Consular Services for Foreign Visitors and Residents in Thailand

Information on the services and assistance available, including the replacement of lost or stolen passports, for expats from the UK, USA, Canada and Australia from their embassies and consulates in Thailand...

Most countries have an Embassy or Consular Offices to deal with matters affecting their own nationals living in or visiting the country.

Citizens of the USA, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia living in Thailand are particularly well catered to by the consular sections of their Embassies and other organisations. Those from one of these countries will find a wealth of up-to-date and officially published information from the links below.

UK Citizens

The British Embassy recommends that all citizens staying in Thailand for more than three months register with the Embassy.

  • British Embassy in Bangkok
    At
    : 14 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
    Tel: 02 305 8333
    Fax: 02 255 9278
    Open: Monday to Thursday 08:00-16:30, Friday 08:00-13:00 
    email

The British Embassy and Consular Offices provide services to British citizens in Thailand. Services include:

  • Providing help to those who have been victim of a crime
  • Providing notarial services and letters that may be required by the Thai authorities
  • Consular birth and death registrations
  • Information on transferring funds
  • Providing details of local lawyers, doctors, translators and funeral directors

The UK government's GOV.UK website provides information online for Britons considering moving abroad and for those already there. It includes tax, health and education advice as well as a section on what to do when returning to the UK.

  • All applications for UK passports and visas to visit the UK must be submitted by appointment only at the UK Visa Application Centre. The exception to this is a 12-month extension to a UK passport which is handled by the Embassy.

Consular Help for EU Nationals

Under EU law, an EU citizen is entitled to consular help from any EU consular representation abroad if their own country is not represented locally. This applies outside the EU to EU citizens who are either residing or travelling abroad. Any EU Embassy or Consulate must provide help to an EU citizen under the same conditions as they would their nationals.

Information on the type of help available and details to foreign consulates and Embassies can be found on the European Commission's website, Consular Protection for EU Citizens.

US Citizens

The American Citizen Services (ACS) section of the US Embassy offers a variety of services to Americans living in or visiting Thailand. The entrance to ACS is across from the US Embassy. All visitors must bring photo identification.

  • US Embassy in Bangkok
    At
    : 120-22 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Bangkok, Thailand 10330
    Tel: 02 205 4000 
    Open: Monday to Friday 07:00-16:00, excluding official holidays

The US Embassy in Bangkok also provides visa services to those wishing to enter the United States.

  • Visit the Visa Unit for more information on visa services provided at the US Embassy

The ACS provides the following services to American citizens:

  • Issue of emergency passports
  • Handling of passport applications
  • Legal assistance
  • Election and voting information
  • Registration of a birth or death of a US citizen in Thailand
  • Assistance in the event of the death of a US citizen in Thailand
  • Legalisation of documents
  • Issue of tax forms
  • Help if a citizen is in trouble with the Thai law
  • General assistance for any US citizen who is having problems in Thailand

The Consular Section of the US Embassy occasionally organises Consular outreach visits to other locations in Thailand. During these visits they can provide the following services:

  • Passport renewal applications
  • Notarial services and certified copies
  • They may also be able to provide forms and answers related to federal benefits questions

Details of the consular outreach schedule can be found at the US Embassy website.

Australian Citizens

The services provided by the Consular Office of the Australian Embassy include the handling of visa enquiries, replacement of lost, stolen or damaged passports and providing general support for Australians in Thailand.

  • Australian Embassy in Bangkok
    At
    : 37 South Sathorn Road, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120
    Tel: 02 344 6300
    Fax: 02 344 6593
    Open: Monday to Friday 08:30-16:00 (excluding embassy public holidays)
    email

Note: All applications for passports must be made in person at the consular section of the Embassy in Bangkok. Appointments are not necessary.

New Zealand Citizens

The New Zealand Embassy in Bangkok provides consular assistance to resident and visiting New Zealanders. The Embassy is also accredited to Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.

  • New Zealand Embassy in Bangkok
    At
    : M Thai Tower, 14th Floor, All Seasons Place, 87 Wireless Road, Pathumwan, Lumpini, Bangkok 10330
    Tel: 02 254 2530
    Tel: 81 837 7240 (after-hours emergencies only)
    Fax: 02 253 9045 or 253 0249
    Open: Monday to Friday 08:30-11:30 and 13:00-14:30
    email
  • The embassy provides a list of the main district registration offices in Thailand

The Embassy can provide:

  • Help in case of an emergency
  • Replacement passports
  • A list of English-speaking lawyers in the event of an arrest or detention
  • Notarial services

The website has information on marriage in Thailand, Thai driver's licences, and advice on common local scams.

Canadian Citizens

There are about 1,000 Canadian residents in Thailand and over 110,000 Canadian tourists each year. The Embassy is also accredited to the Lao People's Democratic Republic and the Union of Myanmar.

  • Canadian Embassy in Bangkok
    At
    : 15th Floor Abdulrahim Place, 990 Rama IV Road, Bangkok 10500
    Tel: 0 2646 4300
    Tel: 001 800 156 220 0142 (after-hours emergencies only)
    Fax: 0 2646 4336
    Open: Monday to Friday 09:00-12:00 
    email

The embassy provides the following services to Canadian citizens:

  • Passport services (including the issuance of emergency passports)
  • Assistance finding legal representation
  • Emergency assistance
  • Assistance in the event of the death of a Canadian citizen in Thailand
  • Legalisation of documents

The website has comprehensive information on:

  • Legal and notarial services
  • Marriage
  • Driver's licences
  • Health care and insurance
  • Arrest and detention and more

For more information on services provided visit the Canadian embassy website.