Thailand Embassy - Visas and Travel Issues

Thai embassies in foreign countries can issue visas for those planning to visit Thailand. It is quicker, and more reliable, to apply in person rather than by post. There are Thai embassies or consulates in: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Denmark, Germany, India, Netherlands, Pakistan, Switzerland, UK (http://www.thaiembassyuk.org.uk/) and the USA (http://www.thaiembdc.org/).

It is a good idea to get visas for other countries in Bangkok as there are many travel agents who can arrange this for you which cuts out the hassle of getting to the embassies and queuing. The embassies in Bangkok are quite spread out so getting visas for a few countries does take time if you do it yourself. Some guesthouses also have a visa service now. Some countries offer an express one-day service but you may have to wait a few days for your passport back with your visas.

Most visa services are open in the morning only. Embassies will be closed for some, or all, Thai public holidays and sometimes on important holidays in their country as well so you need to check whether they are open before you go. Some countries which have embassies or consulates in Thailand are: Australia, Cambodia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, New Zealand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, UK and Northern Ireland, USA, Vietnam. If you don't want to hang around Bangkok then Chiang Mai also has several embassies and other countries in Southeast Asia have embassies or visa offices in other small towns in Thailand.

Embassies can help with problems with lost passports, if you get arrested, accidents, robbery and other problems. Keep photocopies of your passport and visas and keep receipts for travellers' cheques in a separate place from your travellers' cheques. In emergencies your embassy probably could help organize flights home, but they would have to be satisfied that was an emergency. Many embassies have an advocacy service if you have problems with the police. They could supply an interpreter, and if necessary, a lawyer. If your passport is lost or stolen, it will make it much easier to get a new one if you have kept a photocopy. They may also be able to give you up-to-date travel advice, particularly as regards uncertain political situations or areas of unrest.


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