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    What to know when arriving at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
    Arriving into Bangkok airports can be intimidating because of the sheer numbers of travelers constantly flying in at any given moment. Here is a guide to the major international airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport or BKK, when arriving into Thailand’s capital: Suvarnabhumi Airport is one of the world’s largest airports accommodating millions of visitors a year. Thailand took the number one for tourism in 2016 with over 32 million visitors a year.

    After walking off the plane in Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
    As soon as you as walk off the plane, you will follow the signs for Immigration. Suvarnabhumi is a large airport, so expect a long walk made slightly easier with moving walkways along the path. With the walk in mind, make sure your carry-on bags are manageable to lug around for an extended period of time.

    Immigration & Business Class Benefits
    Once you reach Immigration, you will find two visitor entrances. One of which is a long line which moves at a decent pace. The other line is short, or even empty, for priority travelers on Business and First Classes. When the immigration line is painfully long, Business Class is so worth the price or miles. Note: If you fly Thai Airways Business Class, you also have an exclusive security and immigration line with you check into Suvarnabhumi Airport upon departing Bangkok. Again, well worth the price.

    Baggage Claim & Customs at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
    After passing through Immigration, you will then proceed to Baggage Claim followed by Customs. During peak travel season, expect a long wait for your luggage to come out onto the conveyor belt. The massive size of the airport makes the long journey of the luggage understandable. Plus, each conveyor belt is assigned several arriving airlines.

    Arrival Terminal
    Once you finally pass through Customs, you have officially entered Bangkok and the country. Unfortunately, there is no free wi-fi (without registration) in the Arrival Terminal. If you have a hotel car, they will have a signboard of the hotel or your name upon your into the terminal. Otherwise, if you plan to meet anyone, arrange to meet before an exit door (numbered 1 through 5). There will be multiple SIM card vendors, rental car and taxi vendors, as well as information booths to assist any of your questions. If you plan to wait a while at the terminal, you can sit on the upper floor where there are several options for restaurants and cafes (with wi-fi).

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      New PVS Check-in System @ Suvarnabhumi Airport



      Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok’s main international airport, is getting an upgrade: a new passenger validation system is being put in place. The new PVS will be launched in the airport officially on September 1 and will be found at Terminal 4 for both domestic and international passengers. [Note: The Thaiger believes the airport said “Terminal 4” but perhaps meant the fourth floor of the terminal.]

      The PVS system is intended to speed up the process of screening passengers, making it more efficient while simultaneously giving a boost to Suvarnabhumi Airport’s security, according to an announcement by airport officials yesterday.

      The new systems will bring Bangkok’s main airport up to international standards in passenger security, requiring passengers to go through an automated screening process at kiosks. Travellers will have their boarding passes scanned by the PVS reader, whether they are paper documents or e-boarding passes, and the system will retrieve their travel information.

      Airport employees will still be on hand at nearby counters to help with any questions and guide any confused customers through the PVS automation system. The PVS will confirm each passenger’s travel information and provide an extra layer of security against fraud, as the airport explained.

      “The PVS will ensure that [the] passenger screening process is fast and accurate, and will prevent unauthorised persons from entering restricted or flight-controlled areas. This system will also prevent the reuse of boarding passes that have already been scanned.”
      The programme will launch first in Terminal 4 and initially have 15 counters spread around the terminal.
      • For Foreign Travellers:
        • Zone 2, rows J-K will have two counters for outgoing travellers
        • Zone 3, rows S-T will have three counters for foreigners
      • For Thai Nationals:
        • Rows C-D will have eight counters for outgoing travellers
      There are an additional two check-in counters in rows L-M that was not clarified if they were for Thai passport holders or foreign passport holders. Anyone with questions about the programme can call 1722 to speak with Suvarnabhumi Airport’s call centre.

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