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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (September 19, 2020 and September 20, 2020)
[/size]Location: Bangkok, Thailand – Thammasat University’s Tha Prachan campus
[/size]Event: Planned political gathering centered around Thammasat University’s Tha Prachan campus, which is located in the Phra Nakhon District near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 8:00 a.m..
[/size]Media reports indicate the gathering could involve a large crowd of participants.  The Royal Thai Police plan to be present and will likely set up check points in and around the area in connection with the event.  Plan ahead for the possibility of traffic and other potential disruptions in downtown Bangkok.
[/size]Avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  U.S. citizens should monitor local news and social media reports before traveling to downtown Bangkok this weekend.
[/size]Actions to Take:
 
  • [/size]        Monitor local media and our Embassy website for updates, and check your email for further alerts;
  • [/size]        Avoid demonstrations and large gatherings;
  • [/size]        Review personal security plans;
  • [/size]        Remain aware of surroundings;
  • [/size]        Follow the instructions of local authorities.
[/size]Assistance:
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[/size]·    U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand
[/size]Telephone: +66 2 205 4049
[/size]+66 2 205 4000 (after hours)
[/size]Email: acsbkk@state.gov
[/size]American Citizens Services
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[/size]·    U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai, Thailand (serving U.S. citizens in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaengphet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Petchabun, Phayao, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak, and Uttaradit provinces)
[/size]Telephone: +66 053 107 700
[/size]+66 2 205 4000 (after hours)
[/size]Email: acschn@state.gov
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[/size]·    State Department – Consular Affairs
[/size]888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
[/size]·         Thailand Country Information
[/size]·         Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.
[/size]·         Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
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Event:  U.S. Embassy Bangkok informs U.S. citizens of a planned political gathering at the BTS Skywalk near the MBK Shopping Center in Bangkok today, Saturday, August 22, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. 

 Location: Bangkok, Thailand – MBK BTS Station Skywalk

Reports indicate the gathering could involve a sizable crowd of participants.  The Royal Thai Police plan to deploy officers in connection with the event.  Plan ahead for the possibility of traffic and other potential disruptions in downtown Bangkok. 

 

Although violence is not expected, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

 

Actions to Take:

 

    Monitor local media and our Embassy website for updates, and check your email for further alerts;
    Avoid demonstrations and large gatherings;
    Review personal security plans;
    Remain aware of surroundings;
    Follow the instructions of local authorities.

 

Assistance:

    U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand

            Telephone: +66 2 205 4049

            +66 2 205 4000 (after hours)

            Email: acsbkk@state.gov

            American Citizens Services

 

    U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai, Thailand (serving U.S. citizens in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaengphet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Petchabun, Phayao, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak, and Uttaradit provinces)

            Telephone: +66 053 107 700

            +66 2 205 4000 (after hours)

            Email: acschn@state.gov

 

    State Department – Consular Affairs

            Telephone: +1 888 407 4747 or 202-501-4444

    Thailand Country Information
    Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.
    Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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Stuff For Sale / SLMRO FOLDING ELECTRIC BICYCLE
« on: August 21, 2020, 07:20:15 PM »

FOR SALE
SLMRO FOLDING  ELECTRIC BICYCLE


BRAND NEW
Paid B14K
After assembly, testing and  many enhancements (see below) letting it go for B20K


Electric bicycles (eBikes) are the hottest item in the U.S. and EU these days.  The best of both worlds; an electric scooter and a standard bicycle. More fun than a barrell of monkeys.  You can't help smiling the first time you try one.

ENHANCEMENTS:

+Professionally assembled at Ban Nai Chan shop in Khon Kaen
+Repalced crappy pedals & kickstand
+Added basket
+Added rear rack
+Modified handle bars for more upright rather than hunched over riding position

The first link is to the listing on Lazada  => https://bit.ly/2YmWTXR

The next link is an interesting Youtube video by a guy in the U.S. who bought one of these on Amazon.com, unboxes, assembles and reviews =>

The the video here is Rex tearing it up. Video produced, directed and filmed by Ruby Productions




 









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Jobs Offered / HOUSEKEEPER / ASSISTANT WANTED, PART TIME
« on: August 21, 2020, 04:43:34 PM »
HOUSEKEEPER / ASSISTANT WANTED
PART TIME


Just lost my housekeeper   cry2

Single falang guy.
Two story house in Bueng Kaen Nakho
n

Sorry to be vague about the details, but we are quite flexible, and the pay and the hours will depend on what she needs and what she can offer.

We may need two different people who attend to different things; one for cleaning, the other with good English skills for communicating to the outside world for me; finding out where to get things, finding changs to come and make repairs, making appointments, ordering things, etc.  Also, a good motorbike would be helpful to occasionally take me places (usually I take a taxi) or to go shopping and run errands. If one person can do this, great. If not maybe two people with shorter hours. 

Usually this has been 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Ideal for a single mom who has to pick up her kid at school in the afternoon.

We have been getting by for some time with someone just two days a week, but what she was able to do for us was quite limited.

MUST LIKE CATS!

Suggestions, referrals appreciated.

Rex
081-016-1850



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Where to find . . . / [WHERE?] Walking shorts, large size ? Pratunam?
« on: August 12, 2020, 08:48:23 AM »
Best place to find large size, cheap walking shorts?  Pratunam market used to have them, but I haven't been there for awhile. Is Pratunam still a going concern?

Tks, lah!


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GO APE Thousands of sex-mad monkeys overrun city and eat themselves to death as cops admit they are powerless to control them


Watch the video and read the full story  =>  https://bit.ly/3godEZU



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Visas, et al / 90 Day Report Fri 24 July 20
« on: July 31, 2020, 05:10:56 PM »
Unfortunately, I can't file my 90 Day Report online and I no longer have an assistant who can do chores like this for me. So, did it myself again.  I usually prefer to arrive at opening time, but got there around 10:30 because I wanted to go to Central after. Very few people there.  Immigrants wearing masks, but not staff, for whatever that is worth.  The woman at the 90 Day Report desk was away, but she arrived within 10 minutes.  Everything routine. No surpirses. In and out in less than 20 minutes.

For me personally, the new bus station location is ideal. I can take a taxi, only 10 minutes from my house. Of course, I did that at the old Imm location as well. However, many taxis at the bus station, so it makes it super-easy to go home or wherever.

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Where to find . . . / iHerb Update/
« on: July 31, 2020, 11:08:15 AM »
I placed three orders with iHerb on 8 July.  The first one arrived a couple of days ago, although--funny story--the mail carrier was on her way to delivering it to the wrong house. The other two arrived today.  A little more than three weeks.  Not bad at all.

Some stuffs that I ordered from AliExpress 2 months ago finally arrived. 

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Where to find . . . / Are "aircards" obsolete?
« on: July 27, 2020, 11:40:14 AM »
Along the lines with last post about AIS fibre being down this morning, I am using an AIS "aircard" to connect to the internet. I got it in 2012 as an alternative to hotel WiFi when traveling, and a for emergencies like today. It's a lifesaver in that sense, however maddeningly slow just coming off a broadband connection. I see that this one is 3G and only 21 Mbps.  I don't see them for sale on the AIS website now.  I wonder if they are obsolete and if people are still using them. I would guess that, if available, they have them in 4G and much faster speeds now ( ??? ) .


In case you don't know what an aircard is, it looks like a big, fat flash drive that you plug into the USB of a pc or laptop. It has a SIM inside which I guess is just an ordinary data-only SIM.



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Open discussion / My AIS fibre down Mon 27 Jul, 9 am
« on: July 27, 2020, 11:20:24 AM »
My AIS fibre down this morning around 9 am.  Not able to obtain any info from AIS yet so don't know if is AIS or my problem.

Anyone else have a problem this morning with AIS?

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Hi All.  Stupid question, perhaps. I came back from my bicycle ride on new, fancy-schmancy eBike with two flat tires !!!  cry2  I can inflate them, but they deflate in a few minutes. Have no idea how that happened.  New bike, but maybe crappy or old tubes?  I need to get repaired and also those tire liners which reduce or prevent flats.  It happened several times on my old bike before I got the tire liners.

Anyway, anyone know a way to hire a songteaw or pickup to get me to the bicycle shop on Lao Na Dee Road?

Tks, lah!

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Hi all.  Pertaining to my recent post about Pacific Cross health coverage, they require a physical exam. Oh, Joy!  Visiting a germy hospital in the midst of Covid-19!  Anyway,  the fee for the physical is reimbursable up to 10% of the cost of the premium. I didn't ask, but I suspect that should I be delicined or decide not to buy the policy, the cost of the exam will not be reimbursed.  I wouldn't mind having a physical, but with the cost of buying new (or renewing BUPA) coming up next month, money is an issue, so I am looking for the best deal.

I understand that these physicals can cost anywhere from 7K - 15K and more.  Anyone suggest the best value for this type of exam?

Tks, lah!


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Hi all.  My BUPA is expiring soon and I am considering changing to Pacific Cross.  I am not crazy about BUPA for a number of reasons, but I have been with them for 10 years, and making a change, particularly at my age is a big consideration.

Any of yooz guys been with them or have any experience of info you can share?

Thanks, lah!




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Open discussion / Lazada Chat BEWARE!
« on: July 13, 2020, 01:35:41 PM »
I love Lazada.    smiley32   I buy stuff from them all the time.  For the most part, they seem to have their act together, and function pretty much like Amazon or one of those big online companies.

However, if you need specific information from a seller, forget it!   Anything more complicated than "Do you have this widget in red?" is beyond their capacity.  I just discovered that it is not a language problem, exactly.  It is a double-language problem.  When you use the chat function to talk to a merchant, it actually goes to a Lazada rep who then translates and relays the message to the seller.  Obviously, the rep doesn't have knowledge of the product beyond what is stated in the product listing. Trying to get anything done is impossible, and there is no way to contact the merchant directly. Lazada does not make this process clear, but I don't why it took me so long to realize what was going on.

TIP:  Don't buy anything right now that ships form China.  Due to the pandemic, I have been waiting for stuff I ordered a couple of months ago.  China orders are usually 1 or 2 weeks.

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (July 6, 2020)

Location: Thailand

Event:  Royal Thai Government Extends State of Emergency and Incoming International Flight Ban until July 31; Kingdom of Thailand Permits Entry for Certain Classes of Foreign National Visitors

 

Royal Thai Government Extends State of Emergency and Incoming International Flight Ban Until July 31

On June 30, the Royal Thai Government officially extended the national state of emergency until July 31, 2020.  Thai law controlling emergency situations gives the Prime Minister's Office broad authorities, and more emergency measures that further restrict movements and activities in Thailand could be announced at any time.  Under the state of emergency, provincial governments are also empowered to institute any legal measure they determine necessary to combat the spread of the virus.

 

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) also announced the extension of the ban on incoming international commercial passenger flights beginning July 1, 2020.  The flight ban does not affect outbound flights; there are still daily outbound flights available with connections to the United States.

 

If you are a U.S. citizen who does not have access to funding, you may be eligible for a repatriation loan.  A repatriation loan is only for immediate travel to the United States and cannot be used to remain in Thailand.  The Embassy can use the repatriation loan to purchase a ticket to the United States on the next available flight.  The loan can also be used to pay for lodging and food associated with the impending travel.  This is a U.S. government loan program which you will have to pay back to be eligible for another U.S. passport.  If you need financial assistance to return immediately to the United States, please fill out the form here so that we can begin the process.

 

Kingdom of Thailand Permits Entry for Certain Classes of Foreign National Visitors

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced on June 29, 2020 flights carrying the following types of passengers will be allowed into Thailand:

·    Thai nationals.

·    Persons with exemption or persons being considered, permitted, or invited by the Prime Minister, or the head of responsible persons accountable for resolving state of emergency issues to enter the Kingdom, as necessary. Such consideration, permission or invitation may be subject to specified conditions and time limits.

·    Non-Thai nationals who are a spouse, parent, or child of a Thai national.

·    Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid certificate of residence, or permission to reside in the Kingdom.

·    Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid work permit or allowed to work in the Kingdom, including their spouse or children.

·    Carriers of necessary goods subject to immediate return after completion.

·    Crew members who are required to travel into the Kingdom as part of their duties and have a specified date and time for return.

·    Non-Thai nationals who are students of educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including the parents or guardians of the students.

·    Non-Thai nationals in need of medical treatment in Thailand, and their attendants. However, this shall not include medical treatment for COVID–19.

·    Individuals in diplomatic missions, consular affairs, international organizations, government representatives, foreign government agencies working in Thailand, or individual in other international agencies as permitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including their spouse, parents, or children.

·    Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement with a foreign country.

 

The Royal Thai Government has not yet clarified how non-Thai travelers approved for entry can travel to Thailand.  Those seeking to enter Thailand must request a Certificate of Entry from the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate.  All arrivals are subject to a 14-day quarantine which can be spent at a government quarantine facility, alternative state quarantine, or self-quarantine at home depending on the traveler’s status.  The only aircraft approved to enter the Kingdom of Thailand include the following:

 

·        State or military aircraft

·        Emergency landing flights

·        Technical landing flights without disembarkation

·        Humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights

·        Repatriation flights

·        Cargo flights

 

U.S. citizens seeking entry into the Kingdom of Thailand who meet the established criteria should contact the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate closest to their current location for more information on gaining entry to Thailand.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When will the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit reopen for non-emergency passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, and notarial services?

A. The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and the U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai are offering limited, emergency passport, report of birth abroad, and notarial appointments only. 

 

Notarial services present a challenge as the Department of State has not deemed these services as an emergency service.  We recognize U.S. citizens in Thailand may have an emergency (i.e., life/death/financial hardship) need for a notarial service and review notary service appointment requests on a case-by-case basis.  We cannot however meet the current demand. 

 

For those seeking to notarize documents for use in the United States, you may wish to consider using alternative options, to include utilizing a remote notarial service provider.  A growing number of states accept documents notarized through online services; you will need to research whether they can be used in the state where your document will be filed.  Remote notarization could fulfill your need for notary services more quickly.

 

Furthermore, we have limited staffing in the office, and we have to limit the number of people present in the waiting room at any given time to accomplish social distancing goals.  Limited appointments will continue even after routine services resume because of the limit on waiting room capacity required to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

 

If you want to make an emergency appointment request, please click here  (Bangkok) or email U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai at acschn@state.gov.

 

Q. Should I/my family leave Thailand?

A. Travelers who choose to remain in Thailand should be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  International travel is unpredictable, and travel restrictions can be put into effect with little or no advance notice.   

 

On April 24, automatic visa extensions for foreign nationals went into effect. Temporary visas (of all types) are extended automatically until July 31, 2020.  If you have a valid visa (i.e., your visa would have expired after March 26, the date of the first "amnesty"), you do not need to visit an immigration office in order to benefit from the automatic visa extension.  Further extensions are not guaranteed.

 

The U.S. Embassy will no longer provide extension of stay requests. U.S. Citizens in Thailand temporarily have between now and July 31, 2020, to either return to the United States or their country of permanent residence or to obtain the appropriate visa type for your long-term stay in Thailand.

 

Please refer your specific visa questions directly to the Thai Immigration Bureau. More information can also be found here: https://immigration.go.th/content/extend_alien?click=1

 

Q. Are there still flights out of Thailand even though there is a ban on incoming international flights?

A. The following airlines are currently offering outbound flights from Bangkok with connections to the United States: Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Japan Airlines, Air Asiana, and Lufthansa.  All Nippon Airways (ANA) offers flights from Bangkok to Tokyo but connecting flights to the United States requires you to change airports in Japan, which is not allowed under Japan's current travel restrictions.  Please refer here for the latest information regarding transportation in Japan.  There are currently no international flights departing from Chiang Mai International Airport or Phuket International Airport. 

 

For verified information about the COVID-19 situation in other countries, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html.

 

Q. What do I do if I need assistance to depart Thailand?

A. If you are a U.S. citizen who does not have access to funding, you may be eligible for a repatriation loan.  A repatriation loan is only for immediate travel to the United States and cannot be used to remain in Thailand.  The Embassy can use the repatriation loan to purchase a ticket to the United States on the next available flight.  The loan can also be used to pay for lodging and food associated with the impending travel.  This is a U.S. Government loan program that you will have to pay back to be eligible for another U.S. passport.  If you need financial assistance to return immediately to the United States, please fill out the form here so that we can begin the process: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=dFDPZv5a0UimkaErISH0S7gxJUk_XcZEjLnOzUyz0UFUM0U5RTBVNlE3Nk9GWUNXQTdBRVlTQzFDVSQlQCN0PWcu

 

Q. Will I be allowed into the United States?

A. U.S. citizens are allowed entry into the United States.  The presidential proclamations restricting entry to the United States for certain foreign nationals do not apply to U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.  U.S. passengers that have been in certain countries, not including Thailand, must travel through select airports where the U.S. Government has implemented enhanced screening procedures.  See the DHS website for further details: https://www.dhs.gov/

 

You may be screened when you arrive in the United States.  Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest health recommendations for travelers returning to the United States.  For more information, please see the following websites:

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/faqs.html

 

Q. How do I get my medications into Thailand?

A. We are unable to assist you with obtaining medications in Thailand or arranging for the importation of medications only available in the United States.  Due to the unreliability of flights, we recommend you purchase your medication locally, if possible.  Many drugs are available through reputable pharmacies such as Boots or Watsons.  Some may need to change to a reliable alternative medication available in Thailand as recommended by their physician.

 

If the medication you need is not available locally and is critical to your health and well-being, then we recommend you return to the United States immediately as we have no way of determining when this crisis will be over, or normal flight schedules will resume.  There are currently outbound commercial flights available with connections to U.S. cities.

 

Q. Thailand seems to be reopening, is there still a state of emergency?

A. Yes, Thailand is still under a national state of emergency.  Thai law controlling emergency situations gives the Prime Minister's Office broad authorities, and more emergency measures that further restrict movements and activities in Thailand could be announced at any time.  Under the state of emergency, provincial governments are also empowered to institute any legal measure they determine necessary to combat the spread of the virus.

 

Q. Where do I find the latest information on COVID-19?

A. U.S. citizens in Thailand should refer to the Ministry of Public Health and the U.S. CDC for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 response.  U.S. citizens can contact the Department of Disease Control directly at 1422 for information on COVID-19 testing facilities and treatment locations.  They have English-language staff. All public hospitals will take COVID-19 patients.

 

Private hospitals have been asked to treat COVID-19 patients as well, but it is up to the hospital.  In both cases, payment must be made before treatment. The U.S. Embassy is unable to pay for medical treatment.

 

Key Points on COVID-19:

    Widespread, ongoing transmission of a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is occurring globally.
    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel.
    Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease.
    There may be limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas of Thailand.
    In the future, U.S. residents may have difficulty returning to the United States.
    Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    Thai regulations now require the wearing of face masks in public.
    All international travelers should stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.
    For the most up-to-date information, visit the CDC page on Novel Coronavirus and the CDC Travelers Health Page for travelers to Thailand. Information is also available through the World Health Organization.

 

Actions to Take:

    Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
    For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC's latest recommendations.
    Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
    Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
    Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Thailand.
    Visit the Department of Homeland Security's website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
    Visit the Kingdom of Thailand's Ministry of Public's Health English-language COVID-19 page for updates on the situation in Thailand.

 

Assistance:

    U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand

            Telephone: +66 2 205 4049

            +66 2 205 4000 (after hours)

            Email: acsbkk@state.gov

            American Citizens Services

 

    U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai, Thailand (serving U.S. citizens in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaengphet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Petchabun, Phayao, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak, and Uttaradit provinces)

            Telephone: +66 053 107 700

            +66 2 205 4000 (after hours)

            Email: acschn@state.gov

 

    State Department – Consular Affairs

            888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

 

    Thailand Country Information
    Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.
    Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

 

 

 

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