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Passport Control: Phuket police confirm will hold passports as they see fit

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Phuket police confirm that they are nothing but mafia monkey and racist against tourist. hardy no thai has his or her card with the if in any kind of unlawful act but they are allowed to walk away. Even if they have no drivers licenses or insurance. I will post this on facebook but will not respond to it.

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Every Australian in Phuket should have the local Aussi consulate number in their phones memory.... She is also a practicing lawyer, easy to talk too, and well versed in dealing with local police authorities.

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Is Kathu Police Chief Col Chaiwat Uykam aware of the bull...t he is stuttering to the world? He is - best case scenario - executive but not legislative; I for one would like to know what the law says. They might look at driving licenses but not even keep those. Had an incident this week with the BiB near Pattaya where he wanted to not only see my driving license but also my passport which I do not have on me.

Big story; asked for the relevant reading of the law - which he could not produce, then he wanted to fine me for not carrying my passport and hence not being able to identify myself. I then told him, that the license was issued based on tons of papers by immigration, embassy and DOMV in my home country hence more than identified - he had to let me go after I threatened to take a picture of him with my phone.

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The police have NO right to take passport. And Mr Kent at Uk hole in Witthayu road in bkk better make it clear to thailand

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Every Australian in Phuket should have the local Aussi consulate number in their phones memory.... She is also a practicing lawyer, easy to talk too, and well versed in dealing with local police authorities.

LMAO!

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No other country in the World that I know of will have the police hold a person's passport. In the US a person's passport can only be held once a person is indicted for a crime and a judge orders it surrendered as part of a bail hearing. In civil matters, I have never heard of a passport being seized. Taking a person's passport is their only recognized form of identification. Just because a complaint is made against someone, does not mean that person has done anything wrong. I don't know what the Thai law is but I would doubt that the police have that power. It appears Phuket continues to apply their own version of both the Immigration law and general Thai law. Phuket is a place I shall never visit again-ever. Too much abuse of power and a general feeling of lawlessness.

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I just had to throw in my 2-cents worth, As one member stated,"I live here because I love to laugh everyday". The BIB need to aware of UN Regulations about withholding the passport of any tourist with a valid entry into that country and that country being a member of the UN. If they hold the passport they MUST make a charge with-in 24 hours of notification. Also, FYI, Hotels are NOT allowed to hold or keep your passport, they can make a copy, but are not allowed to hold for the duration of your stay.

https://info.undp.org/global/documents/hr/Guide-to-the-Issuance-of-UN-Travel-Documents.pdf

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If Thailand is a signatory nation to the U.N., does the U.N. have "conventions" in place about the status of passports, their ownership and the holders of passports?

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Involved in an accident. I dragged the other victims off to the hospital and disappeared. The police came round to our place. The girlfriend knowing where my passport was, made a big show of looking for it for half an hour.

When I eventually had to front up to the police station, and they asked for my passport, I told them I only carried copies of it and my visa. The were happy with my copies and they did take my driver's licence and held onto that for about 4 weeks while we sorted things out.

Do not hand over your passport to anyone but your embassy for official purposes, or the Thai Immigration when getting your visa.

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In Canada the passport does not belong to the individual, it belongs to the Canadian Government. Don't know about other countries

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The problem with dealing with the police is that most people do not understand what the police can and cannot do legally. The police actually should not even ask to see a person's passport during a routine situation or ask to search you or look in your pockets. When this has happened, I ask to be immediately taken to the police station and be searched or provide identification to an Officer with a witness and also provided an opportunity to call a lawyer. They have never taken me to a station as they know they have no legal right to do any of this. Since there is no probable cause -their powers are limited..

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"then he wanted to fine me for not carrying my passport and hence not being able to identify myself."

You already had an ID (drivers license).

I suspect he wanted to see your immigration status, if you are there legally with a valid visa.

Should have gave him a 1000B and said "Does this look like me?"

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The problem with dealing with the police is that most people do not understand what the police can and cannot do legally. The police actually should not even ask to see a person's passport during a routine situation or ask to search you or look in your pockets. When this has happened, I ask to be immediately taken to the police station and be searched or provide identification to an Officer with a witness and also provided an opportunity to call a lawyer. They have never taken me to a station as they know they have no legal right to do any of this. Since there is no probable cause -their powers are limited..

In theory.

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Passports remain the property of the government of the issuing country. In the case of the UK that technically means the document is the property of HER BRITANNIC MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH the second. That little nuggest should scare the proverbial out of any Thai cop. As I understand it technically within the Kingdom insulting anybody's royalty is by implication seen as an insult to His Majesty.

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