How I Got My Thai Multiple Journey Visa In UK

In my last post earlier this morning I was off to the Royal Thai Consulate in Birmingham, UK, to get my Thai non-immigration visa – multiple entry type.

Well, I got my Visa!

Not quite plain sailing (for unexpected reasons) but read on to see how easy (and difficult if you don’t have this information) it was…

… First a picture of my new Multiple Journey Thai Non Immigration Visa

A Picture Of My New Multiple Journey Thai Non Immigration Visa

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Above, a picture of my new Multiple Journey Thai Non Immigration Visa. Note the date 3 Feb 2010.

Location Of The Royal Thai Consulate in Birmingham, UK.

This was the diffiicult part – finding the Consulate.

I travelled by car and set my TomTom SatNav to thepost code as given in the address on my Thai Visas web page:- B1 1BD.

That took me to the centre of Birmingham a street called Hill Street. OK. Park the car in the nearest multi-storey car park and head off back to B1 1BD SatNav in hand.

Duly arrive at B1 1BD (Hill Street) and look for a building called No. 1 Victoria Square. Nowhere to be found.

I tried putting “Victoria Square” into the SatNav and wandered off in another direction. Needless to say I spend the best part of an hour wandering Birmingham’s City Centre looking for the Royal Thai Consulate, with no luck.

I had been there in 2006 to get my last Thai multiple journeys visa so I remembered someting about the place. I knew it was at the top of a hilly street. (Hint there!)

As I neared New Street railways station I saw a line of taxi cabs. Who better to ask for directions than a cabbie? One friendly cabbie gave me clear instructions which I duly followed.

Twenty minutes later I arrived at what looked like Victoria Square. It was a huge traffic island and no No. 1 Victoria Square anywhere to be seen.

I wandered around again for twenty minutes trying to ‘remember’ from 2006 and then I came across a map at a bus station. I pulled out my Thai Visa Application Form and, yes, it had their telephone number.  So I called the consulate and they kindly gave me instructions which I could not understand. Nevertheless, the map at the bus stop showed a couple of building that the kind lady in the Thai Consulate mentioned, namely the Birmingham Council House and the Town Hall.

I noted their position and walked of to find them. Find them I did and I also found No. 1 Victoria Square at the top of a hilly street – Hill Street no less – which is where I started from! Also I could see the Birmingham Council House and the Town Hall but this place was nowhere near the huge traffic island I went to earlier.

Anyway I had found the building No. 1 Victoria Square – all I had to do was go in and get my visa. I remembered the place from before so it should be the right address. Not so simple!

The Real Location Of The Royal Thai Consulate in Birmingham, UK.

I entered No. 1 Victoria Square and asked for the Thai Consulate. “Go outside, turn left and take the next revolving door” I was told.

Did that and entered a company called “Regus”. mmm. Back to No. 1 Victoria Square and complained. “Yes, It’s in the Regus office complex” he said. (Regus rent out office space to small companies).

Back to the Regus office complex and asked for the Royal Thai Consulate. “Yes Sir, have you filled in your Application Form?”

After replying in the affirmative, the receptionist at Regus phoned upstairs and in a minute a representative from the Thai consulate appeared.

It seems that the Royal Thai Consulate in Birmingham, UK, have taken an office in the Regus office complex.

Next, I’ll recounter what happened next, but first let me show you some maps so that you can find the Royal Thai Consulate in Birmingham, UK, without the wasting of time and energy that I did.

Location Maps Of the Royal Thai Consulate in Birmingham, UK

First a ‘street map’:-

Image Location Map of Royal Thai Consulate Birmingham UK

Above, Location Street Map of Royal Thai Consulate Birmingham UK (Click on the image for a bigger picture)

Next a ‘Satellite map’ so that you will recogonise surrounding buildings:-

Satellite Image Location Map of Royal Thai Consulate Birmingham UK

Above, Satellitet Map of Royal Thai Consulate Birmingham UK (Click on the image for a bigger picture)

Requirements To Obtain A Multiple Journeys Non Immigration Thai Visa

Once I had found the building housing the offices of the Royal Thai Consulate, obtaining the visa was straightforward and quick. Not more than five minutes.

As soon as the representative from the Royal Thai Consulate came downstairs to meet me (no queue at all!) the rest was plain sailing.

Because I wasn’t quite sure what documents may be required to obtain my non immigration multiple entry Thai Visa, I took the kitchen sink with me.

No need.

All they wanted was:-

  1. My Passport
  2. My Thai Visa Application Form
  3. My Marriage certificate. (Married to a Thai National)
  4. The Fee. £105.

They didn’t even want to see my wife’s Thai passport.

That is a very important piece of information to have. Why? Because it means that if my wife is in Thailand (with her passport) and I am outside Thailand as long as I have my marriage certificate and my passport with me I can obtain another Multiple Journey non-immigration Thai Visa.

What The Multiple Journey Thai Non Immigration visa Entitles You To?

So, what can you do with a Thai multi-entry visa – and what can’t you do?

After all, if you don’t know this, why would you want one?

With a Thai multi-entry visa(called a multiple journeys non immigration visa) you can:-

  1. Enter Thailand from any border and stay for a period of up to 90 days.
  2. If you then leave Thailand and re-enter, you can stay for another 90 days and so until the expiry date of the visa. (The visa is valid for 1 year from date of issue)
  3. Open a Thai Bank Account. (Multiple entry visa is not necessary, but you must have a non immigration visa, not a tourist visa)

Well, that’s just about it for this post. Some of the information and the maps I’ll put on a web page for more ready access from the website.

Important Update 19 July 2013 on Getting a Thai Multiple Re-Entry Visa from the Royal Thai Consulate in Birmgham

Yesterday (19 July 2013) I went again to the The Royal Thai Consulate in Birmgham to get a new multiple re-entry Thai visa for my planned retirement in a weeks time.

Having done it (obtained a multiple re-entry Thai visa) before, on 3rd February 2010, as described above and having with me the same papers, I thought it would the same simple in-and-out process.

Not so. The Royal Thai Consulate representative told me that only just this week the rules had changed.

The Royal Thai Consulate in Birmingham could no longer issue Thai multiple re-entry visas without reference to the Thai Embassy in London. They had to scan all the documents from each applicant and email them to the Thai Embassy in London for a decision.

Since this is a new process there is no knowing how long this will take. I left my documents with them and am awaiting an answer.

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