How the British Embassy Can Help
The British Embassy is situated in a prime position in the center of Bangkok, most visitors to Thailand very rarely need to see the inside of the Embassy.
Help for Tourists
The majority of tourist cases are dealt with at the British Embassy in Wireless Road, Bangkok Thailand but there is also an Honorary Consul service available in Chiang Mai.
On their website, the embassy provides a list of Do's and Don'ts for tourists traveling around Thailand, the most significant of which advises visitors' to stay away from drugs; warns them of the dangers of theft (pick-pockets and bag-snatchers) and the inadvisability of overstaying their visa in the 'land of smiles' .
They can also provide help and support in the event of a British citizen becoming a victim of a crime or being hospitalized. The embassy cannot however, assist in getting someone out of prison, provide legal advice or give any money.
Notarial Services for Expatriates
A British expatriate, here for any length of time, will certainly deal with the Embassy at point or another, even if it is only for registration. When dealing with the Thai authorities they may request an official letter from the embassy as proof of income for some categories of Thai visa and a letter of residency for a driving license or to buy a car.
If getting married in Thailand then a British Citizen is required to show notarial evidence from the embassy of their 'freedom to marry' These notarial services are usually completed in 24 hours and most are also available by post.
The Embassy cannot help with obtaining police clearance certificates however, as UK police clearance has to be done through a local area police-force back home. This is a requirement for English teaching positions. The Metropolitan Police Headquarters website has details of how to apply.
Registering with the British Embassy
All British Citizens living in Thailand should register with the embassy in order to protect themselves against unforeseen circumstances, such as a natural disaster. The 2004 Tsunami in Phuket was a wake-up call for many Brits who had not previously registered their residency here.
If you need to apply for a new passport, make sure you make the application in good time. The embassy can issue replacements passports for its citizens provided it has been given all the necessary documentation.
A 32 page passport costs 8,568.00 Baht and takes around 10 working days to process. Applications can also be made by post. Details are on the embassy's website.
Thai Citizen Visa Applications
Visa applications for Thai citizens are dealt with at a separate location at the embassy's Visa Application Center in Rajdamri Road, Lumpini, 5 minutes walk from Rajdamri skytrain station.
British Embassy Location
Situated in Wireless Road, between Chidlom and Ploenchit, the embassy is within easy walking distance of the Ploenchit or Chidlom skytrain stations. Opening hours are 8.00-1.00 and 13.00-15.00 Monday-Thursday and 8.00-12.00 on Friday. The embassy closes on both Thai and UK public holidays.
For details of all British Embassy services, see their website for more information. The U.K. Embassy.
For details of American citizens services, see their website for more information. The U.S. Embassy.
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