New Regulations Introduced for Non-Thai Passengers on Domestic Flights


The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has introduced new regulations for non-Thai passengers on domestic flights, with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) advising travelers to adhere to the updated boarding pass and identity verification rules.

Effective on January 16, the CAAT now requires that the name on a passenger’s boarding pass must exactly match the name on their government-issued identification document.

Acceptable forms of boarding passes include paper versions issued at airline counters or self-service kiosks, PDF files sent by airlines, or e-boarding passes accessible through airline mobile apps or email. A screen-captured boarding pass, however, is not valid unless verified by a passenger validation system, barcode reader, or scanner at the airport.

For identity verification, non-Thai passengers must present one of the following: their original passport, a UN Laissez-Passer, or a travel document for refugees and asylum seekers issued by the United Nations or respective governments.

In situations where a passport or identification document is lost, passengers can provide an emergency passport, emergency travel certificate, a non-Thai ID card issued by Thailand’s Department of Provincial Administration, or a driving license issued by the Department of Land Transport of Thailand.

The preceding is a press release from the Thai Government PR Department.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for five years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.