Foreigners have difficulties with marriage registration in Thai district offices, report users from ThaiVisa and russian-speaking expat community FarangForum. Amphur officials don’t accept marriage affirmation form (also known as affidavit) issued by the consulates.
As user KIA wrote on FarangForum, his friend unsuccesfully tried to register marriage with Thai woman on September, 1. District office administrator told him the problem was with affidavit form which was certified by Russian Consulate.
Submition of affidavit, or Affirmation of Marriage is mandatory for all marriage registrations in Thailand. This form confirms the current marital status of newlywed (single, divorced, widowed). The Affidavit form should be filled in and signed by a foreigner and certified by his or her Consulate. The cost of Affidavit certification in Consular Section of Russian Embassy in Bangkok is $10. You can download this form from the Embassy website.
Amphur official specified to KIA’s friend that closing remark on russian affidavit form, “The Consular Section accepts no responsibility for the contents of the above document”, is unacceptable. Guy tried to deal with 2 amphur offices (location unknown) but with no effect.
District official cited certain guidance dated August, 29. This document says about Hindu who was refused to register his marriage because of similar remark. Officials decided there was no adequate proof of Hindu’s marital status.
As it turned out, not only Russians have such problem with unacceptable affidavit form. 31 Aug 2016 update from British Embassy website indicates that Embassy is aware of situation. British embassy has not received a formal notification of any changes to the local marriage process for foreign nationals and are seeking urgent clarification from the relevant authorities.
It becomes clear from ThaiVisa thread that US citizens also have some difficulties with their affidavits. Nevertheless, jeepsterman wrote about succesful wedding registration which took place on September, 2 in Lak Si district office on Chaeng Wattana.
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