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Australians and New Zealanders may soon be able to use Automatic Gates at Suvarnabhumi


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How do the automatic gates work to register fingerprints?  In Singapore - where they register fingerprints for all non-Singaporeans - the automatic gates can only be used by some other nationalities if they've already entered Singapore twice and subsequently register for automatic gate use

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2 hours ago, sweatalot said:

Discrimination

Where are the automatic gates for Germans, Americans, Brits?

Those machines may have been prioritized at the departure gate whatever that might mean … ????

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I would think automation (??) would be more logical in the following order:

1) Thai Citizen

2) 1(+)year extension of stay holders - already have Immigration clearance files

3) Visa on arrival countries

4) Country that borders Thailand

5) etc

 

Just a thought

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Most of the tourists are from China, it would take a big load off if they can use the automatic machines instead.

 

Why Singapore and Hong Kong? Look at chart below.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourism_in_Thailand#Top_25_arrivals_by_nationality

 

2018 chart

 

1. China

2. Malaysia

3. Korea

4. Laos

5. Japan

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2 minutes ago, EricTh said:

Most of the tourists are from China, it would take a big load off if they can use the automatic machines instead.

It's fairly obvious they're offering the facility to passport holders of countries that already have well-established systems already.

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2 hours ago, sweatalot said:

Discrimination

Where are the automatic gates for Germans, Americans, Brits?

With all the arabs now in EU, a little more and Europeans will be banned from the rest of the world.

 

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7 minutes ago, edwardflory said:

I would think automation (??) would be more logical in the following order:

1) Thai Citizen

2) 1(+)year extension of stay holders - already have Immigration clearance files

3) Visa on arrival countries

4) Country that borders Thailand

5) etc

 

Just a thought

Not much advantage using automatic gates if everyone can use them. Same long line without the happy, smiling, helpful IO

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4 minutes ago, Peterw42 said:

Wife used Thai passport at E gates on last visit to Australia earlier this year, arrival and departure. Maybe the choice of Australia and NZ is a reciprocal thing.

Interesting seeing that Thai passports are not supposed to be eligible - https://www.abf.gov.au/entering-and-leaving-australia/smartgates/arrivals. However all passengers use an Egate on departure

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