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Irish: Letter of Affirmation

Thai EmbassyIf you are from Ireland then your marriage registration process starts at the Irish Embassy in Thailand. Note that there is a standard form for this and you can download it from the Irish Embassy website. What you need is your passport and well as your long form of birth certificate. Note that they will want the originals as they do not accept copies at the Embassies for any official documents in Thailand.

You will also need a copy of your divorce decree (original) if you are divorced or a death certificate if you are widowed (original). Once you have these documents you need to ensure that you complete the affidavit at the Embassy in Bangkok and proceed to swear and sign the affidavit at the Embassy. You will need the following details for this ‘Affidavit of Freedom to Marry’. These details are:

I, ……………….(full name )……………..holder of Irish Passport No. ……………….. issued at ………. on ……………… and valid until ………………… make oath and declare as follows: –

I am an Irish citizen and I was born on ……………. in ……………….. My father’s name is ……………………… and my mother’s name is ……………………………..

I am not bound by the ties of a lawful marriage under the laws of Ireland and I am free to contract a valid marriage with ……………………………… (Name, passport no. and address of person) according to Thai law.

I am single and have not previously been married / I am widowed / divorced. (*)

(Please attach appropriate certificates – originals only)

I have no dependents from my previous marriage(s). (*)

I support ……………. children from my previous marriage(s). (*)

My occupation is ………………………. and I have an income of ………. per month as proof of which I attach an employer’s letter / bank statement (for Thai Authorities only)

I propose the following people for reference purposes if it is necessary to verify the above details:

1. Name ………………………………………………….

Address ……………………………………………….

2. Name ………………………………………………….

Address ……………………………………………….

(It is usually preferable that these people should be Irish citizens and live in the same country as the signatory. Parents may be given as referees.)

My permanent address in Ireland / other country is ………………………………. (*)

Sworn before me at the Irish Consulate in Bangkok in

Thailand this ……… day of ……………………… 20XX.

Note that much like other application for the letter of affirmation or freedom to marry you need to provide references of people you know. The income request is not for the Embassy but it is part of the process in Thailand for the Thai government. A letter usually settles the issue.

Once your ‘Freedom to Marry’ has been issued you need to have this translated into Thai with your divorce decree or death certificate if it is applicable. You will have to take these documents to the Thai Foreign Affairs Department in Bangkok to have the affidavit verified as being authentic. They usually place a small stamp onto all the documents and it takes a few hours to have it completed.

You now need to take all these documents to the local District Office where they will check the documents and then issue you a marriage certificate. There is a single page certificate type marriage certificate and a multi-page marriage certificate which identifies the parties to the marriage. If you are going to register a prenuptial agreement then it has to be registered at the same time as the marriage registration in order to be valid. The documents needed are:

  • 1.       Your Irish passport;
  • 2.       Your divorce decree (if applicable);
  • 3.       Your wife/husband death certificated if widowed;
  • 4.       Your fiancée’s Tabian Baan;
  • 5.       Your fiancée’s Thai Id card;
  • 6.       Any children(s) birth certificates;
  • 7.       Prenuptial agreement.
  • 8.       Certified and Verified ‘Freedom to Marry’ Affidavit

If you need further assistance then search this website for more information about marriage regulations, Islamic weddings and also the Thai marriage visa.

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