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Clearing customs at BKK airport

Posted by marianwarren on 16/5/2006 at 06:08


Am looking for approximate time to clear customs as I want to book an ongoing flight to Chiang Mai. I believe it is cheaper to advance book than to walk on, also some flights (NokAir) have varying prices according to time of flight.

Any guesstimates will be gratefully accepted.

Kind Regards


#1 marianwarren has been a member since 12/3/2006. Posts: 270

Posted by somtam2000 on 16/5/2006 at 06:27 admin

Hi Marian,

It really depends how long the queues are -- I've been off the plane and through customs in as little as 10 minutes. I guess an average is around 30-40 minutes. You'll also need to change terminals which will take an extra ten minutes.

Why do your messages always go through twice -- weird!

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Posted by exacto on 16/5/2006 at 07:42


Somtam is right. The amount of time varies, but I could usually count on getting through the immigration queue, collecting my baggage, and walking past customs in about 45 minutes or less.

If you need to apply for a visa on arrival (as opposed to just get stamped in like most folks from western countries do), that will add some time to your wait. Unless you are on a large and particularly crowded flight, you'll probably only have a few minutes from the time you clear immigration until your bags begin to show up at baggage claim.

Usually, tourists just walk through the green line at customs, handing the customs form to the bored-out-of-their-minds customs inspectors.

To get to the domestic terminal, you can either catch the free shuttle bus out in front of the terminal, or walk (using a free luggage cart) via the covered and air conditioned walkway. The last time I was in town, there was also a golf cart picking up people and giving them rides through the covered walkway. How's that for first class?

For Somtam: Any idea how the switch from international to domestic flights will change once the new airport is open?

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Posted by marianwarren on 16/5/2006 at 14:48

Thanks for the info guys. So I should be through customs and at the domestic terminal within an hour. Sounds good, I prefer not to have to hang around any longer than necessary.

I don't have a clue why my posts double up, I only hit the post message button once. Wish it didn't happen 'cos it makes me look like a complete dweeb.

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