New Zealand Embassy Bangkok, Thailand


First Secretary Mr. Philip Hewitt from the New Zealand Embassy in Bangkok visited Ngutaw and Kan Seik villages of Cyclone Nargis affected Pyapon Township to inspect LIFT’s partner PACT Myanmar’s microfinance project.

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For nearly 15 years New Zealand has been the key donor to the Mekong Institute, based at Thailand’s Khon Kaen University, which provides advanced training to students from the Greater Mekong Sub-region.


The Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce Kittiratt Na-Ranong met with Mr Groser in Honolulu on 12 November 2011 to carry out a general review of the New Zealand-Thailand Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (CEP) which entered into force on 1 July 2005.


The latest travel advisories for Thailand and other countries in the region can be found at


A growing number of young New Zealand travellers are attending the monthly "Full Moon Party" on Koh Pha Ngan - a small island off Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. Any such traveller should be aware of the risks involved.


The visa validity period for overseas visitors - including New Zealanders - who enter Thailand across a land border from Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Burma (Myanmar) has been reduced to 15 days (from 30 days).

New Zealanders arriving in Thailand via one of these land borders are advised to check the time period their visa will be valid for on arrival.

For more information about visitor visa changes see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Kingdom of Thailand.


The Thai Immigration Bureau Office previously situated in Soi Suanphlu, Sathorn, Bangkok, has from Monday 28 September 2009 relocated to:

Immigration Division 1
Bangkok Government Center
Building B
120 Tungsonghong Sub District
Laksi District
Chaengwattana Road, Soi 7


There has been a noticeable rise in the number of scam victims reporting to the Embassy. A large variety of scams are commonplace within Thailand and New Zealanders are advised to be wary of any deal that sounds too good to be true.

Gem scams are particularly predominant at the moment and our advice is that if you do not know anything about gems then Thailand is probably not the place for you to buy them. If not complete fakes, inferior quality gems are often passed off as being worth more than they actually are.

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