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Thai passports to be valid for 10 years

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The Foreign Ministry has announced that from September onwards, new Thai passports issued will have a 10-year validity.

Chatri Archjananun, director general of the Department of Consular Affairs, said the ministry was initially planning to launch the project in August, but it had been delayed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Currently, 21 passport offices provide services on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, but will start opening every day once the virus situation is completely under control.

Though a new version of Thai passports have been in circulation since July 8, the latest 10-year ones will become even more difficult to duplicate, thanks to embossed signatures, images and biometric information of the passport holder’s eyes.

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