Phuket is a romantic island with turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea and miles of beaches. Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary, with their team of wedding specialists and their unity wedding packages, is a great place to exchange vows. Phuket is warm all year. November to March is the best time to visit.
The length of residency prior to wedding in Thailand is one working day. However, you need:
- A passport and original birth certificate.
- Affidavit of freedom to marry. Complete an English affidavit form at the Embassy. A fee is charged for the notary service. If divorced or widowed, provide an original divorce or death certificate in English.
- Take the notarized affidavit and Thai translation to the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs to have the translation certified and authenticated.
- Go to any district office to register the marriage. If you don’t speak Thai, an interpreter is required.
- Couples are provided with two copies of the official Marriage Certificate in Thai. 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.
Service Options and Contacts
- Only a civil marriage is legally recognized.
- Gay marriage is not legal in Thailand. You may have a symbolic ceremony but have your service in Canada. www.tourismthailand.org and www.banyantree.com
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs — Legalization Division 3rd Fl., Dept. of Consular Affairs 123 Chaeng Watthana Road, Bangkok 10210 Tel: 0-2575-1056 www.mfa.go.th/web/150.php
- Bangkok District Registrar’s Office, 5 Nares Road, Bangkok 10500 Phone: 0-2236-3154.