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My Thai wife always renews her Thai passport at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Bangkok. She does this whenever we go back for a holiday. It's a quick, efficient and cheap service. Everytime she renews she also gets her old passport returned to her. The old passport still has some time left on it. The new passport starts from the date of application/issue and has a completely new number. There is nothing that I can see to say that the old passport is cancelled - no stamp, no writing, no cut-out corners etc.

 

So therefore it would seem that she has 2 valid Thai passports.

 

Anyone have any comments about this. Thanks.

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2 hours ago, pontious said:

Only the new one will be valid. The new 10 ten year passport should be issued by now but still nothing on the MFA site.

The old one is auto-cancelled, they used to stamp it "cancelled" but not anymore.

 

The 10 year validity rumor is just that, you might find mentions of it on embassy websites but when you go to MFA the only option is 5 year.  Wife renewed in March and was hoping to get 10 years, no chance.

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Thanks Pontious. Interesting, I didn't know they were going to issue 10 year ones. Just googled it and apparently they started issuing 10 year ones last year.

 

I take your point that only the new one would be valid but how would other countries (e.g. UK Home Office) know that an "old" one wasn't valid?

 

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13 minutes ago, durhamboy said:

I take your point that only the new one would be valid but how would other countries (e.g. UK Home Office) know that an "old" one wasn't valid?

 

One can usually only have one active passport at the time, so that makes using the old one fraud potentially. Should be showing up in the International shared databases too as far I know.

The new ones have 10 years, I can confirm, we were a few months too early for my son his passport and that one is still only 5 years.

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Have fun when you google for introduction of the 10 year passport.

mid 2020, July, August, September, near future :biggrin:

The widely distributed news is from July 9.

Obviously (from this post) it still is has not introduced regularly.

I bet Covid is a good excuse.

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14 minutes ago, ChaiyaTH said:

The new ones have 10 years, I can confirm, we were a few months too early for my son his passport and that one is still only 5 years.

Have you physically seen a 10 year Thai passport?  What was the issue date?  Curious, as the MFA could not give a date to my wife in March (she would have waited a bit to renew if it was soon).

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Thai consulate in UK currently only issuing 1 year temporary passports. The excuse was Covid19 problems. My wife had to apply in July as hers was about to expire.

 

Her old one was returned with the corner cut off.

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19 hours ago, ChaiyaTH said:

One can usually only have one active passport at the time, so that makes using the old one fraud potentially. Should be showing up in the International shared databases too as far I know.

The new ones have 10 years, I can confirm, we were a few months too early for my son his passport and that one is still only 5 years.

Thanks ChaiyaTH, do you really think that Thailand and the UK both share and use an international database? Personally I doubt it but you might well be right.

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