Role & Functions

The Chiang Mai Consulate operates under the guidance of Australian Embassy Bangkok:

provides some consular assistance to Australians,

promotes and strengthen the Australian-Thailand bilateral relationships,

supports the Australian Embassy in the consular district, and

participates in the Consular Corps of Northern Thailand.

Honorary consuls are recognised by the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963. Ron, as the Honorary Consul, 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.

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The Honorary Consul of 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 as well as accepting new and renewal passport applications.
  • Taking passport applications, by appointment only
  • 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 the 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 Limitations: 

The Consulate and the Honorary Consul “cannot” perform the following services:

  • Notarial services – can not witness or certify documents, complete statutory declarations for visa extension, income verification letter, residence certificates, letters to open bank accounts, etc.
  • Marriage in Thailand – can not provide a certificate of no impediment.

These services are provided by the Australian Embassy in Bangkok, with an appointment – or during Outreach visits to Chiang Mai (see below).

  • Visa or Australian Citizenship – can not provide advice or accept applications

Visa & Citizenship applications can be made online. (see 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

Consular Assistance – click-  what can and can not be done to assist

Embassy Consular Outreach to Chiang Mai

These visits are conducted by the Embassy every two months during the year to provide some notarial services & to accept passport applications. Note: Visit dates & details are posted on the Australian Embassy’s website that you can check here – click – OUTREACH

Notarial Services

During the Outreach Program in Chiang Mai only certain notarial services can be provided – others can be provided at the Embassy in Bangkok – see this – click – 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 (select consular services) or email –


The Australian Embassy Passport office or the Consulate in Chiang Mai can assist with the renewal of existing passports, new applications, passports for minors and replacements for lost or stolen passports.

You can find more information on this Embassy – click – webpage: Australian Passports

Further Information and forms are also available at – 

For passport services at the Consulate in Chiang Mai – email us on – – for details & appointments.

Lost or stolen passports – in Thailand a Police report needs to be obtained and you should cancel your passport through the website at –  Emergency travel documents and/or new passports can be obtained from the Embassy in Bangkok or the Consulate in Chiang Mai.

If you have questions about the applications or process please contact the Australian Embassy Consular Passport Section directly on 02 344 6300 or email –

Or contact the Consulate in Chiang Mai

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 obtain a certificate of no impediment from the Australian Embassy either in Bangkok or during their Outreach to Chiang Mai.  See this website page: Marriage in Thailand

Other Information for Australians in Thailand – clicksee this link 

Australian Visa’s or Citizenship Applications

For visa or citizenship information please see the Australian Embassy – click – webpage on visas & migration. Applications can be made online.

For assistance to lodge an online application you can also contact the Australian Visa Application Centre Chiang Mai, operated by VFS Global, for the Australian Government.  The Consulate in Chiang Mai cannot 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)


Other Information or Support

The consulate supports the Embassy consular services team in the North of Thailand and will become involved in consular cases and assistance at the request of the Embassy. This may involve matters such as hospital visits, arrest and prison visits, welfare checks, death and help to victims of crime or other support as deemed as necessary and in line with the Consular Service Charter.

If you are not clear or uncertain about services that are available or other support or information please feel free to contact the Consulate in Chiang Mai for further assistance and references. See the contact us page on the menu.

You can view – click – the “Consular Service Charter” to find out more about services that can and can not be provided.

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