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Passport Renewal

Post by LoneTraveler » July 20, 2020, 1:13 pm

I need to renew passport. Bangkok Embassy states "only by mail" and current passport must be included (no exceptions)

My concern is, what if I am asked for my passport by the "powers that be" while my new passport is being processed? I do have copies but will a copy suffice? Also, there are delays in passport renewals so not sure how long it will take to process beyond the 2 weeks because of Corona 19. Web site cannot pin point date of new passport arrival.

Immigration response ambiguous. Appreciate any one whom has had experience?



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Re: Passport Renewal

Post by 747man » July 20, 2020, 4:26 pm

LoneTraveler wrote:
July 20, 2020, 1:13 pm
I need to renew passport. Bangkok Embassy states "only by mail" and current passport must be included (no exceptions)

My concern is, what if I am asked for my passport by the "powers that be" while my new passport is being processed? I do have copies but will a copy suffice? Also, there are delays in passport renewals so not sure how long it will take to process beyond the 2 weeks because of Corona 19. Web site cannot pin point date of new passport arrival.

Immigration response ambiguous. Appreciate any one whom has had experience?
Which Embassy Mate ?? :-k :-k :-k

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Re: Passport Renewal

Post by tamada » July 20, 2020, 6:45 pm

<doh!>
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Post by TAXIfor7/11 » July 20, 2020, 6:58 pm

If you don,t fancy a trip back to bangkok to pick new passport up leave old passport with agent downstairs she will pick your new passport up for you and EMS both back to you for 300 baht.

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Post by 747man » July 20, 2020, 7:27 pm

, I just read a UK news article that said the passport office in Birkenhead " Eh ?? There Ain't NO Passport Office in Jirkenbed Tam......These Are The Only Passport Offices in the U.K.

Belfast

0289 560 7156 Book Appointment >> Contact Details >>
Durham

0191 389 8109 Book Appointment >> Contact Details >>
Glasgow

0141 249 0155 Book Appointment >> Contact Details >>
Liverpool

0151 230 1282 Book Appointment >> Contact Details >>
London

0203 701 2915 Book Appointment >> Contact Details >>
Newport

0163 344 9604 Book Appointment >> Contact Details >>
Peterborough

0173 386 0995 Book Appointment >> Contact Details >>

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Re: Passport Renewal

Post by jackspratt » July 20, 2020, 7:29 pm

As an American, shouldn't his application go to the US Embassy?

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Post by tamada » July 20, 2020, 7:35 pm

^ The "Bangkok embassy" bit got me... Doh!!!!

Didn't know the OP wasn't a Serbo-Croat either.

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Post by jackspratt » July 20, 2020, 8:08 pm

Or the other ~70 embassies in Bangkok.

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Re: Passport Renewal

Post by jackspratt » July 20, 2020, 8:19 pm

For the OP - I have no experience of being without a passport here, but I reckon it is a question of odds.

How long have you been living in Thailand, and in that time - other than a visit to Immigration, or somewhere else (bank etc) that has required your passport as ID - have you been randomly asked to produce your passport?

In my case, never. In your case, you say you have copies, plus a good reason why you don't have the original - which is easily confirmed by the expiry date you can show in the copy.

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Post by Zidane » July 21, 2020, 9:19 am

I agree with Jack. The chances of you being asked to produce your passport are minimal unless you go out socialising in the wee hours regularly and drive home.
And there is supposedly still the "amnesty" till 26 September so even less chance of you being stopped ?
If you have a copy with the visa/passport expiry date you should be fine.
Just when I thought our chance had passed,you go and save the best for last.

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Post by kopkei » July 21, 2020, 1:12 pm

end this year 19 years in los and never had to show my passport once , my phone has a photo of it ,as a photo of visa stamp extension and arrival card ,never needed also ...but we never know... ;)

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Post by stattointhailand » July 21, 2020, 11:57 pm

Funny? every time I check into a hotel I get asked for mine

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Re: Passport Renewal

Post by Khun Paul » July 22, 2020, 6:10 am

After reading in a UK newspaper of the horrendous delays in renewing a passport and that is if you are there, I think to start the application at least 9 months before the current passport expires will ensure that I will have a new one in plenty of time . No point in running around like a headless chicken, plan and execute to save the stress, I do not really care if I lose 6 months of the current one either.

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Re: Passport Renewal

Post by Doodoo » July 22, 2020, 9:22 pm

Coronavirus: UK passport application backlog reaches 400,000

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-53494998?fb ... 3DJpYLRupo

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Post by Stantheman » July 23, 2020, 2:36 am

Doodoo wrote:
July 22, 2020, 9:22 pm
Coronavirus: UK passport application backlog reaches 400,000

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-53494998?fb ... 3DJpYLRupo
If you read the article actually backlog is 126,000, which is still a lot to process

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Re: Passport Renewal

Post by Doodoo » July 23, 2020, 6:10 am

Stan
Reread the article it says
As of 7 July, she said, work was under way on about 126,000 passport applications - 31% higher than at the same period last year. Working on, not backlogged
Further down the article The Minister said "The minister pointed out a further 284,000 applications would "need to be worked through in the coming weeks once initial documentation has been received and allocated"."

So 284,000 plus 126,000 is just over 400,000

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