Update: 15 Nov 2023
Beginning next month, the majority of international travellers departing from Suvarnabhumi Airport will have access to automated channels for a faster boarding experience.
Commander Pol Maj Gen Choengron Rimphadee, of Immigration Division 2, noted that at present, only those with Thai, Hong Kong, or Singaporean passports can utilize the automatic processing at Suvarnabhumi. (Despite the availability of these automated channels before the COVID period, there was no news regarding their resumption after borders reopened post-COVID. Now that this information is known, travellers can take advantage of these channels the next time they leave Suvarnabhumi Airport.)
The Airports of Thailand have plans to install additional automated channels at both Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports. This initiative is designed to enable the reassignment of officers, thereby hastening the processing of incoming travellers. (We also anticipate the resumption of automated channels for arrival clearance.)
Update: Jan 2023
The automated clearance hasn’t resumed since the covid-19 outbreak.
Bangkok’s airport has just implemented a new biometric system and that means there will be new procedures to take note off when you approach the immigration officer!
Here are the new steps you have to go through.
1) Present your passport to the officer.
2) Place 4 right fingers on the new biometric system
3) Place 4 left fingers on the new biometric system
4) Place both thumbs on the new biometric system
5) Prepare to take a photo and wait for your passport to be returned.
Getting into Bangkok is now easier for Singapore and Hong Kong citizens with the automated clearance at immigration.
It is currently only available at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)