Thai passports in the near future will be valid for 10 years instead of five currently, a senior official of the Foreign Ministry’s Consular Department said on Thursday.
Director-general Chatree Atchananant, however, did not say how much the new 10-year passport would cost.
The present five-year passport costs Bt1,060.
He said the new passport is in phase III of the plan to develop digital passports for Thai nationals.
The Foreign Ministry has invited private firms to propose the terms of reference to produce the new type of passports, the deadline for which has been extended from March 1 to June 1.
Chatree said the procedure will be transparent and in line with the laws.
The new passports will be upgraded to use biometric technology to collect iris pattern, in addition to the current face reading and fingerprints.