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Online Taman Tun

Airport Immigration Queues
« on: October 17, 2015, 03:31:16 PM »
Over the years I have become a keen student of Immigration Queues at Airports.  How do you decide which queue to join?  What are the queues to avoid?  Of course, some airports spoil all the fun by having a single zig zagging queue where you are directed to a particular desk when you reach the head of the queue.
 
I have never seen any articles about this topic in any newspaper or magazine, probably because you very rapidly end up in extreme non-PC territory.  No doubt my findings will cause great offence to the PC brigade!

The number one queue line to avoid at any cost is the one containing large numbers of young Indian men.  For whatever reason, a long wait can be guaranteed.
 
Another line to avoid is one containing lots of backpackers.  They are always very disorganized in terms of not having the correct documents to hand. 

Also, the Immigration staff can make a huge difference between having a miserable experience or a reasonably happy arrival.  On the basis of recent experience I want to make a couple of TT Awards as follows:-

The TT Three buckets of Manure Award for the worst Immigration Staff:-  Dubai Terminal 1

The TT Three Golden Stars to the most friendly and efficient Immigration Staff:- Riyadh King Khalid International Airport
“No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have searched the record for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people.” - H L Mencken
 

Offline thaiwidowsandexpats

Re: Airport Immigration Queues
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2015, 04:26:34 PM »
You can't go wrong with the single line "post office" queuing system.

If you are 50th in the queue you will be 50th to be served.
 

Online Taman Tun

Re: Airport Immigration Queues
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2015, 09:58:30 AM »
The single line "post office" queue is a dreary socialist concept which stifles all individual initiative. 
“No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have searched the record for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people.” - H L Mencken
 

Offline thaiga

Re: Airport Immigration Queues
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2015, 04:25:46 PM »
Yes thaiwidowsandexpats, i agree.
I understood your post, but the one from our mr.trip advisor has me baffled  :uhm
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

Offline thaiga

Re: Airport Immigration Queues
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2015, 12:18:42 PM »
So what are the best and worse airports in the world

Vietnam scrambles for quick action after Tan Son Nhat named among worst airports.



Vietnam ain't looking to healthy as Tan Son Nhat named among worst airports. It took the fourth place in the regional blacklist for Asia, from the eighth position last year.
According to an article from englishnews.thaipbs.or.th.

Starting with ASIA the best airports in Asia are far more than just the best on the continent – many of them are ranked the best in the world!

A layover or visit here begins with airports that are reliably clean, comfortable, convenient and friendly.

These are the Top 10 Best Airports in Asia. They are based on overall airport experience as determined by voters in sleepinginairports.net. in there 2015 Airport Survey.

1. Singapore Changi International Airport, Singapore (SIN)


Absolutely fantastic! First time visiting an Asian region airport and I was a bit skeptical. Would definitely make my layover alot longer next time! - a traveller

2. Seoul Incheon International Airport, South Korea (ICN)


Rest and relaxation area was a quiet haven and respite from the departure area below. - a traveller

3. Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Japan (HND)

4. Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, Taiwan (TPE)

5. Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong (HKG)

6. Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia (KUL)

7. Osaka Kansai International Airport, Japan (KIX)

8. New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport, India (DEL)

9. Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, India (HYD)

10. Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, India (BOM)

Thanks to sleepinginairports.net. for the info.

Do you agree or disagree with these results - Tell us about your airport experiences.
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Offline Roger

Re: Airport Immigration Queues
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2015, 10:49:04 AM »
I remember lining up at Kaduna airport, Northern Nigeria, in a supplementary queue to 'validate boarding passes' for a Lagos flight. The pressure of the crowd on the desk and operator was such that the desk and he, was being pushed backwards. Myself and Mrs R got aboard eventually, accessing the B707 ? through a stepway under the rear of the plane ? and when the door was closed, a forlorn line of about 50 folks was left standing on the runway.
You lot out here are spoilt LOL.
Suvarnabhumi is not perfect but arrival at LHR puts it in perspective.
(Btw loved the photo earlier of a line of shoes in queue order. Great!).
 

Offline thaiga

Re: Airport Immigration Queues
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2015, 02:46:59 PM »
IMO you cannot judge an airport on a single visit.

On your arrival it might be a busy time when other arrivals land at the same time making the immig que busy, people not having the right documents to hand or even the immig officer got out of the wrong side of bed.

Spoilt could be roger.

I remember walking out to the tarmac, "DAN AIR" Spain here we come.  8)

Freddy laker anybody
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Offline thaiga

Re: Airport Immigration Queues - New Immigration wheelchair service
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2015, 06:08:51 PM »
        I thought this clip was appropiate for the thread  - New Immigration wheelchair service

New Immigration wheelchair service


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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Airport Immigration Queues - New Immigration wheelchair service
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2015, 10:32:45 AM »
My 85-year old mother came to Thailand last week, using the wheelchair service by the airline. She was brought from the plane to our waiting minibus and through immigration very fast, though "at a price". The "price" was the Immigration officer screwing up with the entry stamp.

To avoid having to extend her visa over 3 months at Dankwian or by a visa-run she had obtained a Non-Immigrant "O-A" in Germany already. The Immigration officer at the airport must have been in such a hurry that he didn't understand the category of the visa or grabbed the wrong stamp; back in Korat I had to notice that he gave her an entry stamp "Admitted until..." for 90 days only like for a Non-Immigrant "O".

But to stick to the full truth this probably wasn't the Immigration officer's fault alone: my mother's fairly new passport already had a page left blank by the Thai consulate in Frankfurt before the affixed Non-"O" visa from last year, that was still valid. After that still valid Non-"O" came other stamps, then two pages left blank by the Thai consulate before the newly affixed Non-"O-A". So, the officer at Bangkok airport could hardly be blamed for not searching any further through her passport after two blank pages, especially since there was a blank page also before the still valid Non-"O" from last year. So he put his stamp for 90 days entry on that first blank page before all visas and stamps.

I've sent an email to the Thai consulate in Frankfurt yesterday, asking how to fix that problem with the wrong entry stamp without much running around and no further costs. I will report here, how things went.

When you successfully obtain a non-imm o-a multi entry visa it will have a date of issue and an enter-before-date. Each time you step out of Thailand and return prior to the enter-before-date, you will receive a year extension, which means that if you schedule your last exit/entry just before the enter-before-date of your visa, you will get close to two years off that single visa.

That's what she asked at the Thai consulate in Frankfurt, but she got the answer, that at a second entry she could get a 90-day entry stamp only.
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