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Important Notice for British Nationals

British Embassy

Important Notice for British Nationals

With effect from 1 November 2013 all notarial and documentary services, e.g. pension letters, affirmations, certification of documents, previously provided by the Honorary Consuls in Phuket and Koh Samui will be transferred to the British Embassy in Bangkok in line with a global update of Consular policy.

Information on how to apply for your specific notarial or documentary need can be found at www.gov.uk/notarial-and-documentary-services-guide-for-Thailand  or by phoning 02 305 8333.

The British Embassy in Bangkok provides a same day service, for applications that require attendance in person, however, this is dependent on the submitted application being correctly completed.   Please ensure that you provide all the necessary documentation for the service you require, there will be delays if your application is incomplete, and that you submit your application in good time.

Editors note – Applicants should apply 4-6 weeks before their current permission to stay in the Kingdom expires, &   Payment by bankers draft/cashier’s cheque <the preferred method @ Samui Notary clinics> is still possible providing applicants add THB 200 admin fee plus THB 100 return EMS fee to the value of the cheque, payable to “The British Embassy”. Full details can be found on the ‘fee’ page via the link in the attached document.

Q&A

1. I understand that the FO has decided that all notarial services will be provided only at full consuls, and no longer by honorary consuls. Is this the case?

This change is not in relation to who carries out these services , but where.  As part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) consular strategy 2013-2016 which was launched in April 2013,  documentary and notarial services worldwide are being rationalised to provide a more modern and streamlined service.  In many countries we will centralise notarial and documentary services in a single post per country.  We are also working to introduce on line credit card payments and bookable appointments.

2. So this would mean these services are available only in Bangkok and Chiang Mai?

Yes, from 1 November, notarial and documentary services will be provided by the British Embassy in Bangkok and the British Consulate General in Chiang Mai.

3. When will this happen?

Our Honorary Consuls in Phuket and Koh Samui will cease to undertake notarial and documentary services on 1 November 2013.
4. Will any other services currently provided by Hon Cons be whisked away to BKK?

No

5. Will the embassy consider “clinics” to places like Phuket to provide notarial services? (Iif there is no clinic you risk having hundreds of angry Brits grumbling about cost and loss of working time necessitated by journey to Bkk.)

At the moment we do not think this will be necessary but we will keep this under review.

Approximately 70% of all requests for notarial and documentary services provided by our Honorary Consuls in Phuket and Koh Samui are for pension letters required by the Thai authorities.    We do not require individuals to attend in person for this service, their application may be submitted by post.  Details can be found at www.gov.uk/notarial-and-documentary-services-guide-for-thailand

6. I see a list of services on the website. (https://www.gov.uk/notarial-and-documentary-services-guide-for-thailand) Is that accurate and up to date?

Yes, we are constantly updating the information on the website to ensure that it is accurate and up to date.  Anyone wishing to use our services should ensure that they have the most up to date information before submitting an application.

7. Has the FO offered any explanation as to why this has to happen? Any apology for the inconvenience it will cause?

These changes are part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s 2013-2016 Consular Strategy, which was launched by the British Foreign Secretary in April 2013.  As the strategy makes clear, Consular Excellence is about high-quality, modern, cost-effective and efficient support to British nationals overseas.  The changes will help make better use of our scarce resources and modernise the way we deliver these services.  This will allow us to concentrate on front-line consular work, providing more support to our most vulnerable customers including, for example, minors, the elderly, people with mental health problems, and victims of serious crime abroad.

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