12:30 Hours Transit On Bangkok Airport with Pakistani Passport
Replies: 39 - Last Post: Dec 10, 2012 8:31 AM Last Post By: friendly_checki...
Dec 7, 2012 3:41 PM
12:30 Hours Transit On Bangkok Airport with Pakistani PassportHi ,
I am in a bit of a trouble ,
I recently bought a ticket for Sydney to Lahore Pakistan with a 12:30 hours transit in Bangkok in between
I hold a Pakistani passport and the inexperienced travel agent told me after 3 days of fare payment that I will need a transit visa as my stay is over 12 hours even if i do not go out from the airport premises therefore I shall heck with thai embassy/air lines and all he has to do is sell the ticket :( :(
.....quite shocking as I had already paid the ticket fare and have to fly on 22nd Dec.
it takes 3 weeks to get a transit visa for Thailand for Pakistani passport holders and getting that will not be possible now.
Any one aware of any option I have ? Please share.
Dec 7, 2012 5:53 PM
1Whats your status in Australia? Visitor? Long term resident?
Dec 7, 2012 7:33 PM
2Westwood - it does not matter about the OP's Australian status. If the OP only holds a Pakistani passport then a transit visa will be required as per thai Cosulate Hobart.
This type of visa will be issued to applicants wishing to enter the Kingdom of Thailand for the following purposes:
To travel in transit through the Kingdom or at the airport exceeding 12 hours in order to proceed to the country of destination or to re-enter his/her own country (category "TS") (requiring proof of confirmed onward ticket to a Third country)
Pakistanis are on the transit visa list.
Dec 7, 2012 7:46 PM
Dec 7, 2012 7:53 PM
Dec 7, 2012 8:09 PM
Dec 7, 2012 10:17 PM
Dec 7, 2012 10:21 PM
Dec 7, 2012 10:30 PM
8I've just found what I read before but I've just realized itn says for Thailand Embassy in Singapore. sorry.
But says same on Thailand Embassy Sydney web site:-
IMPORTANT NOTE: Update on 29 March 2012
An applicant must hold a valid Australian Permanent or Temporary Resident visa However, some certain categories of visas are not accepted, for example, Business short stay visa 456, Visitor visa and etc.
FORM B; Visa processing time takes up to 3 weeks excluding the day of lodgment. (Iraq and Afghanistan may take up to 2 months)
There is NO URGENT PROCESSING VISA.
You might have to consider changing your flight to a later date.
Edited by: westwood
Dec 7, 2012 10:47 PM
912 hours / 12.5 hours. 30 minutes difference! Unless they won't let you on the aircraft in Sydney (and that would surprise me) I wouldn't stress about that at all.
Maybe your flight will be 31 minutes late arriving Bangkok, in which case you'll be entirely legal anyway.
Head for Transfer Desk on arrival BKK, or maybe you'll get two sets of boarding passes at SYD. I think you'll only have problems if you try to leave airside during your transit, and obviously you won't do that!
Where's Friendly Checkin Girl when you need her?!
Dec 7, 2012 11:35 PM
10Come on, you and I both know that check ins from Australia and New Zealand are likely to err on the side of caution when it comes to flights to Thailand. Even though in this case OP has an onward ticket. Maybe he needs to get something in writing either way from the airline concerned re the visa. Will they carry him or not without a visa.
Dec 8, 2012 2:08 AM
Dec 8, 2012 6:30 AM
Dec 8, 2012 6:57 AM
Yes you got a problem. Try obviously to do something beforehand, if that does not work you got a plan B? If you cannot change your ticket (plead with the guys) then is there any merit in trying to board the plane rather than just giving up? 12.5 hours, by the time you leave the plane - being the last off - and get (last) in the queues etc that 30 minutes will have gone. Not the best of plans but the best I can come up with if all else goes wrong.
Dec 8, 2012 12:53 PM
14OP you need to contact your airline. You are obviously flying TG472 onto TG345 with TG345 being the first available connection to Lahore with Thai International. I've just phoned the Thai colleagues at my airport and they said it's unheard of someone being refused TWOV in the situation you have described and for the reasons you have given. Here they would just send a telex ahead to Bangkok confirming your arrival.
If I were you, you still have time to contact Thai International, get them to already telex Bangkok, clear it ahead of time for your peace of mind and have something in writing in your hand saying that all is OK. Thai International cannot offer you an earlier connection and my Thai colleagues are pretty certain there will be no problem. Failing this however (after all no guarantees in life !), your agent has to make good by rebooking you free of charge, don't fall for ANY rebooking fees as you bought a SYD - LHE ticket and he failed to provide something that you can use.
Good luck and let us know.
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