The British Consulate in Pattaya Thailand
The Pattaya, British Consulate office not (British Embassy) is no longer located in Pattaya.
Following is the old page about the British Consulate office in Pattaya.
Sadly the office no longer exists in Pattaya.
The outdated information is struck through.
Relevant information has been left in tact.
Please read this page if you need assistance it might help you.
The Honorary Consul was Mr Barry Kenyon now retired.
The British Consulate office is not far from the Pattaya Immigration Office
also located in Soi 5 Jomtien.
Soi 5 Jomtien runs perpendicular to the main Jomtien Beach Road.
The Consulate office is small, just 20 square meters in area, in a group of shop houses. The office opens on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
The Consulate staff duties include servicing people with immigration and passport related issues, visiting arrested British nationals in jails and police stations around Pattaya, communicating for nationals who have been admitted to hospital and assisting with investigations into deaths involving British nationals.
Around 50 British nationals die each year in Pattaya. My British friend was one of them and that was when I first met Barry Kenyon. They say if you met Barry then it might be because you are in a spot of bother or a friend has passed away.
My friend died of natural causes. Most British deaths in Pattaya are caused by lifestyle disease in older men. It was Barry's duty to contact the next of kin, gather related documents such as a will, death certificate, bank books, passport,, liaise with officials and deal with grieving relatives.
Contrary to what some misguided people believe, the Consulate does not have the power to get people out of prison or pay their fines. The Consulate can assist in communicating with their banks and executing a transfer of their money to Thailand to pay a fine.
The most common reason for arrest in Pattaya is visa overstay. Some men just don't want to go home to the UK. Usually they are discovered when they have an altercation with local Thais who report them to the police. One of the documents that the police will ask for is a passport.
According to Thai Immigration more than 800,000 British Nationals enter Thailand each year.
However this figure could be a bit high because the total is arrived at only by counting visa entries in and out of the Kingdom.
For example, if a British citizen goes in and out of Thailand 4 times in one year then that adds an extra three to the statistic that is used to arrive at that 800,000 number.
Under Foreign Office rules the embassy never pays bills, can’t spring anybody from jail, doesn’t give loans, can’t find you a job, can’t intervene with your bank or government department and does not offer legal advice.
What the Embassy can do is; listen, make people aware of their situation, contact friends and relatives overseas or in Thailand for financial assistance, visit incarcerated citizens or those seriously hospitalized, suggest the names of local lawyers (without actually recommending them) and give procedural help to the next of kin if death strikes.
For Consulate inquiries you might like to contact the British Embassy in Bangkok.
Address: 14 Wireless Road Lumpini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330
Phone: 02 305 8333
If you plan to make a trip from Pattaya to the British Embassy in Bangkok then take a look at our Bus to Bangkok page for some advice about integrating the Bus service with the BTS Skytrain service that will deliver you close to the UK Embassy.
Here is a map showing the location of Chonburi Immigration in Soi 5.
Thanks for reading.