If 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.
If you are getting married in Thailand as an Indian national then the Indian Embassy in Thailand will only issue you with a ‘Letter of Affirmation’ if you have a Thai Educational Visa or a Thai Work Permit. These are the current requirements from the Embassy so check with them for any new changes to their system.
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Getting married in Thailand normally starts at your Embassy in Bangkok. If you are from Iceland then you will need to provide the Icelandic Embassy in Thailand with all the documents needed and this needs to be done in person. Check with the Embassy for any changes since this page was written however the process below is still valid today.
Unlike the US Affirmation of Marriage or the British Affirmation of Marriage the Filipino process has a much different process however not as difficult as the Swedish Affirmation of marriage. The Filipino Embassy in Bangkok requires the following from you so note how this marriage registration is normally done for a Filipino.
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The marriage process for an Ecuadorian in Thailand is much easier and the Embassy is more than helpful to its citizens. They have a two stage process at the Ecuadorian Embassy in Bangkok which makes easy to understand and also much faster than most Embassies in Thailand. What they need is the needed information first.
Living in Thailand or on holiday as a Canadian you can contact the Canadian Embassy in Bangkok for assistance with your ‘Letter of Affirmation’. This can be done at the Canadian Embassy in Bangkok or the Canadian Consulate in Chiang Mai. Note that you need certain documents for your affidavit as well as original documents if you are widowed or divorced.
The Australian Embassy in Bangkok can assist you with your marriage registration by ensuring that you have a ‘Letter of Affirmation” or “Freedom to Marry” for the Thai government. You will need to complete a pro-forma Statutory Declaration at the Embassy and you will need to bring the correct documents with you. Note they always want to originals.
In order to get the letter of affirmation which allows you to get married in Thailand you need to book an appointment at the US Embassy in Bangkok. The affidavit form needs to be completed and costs about $50 per affidavit. The process normally takes about 2 days as you need to return to collect the affidavit. The affidavit gets notarized at the Embassy and this costs $50 per seal.
There are two types of marriages in Thailand. There is the tradition Thai marriage or what they will call a village wedding. This is not legally binding until you register the wedding in Bangkok. To start the process of registering your marriage in Thailand you will need to collect documents from your Embassy in Bangkok. These would normally be your affidavit which states that you are single and get married. This documents is call a ‘Letter of Affirmation’ or a’ Freedom to Marry’ or as the British call it a “Letter of No Impediment” letter.
The due date for new rules fromhas come in this week on the 12 August 2014. The new rules which has gone out to Thai border posts has been called the “Guidelines for inspection of citizens from certain countries that are not required to obtain a visa when entering the Kingdom of Thailand”. This is what is now being looked at.
There are a number of drastic changes at the Thai borders this month with the clap down on Thai visa abuse in Thailand. The date has been set for the 12 August 2014 that all land border checkpoints will become more strict. The first changes have been reported from the border as follows.
If you have a visa in Thailand and it has expired then you are very likely going to get blacklisted in Thailand. Thai Immigration has again published the length of blacklisting for Thailand for those who overstay their visa while in Thailand. Note that you would need to speak to an attorney in Thailand if you are on overstay as the punishment differs as explained below.