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pompeylad    10

Been reading a Pattaya Newspaper today and from it I understand that apparently the dear old British embassy in Bangkok have said it is no longer necessary for UK retirees to get their proof of income letter from them as they 'want to concentrate on helping UK nationals who need help' and it is okay to go to any other Embassy/Consulate that will provide the letter ,

My question is anybody tried this and what Embassy/Consulate are willing to assist.and at what cost?

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chickenslegs    3,908

You can apply for the letter by post - details here:

https://www.gov.uk/notarial-and-documentary-services-guide-for-thailand#services-we-provide-in-thailand

I sent my documents on Monday of last week and got my pension confirmation letter on Thursday of the same week.

I imagine that "any other Embassy or Consulate" just means the British Embassy or any of the British Consulates in Thailand - I think they are in Chiang Mai and Phuket.

Also, I hear that the local Visa Services will do the postal application for you for a fee.

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pontious    138

Reading the article I think it means any Consulate that will accept it. Barry Kenyon obviously knows so why not say which Consul will do it. Why keep it so secret.

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chickenslegs    3,908

I was not aware of that article, but here is a link to it http://pattayatoday.net/news/latest-edition/british-embassy-changes-retirement-rules/

(I hope it's OK to post that link)

Pontious, you are quite right, Barry is saying that there are other consulates in Pattaya which will provide the letter for Brits - and the letter will be accepted by Immigration.

The British Embassy charge approximately 48 GBP (including postage). Apparently, the other consulates charge much less.

Anyone know which consulates are doing this?

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NanLaew    8,272

I find Barry's comment 'open secret' in the quoted article and the suggestion to 'ask around' all rather curious.

Maybe these other consulates don't want a flood of cranky, geriatric Brits to bugger up their otherwise peaceful existence... or at least Barry doesn't want to get the blame for it.

Not that I blame him. The bald/shaved, tattooed, sallow-faced, chain-smoking, singlet, shorts and flip-flops brigade that used to lurk around the old Brit Consulate were a tad depressing even on the sunniest of days.

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chris2004    464

Will be interesting to hear which other embassies charge "much less". I always though the 2,300 baht charge for a letter was a rip off.

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Billmont    224

"The British embassy has long complained about the nonsense of income verification as nobody knows whether the details provided by the applicant are true or not......." Lets hope that the Royal Thai Immigration will continue to accept these letters and such open statements could be considered unhelpful. One could argue that each applicant could issue a personal letter directly to the R.T. Immigration to confirm their income and cut out the 'middle man'. Is it only the British Embassy that is complaining about the need for such letters or is it all Embassies? If so have they made any combined representation to the respective Thai Government Ministry? All change is slow but polite pressure by Embassies may achieve results eventually when the local authorities come up with the same idea 'all' on their own.

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avander    253

Still being a member of the Commonwealth may also mean an Affidavit made at the Australian embassy may also be valid? I'm not sure really but thought I'd throw my 2c worth in. I got the form at the Australian embassy in BKK, filled it in, paid about 500THB then got it signed. All done in 10mins.

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Mario2008    3,555

There is an EU directive that says that you can get help from any other EU-member consulate/embassy if you need help in a country outside the EU, where your own country has no consulate. Seems they have stretched the rule a bit, but one should be able to go to any other EU-member consulate.

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melsnet    6

I was not aware of that article, but here is a link to it http://pattayatoday.net/news/latest-edition/british-embassy-changes-retirement-rules/

(I hope it's OK to post that link)

Pontious, you are quite right, Barry is saying that there are other consulates in Pattaya which will provide the letter for Brits - and the letter will be accepted by Immigration.

The British Embassy charge approximately 48 GBP (including postage). Apparently, the other consulates charge much less.

Anyone know which consulates are doing this?

The Only countries that have consulates in Pattaya are:

Austria #

Norway

Sweden #

# Members of the European Union.

Source:

http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-in/Thailand#

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NanLaew    8,272

Time for a thread bump.

Since the pencil necks at the Brit Emb think it is a waste of time, in lieu of doing it via mail (and paying a kings ransom) has anyone from "This Sceptred Isle" and living within the remit of Jomtien Immigration discovered which foreign legation will entertain their request for a proof of income letter yet?

The closest I have seen is avander doing one at the Australian Embassy (post #8) in Bangkok but must assume that he was a true-blue antipodean?

I have some business in Bangkok so could do it there but doing it locally would be so much easier.

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fakename    801

Hard to believe that anyone other than the British Embassy you give you a proof of income letter. The American Embassy has an outreach program, twice a year in Pattaya, so its easy for Americans to get the letter, which cost around 1500 Baht, but forget the exact amount.

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KittenKong    8,587

The Only countries that have consulates in Pattaya are:

Austria #

Norway

Sweden #

Germany has (or had) a consular presence in Soi Yensabai, at the Belgian consulate office I think it was. Though neither place was a full-time consulate: just once or twice a week.

And I'm fairly sure there is a Danish consulate sign somewhere down on Jomtien Beach Rd, though there again that may not be full-time or even still in existence.

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KittenKong    8,587

Hard to believe that anyone other than the British Embassy you give you a proof of income letter.

Why not? It isn't really a proof-of-anything-letter; just your declaration of your own income rubber-stamped by the consular service for a (in many cases) fat fee, and with no proof required or given. A totally pointless waste of time, in fact. Getting it signed by a noodle vendor outside the immigration office would have just as much validity (and you would get free noodles).

I'm amazed that the UK consulate should want to stop performing this absurdly expensive task as it must earn them a lot of money over the year.

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