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
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 or at the Australian Consulate-General in Phuket or during the consular outreach visits in Chiang Mai (it cannot be done in Australia, elsewhere in Thailand, another Embassy, or online). Under the Australian Consular Fees Act a fee of $70 per document is payable for this service***.
Thai authorities will not accept just a “Single Status Certificate” issued by Births Deaths and Marriages in Australia as these contain insufficient information in relation to the applicant and his/her personal circumstances.
It is mandatory that both the Embassy and the Thai authorities be presented with documentary evidence confirming that the Australian citizen is free to marry. If previously married, an original divorce or death certificate must be provided to prove that you are no longer married.
*** In addition, You should check with the District Office (Amphur Office) where you intend to register your marriage, to ascertain whether your passport must be certified by the Embassy. *** You can certify copies of your original documents in the Consular Services Section at the Embassy in Bangkok. A fee of $70 per document is payable for this service***.
***Fees: The above fees are payable in Thai Baht and credit card payment is preferred. 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: Authentication of documents by Thai Department of Consular Affairs
After the documents have been translated they must be authenticated by Thai authorities. This generally takes two working days and a fee is payable. For information on authentications, please contact the nearest office as listed below :
Bangkok - Department of Consular Affairs (Head Office)
123 Moo 3, Changwattana Road, Kwang ToongSon Hong, Khet Laksi, Bangkok
Tel. (02) 981 7171
Songkhla - Legalisation Office
S, Ratchadamnoen, Amphur Muang, Songkhla
Tel. (074) 326 508 - 10
Chiangmai - Legalisation Office
Governor Office, Tambol Changphuek, Amphur Muang, Chiangmai
Tel. (053) 112748 - 50
Ubon Ratchathani - Legalisation Office
Gornernor Office, Tambol Jaelamae, Amphur Muang, Ubon Ratchathani
Tel. (045) 344581 – 2
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.
Consular Services Section, Australian Embassy Bangkok - Contact Details
Address: Australian Embassy Bangkok
37 South Sathorn Rd, Bangkok 10120
Operating Hours: 08:30am – 4:00pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.
No appointment is necessary.
Telephone: 02 344 6300
Fax: 02 344 6310
Information reviewed 15 December 2016