Beginning April 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of State will require the full names of the applicant’s parent(s) to be listed on all certified birth certificates to be considered as primary evidence of U.S. citizenship for all passport applicants, regardless of age. Certified birth certificates missing this information will not be acceptable as evidence of citizenship. This will not affect applications already in-process that have been submitted or accepted before the effective date.
For more information, see 22 CFR 51.42(a).
To obtain a new birth certificate, see the CDC.
In addition to this requirement, certified copies of birth certificates must also include the following information to be considered acceptable primary evidence of U.S. citizenship:
If you cannot obtain a birth certificate that meets these requirements, please see Secondary Evidence of U.S. Citizenship.
Complete your passport application DS 11 form online:
U.S. Embassy, Bangkok
95 Wireless Road, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Telephone: 66-2-205-4049, 02-205-4049 (within Thailand)
Emergency after-hours telephone: 66-2-205-4000, 02-205-4000 (within Thailand)
Facsimile: 66-2-205-4103, 02-205-4103 (within Thailand)
U.S. Consulate General, Chiang Mai
387 Wichayanond Road, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand
Telephone: 66-53-107-700, 053-107-700 (within Thailand)
Emergency after-hours telephone: 66-81-881-1878, 081-881-1878 (within Thailand)
Facsimile: 66-53-252-633, 053-252-633 (within Thailand)
ENTRY / EXIT REQUIREMENTS FOR U.S. CITIZENS: If you are a U.S. citizen tourist staying for fewer than 30 days, you do not require a visa, but your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your entry into Thailand. You may be asked to show an onward/return ticket. If you enter Thailand by air without a visa, you are allowed to stay in Thailand for 30 days per visit. If you enter Thailand by land without a visa, you are allowed to stay in Thailand for 15 days per visit. In either case, if you have entered Thailand without a visa, you cannot remain in Thailand for more than 90 days during any six-month period, counting from the date of first entry. After 90 days, you must apply for a new visa at a Thai embassy outside of the country. You must pay a Passenger Service Charge in Thai baht when you depart from any of Thailand's international airports. This charge is now included in airline ticket prices at Bangkok's main airport, Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
When you enter the country, Thai Immigration stamps your passport with the date your authorized stay will expire. If you remain in Thailand beyond this date without getting an official extension, you will be assessed an immediate cash fine of 500 Baht per day, up to a maximum of 20,000 Baht, when departing Thailand. If you are found by police to be out of legal status prior to departure (during a Thai Immigration "sweep" through a guesthouse, for example), you will be jailed, fined, deported at your own expense, and you may be barred from re-entering Thailand. Private "visa extension services," even those advertising in major periodicals or located close to Immigration offices or police stations, are illegal. A number of U.S. citizens are arrested at border crossings each year with counterfeit visas and entry stamps they have obtained through these illegal services.
Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors to and foreign residents of Thailand. However, these restrictions are generally not enforced. Please verify this information with the Royal Thai Embassy before you travel.
It is illegal for foreigners to work in Thailand without a work permit. This includes unpaid work, volunteer work (even for charitable causes), and work in exchange for room and board. If you work in Thailand without a work permit, you are subject to arrest, fine, and deportation. Before traveling to Thailand for work -- whether or not you receive compensation -- you should check with a Royal Thai Embassy to ensure that your plans are consistent with Thai law.
Thailand's entry/exit information is subject to change without notice. For further information on Thailand's entry/exit requirements, contact the Royal Thai Embassy, 1024 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C., 20007, telephone (202) 944-3600, or contact the Thai consulates in Chicago, Los Angeles, or New York City. Visit the Royal Thai Embassy website for the most current visa information. Information aboutdual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information page.
The Jewel Fest Club (JFC) founded by the Tourism Authority of Thailand in 1995 represents a joint effort by the Royal Government of Thailand and the private sector to establish quality standards and promote ethical operations in the gems and jewellery trade in Thailand.
When a jeweller becomes a JFC member, the establishment is presented with an Official Club Plaque, the official insignia of genuine, high-quality and value-for-money products.
The JFC logo features an icon of a ruby ring with the names 'TGJTA' and 'Jewel Fest Club', is affixed in front of all JFC member outlets. This logo is registered with the Department of Intellectual Property and its use is reserved exclusively for JFC members.
The JFC is a non-profit organization, established under the cooperation and supervision of the Thai Gems and Traders Association, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Tourist Police, the Department of Export Promotion and others. It is dedicated to monitoring product quality control among Club Members to create utmost confidence in the authenticity and value of customer purchase(s) thereby enhancing the good image of the Thai industry, particularly the retail sector, as well as trade promotion.