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Hi Everyone. 

 

I'm looking at getting married to my gf of 7 years.

 

Just looking for someone to give me a rundown of the actual process (in Covid times) and any tips on cheap translation services etc.

 

I'm British and live in Samut Prakan if that makes a difference.

 

Thanks in advance. 

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First thing is to get a Non Impeachment to Marriage affidavit from your British Consulate. That involves an "interview" in person with you and your TGF by an official at the Consulate. Check with your Consulate to get a date and what documents to bring. There might be problems with this Corona chaos.

Then you'll have to get that document and your passport officially translated in Thai.

Then you''ll go to the Amphoe with the translated document and go through the process there.

Your TGF will be "interviewed" there. You not as the document you got from the Consulate translated in Thai serves as "interview".

They just called me at one point to decline my full name.

 

I'm Belgian. I applied for the document on 02OCT19 at my Consulate in BKK. 

My TGF arranged for translations and then it was a simple thing to go to the local Amphoe.

We got married on 23APR20

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I don't remember having to get my PP translated.  We married at the local Amphur office and i think it was free, you will need to take 2 Thai witnesses and one must speak english (not your GF) and explain the forms/marriage to you. That was our local Amphur rules.

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2 hours ago, nobodysfriend said:

Try to avoid the ' thai style village marriage ceremonies ' if possible ... it does not bring any advantage to u , but a lot of costs ...

Actually it avoids a lot of costs when the marriage goes plunk. No legal costs if walking away.

If one is getting a pension from home, it will probably be reduced when married. If one does not tell pension people you have a long term relationship will get single ( higher ) rate pension.

 

The only cost to my knowledge is gifts for the monks and the feast for the villagers.

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22 minutes ago, brianthainess said:

I don't remember having to get my PP translated.  We married at the local Amphur office and i think it was free, you will need to take 2 Thai witnesses and one must speak english (not your GF) and explain the forms/marriage to you. That was our local Amphur rules.

Every amphur is different. The staff were my witnesses.

It's not free. Costs about 20 baht or something like that.

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2 hours ago, brianthainess said:

I don't remember having to get my PP translated.  We married at the local Amphur office and i think it was free, you will need to take 2 Thai witnesses and one must speak english (not your GF) and explain the forms/marriage to you. That was our local Amphur rules.

My experience too.. Proof of not married from home country.. No interview.., Can not remember any translations.. Passport and wife and id, Probably housebook for her and certificate of residency for the foreigner I guess..Proof of non marriage is not required from her as her ID will show it unless changed name. Arrival card from passport and two witnesses is also necessarry.

 

 

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4 hours ago, thaibeachlovers said:

Actually it avoids a lot of costs when the marriage goes plunk. No legal costs if walking away.

If one is getting a pension from home, it will probably be reduced when married. If one does not tell pension people you have a long term relationship will get single ( higher ) rate pension.

 

The only cost to my knowledge is gifts for the monks and the feast for the villagers.

Interesting point about the pension, a couple of Australian friends advised the Australian Government they were married and their retirement pensions promptly reduced.

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13 hours ago, paahlman said:

My experience too.. Proof of not married from home country.. No interview.., Can not remember any translations.. Passport and wife and id, Probably housebook for her and certificate of residency for the foreigner I guess..Proof of non marriage is not required from her as her ID will show it unless changed name. Arrival card from passport and two witnesses is also necessarry.

 

 

Don't have to be living in LOS to marry a Thai- at least when I got married, as I wasn't living there then.

I definitely had to get translations.

Witnesses not necessary for me as staff did that.

Arrival card not necessary for me.

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11 hours ago, StevieAus said:

Interesting point about the pension, a couple of Australian friends advised the Australian Government they were married and their retirement pensions promptly reduced.

Not advisable to not notify home pension people as they will find out anyway.

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I tried to get married in Samut Prakan a few weeks ago. Was told we had to book an appt about a week out so that the big boss could show up. They recommended we go to Bangna. Went there, and was told the same thing. Then I heard Bang Rak was the easiest, as many like to go there for the lucky name. Three times in a row, got the same story. I'd always heard this was a one day thing.

 

So, yesterday we did it at her hometown amphur here in Issan. They took three hours just looking at the documents. Then they told us it'd take about a week, again for the big bosses to show up. Haha, what is going on? Wife thinks they want money. I really don't have much to give. I've already been helping the family a lot.

 

Wife told them we gotta be back in BKK by the end of the week, so the officer said he'd do what he can. Granted, he was rather soft spoken, polite, and gentle with our documents, the polar opposite of immigration.

 

Documents were an affidavit saying I'm single from my embassy, and a certified copy of my passport from my embassy, both translated and stamped by the MFA. They asked to make sure we had the certified passport. Wife provided copies of house book, ID card, and divorce paper. Mom and dad came with us, provided copies of their ID cards and signatures. Now keeping fingers crossed. If not done this week, it'll have to be when we come back for the Christmas break. I'm but a lowly English teacher in Amazing Thailand.

 

I've been making payments on a motorbike in the wife's name, less than 3000 baht a month. I've been quoted around this same amount several times from farang coworkers wanting to rent their extra, used bikes. Why give money to them and end up with nothing, when the wife could end up owning a brand new bike, I figure. She was able to get finance with her ID card and house book. I didn't have an extra 60k in cash laying around.

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