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BANGKOK 19 March 2019 01:15
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Appointments at British Consulate Bangkok

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19 minutes ago, Baerboxer said:

 

You've clearly never been behind scenes in an embassy and consulate!

 

They don't start early, or finish late, or become flexible and agile to meet customer needs.

They do actually,

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3 hours ago, Baerboxer said:

 

You've clearly never been behind scenes in an embassy and consulate!

 

They don't start early, or finish late, or become flexible and agile to meet customer needs. 

 

One pace, no innovation and a "we're government so the plebs can't complain" mentality.

Reality will likely prove the exact opposite.

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8 hours ago, OJAS said:

Kindly provide a link to support this assertion. Or have you based it on bar gossip?

Stats are published per annum. Consular-wise Bkk beats just about everywhere else. If a documentary suggests otherwise it presumably referred to other activities under the same roof in the countries being highlighted.

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7 hours ago, AAArdvark said:

Long trip but if you are desperate you could always check with the consulate in Chiang Mai.

I believe they closed it 3+ years ago.

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8 hours ago, philba said:

Just to put a little perspective on things.

 

The British Embassy in Bangkok is the busiest British Embassy on the planet. They don't have time to "twiddle their thumbs" as so many people here seem to think.

 

As far as appointments go, if there are none available, it's because they have already been booked by someone else. All you can do is keep checking for any cancellations or wait for new slots to be made available.

 

As far as agents go, they can't get appointments that aren't available to you, so can't bypass anything.

They can fill in all your paperwork for you, but be aware that if they do it wrong (and a lot do) you will have to redo it all when you're there.

Absolutely no excuse and the explanation you put forward here is not a valid reason for shoddy and unhelpful service and a poor attitude. They are a disgrace and have been for many years. You are wrong by the way, the busiest by most measures is in Delhi, he second in Washington DC.  

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20 hours ago, evadgib said:

Stats are published per annum. Consular-wise Bkk beats just about everywhere else. If a documentary suggests otherwise it presumably referred to other activities under the same roof in the countries being highlighted.

Is this what you mean?

 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/580501/161223_FCO_HBNA_Report__Double_Pages_.pdf

 

Despite dating back to 2016 these appear to be the latest stats which have been published - and they indicate that Thailand was third behind Spain and the USA in the "consular assistance" league table for the year which ended on 31st March 2016.

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23 hours ago, philba said:

They do actually,

Do the Embassy employ you as their PR consultant for Thaivisa by any chance?

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20 hours ago, evadgib said:

Stats are published per annum. Consular-wise Bkk beats just about everywhere else. If a documentary suggests otherwise it presumably referred to other activities under the same roof in the countries being highlighted.

So according to you the F.C.O. who the documentary was about, their own staff being interviewed are wrong?

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21 minutes ago, colinneil said:

So according to you the F.C.O. who the documentary was about, their own staff being interviewed are wrong?

Not at all, My suspicion is merely that you probably are.

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8 minutes ago, evadgib said:

No, My suspicion is merely that you are.

On the basis of my edited post #22 above my suspicion is that you are!

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10 minutes ago, OJAS said:

On the basis of my edited post #22 above my suspicion is that you are!

Lol, in that case please keep looking for the latest data I was about to post as you had requested👍

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On 1/21/2019 at 6:49 PM, evadgib said:

Reality will likely prove the exact opposite.

I would challenge you on your statement. I did work behind the scenes in my younger days. We did provide service. Most embassies still do way more without prior appointment than Brit. embassy does. E.g. life certificate.

Civil service forgets that their income comes from the taxpayer, the ppl who are a nuisance to deal with in civil service eyes.

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On 1/20/2019 at 12:07 PM, ubonjoe said:

You are not the first person to complain about.

From what I have read in posts about it you just have to keep checking to see if any days open up if somebody cancels their appointment.

I just looked and there a some for March 15th and the week after.

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I've been trying to book an appointment for residence confurmation to open a bank account. Started looking on Sunday. Only appointment is on April 12 at 8.20 am, nothing before or for weeks afterwards. How is this possible?  Wait over 2 months to get a stamp and a signature. 

At other embassies you can just walk in and wait your turn. May be an hour wait but so what.

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1 hour ago, Letseng said:

I would challenge you on your statement. I did work behind the scenes in my younger days. We did provide service. Most embassies still do way more without prior appointment than Brit. embassy does. E.g. life certificate.

Civil service forgets that their income comes from the taxpayer, the ppl who are a nuisance to deal with in civil service eyes.

Challenge accepted:-

 

a) Life Certs can be signed by 'Uncle Tom Cobbley an' all' rendering a trip to bkk unnecessary.

 

b  ) They (Staff) are taxpayers in their own right therefore by your reckoning are self employed.

 

c) The 500 plus queues from 6am that existed when passports, visas etc were all under one roof thankfully no longer exist and are no longer attractive to the sort that are constantly on the lookout for easy targets.

 

How did I do? 😊

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