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BANGKOK 20 March 2019 14:21
OneMoreFarang

How often were you asked to show your passport?

How often were you asked to show your passport?  

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20 years, never at random. Only banks for ID. 

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I never carry my passport unless I’m flying.

In Bangkok at Fortune Town on Asoke at Rama 9 

I get my passport and TM card photographed and 

lamenated for 30 baht. Next to Big Camera, second floor.

Only had to show it for phone and SIM card purchase.

Also carry a photo of passport in my smartphone.

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Only when opening a bank account. 

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Not counting when opening bank accounts or withdrawing cash over the counter, etc. and of course excluding Immigration, I would say probably about three times that I can remember at traffic stops in the last 20 plus years.  This was before I had my Thai Driving license. 

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never in any inappropriate place.. never by police... 

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carry a copy of my passport and stamped copy of my Non O issued by immigration

in all my time in Bangkok over 3 years doing exercise  shopping out for meals ect  never been asked to show any of them  

 

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As many people above, never been asked for my passport by policemen.

I always carry my Thai Driving Licence as ID.

Only my bank insists to see my passport for some operations. (good :wink:)

 

2 exceptions :

- I needed to show my passport to Army several times, at check-points of big busses driving not far the Cambodian border (Trat, Sa Kaeo, Poi Pet, …)

- a few cases of Police + Immigration Officers doing checking late at night (early morning?) in some Pattaya's discos. Cases of farangs (or foreigners) being arrested and brought to the Police Station for not showing their passport.

 

As a rule, my DL is enough when I stay in my area but I now take my Passport when traveling in Thailand (Bangkok, Isaan,...). Hotels insist for it more than before, and if unlucky to get checked you could be in serious trouble if at hundreds of km of your passport...

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20 hours ago, BritManToo said:

Bank/hotel/aircraft/SIM card purchase ........... that's it for the past 10 years.

+ Hosp appointment, purchase insurance

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8 minutes ago, theoldgit said:

+ Hosp appointment, purchase insurance

Insurance, tax and roadworthy check are the only places that never ask me for any ID, just the vehicle book.

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2 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

Insurance, tax and roadworthy check are the only places that never ask me for any ID, just the vehicle book.

I was asked for sight of my passport when I took out accident insurance, not sure that it was really required, I suspect that it was just second nature to ask, never asked for my car insurance or the annual roadworthy glance.

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Stopped while driving in Phuket 30 years ago. Was asked for passport but didn't have it with me. Offered my UK driving licence, which was accepted. Never been asked since, except for Immigration, banking, acquiring yellow book and then ID card. 

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Once in thirty three years that is other than bank, hotel, border, immigration, I had a car crash and had show my international driving license which was with my passport.

The police were called, I'd been hit up the rear by a bus, no injuries but lots of arguing, the bus driver was told that he was in the wrong and the bus company had to pay the repairs.

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Never had a random check on the street in fifteen years. 

 

Had to show my driving licence at road checks several times.

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