Thai airport opens premium lane to same-sex couples

“Amazing Romance” mascot
Photo by Michael Nassar

Same-sex couples visiting Thailand this month will find they can use a premium lane to skip the immigration lines at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. This perk is part of the country’s tourism agency’s “Amazing Thailand, Amazing Romance” campaign.

According to a press statement quoted by the website Fridae, the Tourism Authority of Thailand aims to “enable couples, straight or gay, traveling together to expedite their arrival in Thailand.”

Fridae explains:

Couples who visit the “Amazing Thailand, Amazing Romance” counters — located at both the East Concord (which receives passengers from Gates A, B, and C) and the West Concord (which receives passengers from Gates E, F, and G) — can register for the “premium lane” and avoid traffic at immigration…. Once registered, travelers will be given pink heart-shaped stickers with the “Amazing Romance” logo, which will entitle the holders to use the “premium lane” for a fast track through the immigration process. Registrants also will be given key chains with the Thailand tourism mascot, “Sook Jai (Happiness),” to welcome them to Thailand. The counters will open between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. and that souvenirs are limited in numbers.