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BANGKOK 17 June 2019 08:08
surreybloke

Urgent passport issue

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Sorry for this and I guess the answer is simple.   I am travelling to Thailand soon and just realised my passport is just under 6 months from expiring.  Is the 6 month thing enforced and will I get on the plane

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Are you flying direct with no stops at all?

 

In fact it won't matter how you're flying if they do enforce the 6 month rule

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You won’t be able to apply for a visa if you have less than 6 months. But if you’ve already got a visa, or are entering under visa exemption, you shouldn’t have a problem entering the country.

 

Immigration only want to see that you have sufficient time for the length of your stay. If less they would limit your stay to the remaining time.

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The airlines use a system called Timatic to check passport requirements.  There are various ways for individuals to access this system - I use this one via Emirates' website.

 

https://www.emirates.com/english/before-you-fly/visa-passport-information/find-visa-requirements-results.aspx

 

You will see Thailand has no "6 month rule" and you can put in transit countries if you have any.

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Phew thanks for good replies .   Ok it is a few days under the 6 months.    To be honest I feel a tad embarrassed.  

It is for a thirty day exemption.    I have just popped round to t2 and had a word with some of the staff at the check in .  The staff looked at the info on screens and saw no issues.  I did have look on the embassy website under faqs .  FAQ can I travel with less than 6 months and the answer essentially says it is all done to discretion of airline and immigration staff.   

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Enter your data here:

https://klm.traveldoc.aero/

This will query the database used by airlines (not KLM specific).

I entered some fictitious data with passport validity of 5 months (travel in June, pp exp in Nov):

"You are ready to go".

 

If some nervous check-in staff complains, you have to ask for a superior.

 

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1 minute ago, KhunBENQ said:

Enter your data here:

https://klm.traveldoc.aero/

This will query the database used by airlines.

I entered some fictive data with passport validity of 5 months (travel in June, pp exp in Nov):

"You are ready to go".

 

If some nervous check-in staff complains, you have to ask for a superior.

With most airlines, you are correct. However, airlines are under no compulsion to use those guideline, and some airlines have a (simple) blanket rule that they insist on a minimum six month validity.

[I speculate that airlines insisting on six months have one eye on the consequences if you are denied entry for any reason. They are then obliged to remove you from Thailand, and a passport with limited travel options could increase their costs.]

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10 minutes ago, BritTim said:

With most airlines, you are correct. However, airlines are under no compulsion to use those guideline,

This throws the OP back to ask the airline.

 

Which airline is it?

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1 hour ago, KhunBENQ said:

This throws the OP back to ask the airline.

 

Which airline is it?

If It's Air France.................Forget it, Go & Get a New Passport.....

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28 minutes ago, Nong Khai Man said:

If It's Air France.................Forget it, Go & Get a New Passport.....

British Airways no prob.

https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/passports-visas-and-api

->

http://www.iatatravelcentre.com/passport-visa-health-travel-document-requirements.htm

Only hinting to have sufficient funds to show at arrival.

 

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