Government of Canada
Marriage in Thailand
If you are preparing to marry in Thailand, congratulations! However, please note that the Embassy cannot perform, witness, or register a marriage, but is able to notarize the required affidavit.
In Thailand, a civil marriage is legally recognized once registered at a district registrar s office. Religious or community marriage ceremonies are not sufficient. Unlike Canada, Thailand does not permit marriage for same-sex couples.
You will need to take the following steps to register your marriage in Thailand:
1. Affirm/swear an affidavit of freedom to marry (1 morning)
- Complete an English affidavit form at the Embassy, Monday to Friday from 09:00 to noon.
- A fee of CAD $50 is payable for this notary service, payable in CAD, USD or THB. We can provide this service for Canadian citizens only. Please bring your passport.
- If you are divorced or widowed, please provide an original divorce or death certificate.
- Affidavits completed in French will have to be translated into English for Thai authorities.
2. Have the affidavit translated into Thai (1 2 working days)
- The notarized English affidavit must be translated into Thai by a certified translator. (See list of translation firms below).
3. Have all documents certified/authenticated (1 2 working days)
- Take the notarized affidavit and Thai translation to the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs to have the translation certified and the signature of the Canadian official authenticated.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Legalization Division
3rd Fl., Dept. of Consular Affairs
123 Chaeng Watthana Road, Bangkok 10210
Tel: 0 2575-1056 – 9, Fax: 0 2575-1054
Hours: 08:30 to 11:30, and 13:00 to 14:30.
แขวงทุ่งสองห้อง เขตหลักสี่ กรุงเทพฯ 10210
4. Register the marriage (1 day)
- Proceed to any district office to register the marriage. If neither party speaks Thai, an interpreter will be required. The couple will be provided with two copies of the official Marriage Certificate in Thai.
- Marriages that are legally performed abroad are usually valid in Canada and do not require any additional steps or registration. Please direct further inquiries to the Vital Statistics Office of the province or territory where the couple will live.
The nearest district registrar office to the Embassy is: Bangrak District Registrar s Office, 5 Nares Road, Bangkok 10500. Tel: 0 2236-3154, Hours: Monday to Friday 08:30 – noon and 13:00 – 16:30.
5. Have the marriage certificate translated optional (1 day)
- If you wish to use the Marriage Certificate in Canada or other countries, you should have it translated into English or French. It may then be notarized at either the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs or at the Embassy of Canada.
- For details on marriage in Cambodia, Laos, or Burma, please contact the Embassy in Bangkok.
- Foreign nationals do not automatically acquire Canadian citizenship through marriage to Canadians. If you are marrying a Thai national, he or she will require a visa for Canada. The Consular Section cannot assist with this. Please see the Immigration Section or Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
The Embassy of Canada can neither provide nor recommend translation services, but provides the following brief list of translation offices close to the Embassy for your convenience.
Bangkok Business Secretarial Office Ltd.
5/6 Soi Saladaeng, Silom Road, Bangkok 10500
(Saladaeng BTS / Silom MRT Stations)
Tel: 0 2233-4768, 0 2266-5531, 0 2233-3572
International Translation Office
(Saladaeng BTS / Silom MRT Stations)
Tel: 0 2233-7714, 0 2234-9969, 0 2267-1097
Express Translation Service and Travel
Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Bangkok 10330
(Ploenchit BTS Station)
Tel: 0 2252-0337, 0 2250-0412, 0 2650-7793
Fax: 0 2252-0337, 0 2650-8653
The Sun Translation and Language Service