Thais residing overseas are now able to renew I.D cards at Thai embassies overseas without having to return to Thailand.
Since an MoU was signed in March between Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul and Interior Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit, under which both sides agreed to cooperate in renewing passports of Thai expats, the service has now been launched in Los Angeles.
Starting September 13th, The Royal Thai Consulate in Los Angeles has been authorized to issue new IDs to Thai nationals seeking to replace those lost or damaged. No fees will be charged for expired IDs, but a 1 dollar fee will be charged for lost or damaged IDs. However, those seeking to make their I.D. cards for the first time are not allowed to do so.
The Thai Consulate-General in Los Angeles was the first to offer this service as it is better equipped with necessary machines and staff than other consulates.
The Foreign and Interior ministries aim to launch similar service at five more major cities, each with a population of more than 100,000 this year. They include, Berlin, Chicago, New York, Singapore and Taipei. The service is expected to become available worldwide by the end of 2013.
Those who are interested to apply need to bring in the expired ID card and 2 copies bearing a clear picture of the 13 digits.
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September 26, 2012 | Thai Embassy
The French Embassy in Bangkok is issuing travel warnings for its citizens in Thailand, recommending against all but essential travel to flood-hit areas.
According a statement on the embassy’s website, French citizens are advised to avoid travelling to affected provinces such as Phitsanulok, Phichit, Prachinburi and Sakaeo.
A series of particularly strong seasonal storms with heavy rainfall have produced extensive flooding throughout many provinces in Thailand.
It further stated that the flooding has not hampered transportation, and essential services in the affected regions are open to the public as usual.
The embassy urges its citizens to contact its office in Bangkok for more information or to log onto http://www.ambafrance-th.org/Conseils-aux-voyageurs.
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September 25, 2012 | Thai Embassy
On Friday 21 September, French embassies and schools will be closed in 20 countries following the publication by a French weekly of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
September 20, 2012 | Thai Embassy
Over 500 Muslims gathered in front of the US Embassy in Bangkok on Tuesday amidst pouring rain to protest a controversial American film, which is deemed insulting to Islam.
The protesters expressed their anger over the movie called “Innocence of Muslims,” mocking the Prophet Mohammad. Muslims in many countries throughout the world also demonstrate agianst the film at US consulates and embassies.
The protest leader demanded the US to oversee the matter and stop the dissemination of the movie. They also asked for prosecution of the movie producer. The demonstrators tried to bring down the American flag and burn it, but authorities had warned them the move is against the law.
Police officers have been deployed at the embassy to ensure safety while metal fences lined up the Wireless Road to prevent protesters from entering the embassy.
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September 19, 2012 | Thai Embassy
The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok announced it will be closed to the public at noon today, in anticipation of planned protests over a controversial film made in the US which is deemed insulting to Islam.
According to the Embassy’s website, the Royal Thai Police has informed consular personnel that a demonstration involving nearly 500 protesters is reportedly planned to be held on Wireless Road in front of the Embassy beginning between 1 PM and 2 PM today. Demonstrators are expected to assemble at Lumpini Park before marching to the Embassy.
The Embassy will offer its services until noon before sending non-essential personnel home. Visa and citizen services appointments scheduled for this afternoon have been cancelled and rescheduled for later dates.
The Embassy has also advised U.S. citizens to exercise caution and to be aware of their surroundings, and warned that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence with little or no warning. Meanwhile, Metropolitan Police commissioner Lt-General Khamronwit Thoopkrajang said government troops will be deployed around the Embassy’s premises to monitor the situation.
He added that the police do not believe the protests will turn violent and that security measures have been firmly put in place.
Police have also urged commuters to avoid the roads surrounding the Embassy in fear of the planned protests exacerbating the already notorious traffic congestion.
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September 18, 2012 | Thai Embassy
The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok has updated its security warnings to U.S. citizens in Thailand, following a spate of attacks and protests worldwide over a film made in the US deemed insulting to Islam.
According to the emergency message issued by the embassy, U.S. citizens are encouraged to maintain a heightened awareness and to keep a low profile when out in public, after four American personnel, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed in Benghazi, Libya, last week.
The embassy further stated that it is saddened by the deaths and elaborated that U.S Embassies in Egypt and Yemen have also faced protests last week.
U.S. citizens are advised to call the U.S. Embassy at 02- 205-4000 or visit the U.S. Citizens Service website at http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/ for more information, as the most updated information will be posted on the site.
Meanwhile, the Office of the Royal Thai Police has reaffirmed that all related agencies are stepping up security measures in the face of growing risks. Security personnel and Metropolitan police have been closely monitoring the situation for any signs of possible attacks. However, the police are not aware of any specific threat to U.S. citizens in Thailand at the moment.
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September 17, 2012 | Thai Embassy