Foreign Ministry gives assurances on fraud proof Thai passport

Thursday, 13 March 2014 By  MCOT

BANGKOK, March 13 - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Department of Consular Affairs has reassured the public of the safety of Thai passport, asserting that Thai passports are forgery proof.

The Department of Consular Affairs has issued a statement, posted on the Foreign Ministry website, that the Thai passport is an e-passport produced with high standards in accordance with the regulations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The department said the Thai passport is considered a high quality travel document which cannot be forged.

The Thai passport contains biometric information that can be used to authenticate the identity of the bearer, and the passport also features recognition of the all ten traveller fingerprints, the statement said

Since the e-passport was launched in Thailand in 2005, the department has issued more than 10 million such documents and there have been no reports of forgery.

The statement was issued after a media report that counterfeit passports were produced in Thailand and may be link with the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

The Department of Consular Affairs pointed out that the case was related to foreign passport forgery in Thailand not the Thai passport.

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