
Why use a Fast Track Immigration Pass at Suvarnabhumi?
Mornings are the busiest time of day for arrivals at Suvarnabhumi Airport. These time slots are in demand from airlines who cater to passengers wanting to get to their hotel in Bangkok or final destination in Thailand as quickly as possible.
Therefore, it’s not surprising that these passengers frequently complain of long queues at the Immigration counters. Few things are worse than getting off the plane, ready to start your holiday and then finding yourself at the back of an hour long queue at the Immigration lanes.
If you were planning on meeting someone in Bangkok, or have a driver waiting, or have tired children who are becoming increasingly grouchy, then it can be a very stressful time.
When you’re at any airport you may have noticed that Business and First Class passengers manage to avoid these queues. That’s one of the perks of paying three or four times as much for their plane ticket than you did.
But wouldn’t it be great if you could get this perk too and without breaking the bank?
Well, you can.
All passengers passing through Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok can now also avail themselves of the same VIP Premium Lane Fast Track Immigration service.
It’s possible to buy a pass that allows you to not only skip the queues but also to be personally escorted from the Gate all the way through Immigration and Baggage Claim and to the transport service of your choice – taxi, train, bus, plane etc
Did you know that some Economy class passengers can use the Premium / Priority Lanes at Suvarnabhumi Airport . . . and get a Fast Track immigration service FOR FREE!
This is something that’s rarely mentioned online. But there are large signs at the entrance to Premium / Priority Immigration areas. These state that pregnant women, infants, people with disabilities and anyone over 70 years old are among those permitted to use the lanes. No VIP pass or other documentation is required.
What’s more if you are part of a family that is travelling with an infant, everyone in the family can use the Priority lane. Likewise if you are accompanying older relatives or a family member who is in a wheelchair, for example.
The Priority pass works like this:
An airport representative will be waiting at the skybridge when you step out of the plane and will have a signboard with your name on it.
They will guide you through the airport. Initially through the Fast Track Immigration Lane, then to Baggage Claim and Customs. Finally to the Arrivals hall, where they will advise and assist you with getting to your final destination.
For example, if you are catching a domestic flight then will take you to your check in counter. Or if you want to take the airport rail link train into the city then will escort you to the station in the Basement. Or assist with locating your driver if you have a private transfer booked.
This premium VIP service ensures a stress-free start to your time in Thailand.
It’s also possible to use the Suvarnabhumi fast track immigration pass when you leave Thailand. The process is very similar, only you will be met in the Departures area, assisted to check in and then escorted through security and the Premium VIP Immigration and to your Gate.
The Departure fast track option isn’t as popular as the arrival fast track lane pass. But it could be a life saver if you’re travelling at peak periods. For example heading home after New Year or Christmas. Or at the same time as Asian festivals, such as Chinese New Year or Golden Week, for example. These periods often see long snaking queues of departing passengers at both Security and Immigration.
Both the Fast Track Lane on Arrival and Departure passes can be used by passengers with Economy or Premium Economy tickets. (If you are fortunate to be travelling Business or First, a Priority Lane Pass is already included in the price of your plane ticket. )
Bangkok Airport Fast Track Immigration FAQs
What is a VIP Fast Track Pass?
A Fast Track Pass pass allows passengers to utilize Premium Lane immigration lines. These are usually reserved only for VIPs, Diplomats, Business and First Class passengers. However, anyone can purchase one online through a licensed agent.
Who Runs the Fast track Pass Service?
The program is administered by the Airports of Thailand (AoT) in cooperation with the Thai Immigration Department. Airlines and agents can offer the program to customers but do not have any authority over it’s rules or operating regulations.
I am going to be transiting in Bangkok, can I use Fast Track Service?
If you have one ticket booked all the way through your final destination then you can transit from your international to domestic flight without having to clear immigration and check in again. Therefore, you won’t need to use the Fast Track Service.
However, if you have two separate bookings for your flights, you will have to clear immigration and Baggage Claim and then check in again for your domestic flight. If you have less than 3 hours between flights then it’s recommended to use the VIP fast track lane service and skip any queues.
How Can I Get a Fast Track Pass
There are only two methods. One is from your airline. As previously mentioned they will only offer it to Business or First Class flyers.
The other is by purchasing the service from an authorized re-seller. Passes cannot be bought at the airport or from airline staff.
Does a Fast Track Pass Guarantee Entry into Thailand
No. All passengers are still subject to the same immigration rules. Although those using the Premium VIP immigration lanes have a far more pleasant experience than those joining the queues at the normal lanes. ( It’s no secret that the officers manning the Premium Lane immigration booths are always the friendliest and most professional and efficient. )
How Much Does an Airport Immigration VIP pass cost?
Prices vary. But discounted passes are available online though authorized agents.
Does the Pass Guarantee I will Make my Flight?
Using the fast track immigration lane on Departure will definitely save you time at Suvarnabhumi Airport. However, you should ensure you arrive at the airport sufficient time to catch your flight. If you don’t, there are no guarantees you will make your flight.
Can Family Members Use the Same Pass?
No. All members of a family or group, including children, must have their own Fast Track immigration pass. The only exception is for babies under 1 year old. They do not require one.
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