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Consulate of Ireland

Phuket, Thailand


Tel: 00 66 76 281 273

Fax: 00 66 76 384 425

Post Nuptial Declaration

Irish citizens who wish to marry in Thailand must receive a certificate of freedom to marry from the either the Department of Foreign Affairs or the Irish Embassy in Thailand.  This certificate is known as a “certificat de coutume”.

It is extremely important that all forms are either type-written or completed in block-capitals to ensure that the information provided is legible.

Applications should be made four months before the marriage is due to take place. The certificate de coutume is valid for 120 days from the date of issue.

All documents in languages other than English should be translated.

Application to Marry

Our hours of opening are 9 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.

We charge 2,700 THB per declaration and we can provide this service to Irish nationals only.

Please bring with you to the Consulate your passport and long form birth certificate as proof of identity, and evidence that any previous marriages have been terminated (death certificate or divorce certificate(s) as appropriate) together with a copy of your intended spouses passport or birth certificate with certified true copy of English translation. ORIGINALS ARE REQUIRED; copies will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Please note that The Consulate does not undertake the preparation or translation of documents.

All Thai Registrars will require authentication of the Irish Consul's signature and certification of the Thai translation. This must be obtained from:

The Legalisation and Division, Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

123 Chaeng Wattana Road , Laksi District, Bangkok 11120

Tel. 02-575-1056 - 59, 981-7171

(8.30 - 11.30 and 13.00 - 15.30)

The affirmation and translation are then ready for submission to the registrar, who, if satisfied, will register the marriage and issue a Thai marriage certificate.

The Irish Consulate in Bangkok is not authorised to perform marriages.

Marriage in Thailand should be performed according to Thai law and any detailed questions on the procedure should be addressed to the appropriate Thai authorities

A religious ceremony on its own is not sufficient.

The documentation to be produced is at the discretion of each individual Registrar. Most Registrars will be satisfied with an affirmation of freedom to marry.

The marriage will only be recognised under Irish law if it is valid under Thai law. For it to be valid in Thai law, the marriage must be registered with the Registrar at an Amphur Office (District Office). A list of some Amphur offices in Bangkok and upcountry is attached.

The Thai marriage will be in Thai only.

You may wish to commission a "sworn translation" of the marriage certificate from a translation bureau, so that you may use the document for legal purposes in Ireland .

Please note that a foreign national does not automatically acquire Irish nationality through marriage to an Irish national.

If you are marrying a Thai national, he or she will require a visa to visit or settle in Ireland.

The fee for this service is 2,700 THB.


It is strongly advised to make a prior appointment with the consulate for this service.