Leaving BKK - in Transit

Old Aug 20, 18, 11:41 am
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Leaving BKK - in Transit

Hello,

I'll be transiting through BKK soon and was wondering whether it is possible to leave the international departures area after arrival?

I'll be doing SIN-BKK-NRT on SQ followed by TG.
I'm currently planning on grabbing my BP from TG transfer desk (does this exist?) and checking into the air side transit hotel.

Our layover is quite long, and got me thinking I may want to visit the city after getting some rest. How do I go about leaving BKK at this point.

Side note, I also read somewhere that it's not possible to check through luggage if layover is more than 12hours with TG at BKK. Is this true?
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Old Aug 20, 18, 11:44 am
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No problem at all. There is no requirement for you to stay airside.
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Old Aug 20, 18, 1:20 pm
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Yes, there are TG transit desks, located in the Concourse intersections of B/C/D and D/E/F/G. SQ aircraft arrive at gate D4/5/6 immediately into immigration arrivals.

If you do go landslide and enjoy Bangkok, then be aware that you might be charged the (unpaid) departure tax when you pass back through immigration (US$ 20). If in J on your TG flight and you already have your boarding pass then this is even less likely.

Absolutely I would recommend going into the city.
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Old Aug 20, 18, 6:36 pm
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you did not tell us, whether you fly on separate tickets or on one. If on one SQ should issue boarding pass for TG flight in Singapore already; if on two, you will certainly not have to pay airport tax in BKK when leaving airside (but even on one, you might not have to)
Transit desks are now AFTER transit security on departure level. So either you leave airside through normal arrival (and get your boarding pass later at normal check in) or you go through transit security, get your boarding pass and then stay airside (but even from there you can go back landside)
check through luggage is actually decided by SQ in Singapore. for 12-24 hours transit, TG is sometimes reluctant, but so far I always could check through (you have to tell them that you stay airside). But as I said, in this case SQ will decide...
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Old Aug 20, 18, 10:13 pm
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Thanks for the replies.

It's all on one ticket. SQ J connecting to TG F.

Sounds like I may be asked to pay for the departure tax. Does this have to be paid in cash?

Is it simple to go to TG transit desk, get a TG BP, then exit to landside?
Am I able to go to entry immigration myself or do I need to be escorted?
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Old Aug 20, 18, 11:32 pm
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If it is all on one ticket, SQ should be able to issue your BP upon check-in in SIN. Alternatively, go get the BP at the TG transfer desk. In either case, you can proceed to the Premium Lane immigration instead of transit by yourself as a normal arriving passenger. All very simple, so enjoy your time in BKK! If you need recommendations for things to do/eat/etc, there is plenty of advice to gain from this forum too

The departure tax may or may not be asked for - I believe if you have the BP already and thereby bypass the check-in desks in BKK, you will likely be fine. If you want to be covered for both scenarios, just have 700 THB with you in cash just in case.
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Old Aug 21, 18, 6:15 am
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Make sure that your nationality passport does not require a Visa. I have done what you want to do without any problem. There is a train to the city from the airport connecting to the BTS train system. It is very doable and much better then sitting in the airport.
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Old Aug 22, 18, 7:53 pm
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You should receive both boarding passes at SIN and your bags tagged all the way to NRT.

We have had quite a few "transits" of up to 24 hours where our bags are tagged through to our final airport.

We have never been asked to pay the "departure fee" when we return back at BKK but then again YMMV. Technically you have to pay it if you haven't done so - how they know or how they enforce it, is another thing.

I recall previously they had A4 sized signs displayed at border control that if you are a transit passenger and going landside, you have to pay the 700BHT departure fee. However I did not see that sign when we went through BKK 10 days ago.
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Old Aug 22, 18, 8:17 pm
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We have never been asked to pay the "departure fee" when we return back at BKK but then again YMMV. Technically you have to pay it if you haven't done so - how they know or how they enforce it, is another thing.
If you collect a BP at landside check-in most likely the check-in agent will notice that you are in transit and has not paid Thai dep. tax. Besides from that, the immigration officer at Thai exit immigration is supposed to check that your BP is issued at BKK (place of issue is stated on your BP with small letters) and to send you back to check-in for a new BP if your BP is issued elsewhere than BKK. Whether in fact the officer will notice it is the question and the reason that it has been reported many times in this forum that Thai dep. tax is often not collected when re-entering the transit area after having been landside at BKK on a transit ticket.
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Old Aug 29, 18, 3:23 am
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Originally Posted by pentiumvi View Post

Sounds like I may be asked to pay for the departure tax. Does this have to be paid in cash?

Is it simple to go to TG transit desk, get a TG BP, then exit to landside?
Am I able to go to entry immigration myself or do I need to be escorted?
Yes, only cash and only in Baht. 700 to be precise.

There's no need for an escort but TG C/F exit immi could bring about the need to pay departure tax. If there are big lines at the regular immi halls you might decide that paying 700 THB is a risk worth taking.
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Old Sep 1, 18, 5:32 pm
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Just came back from my trip.

SQ was unable to issue BP for TG in SIN.
I ended up leaving BKK after arrival and spending the afternoon/evening in city.

After returning to BKK, went to TG checkin counter and got my BP, no questions asked about departure tax.

Went through exit immigration no issues either.
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Old Sep 2, 18, 12:18 am
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Thanks for the data point.
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Old Sep 2, 18, 9:44 am
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Thanks for sharing.

Just to add/explain. Once your BP was issued at BKK there is nothing that tells the immigration officer that Thai dep. tax hasn't been paid. So exit immigration wasn't a concern (anymore) with a BP issued at BKK in your hand. The risk was if the check-in agent had noticed that Thai dep. had to be collected.
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