Guidelines to US citizen for getting married in Thailand

A great number of US citizens are getting married in Thailand. Some would be marrying their Thai fiancee while some would go to Thailand to marry their likewise-foreigner fiancee. Whatever the partnership may be, little guidelines for the foreign party will probably do good help. Here are some basic reminders for US citizens who will be marrying in Thailand.

Eligibility Criteria for getting married in Thailand

Make sure, you both are not less 17 years of age. You both should be in marriageable age in accordance to the law enforced from your home country. Keep in mind that you both should not be in blood relations. You both should not have a spouse at the time of marriage.

Required Documents to carry

If you’re a foreigner/US citizen marrying either a Thai citizen or another foreigner, you’ll need to make sure you have your passport with two copies of the photograph page and also two copies of the page showing your visa into Thailand. Your passport must be valid for at least six months otherwise Thai authorities won’t even let you in the country, let alone get married.

Required Documents for your Fiancee

If you’re marrying a Thai citizen, he or she will only need two things – their Identification Card, which every Thai carries, and their House Registration Document (a blue book) with, of course, a photo copy of both of these.

Once you have all these documents in order, you should go to an Amphur  which is known as a ‘District Office’ and then apply for a Thai marriage license. Being registered at an Amphur office and an issued marriage certificate is must for getting married in Thailand.

Get an Affirmation of Freedom to Marry

You’ll then have to take this document to the Legalization and Naturalization Division of the Department of Consular Affairs on Chaeng Wattana Road in northern Bangkok to get it authenticated.

Legal obligations

A religious ceremony in Thailand does not make you legally married. Under Thai law, all paperwork and legal formalities must be adhered to.


The great guidance comes by hiring a legal representative ensuring that everything is legal and binding, before having a blessing or ceremony in Thailand itself.  This saves all the hassle involved with waiting around Bangkok for a few days, and leaves you to enjoy your wedding.

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