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Declaration of Marital Status in Thailand

Do you need a certificate of marital status in Thailand? If the local authorities will not issue such a document, the Netherlands embassy in Bangkok can do it instead.

Attention: Due to the corona virus, the possibilities to apply for this declaration at an embassy or consulate-general are limited. Please check the online appointment system to see if it is possible to make an appointment. If no times are available, it is not yet possible to submit an application at the embassy or consulate general.

Declaration of marital status

If you wish to marry abroad, you may need a declaration of marital status. To obtain one, you must produce several documents to prove that you are not married or in a registered partnership.

What documents do you need when applying?

If you have never been married

  • proof that you have Dutch nationality, this may be any one of the following documents:
    • a Dutch passport
    • a Dutch national identity card
    • a certificate of Dutch nationality
  • an address and proof of registration of place of residence
  • a declaration of unmarried status. If you are no longer registered in the Personal Records Database (BPR) in the Netherlands, request this as an extract from the Non-residents Records Database (RNI). You will then have proof of your marital status at the time you left the Netherlands.

If you have previously been married

  • proof that you have Dutch nationality, this may be any one of the following documents:
    • a Dutch passport
    • a Dutch national identity card
    • a certificate of Dutch nationality
  • an address and proof of registration of place of residence
  • divorce certificates, foreign judgments or a death certificate

You may need to have the original legalised and translated. The rules vary per country. 

The term ongehuwd (unmarried)

The term ongehuwd (unmarried) is used only if you have never married or entered into a registered partnership. If you have been married previously or been in a registered partnership, the term gescheiden (which means you have divorced or terminated a registered partnership) or weduwe/weduwnaar (widow/widower) will be used in the declaration. Details of any and all previous marriages or registered partnerships must appear on the document.

Declaration of marital status in this country or region

Extra documents

If you are going to get married in Thailand, you will also need a witness and income form that states two Dutch (not Thai!) witnesses who do not live in Thailand. This is a requirement of the Thai government. These persons do not have to be present at the wedding. Your signature will be legalized by the embassy on the witness form.

You also need a certified copy of your passport, which is issued by the embassy.

How much do you need to pay

You pay the costs for issuing one consular statement (civil status) and two legalizations (witness and income form and passport copy). The current rates can be found in the list of consular rates.

How do you apply for a certificate?

Please make an appointment via the online appointment system. You must request this statement in person. Your non-Dutch partner does not have to come to the appointment.

How long will this process take?

If you request a consular statement in the morning, you can collect it the same day between 13:30 and 15:00 or have it sent to your home. In the latter case, you must pay THB 70 for mailing the statement.

Any questions?

In case you have a question, you can send an e-mail via the contact form.