The website shares information regarding consular services and other resources that may help clients in northern Thailand. Explore the “site menu” for content. Find below answers to frequently asked questions and after hours emergency contacts.
The Consulate is Headed by an Honorary Consul & supports the Australian Embassy in the Northern Thailand consular district. This involves providing some consular assistance & information to clients, promoting and strengthening the Australian-Thailand bilateral relationships, undertaking public diplomacy and participating in the Consular Corps of Northern Thailand.
The Australian Consulate normally operates Monday to Thursday
- Hours: 09:00 am – 12:00 noon
- Closed Friday, Saturday, Sunday & public holidays
- Visits by appointment only
Before visiting or for information please contact the Consulate (during operating hours) by either: Phone: 091 857 6996 or Email: email@example.com – or –firstname.lastname@example.org
Out Of Hours Consular Assistance
If the Consulate is closed please phone the Australian Embassy, Bangkok on – 02 344 6300 – or email – email@example.com – (for a business hours response).
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).
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)
Continue reading for answers to frequently asked questions.
Changes to Income Statutory Declarations
The Australian Embassy Consular Section no longer witness statutory declarations to (a) declare income or bank balances for Thai Immigration purposes or (b) provide proof of residence certificate. See here for details.
Consular Service Outreach Program – Chiang Mai
There are significant changes and reductions to the Consular Service Outreach Program to Chiang Mai for 2019. See here for more information at this website.
Passports in Chiang Mai
Australian passport applications & renewals can be lodged with the Australian Consulate, 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.
ONLY a credit card (visa or mastercard) “authorisation form” is accepted for payment. No cash or debit cards accepted. It will take about 4 weeks to received a new passport lodged in Chiang Mai, subject to there being no problems with photo or lodgement documents.
New and renewal passport applications can also be lodged in person at the Embassy in Bangkok. See this Embassy webpage for passport information and application requirements.
Emergency passports – these can only be applied for at the Embassy in Bangkok.
Learn more about Australian Passports video – background and behind the scenes look –
Consular Service Limitations – Chiang Mai
For general information 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. Some notarial services are available during the Embassy Consular Outreach visits to Chiang Mai. Please see this Embassy webpage for information.
Australian Visa or Citizenship by Decent – The Consulate is not able to assist with Australian visa and citizenship applications, information and related matters. Information and visa application are managed by the Department of Homeland Affairs (Immigration). Applications can be made through the Australian Visa Application Center – with an office in Chiang Mai. You can obtain further information at this website.
Register marriage in Thailand -The Consulate is not able to assist with paperwork requirements but can provide information. 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. If you are in Thailand 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.
Assisting Australians Overseas – Consular Service Charter
This Charter outlines the consular services and assistance that are provided to Australian citizens by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. There will be circumstances in which our ability to provide consular support may be limited. These circumstances are outlined in this document.
Australian Smartraveller – stay smart while you are traveling. Be informed and prepared – Check out this website and consider a Smartraveller account
- Stay up to date – Stay notified – Be the first to know official government advice when traveling.
- Register your travel plans – Register your trip with Smartraveller – Help us contact you or your family in the event of an emergency.
Australian Activities in Chiang Mai
Anzac Day Dawn Memorial Service – 25 April 2019 – there was a large attendance for the 6 am service at the House of Praise International Church in Chiang Mai – see this post for details.
Australia Day 2019 Chiangmai – Australia Day celebration opportunities were available around town on Friday 26th January 2019 and the Consulate got out and about to participate – check out this post for details.
Australian Honorary Consul for Northern Thailand
The Honorary Consul, who operates the Australian Consulate in Chiang Mai, is an expat Aussie, retired Canadian Mountie & well-traveled soul wandering life’s path. Now a gentleman of leisure, he is enjoying the experiences of a life less ordinary. Here is a link to overview my journey: My Life Path
You can explore my “Musings of life’s yesterdays and today” on my other Honorary Consul/personal website. It offers a glance at my journey through sharing personal experiences. You can check out this other website to explore my earlier life – in Canada, Australia and now Thailand.
I also have a new website – “Thailand Happy Snaps” – it is a work in progress – of a photo-journal of my experiences in Thailand.