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Can I travel around Thailand, while I leave my passport at the embassy?

Posted by suswati37 on 26/12/2010 at 14:21

Hi all,

Just wondering, I need to get a visa to Myanmar from Bangkok so I need to leave my passport at the embassy. But can I go travelling for that one week whilst it is being processed? I wanted to head up to Chaing mai for a week while this was happening- is this possible? Thanks

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Posted by exacto on 26/12/2010 at 14:56

interesting question, since you will be without your passport whether you stay in bangkok or move around the country. i'd be interested in other people's response to this question too, but in the mean time, if i were to travel around while waiting for a burma visa, i'd definitely want to have a copy of my passport (the title page and the thai visa or visa exemption entry page) and a receipt for the passport from the burmese embassy.

of course, anyone travelling should keep a copy of the title page of their passport somewhere with them but separate from where they keep their passport and also leave a copy at home, so you've already got this, right?

if you plan to cash any travellers checks, be sure to do this before you surrender your passport to the burmese embassy, as you won't be able to cash a TC without your passport.

it used to be that you needed to show your passport to rent a hotel room, but it doesn't seem too many places do that anymore. it is unlikely you'd need the passport to buy a bus or train ticket either.

have you contacted the thai embassy or consulate nearest you and asked for their opinion? if you do, will you post their response here? good luck.

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Posted by MADMAC on 26/12/2010 at 19:04

I would assume a copy and receipt as Somtam suggested should work.

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Posted by neosho on 27/12/2010 at 07:52

Several months back the Bangkok Post had an interview with the new head of immigration here. He has a big push going on to bust the criminal element that comes to Thailand to hide out. According to him all hotels and guest houses are to report your stay to immigration within 24 hours. He was hoping for 100% compliance within a short time period. (Smile here) He also stated that all foreigners should carry their passport at all times. Copies would not do. Myself I wouldn't worry to much about it. I haven't heard of anyone being hassled about it. Do what exacto said above and you should be alright. Expecially getting a receipt from the Burmese embassy.

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Posted by Thomas922 on 27/12/2010 at 12:16

I already traveled to Chiang Mai while waiting for a visa. The copy was fine and I didn't even need it for a flight or train. explain to anyone the situation and make sure you have your regular home ID with you too if possible. Technically you should have it on you in case of trouble. But if it is life or death and you have a copy they will call your embassy anyway so it is not as if you will be an unknown.

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 29/12/2010 at 21:33

@Neosho "all hotels and guest houses are to report your stay to immigration within 24 hours"

But you can just write any old passport number and name in those guesthouse books!

I've signed in as "The Grimace" with passport number 24601* for chrissake.

They (almost) NEVER check passport docs.

"Yes, this is Phoney Smile Guesthouse. We'd like to report that the Grimace has just checked in with Birdie for short time..."

*Any other Les Miserables fans out there?

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Posted by Thomas922 on 2/1/2011 at 11:09

seriously. Most GH's don't check much. They will let you stay with a passport copy in most cases. If you pay in advance usually no one sweats you.

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 2/1/2011 at 15:38

Fame in Chumphon took all my details. They did not believe I was the Grimace, no matter how long I held my breath.

I stand corrected.

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 2/1/2011 at 19:51

The holding of the breath being so I'd turn purple... and look like Grimace. Am I the only fan of the shake monster around here?

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Posted by busylizzy on 3/1/2011 at 02:22

I could have been a fan - if I knew who he was?! Based on your last comment I'm guessing he's the purple fellow in McD's character lineup??

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 3/1/2011 at 18:36

How is Grimace not famous in NZ? Yes he's the big purple wedge shaped thing. He used to be evil, but now he's changed his ways. I think Ronald must've castrated him or something.

Know your Maccas characters:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimace_(character)#Characters

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