Singaporeans to be allowed to use Automated Gate (Auto Gate) to enter the Kingdom of Thailand

On 19 August 2017, the Immigration Bureau of Thailand has announced that Thailand now starts using Auto Gate to perform immigration check for foreign visitors to enter to the Kingdom of Thailand by air.

Singapore is the first country to be allowed to use this Auto Gate at Suvarnabhumi airport. The Immigration Bureau of Thailand will consider adding other countries to the list for the Auto Gate in the near future.

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.

The Auto Gate is reserved for visitors only for tourism purpose (a 30-days visa Exemption scheme). For other purposes of visit, visitors need to apply for visa and go through the regular immigration checking process.

The Immigration Bureau of Thailand stated that the decision to use the Auto Gate was based on an analysis of security and on a reciprocal agreement, as Singapore is now considering allowing Thai nationals to use its automatic gates.

In the initial stage at Suvarnabhumi, two automated gates will be reserved for Singaporeans. The bureau will consider using the system at other airports including Don Mueang, U-tapao and Phuket.

The Auto Gate could speed up immigration processing by reducing the waiting time in queues as well as solving the problem of airport congestion and reduce the burden on staff.

Royal Thai Embassy
19 August 2017