The Department of Consular Affairs announced on Monday that the passport offices in Bang Yai and Pathum Wan, which are housed in the two malls, will reopen on Saturday after being closed for more than two years due to the Covid pandemic. Automatic passport kiosks will also be available at both locations for walk-in applicants who are at least 20 years old and have held a passport in the past. Now that the majority of countries have lifted their travel restrictions, more Thais are apparently exploring foreign travel. Two choices are available to those in need of assistance: they can walk in, or they can reserve a position in line online at www.qpassport.in.th or by scanning the QR code. The website also shows the quantity of people serviced and the amount of unfilled waits.

The Central Westgate office can only handle 500 applications per day while the MBK Centre office can handle 1,000. As a result, it has chosen to begin offering Saturday passport services for people who are unable to do so during the week. The organization has also advised people not to pay anyone for a queue number since they can just walk up without one and obtain a position online.

There is no one-day option or Saturday service for passports issued by diplomatic missions or government organizations. The offices are open from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday.

Thai nationals can once again get passport services at Central Plaza Westgate and MBK Centre starting on August 20. For more information, call us at (02) 572 8442.

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