Australian Honorary Consul Northern Thailand; & Living in Chiang Mai – สถานกงสุลออสเตรเลีย ณ เชียงใหม่ ภาคเหนือ

The Australian Consulate in Chiang Mai is headed by an Honorary Consul. He is an expat Aussie, ex-Canadian Mountie, and well-traveled soul;  Enjoying wandering life’s path; the journey and experiences. 

For a quick look at contact details  and what can and can’t be done locally see below. Please “Explore the site MENU” to learn more about “Australian Consulate” its role, functions & other helpful references and resources.

A personal look at my own journey – Musings of life’s yesterdays and today” is also described on these web pages.



The Consulate in Chiang Mai for Northern Thailand supports the Australian Embassy in the consular district, provides some limited consular assistance to Australians, promotes and strengthens the Australian-Thailand bilateral relationships and participates in the Consular Corps of Northern Thailand.

Australian Consulate hours of normal operation:

Monday to Thursday – 09:00 am – 12:00 noon

Closed – Friday, Saturday, Sunday & public holidays

Visits are by appointment only

For information or before visiting please contact the consulate:

 Phone: 091 857 6996, or


Out of Hours Assistance

For urgent After/Out Of Hours consular assistance – Phone the Embassy on 02 344 6300 and, if it is after Embassy hours, select option 1 to be transferred to the Consular Emergency Centre in Australia. If your call is not transferred, you can call the Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 (call charges apply).

See below for answers to frequently asked questions.

Victorian State Elections, 24 November – you can apply for a postal vote or undertake early voting at the Embassy in Bangkok – see this Embassy webpage for information

Embassy Consular Service Outreach Program

The Australian Embassy provides a Consular Service Outreach Program that visits Chiangmai on published dates – The Outreach offers some notarial and passport services. The Outreach operates at Le Meridien Hotel Chiang Mai – See below for next date or more information at this website.

Notarial Services – No Statutory Declaration for Income

From 7 January 2019 the Australian Embassy Thailand and the Consulate General Phuket will NOT be witnessing statutory declarations which declare income or bank balances for Thai Immigration purposes. This applies to the Outreach Program that visits Chiang Mai as well.

See this Embassy webpage for details.

Consular Service Limitations – in Chiang Mai

You can learn more by visiting the Consular Service Charter which explains what services can and can not be provided to Australian’s overseas. There are limitations on services in Chiang Mai as noted below but for general information about Thailand see this Australian Embassy consular service webpage.

Notarial Services – The Consulate in Chiang Mai is not authorised to provide notarial services (statutory declarations, witness signatures, residence certificates or certify true copies) in accordance with the Consular Fees Act & DFAT policy. It can offer referral information. Please see this Embassy webpage for information.

Notarial Services are available at the Embassy in Bangkok or alternatively, some notarial services are available during the Embassy Consular Service Outreach visits to Chiang Mai.

Passports – For lost or stolen passports and for a new or renewal passport the Consulate in Chiang Mai is not authorised to accept Australian passport applications in accordance with the Consular Fees Act & DFAT policy. It can offer referral information. New and renewal passport applications can only be lodged in person at (1) the Embassy in Bangkok or (2) during Consular Service Outreach visits to Chiang Mai. Please see this Embassy webpage for information. Emergency passport can only be applied for at the Embassy in Bangkok.

Australian Visa or Citizenship by Decent – The Consulate has no involvement in Immigration matters and is not able to assist with visa and citizenship processes or provide advice.

Information and visa application are managed by the Department of Home Affairs (Immigration). You can obtain information at this website.

Australian Visa – change of passport details – if you hold an Australian visa and have changed your passport please see this webpage link for information on how to report changes

See here for informaton about certifying documents for citizenship applications

Register marriage in Thailand  – The Consulate is not able to assist with paperwork requirements but can provide information on the steps involved. Please see the information on this website.

Thailand Visa’s & extensions – The Consulate can not offer advice, information or assistance on obtaining, extending or facilitating visas for Thailand. This is a matter for Thailand Government authorities.

If you are in Thailand please contact Thai Immigration.  There are also many Thai Visa Agents in Chiang Mai who can assist with visa matters – these can be found through internet searches. If you are in Australia you need to contact the Thai Embassy, Canberra or a Thai Consulate closest to you for information.

– สถานกงสุลออสเตรเลียในจังหวัดเชียงใหม่สำหรับภาคเหนือ – เว็บไซต์นี้มีข้อมูลและข่าวสารการบริการของสถานกงสุล สถานกงสุลไม่รับยื่นคำร้องขอวีซ่า ,หนังสือเดินทาง,หรือให้บริการงานรับรองเอกสาร แต่เราสามารถให้ข้อมูลและแนะนำได้

My Personal Web Pages


The other aspect of this website is a look at my personal life & experiences. It covers my life’s journey and as a well-traveled soul.  Here is a link to a – glance at my life’s path – see the menu for links to insights about my earlier life – in Canada, Australia and now Thailand.

Other Consulate Information

A Brochure in English & Thai about the Consulate can be found on this page.

You can also refer for Consulate information to an associated website –  “Australian Consulate Chiang Mai Website

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Australian Activities in Chiang Mai

Australia Showcase Pavilion – Our pavilion was on display from 22 June to 1 July 2018 at the Chiang Mai Exhibition and Convention Center. See this website for more.

Australia Day – 26 January – see here for 2018 activity

Anzac Day – 25 April – see here for 2018 activity

Embassy Consular Service Outreach Program – Chiang Mai 2018

Australians in Northern Thailand

The Consular Service section of the Australian Embassy Bangkok undertakes programmed outreach visits to Chiang Mai to provide some notarial and passport services.  The next visit – 16 November 2018.

The Australian Embassy will endeavor to undertake outreach visits every 6 – 8 weeks during 2018.  Outreach dates are subject to change and are dependent on available resources. The program is held at:

Le Méridien Hotel Chiang Mai, 108 Chang Klan Road
Tambol Chang Klan, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 Thailand
T +66 (0)53 253 666

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Consulate Function & Services

It is often asked – Is the Honorary Consul’s role real? What are the functions?

The honorary consul position is recognised by the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963.  As the Honorary Consul, Ron is a designated “consular officer” which means “any person, including the head of a consular post, entrusted in that capacity with the exercise of consular functions”.

Consular officers are classified in two categories, namely career consular officers, and like me, honorary consular officers. As the honorary consul I am not authorised by the Consular Fee’s Act or DFAT public policy to provide notarial or passport services. I can provide information on how deal with these matters.

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Australian Consulate Contact

The Honorary Consul is available during consulate business hours, as explained below, for inquires and some assistance. There is a consulate support assistant for inquires in Thai. Please note Consulate Hours: 

Monday to Thursday 9 – 12  (Visit by appointment only) –

(If urgent or after hours please see “alternate contact details” below)

96-phoneMobile:  091 857 6996 (English & Thai)

Fax:  053 336 958        Line: aushoncon





Services provided are in line with functions and limitations explained on this, and the Australian Embassy Bangkok website.

If you are in Australia and want to make contact with the Consulate in Chiang Mai it is recommended you contact the DFAT Consular Emergency Centre in the first instance to discuss your needs on: 1 300 555 135 (within Australia Only)

Alternative contact Details:

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My Life’s Path – At a glance

These “musing”; my written reflections or thoughts, are about life’s journey and experiences as a resident of Canada, Australia, Thailand and as a well-travelled soul.  I am convinced, or at least pretty sure, that these journeys and many new destinations I experienced helped to shape my life and who I am.

Being exposed to different cultures, traditions and people’s’ in multiple countries and their way’s of life has had a lasting and profound impact on me and the way I approach life today.  These reflections involve some of my background stories and a way to preserve life memories and events while I can still recall them – already some of the detail seems to have escaped me.


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