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BANGKOK 14 November 2018 03:36
DavidJow

Passport page folded at the bio page, can I be denied entry in Thailand ?

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My passport was previously folded by a person working at the check-in desk by passing the passport she made my passport folded on the corner where is the data bio photo page.. but that was during a flight from a European country to France so nothing much to worried..
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Now, I'm stressed, is this trace of fold, I can be denied entry into Thailand or into an Asian country

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From the photo you provided, I can't think how there would be a problem. Passport is fully legible, no interference with any biometric data. 

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I see no reason for you to have a problem since it is only a corner of your data page has small crease from it being folded.

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Yeah ^^^. Unlikely to be an issue.

 

My only possible concern would be if the chip is embedded in the bio page (some UK passports) and the fold has damaged the antenna rendering the bio-data unreadable.

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21 minutes ago, Crossy said:

Yeah ^^^. Unlikely to be an issue.

 

My only possible concern would be if the chip is embedded in the bio page (some UK passports) and the fold has damaged the antenna rendering the bio-data unreadable.

I read that the chip and antenna are in the back cover. But that may change when the French start making them !

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3 minutes ago, wgdanson said:

I read that the chip and antenna are in the back cover. But that may change when the French start making them !

Two of my three UK bio passports have the chip in the bio page, the third (and most recent) has it in the cover.

 

The bio page chips and antenna are actually visible, the antenna doesn't go near enough to the page edge for our OP to need to worry.

 

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It’s up to the person holding the stamp. Nothing else matters. That’s always a problem here. 

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You should be OK  but it is up to the luck of who  you get ,  who will stamp you in.

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If there is a problem with the reading of the bio page it will be picked up when you go through immigration when you are leaving you departure point. If there is a problem your passport will be rejected there. As long as there is no more damage to your passport between your departure and your arrival in Thailand you would not have a problem

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Why did the stupid employee (sorry!)  in Europe fold such an important passport page ?

 

I would take up the matter with the entity that employs this person.

 

They may say buzz off, but one could always try after all and ask them to refund the cost of the damaged document, by the fault of their careless employee.

 

Out of topic, but anybody aware if a cell phone stored next to the passport chip say in a bag, can damage the Chip/Antenna ? Due to the stupid rule asking visiting guests to always show passport in the country, often it can be carried in a shoulder bag with other personnal items.

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1 hour ago, observer90210 said:

anybody aware if a cell phone stored next to the passport chip say in a bag, can damage the Chip/Antenna ?

In theory, when the passport is closed, the chip/antenna should be protected by a metal liner (faraday-cage effect) to prevent it being tapped into as one walks around.  Granted, that is designed to prevent unauthorized communicating with the chip, not strong EM-bursts near the passport - but I would be surprised if nearby consumer-electronics would damage it.  I believe there are foil-lined pouches one can use for further protection.

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One off use magnetic cards (like the British rail tickets) ARE damaged by mobile phones after about one hour of proximity, have had it happen many times. But permanent cards not in my experience (never had a bank card become unreadable, and would presume passport would be the same). One day i will experiment with a strong magnet and a bank card and see what happens ....

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The reason I asked is that at one period, regularly my hotel key cards were always getting out of order after having the spend the day out with the keycard in my bag,  along with the phone. Solved the problem by putting the key card in a separate place protected by a wallet and never with the phone.

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9 hours ago, observer90210 said:

Why did the stupid employee (sorry!)  in Europe fold such an important passport page ?

 

I would take up the matter with the entity that employs this person.

 

They may say buzz off, but one could always try after all and ask them to refund the cost of the damaged document, by the fault of their careless employee.

 

Out of topic, but anybody aware if a cell phone stored next to the passport chip say in a bag, can damage the Chip/Antenna ? Due to the stupid rule asking visiting guests to always show passport in the country, often it can be carried in a shoulder bag with other personnal items.

Yes, is what I've did on the spot, I complained the people & also ask the supervisor who is caring the holding of the check-in, to see the mistake of their employee giving me back the passport with a fold on the bio page. They was careless and they ask the next customers to check-in

 

I dislike that they made a fold on the bio page especially on the MZR band, it have a trace and when I copy the passport it's look like also weird.

 

Then, I contacted the handling company who make these check-in, they told me to send a email with the copy of passport damaged .. I send email, they don't dare even to answer to me.. then I followed the email to all the supervisor & manager of the company! NO ANSWER. Since 1 month.

 

I think I'll call them every x minutes and harass them, harass & harass as they don't respect me as they're not willing to answer me.

 

Change this passport will cost me 86 euros + ID pic cost & wasting time.

 

The employee recognized that the machine reading the passport is not fine.

 

I gave them my passport in very good situation, and they give me back the passport with this ugly fold and make the corner being more fragile..  and the passport was just done this year also for 10 years validity.

 

 

 

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