A temporary mobile office at Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre is being set up from Monday to issue passports, Foreign Ministry announced Thursday.
The office will have the capacity to issue 600 passports a day. The mobile office has become necessary as anti-government protesters led by a senior monk continue to block a site near the Government Complex, which is adjacent to the Consular Department on Chaeng Wattana Road. The department is the main venue for issuing passports. The ministry has been forced to shut down computer servers for online passport issuance since January 13. The closing of the department and absence of servers has resulted in influx of people to passport offices at Pinklao and Bangna. In the latest development, the monk on Wednesday agreed that officials could re-boot the servers this weekend.