British Business Association Phuket (BBAP)
The BBAP was formed to promote the interests of the British expatriates living or doing business in Phuket and to help promote business on Phuket
The Association provides a forum for social and business activities for all nationalities, both individuals or corporate, with interests in Britain, or the British Community of Phuket. Anyone interested in our activities is invited to contact us either with a view to joining the Association or just participating in some of our activities.
BBAP AGM 2014
The BBAP will be holding the 2014 AGM on Wednesday 23rd April 2014 at a venue and time to be advised.
At the present time there are only two items for the Agenda in addition to adopting the required reports:
• A proposition to fold the Association
• A proposition as to which charity all funds held should donated.
Any other items for inclusion on the Agenda must be received by me fourteen days prior to the Meeting. Should there be a proposition to keep the Association running there will also need to be nominations for each committee position.
It is imperative that you as a member attend this meeting as we must form quorum, 60% of the voting membership.
We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the meeting.
CHANGES TO BRITISH PASSPORT SERVICES IN THAILAND
Her Majesty’s Passport Office is making important changes to the way it delivers British passports overseas. The goal is to ensure that all British nationals living overseas receive a consistent, trusted, secure and efficient service whilst keeping the costs as low as possible. In order to do that, on 10 December 2013, responsibility for handling passport applications in Thailand passed from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to Her Majesty’s Passport Office.
Following on from this, from 26 March 2014, British nationals in Thailand will submit passport applications, in person by appointment only, to the UK Visa Application Centre in Bangkok. All the information needed to complete the passport application process, including the address and contact details for the UK Visa Application Centre, are available on GOV.UK at https://www.gov.uk/overseas-passports
This change may seem inconvenient, but the new measures being put in place support the wider public protection, helping to ensure that the risks of fraud and identity theft are minimised for those living and working overseas.
If you need to travel urgently but your passport is not available, you should still contact the Consular Assistance Team at the British Embassy in Bangkok on tel +66 2 305 8333 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org In certain circumstances Consular staff may be able to issue an Emergency Travel Document, but this is not a substitute for a full UK passport. So the best course of action is to apply as early as possible, and to make sure that you follow the new guidelines.
Please note that Consular staff at the Embassy in Bangkok will not be able to take calls about individual passport applications and they cannot countersign passport applications. If you cannot find the information you need on GOV.UK you should contact the Passport Advice-line on +44 300 222 0000 (operates from 8am-8pm UK time) or e-mail: overseasNewportCCC@hmpo.gsi.gov.uk