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How to Get Married in Thailand

Getting married in Thailand is an amazing experience, whether you choose to marry on one of the many islands (Koh Samui and Phuket have plenty of great wedding locations), or choose the northern mountains around Chiang Mai, your ceremony will be totally gorgeous.
Below are the legalities for marrying in Thailand, to help you plan your ideal wedding abroad.

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Thailand Marriage Law Requirements

What are the legal requirements to get married in Thailand?
Legal age for marriage is 20 years for both men and women. If between 17 and 20 years old then parental consent is required.
Bride and Groom may not be related by blood or adoption.
No ceremony is required to be married in Thailand, once you have completed the paperwork you are legally married.


How long do I have to be resident in Thailand before I can get married?
There are no residency requirements to get married in Thailand, although you will need to apply for a marriage licence before marrying and this will take at least 3 working days.


Getting a marriage licence
In Thailand a UK citizen will need to make an affirmation of freedom to marry at the British Embassy in Bangkok or at the Consulate in Chiang Mai which you can do by appearing in person at the Embassy or Consulate during normal working hours and taking the documents below. There is a charge for this service.


What legal papers do I need to take with me?
After obtaining the affirmation you will need to have it translated into Thai by an approved translator.
You will also need to obtain authentification of the British Consular official’s signature and certification of the Thai translation which you can obtain from the The Legalisation and Naturalisation Division, Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Please see their website for full details
There is a fee for this and it can take up to 2 days to issue. You will then be issued with a marriage licence which you then submit to a Thai Registrar at the Amphur to have your marriage legally registered.


Please note: this information is for guidance purposes only and liable to change without notice. Please check with your wedding planner in resort or the relevant embassy of the country in which you intend to marry for up to date details before you marry.


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Thailand Marriage Registrar's

Legalization and Naturalization Department
Department of Consular Affairs

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
3rd Floor, 123 Chaeng Wattana Road,
Tung Song Hong, Laksi District
Tel:+66 2 575 105 659
Open: Mon - Fri, 8:30am to 2:30pm


You must then make the marriage legal by
registering it at the local Khet or Amphur
(Registry Office) in the district

in which you marry.



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