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.
Depending on what nationality you are there is a process for each nationality which the Embassies have. The easiest Embassies tend to be the British Embassy in Bangkok, the Canadian Embassy in Bangkok and the US Embassy in Bangkok. The rest tend to have much longer procedures.
Most Western Embassies tend to have either same-day service of an overnight service. If you from outside of Bangkok then don’t go on a Friday as you will only get your paperwork back on Monday the following week. Firstly you will need to complete a declaration at your Embassy and provide a sworn affidavit before a consular Officer at your Embassy. If you are Canadian then there is a Canadian Consulate in Chiang Mai as well as a US Consulate.
They will provide you with your affirmation letter which you will have to have translated into Thai and then have the documents verified. See the Affirmation Letter procedures for the Embassies on this website.
- US Affirmation Letter
- Australia Affirmation Letter
- Canadian Affirmation Letter
- Ecuadorian Affirmation Letter
- Icelandic Letter of Affirmation
- Filipino Affirmation Letter
- Indian Letter of Affirmation
- Irish Letter of Affirmation
- Jordanian Letter of Affirmation
- Moroccan Letter of Affirmation
- New Zealand Freedom to Marry
- Swedish Freedom to Marry
- British Letter of no Impediment
You will now go to the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs and they will verify your documents. The process takes a good few hours and they hand it back all stamped are verified as authentic. Documents are as follows:
- Letter of Affirmation;
- Divorce Decree;
- Death Certificate of your late spouse
You now need to take these documents to the Amphurs Office and from there they will issue you a marriage certificate. There are two certificate. There is a single page certificate and a multiple-page certificate. You can now also apply for a marriage visa in Thailand.