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Thai Passport
Thai passport
Thailand ePassport.jpg
The front cover of a contemporary Thai biometric passport.
TypePassport
Issued by Thailand
First issued1939 (booklet)
1993 (machine-readable passport)
August 2005 (1st version ePassport)
February 2013 (2nd version ePassport)
July 2020 (3rd version ePassport)
PurposeIdentification
EligibilityThai citizenship
Expiration5 or 10 years
Cost?1,000

The Thai passport is the passport issued to citizens and nationals of Thailand by the Passport Division of the Department of Consular Affairs within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Thai biometric passports have been issued since August 2005.

History

The history of Thai passports can be traced back to travel documents first issued during the reign of King Chulalongkorn in the late-19th century. The first passport regulations in Thailand were enacted in 1917, in order to ensure the country's security during World War I. A Thai passport booklet was first introduced in 1939 in Thai and French language which was changed to Thai and English in 1977. The first machine-readable Thai passports were introduced in 1993, and in August 2005 Thailand became only the second country in the world and in Asia (after Malaysia) to introduce biometric passports. In 2019, the validity of Thai passports was increased from 5 years to 10 years.[1]

A 3rd generation passport planned for release in mid 2020 will feature iris scan identification and be valid for 10 years. The number of offices available to apply for a passport will increase from 319 to 500.

Physical appearance

The ordinary Thai passport cover is dark red with the Emblem of Thailand emblazoned in the centre. The official passport has a blue cover, the diplomatic passport a red cover and the temporary passport a green cover. All types have the word " " (English translation? nangsue doen thang- Passport; prathet thai - Thailand) above the national emblem and the words THAILAND - PASSPORT below it. The biometric symbol is at the bottom of e-passports. The passport contains 66 pages.

Types of Thai passport

  • Certificate of Identity (C.I.) - Issued to a Thai citizen who has had a passport stolen, lost, or damaged for emergency return to Thailand. (C.I. valid for 10 days and expires when the holder reenters Thailand.)
  • Travel Document for Alien (yellow cover) - Issued to non-Thai citizens who hold a certificate of Permanent Residence in Thailand for traveling abroad. The holder of this travel document must apply for a re-entry permit before leaving Thailand. A Travel Document for Alien will not be issued to a person who holds a valid passport from their country.
  • Temporary passport (dark green cover) - Issued while waiting to get a new passport while abroad and when needed to travel to other countries. (Valid for one year and must be returned when the new passport is received.)
  • Hajj passport - Issued to Thai Muslims for a pilgrimage to Mecca. (Valid for two years.)
  • Ordinary passport (maroon cover) - Issued for ordinary travel, such as vacations and business trips. (Valid five years)
  • Official passport (dark blue cover) - Issued to individuals representing the Thai government or a government officer on official business.
  • Diplomatic passport (red cover) - Issued to members of the Thai royal family, top ranking government officials, and diplomatic couriers.

Cost of Thai passport

  • Ordinary passport is 1,000 Thai baht.
  • Official passport is 1,000 baht which can be claimed back upon submission of the receipt.
  • Diplomatic passport is free of charge.
  • Hajj passport is 400 baht.
  • Travel Document for Alien is 500 baht.
  • Temporary passport is 296 baht.

Identity information page

The data page of the latest version of the Thai biometric passport with endorsement on page 3

Thai passport includes the following data:

  • Photograph of the holder (digital image printed on page)
  • Type/? ('P' for ordinary / 'O' for official / 'D' for diplomatic)
  • Country code/ ('THA' for Thailand)
  • Passport number/
  • Surname/?
  • Title Name/ ? (MR./MS./MRS./Master holder's name)
  • Name in Thai/ (name in ethnic script - title, name and Surname in Thai)
  • Nationality/? ('THAI')
  • Personal No./ (same as Thai National Identification Card)
  • Place of birth/ (Provinces, Bangkok or other province)
  • Date of birth/? (in DD-MMM-YYYY format, such as 14-DEC-1989)
  • Sex/ ('M' or 'F')
  • Date of issue/ (in DD-MMM-YYYY)
  • Date of expiry/? (in DD-MMM-YYYY, five years from date of issue)
  • Authority/ (MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS)
  • Height/? (in metres)
  • Signature of bearer/ (hand-written signature or finger print)
  • Machine Readable Zone starting with P<THA

Note

The note inside the Thai Passport

The request note inside a Thai passport states:

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand hereby requests all whom it may concern to permit the citizen/national of the Kingdom of Thailand named herein to pass freely without delay or hindrance and to give all lawful aid and protection. This passport is valid for all countries and area.

Translation in Thai:

? ?/ ? ?

This is stated in English only. All other information is printed in Thai and in English.

Visa requirements

Countries and territories with visa-free entries or visas on arrival for holders of regular Thai passports
  Thailand
  Visa-free
  Visa on arrival or eVisa
  Visa on arrival
  eVisa
  Visa required

In July 2020, Thai citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 78 countries and territories, ranking the Thai passport 66th in the world according to the Visa Restrictions Index.

Thai Passport Holders Living as Permanent Residents Abroad

For some countries, Thai nationals may enter as tourists without an advance visa provided they can produce official documentation of lawful permanent residence abroad. In particular, Thai permanent residents of the United States or Canada can show their US Green Card or Canadian Permanent Resident Card together with their Thai passport in order to gain entry to many countries in Central America and the Caribbean. Notable example is Jamaica. (Note that in many cases US or Canadian permanent residence will allow a traveler to gain entry as a tourist regardless of their nationality).

References

  1. ^ "New passports to be valid for 10 years". Bangkok Post. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 2018.

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