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The Royal Thai Consulate in Birmingham

Important Notice

With effect from the 13 November 2015, we can no longer issue Double or Triple Entry Tourist Visa's, these have been replaced by the Multiple Entry Tourist Visa (METV)

The Royal Thai Consulate can no longer accept postal applications.

 

Consular Officers reserve the right to request additional documents.

Kind Regards, Geoff Howard, Hon Consul for Thailand.

Visas and Downloads

We will issue visas in Birmingham that are handed into the office between 8.00am - 11.00am Monday to Friday, excluding UK bank holidays. Our office is situated at 1 Victoria Square, opposite the Council House, and Town Hall. We are only a 5 minute walk from either Birmingham New Street or Snow Hill railway stations and 10 minutes from Moor Street railway station. With motorway links, airport, tram, bus or car we are easily accessible. For your Sat Nav input post code - B1 1BD

  • Tourist Visa

    Tourist visas will be issued on the same day providing we have the correct documentation.

    A visa is not required for tourists who are visiting Thailand for less than 30 days and hold a confirmed flight out of Thailand within 30 days. This applies to tourists who hold valid passports, which come under the visa exemption rule.

    Applicants not in receipt of a UK passport and resident in the United Kingdom, must provide proof of residency.

    Passport holders of Afghanistan, Algerian, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Guinea, India, Iraq, Iran, Liberia, North Korea, Lebanon, Libya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen are requested to apply at the Royal Thai Embassy in London only.

    Tourist Visa One Entry - £25.00

    Tourist Visa Multiple Entries - £125.00


    ON COLLECTION, AN ADDITIONAL FEE OF £10.00 IS PAYABLE


    Click here for full Tourist Visa info and requirements
  • Non-Immigrant Visa

    With immediate effect all Non-Immigrant visas cannot be issued on the same day, as we require authorisation from the Royal Thai Embassy in London.

    PLEASE ALLOW AT LEAST 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE.

    We will contact you with the decision regarding your visa application as soon as we receive authorisation from the Embassy in London.

    Please ensure we have your UK contact telephone number.

    All other visas will be issued on the same day as usual providing we have the correct documentation.

    Non-Immigrant One Entry - £50.00

    Non-Immigrant Multiple Entry - £125.00


    ON COLLECTION, AN ADDITIONAL FEE OF £10.00 IS PAYABLE


    Click here for full Non-Immigrant Visa info and requirements

Visa Prices

Tourist Visa

Tourist Visa One Entry - £25.00

Tourist Visa Multiple Entries - £125.00

ON COLLECTION, AN ADDITIONAL FEE OF £10.00 IS PAYABLE

Non-Immigrant Visa

Non-Immigrant One Entry - £50.00

Non-Immigrant Multiple Entries - £125.00

ON COLLECTION, AN ADDITIONAL FEE OF £10.00 IS PAYABLE

Opening Times

Our Office opening times are

Monday to Friday - 8am to 11am (Excluding Bank Holidays)

Saturday & Sunday - Closed


In the event of an emergency please phone +44 (0) 787 067 3079
(Not to be used for Visa Application Forms – These can be downloaded from our website)

Directions

 By Train

Birmingham New Street is approximately a 3-5 minute walk away while Snow Hill Station is 10 minutes on foot.


 By Car

From M6: Come off at Junction 6. Take the A38(N) towards Birmingham City Centre. Stay on the A38 going over the flyover and go under St Chads Queensway. Upon exiting the tunnel filter left on to Great Charles Street. Straight over the traffic lights then take the first left at Paradise Circus Island into Suffolk Street. Keep in the left hand lane , take the first turning on the left and then left again. One Victoria Square is on your left hand side at the end of the road. There are plenty of NCP parking sites within the area, just follow the signs.

From M5: Join M6 Southbound signposted Birmingham & NEC and follow the directions as per M6.

For your Sat Nav input post code - B1 1BD

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Royal Thai Consulate
1 Victoria Square
Birmingham
B1 1BD


T: +44 (0) 121 643 9481


In the event of an emergency please phone +44 (0) 787 067 3079
(Not to be used for Visa Application Forms – These can be down loaded from this web site)

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About Thailand

History

Thailand means "land of the free", and throughout its 800-year history, Thailand can boast the distinction of being the only country in Southeast Asia never to have been colonized. Its history is divided into five major periods

Nanchao Period (650-1250 A.D.)
The Thai people founded their kingdom in the southern part of China, which is Yunnan, Kwangsi and Canton today. A great number of people migrated south as far as the Chao Phraya Basin and settled down over the Central Plain under the sovereignty of the Khmer Empire, whose culture they probably accepted. The Thai people founded their independent state of Sukhothai around 1238 A.D., which marks the beginning of the Sukhothai Period

Sukhothai Period (1238-1378 A.D.)
Thais began to emerge as a dominant force in the region in the13th century, gradually asserting independence from existing Khmer and Mon kingdoms. Called by its rulers "the dawn of happiness", this is often considered the golden era of Thai history, an ideal Thai state in a land of plenty governed by paternal and benevolent kings, the most famous of whom was King Ramkamhaeng the Great. However in 1350, the mightier state of Ayutthaya exerted its influence over Sukhothai.

Ayutthaya Period (1350-1767)
The Ayutthaya kings adopted Khmer cultural influences from the very beginning. No longer the paternal and accessible rulers that the kings of Sukhothai had been, Ayutthaya's sovereigns were absolute monarchs and assumed the title devaraja (god-king). The early part of this period saw Ayutthaya extend its sovereignty over neighboring Thai principalities and come into conflict with its neighbours, During the 17th century, Siam started diplomatic and commercial relations with western countries.
In 1767, a Burmese invasion succeeded in capturing Ayutthaya. Despite their overwhelming victory, the Burmese did not retain control of Siam for long. A young general named Phya Taksin and his followers broke through the Burmese encirclement and escaped to Chantaburi. Seven months after the fall of Ayutthaya, he and his forces sailed back to the capital and expelled the Burmese occupation garrison.

Thon Buri Period (1767-1772)
General Taksin, as he is popularly known, decided to transfer the capital from Ayutthaya to a site nearer to the sea which would facilitate foreign trade, ensure the procurement of arms, and make defence and withdrawal easier in case of a renewed Burmese attack. He established his new capital at Thon Buri on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The rule of Taksin was not an easy one. The lack of central authority since the fall of Ayutthaya led to the rapid disintegration of the kingdom, and Taksin's reign was spent reuniting the provinces.

Rattanakosin Period (1782 - the Present)
After Taksin's death, General Chakri became the first king of the Chakri Dynasty, Rama I, ruling from 1782 to 1809. His first action as king was to transfer the royal capital across the river from Thon Buri to Bangkok and build the Grand Palace. Rama II (1809-1824) continued the restoration begun by his predecessor. King Nang Klao, Rama III (1824-1851) reopened relations with Western nations and developed trade with China. King Mongkut, Rama IV, (1851-1868) of "The King and I" concluded treaties with European countries, avoided colonialisation and established modern Thailand. He made many social and economic reforms during his reign.

King Chulalongkorn, Rama V (1869-1910) continued his father's tradition of reform, abolishing slavery and improving the public welfare and administrative system. Compulsory education and other educational reforms were introduced by King Vajiravudh, Rama VI (1910-1925). During the reign of King Prajadhipok, (1925-1935), Thailand changed from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy. The king abdicated in 1933 and was succeeded by his nephew, King Ananda Mahidol (1935-1946). The country's name was changed from Siam to Thailand with the advent of a democratic government in 1939. Our present monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, is King Rama IX of the Chakri Dynasty.

 

The Monarchy

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the ninth king of the Chakri Dynasty. Born in December 1927, in Cambridge, Massachusetts USA, where his father, Prince Mahidol of Songkhla was studying medicine at Harvard University, H.M. King Bhumibol ascended the throne in 1946 and is already the longest reigning Thai monarch. As a constitutional monarch, he maintains neutrality in times of crisis.

Thai people have a deep and traditional reverence for the Royal Family. To a very large degree, H.M. King Bhumibol's popularity mirrors his deep interest in his people's welfare. He concerns himself intimately with every aspect of Thai life. He and his wife, H.M. Queen Sirikit devote much of their time to inspect and improve the welfare of the people.

His Majesty the King's initials the Thai letters Phor Por Ror placed at the centre of the crest, under the Royal Crown and above the Royal Throne of the Eight Compass Points, signify that His Majesty is the focus of the entire nation, binding the people's hearts and loyalty. The yellow colour of the letters is the colour of His Majesty's day of birth, and the blue colour of the background that of the monarchy. The surrounding discus (Chakra) with the Thai numeral 9 means that King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the ninth monarch of the Chakri Dynasty. The crest is flanked by two seven-tiered umbrellas and topped by a nine-tiered umbrella, both types symbols of kingship. The four-point border represents the four regions of the country, in which the people live in peace and tranquillity under the King's supreme protection, as expressed by the green colour, which is a symbol of peace and abundance. Each of the four points of the border has a lotus flower, an offering to His Majesty on the occasion of his sixth-cycle birthday anniversary. The golden rays around the crest signify His Majesty's grace and benevolence, which pervade the Kingdom and beyond, and bring pride and joy to the people throughout the entire land. Beneath the crest, a blue silk banner bears the inscriptionof the Celebration on the Auspicious Occasion of His Majesty's 6th-Cycle Birthday Anniversary on 5 December 1999.

Speaking Thai

Thai is a tonal language belonging to the group of Ka-Tai languages, the five tones are monotone, low, falling, high, and rising. This can be a rather complicated language for the visitor; however, English is quite widely understood, particularly in Bangkok where it is almost the major commercial language.

As when visiting any country it is useful to know a few phrases, if only to be polite.

Hello (male speaker)

sawatdee krup

Hello (female speaker)

sawatdee kaa

How are you?

sabai dee reu pao

Fine thanks

sabai dee

Thank you

kop koon

Never mind

mai pen rai

I can't speak Thai

phoot Thai mai dai

I don't understand

mai kao chai

Do you understand?

kao chai mai

May I take a photograph?

tai ruup dai mai

Where is the rest room?

hong nam yoo tee nai

How much does this cost?

nee tao-rai

What is this ?

nee arai

Very expensive

paeng maag

The bill please

gep taang

Good-bye

la gon

See you again

laew phob gan mai

Good luck

kor hai chok dee

Sorry/excuse me

kor thoad

 

Money Matters

Business Hours: The private sector operates from 9 am to 5 pm, while the public sector operates from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, except on public holidays. General banking hours are Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 3.30 pm.

Currency: Notes are issued in denominations of B1000 (grey), B500 (purple), B100 (red), B50 (blue), B20 (green), and B10 (brown). There are 10, 5 and 1 baht coin, and 50 and 25 satang. There are 100 satangs in 1 baht.

Credit Cards: All major credit cards are widely accepted throughout the kingdom. Most foreign currencies and traveller cheques are easily changed at banks, hotels or moneychangers in cities mainly.

Tipping : Tipping is not a usual practice in Thailand although it is becoming more common. Most hotels and restaurants add a 10% service charge to the bill. Taxi drivers do not require a tip, but the gesture is appreciated.

Bargaining : Fixed prices are the norm in department stores, but at most other places bargaining is to be expected. Generally, you can obtain a final figure of between 10-40% lower than the original asking price. Much depends on your skills and the shopkeeper's mood. But remember, Thais appreciate good manners and a sense of humor. With patience and a broad smile, you will not only get a better price, you will also enjoy your shopping.

Do's and Don't

The Monarchy : Thai people have a deep, traditional reverence for the Royal Family, and a visitor should be careful to show respect for the King, the Queen and the Royal Children.

Religion : Visitors should dress neatly in all religious shrines. They should never go topless, or in shorts, hot pants or other unsuitable attireIt is acceptable to wear shoes when walking around the compound of a Buddhist temple, but not inside the chapel where the principal Buddha image is kept.

Each Buddha image, large or small, ruined or not, is regarded as a sacred object. Never climb onto one to take a photograph or do anything which might indicate a lack of respect. Buddhist monks are forbidden to touch or be touched by a woman, or to accept anything from the hand of one. If a woman has to give anything to a monk, she first hands it to a man, who then presents it.

Social Norms : Thais don't normally shake hands when they greet one another, but instead press the palms together in a prayer-like gesture called a wai. Generally a younger person wais an elder, who returns it.

Thais regard the head as the highest part of the body, literally and figuratively. Therefore, avoid touching people on the head and try not to point your feet at people or an object. It is considered very rude.

Shoes should be removed when entering a private home.

Public displays of affection between men and women are frowned upon.

 

Tourist Visa

(Visa fee may be changed without prior notice)


REQUIREMENT

This type of visa will be issued to applicants who wishing to enter the Kingdom for tourism purposes.

 

SINGLE ENTRY (SETV)

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

- Passport or travel document with not less than 6 months
- Birmingham Visa application form fully completed
- Two recent passport size photographs of the applicant
- Consular officers reserve the rights to request for additional documents as deemed necessary


VISA FEE

£25.00 per entry.

You must enter the Kingdom within 3 months of issue.

Tourists must arrive in Thailand within 3 months of the date of issue this allows a stay of up to 60 days from arrival in Thailand. An extension of up to 30 days may be obtained on application to the local Immigration Authorities and payment of the current fee. The length of the extension is at the discretion of the Authorities and can range from 7 to 30 days.

 

MULTIPLE ENTRY (METV)

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

- Passport or travel document with not less than 6 months
- Visa application form fully completed
- Two recent passport size photographs of the applicant
- 6 months bank statement with no less than £5,000
- Letter from employer, confirming employment
- Self-Employed a copy of Self-Assessment
- Copies of flight details and Hotel reservation
- Consular officers reserve the rights to request for additional documents as deemed necessary


VISA FEE

£125.00

This allows as many entries of up to 60 days per entry for a duration 6 months from the date of issue. No individual stay / entry can exceed 60 days.


EXTENSION OF STAY

Those who wish to stay longer or may wish to change their status of visa must file an application for permission at the Office of Immigration Bureau located on Soi Suan Plu, off South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120 , Tel (662) 287-3101-10 (or at www.immigration.go.th ). The extension of stay as well as the change of certain type of visa is solely at the discretion of the Immigration officer.


Applicants who are nationals of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Sudan, Algeria, Libya, Yemen, Egypt and Palestinian State Passport holders of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Sudan, Algeria, Libya, Yemen, Egypt and Palestinian States are requested to file for application at the Thai Embassy/Consulate-General where they have their permanent residence, for which evidence will be required. i.e. Recent utility bills and Bank Statements.

Non Immigrant Visa

(Visa fee may be changed without prior notice)


REQUIREMENT

This type of visa is designed for applicants who wish to enter the Kingdom for the following purposes.


- to perform official duties (Category "F")
- to conduct business / to work (Category "B")
- to invest with the concurrence of the Thai Ministries and Government Departments concerned (Category "IM")
- to invest or perform other activities relating to investment, subject to the provision of the established laws on investment promotion (Category "IB")
- to study, to come on a work study tour or observation tour , to participate in projects or seminars , to attend a conference or training course , to study as a foreign Buddhist monk (Category "ED")
- to work as a film-producer, journalist or reporter (Category "M")
- to perform missionary work or other religious activities with the concurrence of the Thai Ministries or Government Departments concerned (Category "R")
- to conduct scientific research or training or teaching in a research institute (Category "RS")
- to undertake skilled work or to work as an expert or specialist (Category "EX")
- other activities (Category "O")

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

- Correct Fee
- Visa application form completely filled out & signed
- Two recent passport size photographs of the applicant
- Passport with not less than 6 months after your return.
- Two passport sized photographs taken within the past six months
- Certificate of Marriage or its equivalents ("O")
- Letter of acceptance from the concerned schools/universities or institutes ("ED")
- Letter from Thailand's Board of Investment. ("IB")
- Official Note certifying the purpose of travel from the Government Agencies /Embassies and Consulates / International Organisations / State Enterprises in Thailand. ("F" / "B" / "ED" / "M" / "R")
- Letter of acceptance from the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (Alien Occupational Control Division, Department of Employment , Tel 662-2452745, 245-3209, 617-6578, 617-6584 Fax. 662-6176576, 245-2593) ***
- Letter from a company stating the objective of the visit to Thailand ("B")
- Document showing correspondence with trading partners in Thailand. ("B")
- Letter of invitation from companies qualified to employ foreigners. ("B")
- Employment contract indicating rationale for hiring the applicant as well as his/her salary, position and qualifications (document must be signed by authorised managing director and affixed the seal of the company) ("B")
- Copy of Work Permit issued by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (only in case the applicant has previously worked in the Kingdom ) ("B")
- Copy of corporate documents; namely 1) list of shareholders 2) business registration and business license 3) company profile 4) details of business operation 5) list of foreign workers stating names, nationalities and positions 6) map indicating the location of the company 7) Balance sheet, statement of Income Tax and Business Tax (Por Ngor Dor 50 and Por Ngor Dor 30) of the latest year 8) Alien income tax return (Por Ngor Dor 91) and 9) Value-added tax registration (Por Ngor Dor 20) , etc.("B")
- Copy of educational records of the applicant and letters of recommendation from the prior employers, identifying job description and length of service time. ("B")
- Document indicating the number of foreign tourists (for tourism business only),or document indicating export transactions issued by banks (for export business only)("B")
- Evidence of adequate finance ( 20,000 Baht per person and 40,000 Baht per family )


The document to be submitted for non-immigrant visa application is contingent upon necessities and appropriateness of purposes stated in the application form.

Consular officers reserve the rights to request for additional documents as deemed necessary.

Copies of company documents must be signed by Board of Directors and affixed the seal of the company.

In the absence of a required document, a letter indicating the unavailability of such document must be provided.

The applicant must sign on each page of the copy

Documents in foreign languages must be translated into Thai or English


VISA FEE

£50.00 for single entry and £125.00 for multiple entries (subject to change without notice)

Single-entry and multiple-entry visas are valid for three months and one year respectively.

The holders of this type of visa are initially granted a period of stay in the Kingdom not exceeding 90 days unless otherwise instructed by the Office of Immigration Bureau.


EXTENSION OF STAY

Those qualified persons can obtain an additional one year stay permit counting from the date of entry in the Kingdom pertaining to the Office of the Immigration Bureau's regulations on extension of stay. The extension of stay is at the discretion of the Immigration officer.

N.B. Applicants wishing to stay in the Kingdom longer than 90 days, have to file their application either at the Thai consular mission abroard or at the Office of Immigration Bureau located on Soi Suan Plu, off South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120 , Tel (662) 287-3101-10 (or at www.immigration.go.th ). The consular officer must refer the case to the Office of Immigration Bureau for approval. Upon receiving approval, the consular officer may issue the visa as instructed by the Bureau.


Applicants who are nationals of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Sudan, Algeria, Libya, Yemen, Egypt and Palestinian State Passport holders of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Sudan, Algeria, Libya, Yemen, Egypt and Palestinian States are requested to file for application at the Thai Embassy/Consulate-General where they have their permanent residence, for which evidence will be required. i.e. Recent utility bills and Bank Statements.


** 1. The document to be submitted for non-immigrant visa application is contingent upon necessities and appropriateness of purposes stated in the application form.

2. Consular officers reserve the rights to request for additionadocumentasdeemededed necessary.

3. Copies of company documents must be signed by Board of Directors and affixed the seal of the company.

4. In the absence of a required document, a letter indicating the unavailability of such document must be provided.

5. The applicant must sign on each page of the copy

6. Documents in foreign languages must be translated into Thai. If translated into English, it should be notorizededed by notary persons.

*** For those foreigners who wish to work in Thailand, their employer in Thailand should submit Form WP3 (Application for applying a work permit on behalf of alien according to Section 3) at the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare.