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;  Who is enjoying wandering life’s path; the journey and experiences. 

For 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.

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

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ABOUT THIS SITEAUSTRALIAN CONSULATE

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

 Email: ausconcm@gmail.com

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.


Consular Service Outreach Program Chiang Mai

There are significant changes to the Consular Service Outreach Program to Chiang Mai for 2019. See here for 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 webpagefor details.


Consular Service Limitations – in Chiang Mai

The Consular Service Charter  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.

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. Please see this Embassy webpage for information.

Passports – From early December 2018, Australian passport applications & renewals can be lodged with the Honorary Consul, Chiang Mai – by appointment only.  Please contact the Australian Consulate Chiang Mai (Monday to Thursday 9 am to 12 noon) on 091 857 6996 or by email – ausconcm@gmail.com – to book an appointment.

It takes 4 weeks to recieve a new passport and only a credit card “authorisation form” is accepted for payment. No cash. New and renewal passport applications can also be lodged in person at the Embassy in Bangkok. Please see this Embassy webpage for for passport information and application requirements.

Emergency passports – these can only be applied for at the Embassy in Bangkok.

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.

Australian Visa or Citizenship by Decent

The Consulate has no involvement in Australian 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.

Updating personal and/or passport details for your Aus Visa

Please update your details on your ImmiAccount or download Form 929 and email the completed form to 929@homeaffairs.gov.au.

Further information is available here.

Please note that Passport changes may take 24-48 hours to be reflected in VEVO. This will not affect your travel.

Where to certify documents for visa applications

Only a person currently employed in a position from the designated list of occupations can certify copies of your original documents. That person must be an Australian citizen and not related to you by birth, marriage or de facto relationship. If you apply from outside Australia and do not know an Australian citizen, have your documents certified by someone who:

  • is a citizen of the country you are in
  • is not related to you (by birth, marriage or de facto relationship)
  • works in one of the occupations listed on our website

If the certifier has known you for at least one year, they can:

  • complete an identity declaration for you
  • confirm your photographs are genuine

See: Certified Copy for further information

Alternatively, documents can be certified at the Consular Section of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) at the Australian Embassy in Bangkok.   DFAT can witness and authenticate signatures and provide certain other notarial services (fees apply for these services), please see  Consular Services for more details.

Please note: Photocopies of certified copies are NOT acceptable.

– สถานกงสุลออสเตรเลียในจังหวัดเชียงใหม่สำหรับภาคเหนือ – เว็บไซต์นี้มีข้อมูลและข่าวสารการบริการของสถานกงสุล สถานกงสุลไม่รับยื่นคำร้องขอวีซ่า ,หนังสือเดินทาง,หรือให้บริการงานรับรองเอกสาร แต่เราสามารถให้ข้อมูลและแนะนำได้


My Personal Web Pages

MUSING OF MY LIFE; YESTERDAYS AND TODAY

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

Consular Service Outreach Program & Passports- Chiang Mai

The Australian Embassy will not be conducting any further outreach visits to Chiang Mai in 2018.

The Embassy anticipates a reduction in the need to provide notarial services due to no longer witnessing income or bank balance statutory declarations. As such, outreach visits to Chiang Mai will be reduced in 2019 and the anticipated next visit is in June 2019. At least six weeks’ notice will be provided of our visit date, please monitor the website for updates.

From the 10th December 2018, Australian passport applications can be lodged with the Australian Consulate, Chiang Mai – by appointment only. Appointments are normally available on Wednesday mornings from 9 to 11:30 am.

Please contact the Australian Consulate Chiang Mai (Monday to Thursday 9 am to 12 noon) on 091 857 6996 or by email – ausconcm@gmail.com – to book an appointment.

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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

 

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Email: ausconcm@gmail.com

 

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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