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BANGKOK 22 March 2019 17:07
scubascuba3

Shall i get a new passport in the UK

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I'm due back to the UK in March for a week to get another METV, the plan is to apply for an Non imm O later this year. Anyway, my passport is only 2.5 years old but has quite a few Cambodia stamps already, probably half full. Just wondering while I'm back in the UK whether its worthwhile to get a new passport? i.e. so it looks cleaner. This will be my final METV and then the border runs are not needed anymore. No issues at all ever on entry or exit but i want to avoid any issues on my return to Bangkok airport in April.

 

Is it worth getting a new passport? It's about £180 to pick up in one day

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16 minutes ago, scubascuba3 said:

Is it worth getting a new passport? It's about £180 to pick up in one day

 

I would say yes, my passport is half full after 2 years and 180 pounds isn't much for the convenience.

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Many will say why bother. Personally I think its a good idea. I have renewed an oz one in bkk and it was a lot more than if I had done it in oz. Also I have read news articles in au papers of folk having trouble flights to Bali if slightest damage, and I mean slight to pp.
Personally have noticed change at Saigon. io looking at my passport in detail. Not for stamps just looking where pages are fixed to spine etc
I agree if any damage to get a new one. Mine is perfect condition and has enough pages left for a few years, its just whether getting a new one to get rid of all the stamps is worthwhile, also will mean i could probably go another 10 years without replacing again

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Once you get the Non-O, the previous stamps don't matter. It's just making it to that point.

 

I think if it was me I would go for the new one anyway, why not get it done within one day rather than having to go through the grief of renewing from Thailand at a later date? (Unless you plan to go back to UK periodically). 

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1 hour ago, scubascuba3 said:

Non imm O

Based on marriage? if you dont mind me asking

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7 minutes ago, scubascuba3 said:
1 hour ago, BigT73 said:
Based on marriage? if you dont mind me asking

Retirement over 50

Ahh golden 50!  if your getting the retirement visa  and staying here fulltime I personally I would get a new passport.  A fresh start before your non o and plenty of pages if you want to travel around asia once your here fulltime.  Its more costly and a pain to get a new one here.

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If you're already over 50, best is to get an O-A, otherwise it is OK to get an METV. I am not sure why a new passport is required. With an METV, you can fly to KL and then to Penang and then take a train to cross the border. Guaranteed no problem. 

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Correct me if i'm wrong but even with a new passport immigration are still able to see your entries to Thailand on their computer system, or am i missing something?

 

I have 2 valid passports and am sometimes asked why i'm showing a different one while entering than the last time i left.

 

I have a Non-O ( if that's a factor? ).

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6 minutes ago, onera1961 said:

If you're already over 50, best is to get an O-A

That advice is not really pertinent for the OP.

You may not be familiar with the O-A process for the London Embassy. The document collation, certification and application process are not straightforward and would take even the most efficient applicant over a week.

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2 hours ago, chrisinth said:

Once you get the Non-O, the previous stamps don't matter. It's just making it to that point.

My experience too. My passport is about half full with older tourist visa entries (mostly triples), and more recently non o/a and extensions. Never had an issue, so while I agree it looks better, and in the UK is the best place to get it done, I personally don't think I'd bother. 

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1 hour ago, Briggsy said:

That advice is not really pertinent for the OP.

You may not be familiar with the O-A process for the London Embassy. The document collation, certification and application process are not straightforward and would take even the most efficient applicant over a week.

No I am not. But I wonder how long does it take to convert Tourist to Non-O and then extension inside Thailand? O-A is still the best option, though I am changing my views towards 800K in the bank method due to strengthening of baht unabated. 

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A new-passport does not guarantee no problems at a Bangkok airport, though might help.  A detour to enter Thailand by-land (Penang / Train) would be the sure-thing way to enter, and additional-costs for the detour offset by not having to buy the new passport.  A rejected-entry on a long-hop is a big gamble, even if the odds of problems occurring are small.

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3 hours ago, JaiLai said:

Correct me if i'm wrong but even with a new passport immigration are still able to see your entries to Thailand on their computer system, or am i missing something?

I have 2 valid passports and am sometimes asked why i'm showing a different one while entering than the last time i left.

I have a Non-O ( if that's a factor? ).

So why do the land border immigration spend 15 minutes paging back and forth through my passport when I leave/enter? (always non-o)

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