Help! Passport water damaged!
Replies: 26 - Last Post: Jun 13, 2013 4:07 AM Last Post By: bigal1
May 10, 2013 5:04 AM
May 10, 2013 5:53 AM
16Is there definitely no way I'd get through with it in Thai?
To repeat once again, it's your airline that is the initial stumbling block and not Thai immigration. If you cannot get to a Thai embassy then can you get to your airport, show the passport to your airline and ask if it is acceptable.? Check-in staff know exactly if your passport is OK to go or not. It's difficult for me to assess the damage without seeing it.
May 10, 2013 6:54 AM
17This is what confuses me - the link that Westwood posted states I must visit my nearest British consulate in person to apply. But the following link below says Australia no longer issues British passports and I have to apply from Australia Post:
Arghhh. I'm just going round in circles, I follow the link that tells me I have to apply in Aus Post because I'm British then because it needs to be an emergency one it tells me I need to apply in person at a consulate. Confusing and looks like I'm screwed!
May 10, 2013 6:55 AM
May 10, 2013 7:04 AM
May 10, 2013 8:07 AM
20Rob, this might not help seeing you have a British passport but as no-one else here seems to have had a water damaged passport before then I will pass on my experience.
My Australian passport (chip) had only the front part soaked, so my photo was all washed out but visa stamps were ok. This occurred in Thailand but I continued using it for a couple more years. Every time I travelled, immigration officers would always give it more of a look than usual. Once at Poipet they asked me a lot of questions but on showing some more ID they let me pass. In the end I had to get a replacement passport ahead of time because leaving Australia one time I was taken aside in Sydney and told maybe next time I would not be allowed to enter Australia without a new one. I've renewed my passport twice at the Australian Embassy Bangkok and it has taken about week, pretty quick turnaround though but for the price they charge it should be...
The other thing was one time a Thai consulate in Australia weren't going to issue me a new visa, until I pointed out that the photo page had been water damaged for a while yet I had a passport full of stamps and visas showing I had been allowed to travel all over the world anyway. They issued the visa but said it wasn't their problem if I ran in to problems on entering Thailand.
I never encountered any issues at airline check-in counters, Thai, SG, Qantas, Jetstar, Air Asia etc.
May 10, 2013 2:06 PM
21New Zealand doesn't issue Brit passports any longer either, it's simply the clearing centre for applications for issue and renewals for the Aust/NZ/ SEA area. After vetting the applications they are then sent on to UK, where all Brit PPs are made these days. This is why the price has done a skyrocket.
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