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BANGKOK 14 November 2018 13:28
dennis123

Do they ask for your passport on the boat to Koh Samui from Surat

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Now, this might sound like a strange question to many as you're not leaving Thailand, but when I took my car on the boat to Samui they did ask for my passport, not on the way back though.

 

So if you travel by foot, did they ask you to show your passport?

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The last few times I took my car on the ferry I had to show my passport, as the driver, but none of the other people in my car had to show theirs.

Which is actually quite strange. Why only the drivers and not the passengers? 

I've tried to think of scenarios where that could be useful for the authorities but I cannot come up with anything that makes sense.

Probably just tiT

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11 hours ago, simoh1490 said:

Foreigners will often be asked for their passports under various circumstances in Thailand when what is meant is, please may I see some ID - as said earlier a Thai drivers license satisfies this need 99.99% of the time.

Authorities have never asked me for my passport in the 6 or so years I've been here, except for this one time at the boat to Samui with car. When applying for a new internet connection they might've asked for it, same when booking a hotel or signing a rental contract.

 

But government/police, literally never, while I've been arrested twice, and fined dozens of times paying at the police station, and even in those cases they didn't ask me for my passport.

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48 minutes ago, ikbenhet said:

The last few times I took my car on the ferry I had to show my passport, as the driver, but none of the other people in my car had to show theirs.

Which is actually quite strange. Why only the drivers and not the passengers? 

I've tried to think of scenarios where that could be useful for the authorities but I cannot come up with anything that makes sense.

Probably just tiT

Yeah you'd think the blue car book would suffice, but even that is odd, especially on the boat to, now if it's the boat from Samui to shore it would be different in case it's a rental, eg to prevent theft.

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They ask for every drivers ID as you go through the security gate into the ferry terminal.

This is at Seatran anyway, not been on Raja for a long time.

Goes for Thai as well as foreigners.

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18 hours ago, simoh1490 said:

Foreigners will often be asked for their passports under various circumstances in Thailand when what is meant is, please may I see some ID - as said earlier a Thai drivers license satisfies this need 99.99% of the time.

yes

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No. You will not need a Passport to travel on the Ferry boats between the mainland and Koh Samui where I have lived for 15 years.

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On 11/9/2018 at 6:10 AM, HappyAndRich said:

Can happen, or not. Sometimes. However, that is not a problem at all, due to that you shall always carry your passport and not be on overstay.

The letter of the law in Thailand states that all foreigners must carry their passport or other travel document.

 

However, reality sets in and the Thai authorities accept that due to possible loss or theft of passports, then another form of photo id or a copy of the passport is acceptable. (In the past I have even used a Taronga zoo pass!)

 

The copy passport should also show the latest entry stamp.

 

Like others that have posted here, I only show my Thai DL when checking into either hotels or domestic flights.

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2 hours ago, Tropicalevo said:

The letter of the law in Thailand states that all foreigners must carry their passport or other travel document.

That was the important thing, right? If everybody start to follow the rules, maybe they no need to be so tough on foreigners in the future.

 

Everything else was just what you and other people do, and that doesn´t make it right.

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