There are many beautiful locations for a magical wedding in Thailand. The vivid sunsets are a spectacular backdrop to any simple or formal beach wedding – and at no extra cost! Most resorts have wedding planners to assist with all of the finer details but we are here to guide you to the perfect resort for your special day and assist in overseeing the arrangements prior to your arrival.
Many Australians wishing to marry in Thailand may find that it is much easier to register their marriage in Australia prior to arranging a suitable ceremony in Thailand, as registration procedures for foreigners in Thailand can be time consuming. Couples will need to allow for 3-4 days in Bangkok for the necessary legal paperwork to take place.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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, we will advise you of the location of the nearest Amphur office. We may even be able to organise for an Amphur officer to register your documents at the ceremony itself.
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
***All fees are subject to change.