Public urged to delay applying for passports

The Foreign Ministry has suggested people postpone plans to apply for new passports during the Bangkok shutdown campaign.

The Consular Affairs Department closed its headquarters on Chaeng Watthana Road after protesters started gathering there on Monday.

Those who apply for a passport at the moment can only receive the document by mail, Foreign Ministry spokesman Sek Wannametee said.

Mr Sek said the department can only take up to 2,500 new passport requests a day from its Bang Na and Pin Klao branches.

All other branches in other provinces have also been closed temporarily since Monday due to the protest.

A source said the Consular Affairs Department's Chaeng Watthana office can produce about 8,000 passport books a day under normal circumstances.

The number of people applying for passports at the Bang Na and Pin Klao branches has doubled from 800 people a day normally.

Numbers of those using other services, such as translating and notarising documents, have increased to more than 100 people per day.

The Bang Na branch is opening half an hour earlier than usual at 8am, but both branches close at 3pm.

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Discussion 1 : 15/01/2014 at 10:16 AM
Discussion 2 : 15/01/2014 at 09:53 AM
In an earlier BP report about PDRC not blocking air traffic control or stock market their spokesman said, ""We don't want to cause trouble to civilians, we want only to pressure caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down," Mr Akanat said Seems like his comment is not exactly on the mark because civilians are not getting passports easily. I hope no one is kept from visiting a gravely ill relative in another country because of PDRC blockade.
Discussion 3 : 15/01/2014 at 09:08 AM
Where do foreigners in Bangkok go for 90 day reporting and extending retirement visas? There doesn't seem to be any clear information on this.

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