Consulate and Embassy List

This section is about embassies and consulates other than those of the Thai government.

Embassies and consulates of various other countries are the place to go for a visa to travel to countries other than your own, to expeditiously report a death, for tax and voting documents, and certain other official procedures.

Below is our old list of embassies and consulates in Bangkok. The most current list should be at the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs website at www.mfa.go.th where you'll find a subsection titled Foreign Missions in Thailand to click on. But before you travel to a particular consulate or embassy, you should call them first to verify their address. On more than one occasion, I've travelled all the way across town only to find that the place which issues visas or deals with other matters is located elsewhere. Nonetheless, you may be surprised by the amount of detail that the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs has on your embassy or consulate.

However, before you go to your embassy for many other kinds of support, you'd better read this:

The embassies and consulates are of limited help, and should be consulted only if you exhaust your other options. For example, if you or an associate get into trouble locally, the embassy or consulate might be of assistance in referring you to a local lawyer or perhaps notifying your next of kin in another country. However, you will probably be much better off by establishing relationships with other reliable and trusted friends and associates in Bangkok instead, for most support matters.

Over the decades, the embassies and consulates have been reducing their roles in helping travellers and businessmen with information and other services, as other media sources and infrastructure have arisen. This is not rustic and remote Thailand any more. Since Bangkok and Thailand have very good media and infrastructure alternatives, you really can't expect much from your Bangkok embassy in these matters.

The main function of the consulates is simply to process visa requests. Bangkok is a good place to get visas to many countries.

Many accept visa applications only during morning hours, and give back passports in the afternoon. Some process your passport on the same day, others may require you leave your passport with them several days.

If you are new to Thailand and don't know anybody well, then you are advised to write down on a piece of paper and put in your wallet the phone number of your embassy, and also to memorize it. That's for you to use. You should also include on that piece of paper the phone numbers and contact info of emergency contacts in Thailand and in your home country. By law, you're supposed to carry your passport with you at all times, but if you cannot, then keep a photocopy with you, and another photocopy in a safe place.

Finally, there are countless stories of people who have not been helped by their embassy when it was the appropriate duty of their embassy. Some embassies are good at helping their citizens in situations where it's the embassy's duty, but some embassies are negligent, which has made its citizens question what more important things their highly paid foreign service people are doing with their time at taxpayer expense. Understandably, many cases are hard criminals looking for help while in trouble, and the embassy's disinterest is understandable. On the other hand, some are innocent people pursuing the proper channels.

I'm not going to name countries or discuss Thailand cases here, as I really can't get into the fray here.

So let me cite an example from India instead: Investigative journalism by Australian National TV reported the predicament of an old tourist who bought some coins from a street vendor out in the open, only to be immediately arrested by a policeman, thrown into jail for possessing ancient artifacts, and attempted extortion -- an apparently organized "tourist trap", like many known by locals but not tourists. He got practically no help from his embassy, and spent more than a year in jail (if I recall correctly) before finally linking up with and getting bailed out by relatives and friends. When Australian National TV formally asked the Australian embassy in India what happened, they got the usual rhetorical statement saying they had done everything in their power to assist the particular citizen, blah, blah, blah. When the embassy was then asked for SPECIFIC actions they took, and presented the evidence otherwise, there was no response and they were stonewalled by the embassy, so the TV show reported that!

The Australian embassy in Thailand, from what I've heard, has responded well to matters in Thailand, unlike the above case of the Australian embassy in India.

However, there are many cases in Thailand where the embassy people of other countries were negligent. Don't always interpret their public relations announcements as indicating that they are keenly interested in helping their citizens, as the motivation behind those announcements may be doing the minimum in their job for the maximum image benefits.

Thus, my advice is: "Don't be naive", to say the least. You should try your embassy when appropriate, but you had better rely on friends and associates, too, when you get into a situation where you need help. Don't rely 100% on your embassy, for goodness sake!

Better yet, avoid problems. Be aware of what's going on around you, and avoid questionable people, places and situations.

Notably, while Thailand is a relatively safe place compared to most countries, it also has a lot of scams and corruption by both Thais and foreigners preying on the naive. The worst scams and organized crime I've heard of here involve fellow foreigners who are longterm expats with no honorable employment and who misrepresent themselves. They often continue to exist due to pay-off protection to the local police.

Some expats who have little or no honorable employment but want to stay in Thailand get involved in shady businesses with crooks. If you think that most crooks don't routinely reneg on verbal agreements, then you're awfully naive. They will also prey upon the naive. If they don't pay in full, what's your recourse, and who cares? If you get a big problem and must choose between the two sides of the law, then keep in mind that it is usually better to go on the record with the tourist police and your embassy than to believe a crook who may try to scare you away from going to the police or your embassy with all kinds of bogus experience stories. Who would you trust more? An accountable government institution (accountable to some measure) or a private organized crime gang? Or is it better to take the next flight out?

Argentina

Prommitr Villa, 20/85 Soi 49/1, Sukhumvit Rd

Tel: 259-0401, 259-9198

Fax: 259-0402

Australia

37 Sathorn Tai (South) Rd

Tel: 287-2680

Fax: 287-1891

Austria

14 Soi Nandha, Sathorn Tai (South) Rd.

Tel: 287-3970-2

Fax: 287-3925

Bangladesh

727 Soi 55 (Thong Lor), Sukhumvit Rd.

Tel: 392-9437-8

Fax: 391-8070
Email: bboot@samart.co.th

Belgium

44 Soi Phya Pipat, Silom Rd.

Tel: 236-0150

Fax: 236-7619
Email: ambelbkk@loxinfo.co.th

Bhutan

19th Floor, Jewelry Trade Center, 919 Silom Rd.

Tel: 267-1722

Fax: 237-7541

Brazil

34th Floor, Lumpini Tower, 1168/101 Rama IV Rd.

Tel: 285-6080, 679-8567-8

Fax: 679-8569

Brunei

154 Soi 14, Soi 63 (Ekkamai), Sukhumvit Rd.

Tel: 381-5914-6, 391-6017

Fax: 381-5921, 381-5923

Bulgaria

33/15 Soi Charoen Chai, Soi 63 (Ekamai), Sukhumvit Rd.

Tel: 391-6180-1

Fax: 391-6182

Cambodia

185 Rajdamri Rd.

Tel: 254-6630, 253-7967

Fax: 253-9859

Canada

15th Floor, Abdulrahim Place, 990 Rama IV Rd.

Tel: 636-0540

Fax: 636-0565

Chile

10-B Charan Tower, 19 Soi 43, Sukhumvit Rd.

Tel: 260-3870-2, 260-3891-2

Fax: 261-5433

China

57 Ratchadapisek Rd.

Tel: 245-7043-4

Fax: 247-2214

Colombia

9th Floor, The Park Place, 231 Sarasin Rd.

Tel: 254-5105-6

Fax: 254-5109
Email: embcolbk@actions.net

Czech

71/6 Soi 2, Soi Ruam Rudi, Ploenchit Rd.

Tel: 255-3027, 255-5060

Fax: 253-7637

Denmark

10 Soi Attakarn Prasit, Sathorn Tai (South) Rd.

Tel: 213-2021-5

Fax: 213-1752

Egypt

49 Soi Ruam Rudi, Ploenchit Rd.

Tel: 253-0161, 253-8138

Fax: 254-9489

European Union (EU)

19th Floor, Kian Gwan House II, 140/1 Witthayu (Wireless) Rd.

Tel: 255-9100

Fax: 255-9113-4

Finland

16th Floor, Amarin Tower, 500 Ploenchit Rd.

Tel: 256-9306-9

Fax: 256-9310

France

35 Soi Rong Phasi Kao, Soi 36, Charoen Krung Rd.

Tel: 266-8250-4

Fax: 236-7973

Germany

9 Sathorn Tai (South) Rd.

Tel: 287-9000

Fax: 287-1776

Greece

79 Soi 4, Sukhumvit Rd.

Tel: 254-2936, 254-2938

Fax: 254-2937

Holy See

217/1 Sathorn Tai (South) Rd.

Tel: 212-5853-4

Fax: 212-0932

Hungary

20th Floor, Oak Tower, President Park Condo, 95 Soi 24, Sukhumvit Rd.

Tel: 661-1150-2

Fax: 661-1153

India

46 Soi 23, Sukhumvit Rd.

Tel: 258-0300-6

Fax: 258-4627, 262-1740

Indonesia

600-602 Petchburi Rd.

Tel: 252-3135-39

Fax: 255-1267

Iran

602 Sukhumvit Rd (between Sois 22-24)

Tel: 259-0611-3, 258-9322

Fax: 259-9111

Iraq

47 Pradipat Rd.

Tel: 278-5335-7

Fax: 271-4218

Israel

25th Floor, Ocean Tower, 75 Soi 19, Sukhumvit Rd.

Tel: 260-4854-9

Fax: 260-4860

Italy

399 Nang Linchi Rd.

Tel: 285-4090-3

Fax: 285-4793

Japan

1674 New Petchburi Rd.

Tel: 252-6151-9

Fax: 253-4153

Korea (North)

14 Moo Baan Suanlaemtong 2, Pattanakarn Rd.

Tel: 319-2686-7

Fax: 318-6333

Korea (South)

23 Thiam Ruam Mit Rd, off Rachadapisek Rd (near Thai Cultural Centre)

Tel: 247-7561

Fax: 247-7535

Kuwait

17th Floor, Sathorn Thaini Bldg II, 92/48 Sathorn Nua (North) Rd.

Tel: 235-4222-3

Fax: 237-6779

Laos

520, 502/1-3 Soi 39, Ramkamhaeng Rd.

Tel: 538-3696, 538-3171

Fax: 539-6678

Lebanon

15th Floor, CTI Tower, 191/67 Rachadapisek Rd.

Tel: 261-1013, 261-1015

Fax: 261-1026

Malaysia

33-35 Sathorn Tai (South) Rd.

Tel: 679-2190-9

Fax: 679-2208

Mexico

44/7-8 Convent Rd.

Tel: 235-6367, 234-0935, 234-0999

Fax: 236-8410

Morocco

5th Floor, Ban Chang Glas Haus, 1 Soi 25, Sukhumvit Rd.

Tel: 260-6410-1

Fax: 260-6412
Email: sifambkk@ksc8.th.com

Myanmar

132 Sathorn Nua (North) Rd.

Tel: 233-2237

Fax: 236-6898

Nepal

189 Soi 71, Sukhumvit Rd.

Tel: 390-2280, 391-7240

Fax: 381-2406

Netherlands

106 Witthayu (Wireless) Rd.

Tel: 254-7701-5

Fax: 254-5579

New Zealands

93 Witthayu (Wireless) Rd.

Tel: 254-2530

Fax: 253-9045

Norway

18th Floor, UBC II Bldg, (cnr Soi 33) 591 Sukhumvit Rd.

Tel: 261-0230-5

Fax: 262-0218

Oman

32nd Floor, Sent Thong Thaini Tower, 82 Sathorn Nua (North) Rd.

Tel: 639-9380-2

Fax: 639-9390

Pakistan

31 Soi 3 (Nana Nua), Sukhumvit Rd.

Tel: 253-0288-90

Fax: 253-0290

Panama

5th Floor, Sarasin Bldg, 14 Surasak Rd.

Tel: 237-9008-9

Fax: 237-9008-9

Peru

11th Floor, Ban Chang Glas Haus Bldg, 1 Soi 25 Sukhumvit Rd.

Tel: 260-6243, 260-6245

Fax: 260-6244
Email: peru@ksc.th.com

Philippines

760 Sukhumvit Rd. (opp Soi 47)

Tel: 259-0139-40

Fax: 259-2809

Poland

8A, Sri-yu-Khon Bldg, Soi 5, Sukhumvit Rd.

Tel: 251-8891-3

Fax: 251-8895

Portugal

26 Soi 30 (Captain Bush Lane), Charoen Krung Rd.

Tel: 234-2123

Fax: 238-4275

Romania

150 Soi Charoen Phon 1, Pradipat Rd.

Tel: 279-7902

Fax: 618-2458

Russia

108 Sathorn Nua (North) Rd.

Tel: 234-9824, 234-3939

Fax: 237-8488

Saudi Arabia

10th Floor, Sathorn Thaini Bldg, 90 Sathorn Nua (North)Rd.

Tel: 237-1938-41

Fax: 236-6442

Singapore

129 Sathorn Tai (South) Rd.

Tel: 286-2111, 286-1434, 286-9971, 286-2253-4

Fax: 287-2578

Slovak

Mezzanine Floor, Pantip Court, 68 Soi Attakarn Prasit, Sathorn Tai (South) Rd.

Tel: 285-0220-2

Fax: 285-0223

South Africa

6th Floor, The Park Place, 231 Sarasin Rd.

Tel: 253-8473-6

Fax: 253-8477

Spain

7th Floor, Diethelm Tower A, 93/1 Witthayu (Wireless) Rd.

Tel: 252-6112, 252-8368, 255-2389, 253-5132-4

Fax: 255-2388

Sri Lanka

13th Floor, Ocean Tower II Bldg, 75/6-7 Soi 19, Sukhumvit Rd.

Tel: 261-1934-5

Fax: 261-1936

Sweden

20th Floor, Pacific Place, 140 Sukhumvit Rd.

Tel: 254-4955

Fax: 254-4914

Switzerland

35 Witthayu (Wireless) Rd.

Tel: 253-0156-60

Fax: 255-4481

Taiwan

10th Floor, Kian Gwan Bldg, 140 Witthayu (Wireless) Rd.

Tel: 251-9274-6

Fax: 254-9276

Turkey

61/1 Soi Chatsan, Sutthisan Rd.

Tel: 274-7262-3

Fax: 274-7261

United Kingdom

1031 Witthayu (Wireless) Rd. (cnr Ploenchit Rd.)

Tel: 253-0191-9

Fax: 254-9578

USA

120-122 Wittthayu (Wireless) Rd.

Tel: 205-4000

Fax: 254-2990

Vietnam

83/1 Witthayu (Wireless) Rd.

Tel: 251-7202

Fax: 251-7201, 251-7203




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