UK marriage requirements in Thailand


What is required for British Nationals getting married in Thailand?

UK citizens getting married in Thailand information.

The long and short of it is you can get married on the following working day after you get your affidavits witnessed by your embassy in Bangkok. Yes only can be done in Bangkok at present.

The UK Affidavit form witnessing is only attainable in Bangkok only now.

Bangkok Embassy Opening Hours:

Monday – Thursday 0800-1100, 1300-1530
Friday 0800 – 1200 only and in Bangkok done on the spot.

What we do for our UK clients in BKK is a one day legal service and is 14,000 baht plus embassy fees so your legally married under Thai law..

Guidance for British Nationals Wishing to Marry in Thailand according to their embassy.

This information is provided for general guidance only and has no legal authority.

1. Make an affirmation of freedom to marry in person at the British Embassy in Bangkok

Please retype the affirmation including your details on one page in the same format as the attached sample and bring it to the Embassy to sign before a British Consular official. We accept affirmations between normal working hours, excluding public holidays. It is not possible to make an appointment for this service. The service is provided on a first – come – first served basis. The completed affirmation will then be ready for collection from the Embassy between from 09.00 hrs on the following working day. UK embassy charge 50 pounds per affirmation paid in Thai Baht per affirmation and they can provide this service to British nationals only.

Please bring with you to the Embassy your passport, as proof of identity, and evidence that any previous marriages have been dissolved/terminated (death certificate or divorce certificate(s) as appropriate). Original are required and will be returned along with the affirmation the following day; copies will not be accepted under any circumstances.

2. Have the affirmation translated into Thai

Once the affirmation has been signed, you will need to have it translated into Thai. Please note that Consular Section does not undertake the preparation or translation of documents. Many reputable translation companies advertise on the Internet as well as in the Thai local press. The Embassy is unable to recommend any particular firms.

3. Have the affirmation authenticated and translation certified

All Thai Registrars will require authentication of the British Consular Official’s signature and certification of the Thai translation. This must be obtained from: The Legalisation and Naturalisation Division,

  • The affirmation and translation are then ready for submission to the registrar, who, if satisfied, will register the marriage and issue a Thai marriage certificate.
  • The British Embassy in Bangkok is not authorised to perform marriages.
  • Marriage in Thailand should be performed according to Thai law and any detailed questions on the procedure should be addressed to the appropriate Thai authorities.
  • A religious ceremony on its own is not sufficient.
  • The documentation to be produced is at the discretion of each individual Registrar. Most Registrars will be satisfied with an affirmation of freedom to marry.
  • The marriage will only be recognised under UK law if it is valid under Thai law. For it to be valid in Thai law, the marriage must be registered with the Registrar at an Amphur Office (District Office).