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18 hours ago, mitostone said:

Domestic airline don't really care, however if you are unlucky met until immgration officer. You may have to produce your passport. As for what i know, they are trying to catch those people without visa. 

Why would you meet an IO in Domestic ???? Never seen before.

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20 hours ago, Tarukhtah said:

I contacted Nokair, they claim on their side is ok with the driving license, i.e. they will issue the boarding pass. However, I am wondering... in the passport / IDs controls in the airport... will it be ok? Has anyone made this experience before?

I've been flying domestic with my Thai DL before, but it's some years ago now; that was Bankok Airways to/from Bangkok. I did have my passport with me, but wished to check if the DL only worked, it did!

 

If you have a photocopy of your passport you could bring that also. For a domestic flight it's only security you are going to pass through, and when having already been issued a bording pass you should be safe there, in my view.

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12 hours ago, Tarukhtah said:

One issue though is the passport number in the driving license is my old passport, although I can have that old passport with me for sure.  I have a certification from the embassy about the passport change, also the old passport.

You should get your DL updated with your new passport number as soon as possible, and also any other stuff – like bankbooks and loyalty cards carrying your passport number – as it might give you problems if numbers don't match; I talk from experience.

 

If you have an extension of stay moved to your new passport, your original entry visa would also be mentioned with a stamp together including the old passport number, which often can clear any problems; thanks to Ubon Joe for telling that, it actually works...👍🙂

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Thank you guys.

Thank you so much for the info. Indeed, if so many people could fly so much domestically with the driving license, I hope I won't be different. And yes I will check-in online and print the boarding passes. But I have flewn many times from DMK and when going to the gates they always tell me I need to get a boarding pass from the check-in counter. They never allowed me to fly with the boarding pass from the check-in online.

 

Any clue if that has changed? Last time was like 1 year ago.

 

The other thing is, you guys flew during "normal" times. What if now they are eager to catch foreigners with expired visas or something? That's my fear, that they would insist in seeing my passport. But given the multiple positive reports in this thread, I guess it should be all good.

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2 hours ago, Tarukhtah said:

What if now they are eager to catch foreigners with expired visas or something?

That would in my view be an immigration matter, which might be not be the question for a domestic flight check-in. I wouldn't suspect Nok Air or airport security to trace overstayers, and there is furthermore a visa-amnesty until end of July.

 

You can be stopped by police anywhere and checked for expired visa and not only "something", but anything else. To my knowledge an alien shall in principle always carry a passport, however some immigration offices – like where I live – recommend to carry a copy instead; best if you always carry a photo ID. Whenever online – like the new immigration BMW smart-cars – a passport number should reveal any immigration- and visa status.

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why would you leave your passport with immigration?  NEVER do that ! ! !

 

i'm from the USA and got a Passport Card.  I use that when flying domestically without any issues

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On 7/14/2020 at 10:45 PM, mitostone said:

Domestic airline don't really care, however if you are unlucky met until immgration officer. You may have to produce your passport. As for what i know, they are trying to catch those people without visa. 

Driving licences don't prove one has a valid visa.

Like everything in LOS it doesn't matter till it does. Feel lucky?

On 7/14/2020 at 9:31 PM, Tarukhtah said:

Unfortunately and by many reasons it happens that my passport will be in the immigration office right at the time my flight takes off.

Aliens are required to carry passport at all times. That most of us don't and have no problem doesn't mean that it isn't required to produce it if asked by the authorities.

What happens if the OP is involved in a traffic accident at his destination and has to go to hospital and can't produce his passport? Feel lucky?

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13 hours ago, Makoshark said:

why would you leave your passport with immigration?  NEVER do that ! ! !

 

i'm from the USA and got a Passport Card.  I use that when flying domestically without any issues

Well done bringing that up. I've never had to leave passport at immigration. Sounds like he's using an agent or something.

 

Never heard about a passport card. Is that a new thing?

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17 hours ago, Tarukhtah said:

Thank you guys.

Thank you so much for the info. Indeed, if so many people could fly so much domestically with the driving license, I hope I won't be different. And yes I will check-in online and print the boarding passes. But I have flewn many times from DMK and when going to the gates they always tell me I need to get a boarding pass from the check-in counter. They never allowed me to fly with the boarding pass from the check-in online.

 

Any clue if that has changed? Last time was like 1 year ago.

 

The other thing is, you guys flew during "normal" times. What if now they are eager to catch foreigners with expired visas or something? That's my fear, that they would insist in seeing my passport. But given the multiple positive reports in this thread, I guess it should be all good.

Given you don't know anyone on this thread, what are you gonna do if they are wrong? No one on here is going to rescue you.

Why don't you delay your flight till you have your passport back? I never travelled without it even on trains and buses. Cops have checked passengers on buses at checkpoints in my experience.

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How to put this more

clear...

 

It is not an arbitrary choice. It is just a compound of coincidences that happened so that in that exact day I cannot have my passport with me because it will be in the immigration office. This is not like I forgot my passport there. Really it needs to be that day.

 

And yes it is really unfortunate. Still I cannot change the world. 

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