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Damaged photo in passport

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Somehow it got wet and from the bottom of my nose down is quite faded distorted.

 

I just left Thailand but intend to return in couple of weeks. Going out through the Thai land border they advised i might have some trouble coming back in by land, but that by air should be Ok.

 

Any ideas of usual Thai authorities attitude towards this? And are there any step i can take to address the problem (save going back to UK!)

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Without seeing the condition of you passport it would hard to give a good answer. As far as having problems when you return it would depend upon the officer that handles your entry. Perhaps telling them you are going to apply for a new passport while here would work.

Info for applying for a new passport outside the UK is here.  https://www.gov.uk/overseas-passports

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Uploaded the pic.. What do we think guys? I can show the stain on page behind to prove it got wet and hasnt been tampered with.....

 

Also all the laminated details are fine, just pic thats damaged....

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Just now, ubonjoe said:

I think you need a new passport. 

Recent average time to get one here is about 2 to 3 weeks now.

Thanks... Thats from the time you apply at the visa centre in bkk? Or from the time they recieve application in UK?

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1 minute ago, RickG16 said:

Thanks... Thats from the time you apply at the visa centre in bkk? Or from the time they recieve application in UK?

 

Mine took 12 days from applying in bkk recently. That was over the xmas period too

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Keep in mind that the emergency passport normally requires a flight ticket/booking to be shown as a condition of issue. It will be issued with the details of journy/journeys to be made and once those journeys are completed it has passed its 'used' date. Any further travel will require getting another one. 

I think mine was around 5000 baht at the BKK Embassy.

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To be honest, I think you will be lucky to get on a plane with a damaged passport like that.

Best you get the above advised emergency travel documents before you try flying anywhere.

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The process for me took 14 days from applying in BKK and getting a pickup date - Very friendly customer experience - I thought  that it was going to more complex and invasive, but a simple 10 min conversation check your application and old passport is all it takes.

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Just goes to  show you, sometimes the embassy can be helpful once you get past the gate keepers...

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13 hours ago, RickG16 said:

Uploaded the pic.. What do we think guys? I can show the stain on page behind to prove it got wet and hasnt been tampered with.....

 

Also all the laminated details are fine, just pic thats damaged....

i am sure the USA TSA people would not accept it and you would not be getting on an airplane with it.  I would caution about getting stopped somewhere in transit.  It all would depend on the country you are in, the airline involved in transfers, etc.

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You're saving grace may be if the passport is machine readable, and you enter the same place you departed, there will be a photograph of you on departure, and the officer will see the old photograph in the system.  Use this only if you can't get an emergency travel document at a UK consulate.........50 50 chance mate.  My photo was damaged on an old pspt, by the immigration officer, she scratched away at it to see it is was real, then claimed it wasn't me.............then I showed her my second passport, cleared it up right away.

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