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.
The Chiang Mai Consulate, under guidance of the Australian Embassy Bangkok provides some consular assistance to Australians, promotes and strengthen the Australian-Thailand bilateral relationships and supports the Australian Embassy in the consular district.
The Honorary Consul Australia Functions:
- Providing some consular assistance, according to guidelines and in a sensitive manner, to Australians in relation to a range of matters. These include welfare, whereabouts, arrest, imprisonment, hospitalization, death, repatriation or evacuation. Passport applications and renewals can also be lodged at the Consulate.
- Maintaining good relations with the Thai government and local authorities relevant to Australia’s consular and other interests.
- Assisting the Embassy in relation to Australian commercial, cultural, educational, scientific and technological interests in the consular district as required.
- Building general public awareness of Australia through dissemination of information.
- Engaging in ceremonial and public affairs activities as a representative of Australia.
- Acting as a communication channel between the Australian Embassy, Bangkok and the Thai government in the consular district, when requested.
- Supporting visiting Australian officials (such as during the Embassy Outreach visits) and performing other duties as requested by the Australian Embassy, Bangkok,
- Participate in the activities of the international Consular Corps in Chiang Mai.
Services and Service Limitations:
The Consulate offers the following service
- Consular information & assistance – please contact the Consulate to discuss your issues.
- Passports – Australian passport applications ( renewal of existing passports, new applications, passports for minors and replacements for lost or stolen passports) 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org – to book an appointment. If applying in Chiang Mai it can take 4 weeks to recieve a new passport. Payment is by only by credit card (visa or mastercard) authorisation form. No cash or debit card is accepted.
The Australian Embassy Passport office can also assist with renewal of existing passports, new applications, passports for minors and replacements for lost or stolen passports. You can find more information on this Embassy webpage: Australian Passports. Further Information and forms are also available at – www.passports.gov.au
Lost or stolen passports – in Thailand a Police report needs to be obtained to apply for another passport. Emergency travel documents can ONLY be obtained from the Embassy in Bangkok.
- If you have questions about the applications or process please contact the Australian Embassy Consular Passport Section directly on 02 344 6300 or email – email@example.com – or
Australian Consulate Chiang Mai – (Mon to Thur – 9 to 12) – 091 857 6996 or email – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Consulate “cannot perform” the following services:
- Notarial services – not authorised to witness or certify documents, issuing statutory declarations for visa extension, income verification letter, residence certificates, marriage documents etc. (see below)
- Marriage Registration – not authorised to take a statutory declaration or register a marriage in Thailand. These services are provided by the Australian Embassy in Bangkok or during limited Outreach visits to Chiang Mai (see below).
- Visa or Australian Citizenship – can not provide advice or accept applications. These service are provided by the Australian Visa Application Centre, Thailand – (please see details below)
How and Where to Obtain these Services
Australian Embassy Bangkok
Please see the Embassy website dealing with support for Australians in Thailand – check out the various pages through the menu at this webpage link
Embassy Consular Outreach to Chiang Mai
The Embassy undertakes only limited Outreach visits during the year to provide some notarial services & to accept passport applications. Note: Visit dates & details are posted on the Australian Embassy’s website here – OUTREACH
Refer to the this Embassy Notarial page. For more information or to find out about a particular notarial service availability or the cost please contact the Australian Embassy Consular Service Section directly: Phone 02 344 6300 or email – email@example.com.
Registering a Marriage in Thailand
There are specific steps and processes to follow to have your marriage registered in Thailand and to be recognised in Australia. The first step is to make a statutory declaration with the Australian Embassy either in Bangkok. Refer to the detailed Embassy webpage that offers links to all the steps involved with : Marriage in Thailand
Australian Visa’s or Citizenship Applications
For visa or citizenship informaton please see this Embassy webpage –
Or contact or visit the Australian Visa Application Centre Chiang Mai, operated by VFS Global, for the Australian Government. The Consulate in Chiang Mai can not provide any information or advice in regards to these matters.
Contact details: Siriphanich Building L6, 191 Huay Kaew Road (opposite side to Maya Centre/above Channel 7/adjacent Play condominium)
Website see: – www.vfsglobal.com/Australia/Thailand.
Phone: 02 118 7100 or email: – firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Information or Support
If you are not clear or uncertain about services that are available or other support and information please feel free to contact the Consulate in Chiang Mai for further assistance and references. Here is our contact detail page
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