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Hi folks, 

 

I have a 12 year old son in Thailand. My name is on the birth certificate, I am not married to his mother.

 

I am currently away working in the UK, and decided it might be cool for my son to come over to visit the place I am working.

 

His mother went to get him a Thai passport, and was told that he cannot have one unless I give my permission.

 

Anyone know how I can do this from overseas? I won't be able to get back to Thailand until sometime next year to do it in person.

 

Thanks.

 

Cam.

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Unfortunately I think it's very unlikely - the rules seem to be pretty strict on this one.  I recently renewed my son's Thai passport early for this reason on our last visit to Thailand. 

 

Maybe have his mother contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - see if there is any work around.

 

 

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To be honest, this is what I suspected. A simpler (crazily enough) option might be to get him a UK passport. 

 

EDIT: I actually just found this link, which seems to suggest I could write a letter and go to the Thai Embassy in London and have them witness it:

 

http://www.thaiembassy.org/sydney/en/services/95928-Thai-Passport-for-Minors-(under-20-years-of-age).html

 

Cam.

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An an Aussie who was in Australia at the time and who's wife and son were in Thailand at the time had the same problem. She went to the Thai passport office in Udon and got a forum from them that he had to sign and to be witnessed by the Thai Embassy in Australia. I had his email address and sent him the details of the form. He sent the forum to Canberra and then mailed it back to his wife at which time my wife drove her the 200km back to Udon. 7 days later his son had his Thai passport. UJ may have the forum details.

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Thanks, I just emailed (OK so I am a optimist) the Thai Embassy in London to ask. They do have a link to a form in Thai to use on their site. Fingers crossed, and if logic holds true, I should be able to download the form, fill it in, take it to the Thai Embassy in London and then send it to the ex-mrs for her to do the rest. 

 

Cam.

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That certainly sounds promising!  I was going to suggest a UK passport as an option but he might have trouble leaving Thailand (and entering again) without a That passport.

 

Good luck - keep us posted!

 

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Contact the Thai embassy, they can advise you on this.

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