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Brit embassy confirms some consul services dropped for Brits in Phuket

PHUKET: British Honorary Consuls in Phuket and Koh Samui will no longer offer notarial and documentary services starting from November 1, 2013, the British Embassy has confirmed.

Monday 21 October 2013, 11:44AM

After this date, these services will only be available from the British Embassy in Bangkok and the British Consulate General in Chiang Mai.

An Embassy spokesperson told The Phuket News that under a consular strategy launched in April this year, “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.

“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,” the Embassy spokesperson said in a statement.

“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.”

When asked if the embassy would consider setting up “clinics” in places like Phuket to provide notarial services to avoid British citizens having to travel to Bangkok, the spokesperson said at the moment the Embassy did not think it would be necessary “but we will keep this under review”.

The spokesperson said that currently, 70 per cent of all requests for notarial and documentary services provided by Honorary Consuls in Phuket and Koh Samui are for pension letters required by the Thai authorities, which did not require attendance by the person and the application could be submitted by post.

Notarial and documentary services include: 

  • legalisation of signature and seal

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  • letter confirming pension / income for Thai Immigration

  • witness of declaration of existence

  • affidavits / affirmations / declarations / marking of exhibits

  • witness of signature

  • certify photocopies of original UK document

  • affirmation of freedom to marry in Thailand

  • consular birth registration

  • consular death registration 

For more details visit the Embassy website here.



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