Our Mission: The mission of the U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai is to represent the interests of the United States, and to serve and protect U.S. citizens in Northern Thailand. The Consulate General provides U.S. citizen services and adjudicates non-immigrant visa applications in accordance with U.S. immigration law. The Consulate promotes the United States’ economic relationship with Thailand and American exports to Northern Thailand. The U.S. Government continues to make substantial contributions in support of Royal Thai Government activities to target transnational crime, including narcotics trafficking and trafficking in persons. The Consulate General reports and analyzes significant developments in Northern Thailand and advances a broad range of U.S. policy initiatives, including in the Greater Mekong sub-region and along the Thai-Burma border. The Consulate General promotes educational and cultural exchanges with Thailand, including the Fulbright Program, International Visitor Leadership Program and Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative. A U.S. Air Force detachment monitors seismic activity in conjunction with the Royal Thai Navy.
Our History: The U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai is the oldest operating foreign consulate in Chiang Mai and the sole U.S. consular presence outside Bangkok. The original Consulate was established in Chiang Mai in 1950 and was upgraded to a Consulate General in 1986.
Our Team: The Consulate General includes employees from the Department of State, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Air Force Technical Applications Center; the Centers for Disease Control operates a field station in Chiang Rai. Approximately a dozen Peace Corps Volunteers work in northern Thailand, primarily in projects concerning education.
Our District: The Chiang Mai consular district covers fifteen provinces: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaengphet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Petchabun, Phayao, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak, and Uttaradit.
Our Fellow Americans: The U.S. community of Northern Thailand numbers in the thousands; We encourage U.S. citizen residents and visitors to register with the Consulate at https://step.state.gov/step/. The U.S. community in Northern Thailand dates to 1867, when American doctors, teachers, and missionaries first started efforts that led to the establishment of medical and educational institutions in the north. Today, those institutions include McCormick Hospital, McKean Rehabilitation Center, Overbrook Hospital, Prince Royal’s College, Dara Academy, Chiang Mai University medical school and Payap University.