Pattayamale wrote:As inconvenient as it is in Thailand to do the 90 day reporting, present a passport at a hotel to check in (as it is in Europe), get a resident letter to buy a car; these are effective tools and controls. Thai citizens have a national ID card. They use that. The USA argument that a National Id card is a bad thing or a privacy issue in today’s use of technology is stupid.
Could not agree more. Here I have to carry my passport - even though I usually carry a laminated copy of the relevant information and visa pages instead. In Hong Kong I must always carry my permanent resident ID card. Neither is an inconvenience. In fact, in Hong Kong it has benefits as i can use it for banking, various other services and extremely fast immigration procedures at the airport - faster than any other international airport in my long experience of travelling. Like the US, Britain opted against ID cards because of some idiotic privacy issue.