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|Registering a Marriage in Thailand
(Information for Australian citizens)
This information sheet is to assist Australians wishing to register a marriage in Thailand to ensure it will be recognised as a valid marriage in Australia. The Embassy cannot provide information on other issues, such as organising celebrants or venues.
|Why do I need to legally register my marriage?|
A marriage in Thailand must be registered with Thai authorities to be a valid marriage under Thai law. If you do not formally register your marriage with Thai authorities you are not legally married in Thailand or Australia.
|Will our marriage be recognised in Australia?|
Since 1 January 1995 any legal marriage performed in an overseas country, which would have been legal had it been performed in Australia, is accepted as a legal marriage under Australian law.
|What steps do I need to follow to marry legally in Thailand?|
It is a Thai Government requirement that steps 1- 3 must be completed in Bangkok
Step 1: Statutory declaration and Death/Divorce Certificates
All Australians marrying in Thailand must complete a pro-forma Statutory Declaration. It is a Thai government requirement that this be completed at the Australian Embassy in Bangkok (it cannot be done in Australia, elsewhere in Thailand, another Embassy, or online). Under the Australian Consular Fees Act a fee of AUD $20 per document.***.
If previously married, an original divorce or death certificate must be provided to the Embassy and also to the Thai authorities to prove you are no longer married. The Embassy in Bangkok can certify your original documents. A fee for certification is payable for this service AUD $30 per document***.
***Fees: The above fees are payable in Thai Baht cash. The fee is linked to the AUD/THB exchange rate and is re-aligned each month. For current THB fee information please contact the Consular Services Section by phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 2: Translation
You must have your documents translated into Thai at a private translation agency. There are many in Bangkok who can do this in one or two working days. Fees vary. The Australian Embassy cannot recommend any particular translation agency.
Step 3: Certification by Thai Department of Consular Affairs
After the documents have been translated they must be authenticated by Thai authorities. This takes 2 working days and a fee is payable. For information on this service you should contact:
Legalisation Division, Department of Consular Affairs
3rd floor, 123 Moo 3, Changwattana Road
Kwang Toong Son Hong, Khet Laksi
Tel. 02 575 1056-9
Step 4: Marriage at the Amphur Office
When you have completed the above requirements, you should visit any District Office (Amphur) to formally register your marriage. You may wish to take an interpreter to facilitate communication with the Amphur officials. You may need to make an appointment before proceeding to the Amphur. If you are marrying at a resort location, your celebrant or wedding planner will be able to advise you on the location of the nearest Amphur office.
For information on spouse or tourist visas to Australia please call 02 344 6400 or email email@example.com
|Consular Services Section, Australian Embassy Bangkok - Contact Details|
Address: Australian Embassy Bangkok
37 South Sathorn Rd, Bangkok 10120
Operating Hours: 08:30 am – 4:00 pm
Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.
No appointment is necessary.
Telephone: 02 344 6300
Fax: 02 344 6310
Information reviewed August 2012