This mark my
second third visa application at Royal Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Two trips were for my Non-Immigrant B Visa (for work and business) application, and one trip was for my ED Visa (for education) application.
I received the necessary submission documents last Friday, so I was prepared with my trip to Royal Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on a hazy Monday morning.
I arrived around 8am, and was the second in queue. Leveraging on my previous experience, I turned in after Rozel (Proton showroom is directly opposite Rozel), and parked my car there. Perfect spot, just next to the Embassy itself. If you missed this turn, be prepared for ridiculous RM 10 so-called parking fee .. and it wasn’t even a proper parking.
I then waited near the Embassy’s side gate. By 8.30am, there was a substantial queue formed.
Unlike my last visit, the gate was not opened till 9.25am (it was opened at 8.50am last round). I think this work better, so that we can proceed straight inside the building.
Visa application‘s window is from 9.30-11.30am anyway.
After showing my passport and answering two basic questions at the counter at side gate (do you have a copy of your passport and application form), I was allowed inside. No need for the staff to fill in my personal details in a log book this round.
Queue numbers / ticket dispensing machine was inside the building, and tsk tsk .. there were queue jumpers. Aussie man in front of me (code name 2001) was taken aback, but I wasn’t surprised. We stuck to our gun, and he got the first number 2001, and mine was 2002.
Within five minutes, I have submitted my application form with supporting documents.
I thought that it was rather efficient. By 10am, they have progressed up to 1007 / 2033.
And by 10.10am, I was the first number called by Counter 2 and voila, all done. I was issued a receipt, for collection purpose.
Collection is on next (working) day, from 2.30-4.30pm. Just head straight to counter 4 with your receipt.
Updated 20 Oct 215
I arrived around 2.15pm, to ‘beat the crowd’, but many others shared the same thinking.
I patiently wait at the back, and let people jostled forward when the gate opened at 2.30pm.
Even being the last few in queue, I collected my passport by 2.40pm.
So, skip the crowd, come later. The collection process was super efficient. Hand over your receipt at Counter 4 (no need queue number; just go straight to the counter) and collection at Counter 3.
Word of caution: requirement and process change all the time.
For example: a copy of information page (s) of passport was required, and this wasn’t listed anywhere officially. For whatever reason, I brought a copy along .. thank god for that, as photocopy service was not anywhere near. No harm in being prepared.
Instead of two copies of photo, they only used one. 4cm x 6cm, taken in the past six months. And they also accept blue background (official info states white background only).
Pardon this badly taken photo, as there were people gathered around the info board; couldn’t get the right angle.
Updated 20 Oct 2015 – requirements for other types of visa
Saw dress code notice, but this was not adhered nor strictly enforced.
Drop me a message if you have any questions with regards to Non-Immigrant B Visa application in KL.
Update Nov 2017
My fourth visit, and this time round, it’s for Non-Immigrant B visa for employment. Kudos to Royal Thai Embassy for a better system implemented. The side gate opened around 8.50am, a staff checked documents and also dispensed queue number at the same time. I was then let onto the building’s compound with seating area, complete with 2 ceiling fans! (Tip: Sit towards the back, near the fan). So, no more jostling inside the embassy when door opens at 9.30am – just wait for your queue number to be called.
Before going to the embassy, the necessary checklist/document requirements can be found on Royal Thai Embassy’s website here.
7.50am: First to arrive, and stood waiting by the side gate
8.50am: Side gate opened, got my queue number
9.25am: Embassy’s door opened
9.30am: Started calling for queue number – I was attended to at Counter #3, and finished in a short few minutes
9.50am: Called by Counter #2, and a receipt was issued for next day’s collection
On collection day, I found that they have also changed the system. The same counter at the side gate provides queue number for collection (show them the receipt from the previous day) and is opened before 2.30pm. I arrived at 2.17pm and got 2101 queue number (last serving number before lunch break until 2090, this means 11 people before me). Within 5 minutes, I received my passport. Two thumbs up!!
Things to note:
- Consider submitting at least 2 weeks before travel date
- Due to high volume of visa applications, the queue ticket will be give up to 130 each day, effective from 28 Feb 2017
- They accept baht/ringgit. No credit/debit cards
- Applying Tourist Visa and Transit Visa must complete with return ticket and hotel booking
Royal Thai Embassy
206, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Consular Section Office Hours: Monday-Friday – Visa application 09:30-11:30 hrs, Visa collection (next working day) 14:30-16:30 hrs, Passport & Legalization 09:30-16:30 hrs. Lunch time 13:00-14:30 hrs
Nearest LRT: Ampang Park (1km, approx 13 mins walk)