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Hello sir/madam

When I am allowed to return to Thailand, I want to get married under Thai Law, I understand that a religious ceremony is not ratified unless is is recorded at a local register office.. I have a number of questions and I hope you can help

I have attempted to get the information from The Thai embassy in the UK by email exchange and all I receive are 2 word answers totally unhelpful saying talk to the local register office: the terms Rocking Horse Poo and blood from a stone spring to mind. My Fiancé is in Nong Khai Province where we have built a house in her village. I cannot find any contact details for any Thai register office never mind one in Nong Khai

 

Questions

1. What Documents must I bring to Thailand to be allowed to marry (I was divorced over 50 years ago and never remarried)

2. Must the documents be translated to Thai?

3 Must the translated documents be ratified as a genuine copy by any UK agency?

4. Which Thai Register offices will record our marriage? i.e. Do I have to travel to Bangkok? :-((   (I don't like London so Bangkok is definitely not the place for me)

5. Do I have to register the Thai Marriage with the British Embassy in Thailand?

6. Is a legal Thai Marriage recognised in the UK?

 

Yes I am old but my fiancé is not a young dolly she is a mature woman in her 50's

I hope that you can help me.

Cheers

Rob

 

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See with your embassy in Bangkok  (they have surely a site )  ; my embassy ( not British ) explains every thing very well, step by step ( I am married now since june 1st ) 

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I am sure you found this but just in case

https://www.gov.uk/marriage-abroad

 

I am US citizen. I just had to sign at the embassy to get a note telling the Thai Gov that I was not already married. I married and registered in Bangkok, took two days. I seem to remember that everything that had to go to the Thai Gov had to be translated into Thai.

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My wife says you can marry in any ampur but you still have to register in Bangkok and maybe ChiangMai.

 

3 They have translation offices in Thailand with official stamp.

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An just curious: Since informimg Thai authorities seems to trigger additional paperwork (which might be as simple as translated divorce decree), why would you bother to tell Thai authorities you were previously divorced? They don't know about divorce until you tell them. (I am thinking about marriage. I was divorced in US in 1986 - no kids.)

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I think this topic has been posted in the wrong forum. The OP has given the links for obtaining the afirmation of permit to marry required at the UK embassy. 

I am moving this topic to the Marriage and Divorce forum where more info can be found.

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I got married in Thailand a couple of years ago. I don't know if the process changed since but this is what I had to do:

My divorce papers from previous marriage had to be certified/stamped by my embassy and translated to Thai.

Same for the passport. 

After that all the certified documents along with my fiance's was sent to the ministry of foreign affairs (if I remember correctly) in Bangkok for approval. I used an agent for the last step as I was in Isaan already. When the approved/stamped documents arrived we got married at the local amphur-took about 30 mins. 

The requirements may have changed since and some amphurs are more difficult so your fiance should go and have a chat with them first.

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16 hours ago, RobU said:

My Fiancé is in Nong Khai Province where we have built a house in her village. I cannot find any contact details for any Thai register office never mind one in Nong Khai

Have you considered asking your fiancé in Thailand to find out these details in the province where she lives? That should be the easiest way to find out.

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18 hours ago, RobU said:

Questions

1. What Documents must I bring to Thailand to be allowed to marry (I was divorced over 50 years ago and never remarried)

2. Must the documents be translated to Thai?

3 Must the translated documents be ratified as a genuine copy by any UK agency?

4. Which Thai Register offices will record our marriage? i.e. Do I have to travel to Bangkok? :-((   (I don't like London so Bangkok is definitely not the place for me)

5. Do I have to register the Thai Marriage with the British Embassy in Thailand?

6. Is a legal Thai Marriage recognised in the UK?

1.  You will need to obtain an Affirmation of Freedom to Marry from the British Embassy Consular Section in Bangkok.  To obtain that, if previoulsy married you need to take your decree absolute with you. The only other thing is your passport which must also be certified by the British Embassy. You make the appointment for this service online. More info starts here (you will eventually get to the booking page):

 

https://www.gov.uk/marriage-abroad/y/thailand/opposite_sex

 

2. Once obtained, the above certifications must be translated and the translations certified as genuine by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Bangkok. Sounds daunting?  For a reasonable fee the translation agency will take the documents for certification and collect them when ready.  There are many translation agencies close to the Consular Section in Bangkok that are very familiar with the procedure - I would not recommend going to the MFA yourself.

 

3. Covered in 1 above.

 

4. You can register your marriage at any Amphur (District Registry Office) in Thailand but get your girlfriend to check with them as some can be a bit cagey about marrying foreigners.  At some, even in Bangkok, an appointment is needed for foreign marriages.  Your girlfriend also needs to find out if the manager will be there on the day you plan to register - the manager must certify foreign marrigaes.

 

5. No.

 

6. Yes

 

Whilst at the Amphur of choice, your girlfriend should ask if there are any other requirements - its not unknown for local offices to impose their own rules.  If she's not familiar with the process, she might also need to check what she needs to take along.

 

 

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1 hour ago, OneMoreFarang said:

Have you considered asking your fiancé in Thailand to find out these details in the province where she lives? That should be the easiest way to find out.

Indeed .    "that should be the easiest way to find out" ....... hmmmm   one would think so.

 

I have been involved with Land Offices,  Water depts,  Electric depts,  tessabahns, amphurs,..... yes,  even married  (once) 

Over all these many years,  and as recently as going to Land Office today ...... It has ALWAYS  ended up with me asking the questions,  and "fielding the answers" .  I say fielding because one must have experience to know which way the possible answers are going

to bounce.   And then which way to jump .

The usual Thai "partner"  will not have experience,  and usually take the word of anyone with a uniform.   Can make for a lot of unnecessary work.

Lawyers i also do not recommend.   Read the topics on this forum,  wade through the fighting,  and try to get educated a bit.  THEN,  step into the fire at whatever office you are dealing with....SMILE FIRST  ,   and a wai

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Just now, KhaoYai said:

1.  You will need to obtain an Affirmation of Freedom to Marry from the British Embassy Consular Section in Bangkok.  To obtain that, if previoulsy married you need to take your decree absolute with you. The only other thing is your passport which must also be certified by the British Embassy. You make the appointment for this service online. More info starts here (you will eventually get to the booking page):

 

https://www.gov.uk/marriage-abroad/y/thailand/opposite_sex

 

2. Once obtained, the above certifications must be translated and the translations certified as genuine by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Bangkok. Sounds daunting?  For a reasonable fee the translation agency will take the documents for certification and collect them when ready.  There are many translation agencies close to the Consular Section in Bangkok that are very familiar with the procedure - I would not recommend going to the MFA yourself.

 

3. Covered in 1 above.

 

4. You can register your marriage at and Amphur (District Registry Office) in Thailand but get your girlfriend to check with them as some can be a bit cagey about marrying foreigners.  At some, even in Bangkok, an appointment is needed for foreign marriages.  Your girlfriend also needs to find out if the manager will be there on the day you plan to register - the manager must certify foreign marrigaes.

 

5. No.

 

6. Yes

 

Whilst at the Amphur of choice, your girlfriend should ask if there are any other requirements - its not unknown for local offices to impose their own rules.  If she's not familiar with the process, she might also need to check what she needs to take along.

 

 

NOW, This post is one i would pay attention to.   The poster seems to be same nationality as the OP !   Also seems to have done the walk... not just quoting some

section that they googled.         !!

 

Naturally,  others experiences may be slightly different .

I find that a little thank you baht goes a long way in getting help instead of hindrance.     In the past i never took that road..... now i find it is nicely paved and smoothe

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Just now, KhaoYai said:

Several times 😀 - practice makes perfect.

i decided once was enough    hahaha

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18 minutes ago, KhaoYai said:

1.  You will need to obtain an Affirmation of Freedom to Marry from the British Embassy Consular Section in Bangkok.  To obtain that, if previoulsy married you need to take your decree absolute with you. The only other thing is your passport which must also be certified by the British Embassy. You make the appointment for this service online. More info starts here (you will eventually get to the booking page):

 

https://www.gov.uk/marriage-abroad/y/thailand/opposite_sex

 

2. Once obtained, the above certifications must be translated and the translations certified as genuine by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Bangkok. Sounds daunting?  For a reasonable fee the translation agency will take the documents for certification and collect them when ready.  There are many translation agencies close to the Consular Section in Bangkok that are very familiar with the procedure - I would not recommend going to the MFA yourself.

 

3. Covered in 1 above.

 

4. You can register your marriage at and Amphur (District Registry Office) in Thailand but get your girlfriend to check with them as some can be a bit cagey about marrying foreigners.  At some, even in Bangkok, an appointment is needed for foreign marriages.  Your girlfriend also needs to find out if the manager will be there on the day you plan to register - the manager must certify foreign marrigaes.

 

5. No.

 

6. Yes

 

Whilst at the Amphur of choice, your girlfriend should ask if there are any other requirements - its not unknown for local offices to impose their own rules.  If she's not familiar with the process, she might also need to check what she needs to take along.

 

 

Many Thanks for your very clear and comprehensive response KhaoYai

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oh,  i see Robu  (like rob you ? )  is online.     Please do not think I am just trying to be a

pain in the butt  .    The fact is it can be very frustrating to do things in thailand

 

Considering your age.... Why not get a retirement Visa .......   go with your sweetheart to

the local Wat and make arrangements for a "home marriage".     The main expense is for some string to wrap around your wrists,   and lots of food and booze for the honorary guests.        You will then be considered "one of the gang"...... respectable........ and can retire to your a/c  room to consumate   

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2 hours ago, OneMoreFarang said:

Have you considered asking your fiancé in Thailand to find out these details in the province where she lives? That should be the easiest way to find out.

She is not an educated woman, cannot read or write and takes the word of pundits rather than officials (my friends friend says...). She can't negotiate or investigate very well and doesn't like dealing with officials. so unfortunately the answer is no.

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4 minutes ago, rumak said:

oh,  i see Robu  (like rob you ? )  is online.     Please do not think I am just trying to be a

pain in the butt  .    The fact is it can be very frustrating to do things in thailand

 

Considering your age.... Why not get a retirement Visa .......   go with your sweetheart to

the local Wat and make arrangements for a "home marriage".     The main expense is for some string to wrap around your wrists,   and lots of food and booze for the honorary guests.        You will then be considered "one of the gang"...... respectable........ and can retire to your a/c  room to consumate   

I don't think that what you are quoting is a legally registered marriage. It needs to be a legal marriage so she has the right to half my occupational pension when I die I don't want to leave her with nothing to support her in her old age. The visa isn't a problem

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Just now, RobU said:

I don't think that what you are quoting is a legally registered marriage. It needs to be a legal marriage so she has the right to half my occupational pension when I die I don't want to leave her with nothing to support her in her old age. The visa isn't a problem

No,  not registered.     I am not an expert on pensions....UK  or  other countries.   I have seen  posts on here where I got the impression there are many ways that countries limit pensions when the person moves here.

 

Have you read up on the "latest"  laws  ( they seem to change over time,  always to the detriment of the retired people)

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2 hours ago, Thomas J said:

Are you interested in the single marriage stamp or multiple marriage variety pack? 

At my age one is enough thanks. When I was young I shared a house with 4 girls , initially it was great tolerated and liked by 3 with one on her period who took it out me for that time the other 3 protected me. BUT it is a fact that when women live together their menstrual cycles converge and I ended up being the Butt of their frustration for all of them which became a habit during the rest of the month. I never want to go through a year like that again

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4 minutes ago, RobU said:

She is not an educated woman, cannot read or write and takes the word of pundits rather than officials (my friends friend says...). She can't negotiate or investigate very well and doesn't like dealing with officials. so unfortunately the answer is no.

you are brave to post that.  As far as rumak is concerned..... the NICEST and most honest ladies are sometimes those that come from the simplest background.

Good heart,  honest,  appreciates you (every day !) ,  respects you (every day !) ,  and is not lazy.      ( lovely TV members, take note  )

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15 hours ago, Aforek said:

See with your embassy in Bangkok  (they have surely a site )  ; my embassy ( not British ) explains every thing very well, step by step ( I am married now since june 1st ) 

Looking at UK official websites is rather like wading through mud lots and lots of words and very little clarity. All these people who work for the British Civil Service are highly educated with complex minds. Complex Minds love creating very complex solutions to justify their existence and many of them do not even use correct grammar so their meaning is actually different to what they say. Having said that I will look perhaps I will strike lucky and the person (or committee) who publish the 'information' may have common sense. Thanks for the advice

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11 minutes ago, rumak said:

No,  not registered.     I am not an expert on pensions....UK  or  other countries.   I have seen  posts on here where I got the impression there are many ways that countries limit pensions when the person moves here.

 

Have you read up on the "latest"  laws  ( they seem to change over time,  always to the detriment of the retired people)

It isn't about the law it is about the rules of my pension plan which state that I must be in a legally recognised union. UK state pension does not allow foreign spouses to get a survivors pension but the UK government cannot regulate private or occupational pensions in this way it would be illegal

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13 minutes ago, RobU said:

At my age one is enough thanks. When I was young I shared a house with 4 girls , initially it was great tolerated and liked by 3 with one on her period who took it out me for that time the other 3 protected me. BUT it is a fact that when women live together their menstrual cycles converge and I ended up being the Butt of their frustration for all of them which became a habit during the rest of the month. I never want to go through a year like that again

Sorry I can't help with the legal requirements, it appears to have been covered above anyway.  However, I must point out that what you suffered above and described in this post from your younger years will look like a cakewalk compared to marrying a Thai woman.   Ultimately it's worth it but you have to have a strong mind to see it through.  Good luck and a happy marriage.

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13 minutes ago, rumak said:

you are brave to post that.  As far as rumak is concerned..... the NICEST and most honest ladies are sometimes those that come from the simplest background.

Good heart,  honest,  appreciates you (every day !) ,  respects you (every day !) ,  and is not lazy.      ( lovely TV members, take note  )

Yes I have told her she doesn't need to work but she has taken a job on a local farm for 300 baht per day telling me that she wants to contribute and at present, because I am not in Thailand, she works 7 days a week. She is a follower of Dhama and is very sweet.

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3 minutes ago, RobU said:

It isn't about the law it is about the rules of my pension plan which state that I must be in a legally recognised union. UK state pension does not allow foreign spouses to get a survivors pension but the UK government cannot regulate private or occupational pensions in this way it would be illegal

I've just read this post from you and thought I'd comment as I'm from the UK and have 1 State pension and 4 private pensions. As you point out the state pension no longer passes to your survivor as OAP's were marrying younger non-UK nationals ( including women in their 60's marrying 19 year old African boys ). So I can see the sense in that. However you need to check with your private pensions as 3 out of 4 of mine have allowed me to nominate my Thai 'wife' even though we have not had it documented in Thailand. The 4th pension will not pass to my partner no matter what the legal position is. My 'wife's' name has been lodged with the other 3  for 7-8 years and one of the stipulations is that we are 'mutually financially reliant'.  This could mean a joint account from where you pay bills together in Thailand.  Of course your plan to rubber stamp your marriage is still the best option.

Either way as you suggest she is not overly confident with paperwork you may find it prudent to nominate a Thai solicitor or firm to execute your requirements as otherwise she will be having to communicate with your pension providers in the   (hopefully ) far distant future.

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