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Russian consulate planned for Phuket

MOSCOW: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation plans to open a consulate in Phuket, an official press release published on the Foreign Ministry’s website revealed yesterday (Aug 8).

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 9 August 2017, 09:57AM

The Russian Federation has revealed its intent to open an official consulate in Phuket. Photo:  Russian Consulate Edinburgh

The Russian Federation has revealed its intent to open an official consulate in Phuket. Photo: Russian Consulate Edinburgh

The statement was released ahead of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Thailand today and tomorrow (Aug 9-10) and included a brief update on Thai-Russian bilateral relations.

Growing tourist arrivals from Russia and plans to open a consulate in Phuket were mentioned among other aspects of the relations.

“The number of Russian citizens visiting Thailand for tourism purposes is steadily growing: in the first quarter of 2017, about 489,000 Russians visited Thailand, which is 44% more than in 2016,” the ministerial statement said.

“Further growth of the tourist flow will be facilitated by the planned opening of the Russian consulate in Phuket and the establishment of an honorary consulate on Koh Samui,” the statement added.

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The statement mentioned no further details about the planned consulate for Phuket. No additional information on these plans could be found on the ministry’s website.

The Russian honorary consulate in Phuket today said they had yet to be informed of any detailed plans for an official consulate on the island.

In 2016 Phuket welcomed over 500,000 Russians, which is more than half of the overall tourist arrivals from Russia for the year, outmatching all other Thai destinations combined.



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Nasa12 | 09 August 2017 - 18:09:18

Joe12@ OK, thank you Joe12 then a learn some thing to day :) 

Jor12 | 09 August 2017 - 13:32:11

Nasa12...no, it's an Honorary Consul, not a Diplomatic Consul. Honorary Consuls have limited authorization to act and conduct on behalf of their native country. They usually do not have diplomatic passports; do not enjoy diplomatic immunity and do not have preferential tax treatment. They have the honor to serve their respected country and they are usually selected/appointed by their merits.

Nasa12 | 09 August 2017 - 10:16:20

But they have a Consulate in Chalong, Patak Road about 200 meter from the round about to Kata right side  ???

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