The process of marriage in Thailand involves several steps and requirements. Here is an overview of the process:
- Eligibility: Both parties must be at least 17 years old and not closely related by blood.
- Affirmation of Freedom to Marry: Both parties must visit their respective embassy or consulate in Thailand to obtain an Affirmation of Freedom to Marry certificate. This document confirms that they are free to marry and is valid for three months.
- Translation: The Affirmation of Freedom to Marry certificate must be translated into Thai by a certified translator.
- Registration: Both parties must register their marriage with the local district office (Amphur) where they plan to get married. This can be done in person or through a representative with a power of attorney.
- Witnesses: Two witnesses who are at least 20 years old and have Thai nationality must be present at the registration.
- Fees: There are fees associated with the registration of marriage, including a registration fee, translation fee, and administrative fee.
- Ceremony: A ceremony may be held at the Amphur or at a separate location of the couple’s choosing. The ceremony must be attended by at least one official witness, in addition to the two witnesses at the registration.
- Marriage certificate: A marriage certificate will be issued by the Amphur after the ceremony.
Note that the process of marriage in Thailand may vary depending on the couple’s nationality and any additional requirements of their embassy or consulate. It is important to consult with the appropriate authorities and obtain all necessary documents before proceeding with the process.