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Getting married or entering into a registered partnership in Thailand

If you are a Dutch national and you are planning to get married or enter into a registered partnership in Thailand, check the additional requirements you must meet and the documents you will need. If you live in the Netherlands, you must register your foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership with your municipality, so that the details can be entered in the Personal Records Database (BRP).

Dutch requirements for marrying or entering into a registered partnership

If you are a Dutch national and you wish to marry or enter into a registered partnership you will need to comply with the following requirements:

  • You and your partner must be 18 years or older. If you are under 18 and you marry or enter into a registered partnership abroad, your marriage or registered partnership will not be recognised in the Netherlands until you are both 18 years old.
  • You and your partner must not already be married to or have a registered partnership with someone else.
  • If you are under guardianship you will need the permission of your guardian or of the limited jurisdiction judge ('kantonrechter').
  • The following family members are forbidden to marry each other or enter into a registered partnership with each other: parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, and brothers and sisters.

Obtaining permission from the country in which you wish to marry or enter into a registered partnership

If you are planning to marry or enter into a registered partnership abroad, check whether this is permitted under the law of the country in question. To find out, you should consult the foreign authority responsible for conducting marriages and registering partnerships. You cannot marry or enter into a registered partnership at a Dutch embassy or consulate abroad.

Documents required for marriage or registered partnership outside the Netherlands

You will require documents in order to marry or enter into a registered partnership abroad. The foreign authority that conducts your marriage or registers your partnership can tell you which documents you require. These may include an official copy of your birth certificate and a declaration of marital status

Registering a foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership

If you live in the Netherlands, you must register your foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership with the municipality where you live. Do this as soon as possible once you return to the Netherlands. The personal data held on you in the Personal Records Database (BRP) will be updated.

Attention: Sometimes you may need to have a foreign official document legalised first. Legalisation is usually done in the country where the document originates. Find out whether you need to have your document legalised and, if so, how.

Converting a foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership into a Dutch one

If you wish, you can have a foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership converted into a Dutch one by the Foreign Documents Department of the municipality of The Hague.

This is not mandatory but it will make things easier in the future if you ever need an official copy of the certificate. An official copy of a marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership bears a stamp and the signature of a Registrar of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Registered Partnerships. This will save you having to request one from abroad. Instead, you can request an official copy online from the municipality of The Hague.

Find out how you can have foreign official documents converted into Dutch ones.

Marrying or entering into a registered partnership in this country or region

To get married in Thailand as Dutch nationals, you need four documents:

  1. You must complete a witness and income form and sign it at the embassy. Your signature must be legalized by the embassy.
  2. A certificate of marital status, to be requested from the Dutch embassy or the municipality where you live (if you live in the Netherlands).
  3. A certified copy of your passport.
  4. A completed marriage proposal application form.
Attention: After you have applied for the declaration of intention of marriage and the witness and income form, you must have both documents translated into Thai and legalized by the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

How do you request the documents?

Make an appointment via the online appointment system. Your non-Dutch partner does not have to come to the appointment.

How long does it take?

If you apply for a consular statement in the morning, you can collect it the same day between 2 and 3 p.m. or have it sent to your home. In the latter case you have to pay 70 THB for sending your documents

How much do I need tot 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.

Can I register the Thai marriage certificate in the Netherlands?

If you want to register the marriage in the Netherlands, you must have the Thai marriage documents:

  • Translated into English;
  • Legalised by the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  • Legalised by the Dutch embassy.

Otherwise, the Dutch municipalities will not accept the documents.