Thailand has become a very popular destination for people who are not Thai to marry. Very few formalities are required for a non-Thai couple to marry, it is easy to arrange and inexpensive. Nearly all nationalities may register a marriage in Thailand and we are often approached by non-British Citizens to arrange their legal marriage.
The legal marriage registration can be done at any district office in Thailand on any working day between 8am and 3pm. We offer a legal marriage service in Bangkok which is recognised under UK Law.
To marry in Thailand you need to both have your passports and proof that you are single. If you have previously been married which ended by divorce or death you will need the original certificates. If you have never been married the Thai authorities require that you produce to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs a Statutory Statement of Non-Attachment notarised by your respective embassy. However not all embassies are willing to accept your word that you are single and free to marry and they may require proof of this from your home country. You are advised to contact your embassy in Bangkok directly to enquire as to their individual needs if you are not a UK national.
As well as your passport for identification you must also prove your home address, a UK full driving licence will do.
You should allow three working days in Bangkok prior to registering your marriage as you are required to have been resident in Thailand for at least three days before you marry and you must allow time for the paperwork to be processed in Bangkok. This also allows you to visit some of the attractions of this amazing city.
Thai marriage law also states that in addition to the documentation mentioned above the following rules are met:
Both parties must be at least 17 years of age and if under 20 must have the consent of their parents or guardians.
The parties must not be blood relatives.
Neither party must be of unsound mind.
Neither party must be married.
Both parties must freely consent to the marriage.
When you register your marriage you are required to have an interpreter present if either party does not speak Thai and two witnesses, the interpreter may also act as a witness. The witnesses must have their Thai ID cards or their passports if they are not Thai.
If you wish you can also have a traditional Thai (Buddhist) wedding ceremony, however please note this alone is not sufficient to qualify for visa purposes or as an internationally recognised marriage, only the legal registration is accepted.
Although we are often asked it is not possible to hold a Buddhist ceremony on a beach or any exterior location, they are only ever held indoors.
We know many couples who have found this to be far less expensive than marrying at home and extremely enjoyable. The opportunity to marry and enjoy your honeymoon in one of the most talked about tropical tourist destinations of the World is a true once in a lifetime experience.
We are able to offer clients specially discounted hotel accommodation at the Ambassador Hotel in central Bangkok which is as close as possible to our office.
FOR BRITISH NATIONAL COUPLES MARRYING IN THAILAND
We offer a fully comprehensive service where both the bride and groom are British nationals and wish to marry in Bangkok legally with a wedding recognised and accepted under UK law.
We prepare both sets of the Statutory Statements required, meet you both at your hotel and escort you to the British Embassy to formally sign them and then return you to your hotel. We will then leave you to enjoy Bangkok whilst we deal with the translations of the documents, lodge them with the Royal Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs and arrange to collect your marriage licence.
As soon as the licence is available we will arrange to meet you at your hotel, take you to a Registry Office and arrange for you to formally marry at a time to suit yourselves during government office working hours. We will then transport you back to your hotel.
All translations, legal fees, British Embassy fees, transportation, Thai government fees and services are included. On your return to the UK we will officially translate and certify a copy of your marriage certificate for legal use in the UK.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for an informal chat about your requirements or ideas as we are pleased to help and quote a price for your tailor made wedding.
BRITISH CITIZENS MARRYING A THAI NATIONAL
As Thais do not have to pay any fees in order to legally marry in Thailand only the British spouse is required to pay a fee and therefore the price is much lower. The service fee for a British National legally marrying a Thai National in Bangkok includes the British Embassy affirmation fee, preparing the statutory affirmation of freedom to marry, all necessary translations, all Thai Government and Registry Office fees, the provision of a translator/witness and certification of the translation of your marriage certificate the inclusive fee is 16,500 Thai Baht. If you opt to pay the affirmation fee in advance and the certification of your passport fee in advance of your appointment at the British Embassy the fees payable to our Bangkok office are reduced by 3,000 Thai Baht.