Marrying A Thai National

In this post, I’m going to outline what we went through when getting married in Thailand. As I’m from the UK this information is for a UK national marrying a Thai national, so the process may differ if you are from a different country. Nevertheless, I hope you find this information helpful in your search for getting married in Thailand.

If you’ve been married before you will need to provide extra documentation. These are outlined on the forms when you fill them out.

Using An Agent Or Do It Yourself?

While there is nothing wrong with getting an agent to do the work for you, this can be expensive. When using an agent you will still need to go to the embassy and District Office (Ampur). So in my eyes, you may as well do some research and do it yourself.

This post is about going through the process of getting married in Thailand yourself. It’s not as complicated as it first seems, and I wanted to outline what we went through from start to finish.

Get yourself a folder to keep all the documents you are going to collect over the coming days. You will be getting copies of everything, and it also looks better turning up organised and not having to rummage around looking for your documents.

#1 Affirmation Of Freedom To Marry

You need to first prove that you’re not married to anyone else by getting an affirmation of freedom to marry. Fill out the Affirmation of marital status for Thailand form before attending the embassy and then make an appointment at the British Embassy in Bangkok.

Once you have your appointment booked you will need to take the Affirmation of marital status for Thailand form that you’ve filled out, your passport and the fee of £50 (1928THB).
It may have changed, but take cash, I didn’t see any ATM’s while at the embassy and one person asked if he could pay by card and was told no.

Get to the embassy early, even though you have booked an appointment there will be others there at the same time. It does get busy!

If you find that you have made a mistake or need to update the Affirmation of marital status for Thailand form, don’t panic as they have computers you can use.

You hand over your completed affirmation form and your passport to one of the officials when your name is called. They will take these away and a while later hand back the Affirmation of Freedom to Marry in Thailand and a certificate showing that your passport has been certified.

The officials are friendly but strict, they deal with a lot of people and require the forms to be correct. I had to update the affirmation form as I used the abbreviation of my home city and not its full name that’s displayed in my passport.

Check List

British Embassy Location

Address: 14 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
GPS Coordinates: 13.74502,100.547586
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +66 2 305 8333
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, 8am to 4:30pm – Friday, 8am to 1pm

#2 Translate The Affirmation Of Marital Status Form

You will now need to get the affirmation and your passport translated into Thai.

From the British embassy, head to Phloen Chit BTS area. There are loads of translation services here and all were around the same price 200-400THB. Get there as early as you can as they get busy!

Our translation was around 1hr, we just headed to the shops and got a coffee to kill the time.

You can get the translation done at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (your next stop) but this will cost you more. From memory when I asked out of curiosity it was going to cost 750THB.

It’s worth asking if you can get photocopies of the English/Thai documents as well. This will save time once you get to the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs.

Check List

  • Affirmation of Freedom to Marry in Thailand
  • Passport Certification Certificate
  • Fee of £5-10 (200-400THB)

Translation Services Location

#3 Authentication From Ministry Of Foreign Affairs

If all goes well, you should be able to make it to the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs on the same day as the embassy visit and getting the documents translated. For us, this was the longest part of the whole process.

When you arrive you will be approached by touts offering translation services. So if you missed the last step you can get your documents translated here.
While this does sound great, we were quoted a days turn around for the translation. So we were thankful for taking the advice of the lady at the British embassy and what others have said when researching getting married in Thailand.

Due to the long waiting times, we went down the route of the express 1-day service. This just involved paying a fee and handing over the Affirmation of Freedom to Marry in Thailand, Passport Certification Certificate, copy of passport and the translated copies.

When you arrive at the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, head through the main entrance and you will see a set of escalators in front of you. Head up and there will be a desk right in front of you.
This is where you get your ticket number to be seen or as in our case the express 1-day service.

The ground floor has a few shops and restaurants, so if your feeling like you need a bite to eat you can get food while you wait.

Once all your documents have been checked, you will get a call letting you know that your authenticated documents are ready. You have the option to have them posted to you or for you to go and collect them.

We opted to collect the documents as the Lak Si District Office is only a short drive away.

Check List

  • Affirmation of Freedom to Marry in Thailand
  • Passport Certification Certificate
  • Copy of passport
  • Translated Affirmation of Freedom to Marry in Thailand
  • Translated Passport Certification Certificate
  • Translated Copy of passport
  • Fee of £90 (3500THB) – I can’t remember the exact fee, but all in it was around this

Department of Consular Affairs Location

Address: 123 Chaeng Watthana Road, Thung Song Hong, Lak Si District, Bangkok 10210, Thailand
GPS Coordinates: 13.890562, 100.567091
Telephone: +66 2 572 8442
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 3:30pm

#4 The District Registrar (Amphur) Office

This is the final step in getting married, while we went to the Lak Si District Office you can go to any district office. Some offices have a set limit on the number of people they can marry in one day.

If you can, plan to collect your documents early from the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs and then head directly to the Lak Si District Office. You will have a bit of a wait but if timed right it won’t take long.

For me, this was probably the most fun/exciting part of the process. Apart from making the marriage official, the staff were really friendly and happy to help me out when I was practising my Thai. They would ask questions in Thai (and English) and I wanted to reply in Thai.

This is also part of the process where you will need documents from your fiancee. You will need your fiancee’s ID card (Thai nationals only) and Tabien Baan (house log, Thai nationals only). Also, take x2 copies of these are the district office will require them.

You will also need two witnesses, but the district office can provide these.

When your names are called, you are taken through into a back office. Here you will hand over all your documents and the official will look over everything and ask some general questions.

If everything is in order and the official is happy that the documents are all in order. You will be given legal documents to sign… This is you confirming your marriage.

You are then given your Thai marriage certificates. We were also given an option of document holder styles, this is an extra cost – We went for the gold.

That’s it, you are now married! Congratulations! Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness.

Check List

  • Affirmation of Freedom to Marry in Thailand
  • Passport Certification Certificate
  • Copy of passport
  • Translated Affirmation of Freedom to Marry in Thailand
  • Translated Passport Certification Certificate
  • Translated Copy of passport
  • Authenticated documents from the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs
  • Fiancee’s ID card (Thai nationals only)
  • Tabien Baan (house log, Thai nationals only)
  • Copy of fiancee’s ID card (Thai nationals only)
  • Copy of Tabien Baan (house log, Thai nationals only)
  • Two witnesses, but the district office can provide these
  • Fee of £130 (5000THB) – This covers the registration, witnesses and extras

Lak Si District Office Location

Address: 999 Chang Watthana 10 Alley, Thung Song Hong, Lak Si District, Bangkok 10210, Thailand
GPS Coordinates: 13.887802, 100.578957
Telephone: +66 2 982 2081
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 8am to 4pm

Final Thoughts

If you haven’t already done so, you now have the fun part of the wedding ceremony! And what better place than Thailand to celebrate getting married.

While all this may seem complicated, it really wasn’t. If anything, I really enjoyed the process of getting married in Thailand. There was very little fuss and everyone I met at each point were happy and helpful.

You may want to translate your Thai marriage certificates into English so that they can be used for legal purposes in the UK.

Is a Thai marriage Recognised in the UK?

If you have legally married in Thailand under Thai law, the marriage will be recognised under UK law.
For the marriage to be valid under Thai law, the marriage must be registered at an Amphur Office (District Office).

You no longer need to register your marriage back in the UK.

Do I get Thai Nationality After Marriage?

In short, no.

Marrying a Thai national will enable you to apply for the Non-immigrant O visa based on marriage in Thailand, also known as the marriage visa.

There are a number of requirements for this visa ie Showing 400,000THB in a Thai bank account or a monthly income of at least 40,000THB

The marriage visa is valid for 1 year with reporting to your nearest Immigration office every 90 days.

You can read more about the marriage visa over at Siam Legal.

Conclusion – Marrying A Thai National

As you can see, getting married in Thailand isn’t as difficult as it first seems. It can be a lot of waiting around and going from place to place, but it’s worth it.

I did see a few people turning up to the Embassy and Amphur office in shorts and t-shirts. I’m not saying that you can’t or shouldn’t do this, just remember you can be denied to marry at these points.
Personally, I dressed smartly when heading to any government office, it’s the first time they are seeing you and you want to make a good impression.

After all, your getting married in Thailand and you’d want everything to go as smooth as possible. Take your time, make sure you have everything and enjoy the process.

In summary, the 4 steps on getting married to a Thai national are:

  1. Affirmation Of Freedom To Marry

    You need to first prove that you’re not married to anyone else by getting an affirmation of freedom to marry. Fill out the Affirmation of marital status for Thailand form before attending the embassy and then make an appointment at the British Embassy in Bangkok.

  2. Translate The Affirmation Of Marital Status Form

    You will now need to get the affirmation and your passport translated into Thai.

  3. Authentication From Ministry Of Foreign Affairs

    At the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, you will have your documents checked and authenticated.

  4. The District Registrar (Amphur) Office

    This is the final step in getting married, here you will need all your documents from the past steps. If everything is in order and the official is happy that the documents are all in order. You will be given legal documents to sign… This is you confirming your marriage.

    Congratulations! You’re now married!

I hope you found this information on marrying a Thai national in Thailand helpful. If you have any questions on getting married in Thailand, let me know in the comments below.

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