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I’d rather have it with me when traveling away from home for a multitude of non flight related reasons. 

What an excellent answer, very helpful. 

Air Asia has accepted my Thai DL as ID, one year ago, for a flight Utapao to Chiang Mai. (but I had my Passport with me in case of DL refused 😉 )  

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The answer is I don’t know however I have used my Thai drivers license on many occasions such as staying at hotels I always have a copy of my passport and visa status on my mobile just in case 

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16 minutes ago, sexyman said:

I thought it was compulsory to have a passport on you at all times in Thailand.

I have mine on my mobile stopped by police once just pulled out my phone  

and they sent me on my way with a salute and a smile 😜

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On 7/14/2020 at 9:50 AM, Peterw42 said:

Any Government issed photo ID is usually accepted. If you check on the airline website when you book, there will be a section that covers their specific requirements.

Airlines often dont accept Pink ID as its in Thai, not the same language as the booking

Not 100%correct, Pink ID Card is not accepted as it is considered a valid document ONLY in the issuing Province....

Also mentioned on the rear side of ID Card in Thai. Drivers license is accepted...;

 

 

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I've been on 4 flights since the lockdown ended. Each time I was required to use the AOT app and it does require a picture be taken of my passport (you can do all of this before going to the airport and just show the screen shot).

 

I'm in the camp that it is prudent to carry your passport if you're traveling to another city. I put mine in the hotel safe when I arrive and take it out when I depart. 

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13 minutes ago, jomtienisgood said:

Not 100%correct, Pink ID Card is not accepted as it is considered a valid document ONLY in the issuing Province....

Also mentioned on the rear side of ID Card in Thai. Drivers license is accepted...;

 

 

I am afraid you are incorrect. It is a myth that people like yourself perpetuate. Read the back of the Pink ID it says nothing about the ID is only valid in the issuing province. It says people without travel documents, ie: burmese condo builders without a passport, are not allowed to travel using the ID.

There is no restriction on travel or use of pink ID card in other provinces for a foreigner with travel documents.

Again, if an airline doesn't accept a pink ID for check in, it is because its in a different language to the booking.

 

 

 

 

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Took beat me to it.  That's exactly why you need your passport if you are using a hotel.  I wouldn't risk travelling without it.  In any event isn't it a current Covid-19 requirement that Farangs must carry their passport while travelling outside their Province?  Anyone.

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3 hours ago, crazykopite said:

I have mine on my mobile stopped by police once just pulled out my phone  

and they sent me on my way with a salute and a smile 😜

Thought what a jolly nice phone?

I find a teenage daughter, who looks "falang" but speaks Thai as her first language, jolly useful!  Got a fine for a minor traffic violation reduced from B2000 to B250 last year. Policeman was a bit idle though, no salute!

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My understanding is that a pink card is not acceptable, because 1. it does not carry your passport number, 2. the name etc. are in Thai, and 3. it is, in theory at least, only valid in the province of issue.

 

Your Thai DL does carry your passport number, but there could be a problem if you have renewed your passport since the last renewal of the DL, as the numbers won't match.

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The pink id card says that the holder may not leave the amphoe unless he has a passport (or some other permit).

Airlines probably don't want to assist in any potential illegal activity, so they ask to see the passport to confirm that you may leave the amphoe.

Just showing the passport and not mentioning the pink id card is obviously the easier procedure.

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Drivers license is normally oK for domestic flights. I'd carry the passport just in case but like that first person said, why not drive? Much more interesting and less bureaucracy. Myself I haven't taken a domestic flight in many years and chances are I may never take one again.

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3 hours ago, jackdd said:

The pink id card says that the holder may not leave the amphoe unless he has a passport (or some other permit).

Airlines probably don't want to assist in any potential illegal activity, so they ask to see the passport to confirm that you may leave the amphoe.

Just showing the passport and not mentioning the pink id card is obviously the easier procedure.

Bangkok air lists Pink ID on their website as acceptable ID.

If its not accepted by an airline, its because its in a different language (Thai) to the booking (English). 

 

 

Foreign Passenger

  • Passport or another identity document issued by the embassy of citizenship such as an Emergency passport or Emergency travel certificate.
  • Non-Thai Identification Card (Alien Card) or another identity document issued under the Alien Registration Act B.E. 2493.
  • Migrant travel documents and United Nations (UN) laissez-passers.

 

https://www.bangkokair.com/travel-document

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