Guidance

Notarial and documentary services guide for Thailand

Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at the British Embassy in Thailand.

Announcement

Some district offices have limited the services they provide due to the pandemic. You should check with the district office where you intend to register your documents before booking an appointment at the British Embassy. Please ensure provincial travel restrictions allow you to travel to and from Bangkok.

Overview

The British Embassy Bangkok provides a limited range of notarial and document services for British nationals in Thailand.

Most notarial and document services can only be provided if you entered Thailand using your British passport. If you entered using another country’s passport contact us to check if we can provide the service you require.

Access to the Embassy is by appointment only. Unless you have chosen a postal service, use the booking links to make an appointment.

Services we provide in Thailand

Consular staff can provide the following services only:

Before applying for one of our services contact the relevant Thai authority to find out what you need. This could be the local district office (amphur/amphoe), immigration office, ministries or another authority in Thailand, the UK or a third country.

Check that the document(s) we are able to provide will be accepted by the relevant authority and make sure you select the most appropriate service.

Check if you need to get a document we provide translated or legalised.

What supporting documents you need to provide

Please see the individual services below for details of supporting documents you need to provide. Make sure you have acceptable proof of address and identity, and payment for all fees.

Payment

We accept payment by Visa, MasterCard and Maestro debit and credit cards.

Payment links are provided within the individual services listed below. You can also pay by card on the day of your appointment.

See the full list of consular fees.

Proof of address and identity

Under Money Laundering Regulations you need to provide acceptable proof of your identity and residence for all notarial services.

We accept British passports as proof of your identity.

We accept any one of the following documents as proof of your address. DVLA issued photocard driving licence, mortgage statement, tenancy agreement or Housing Association rent card. If issued in the past three months, bank statement, letter from your bank, utility bill, council tax demand, Inland Revenue tax demand or a self assessment statement.

Documents can be in English or Thai and should contain your name as it appears on your passport.

You must provide originals, copies of these documents will not be accepted. We do not accept mobile phone bills or documents printed off the internet.

If you do not have documentation containing your name and address, you will need to show evidence of relationship to the person named on the document, for example your original marriage certificate.

How to apply for a notarial or documentary service

Affirmation for the purpose of marriage under Thai law

This service is available by booking an appointment to attend the British Embassy Bangkok. It costs £50.

You need to make an affirmation of marital status in order to get married in Thailand. Prior to attending an appointment you need to submit documents for checking by the British Embassy Bangkok.

See getting married abroad for more information on what you need to do and what documents you must provide.

Same Sex Marriages/Civil Partnerships

Same sex marriage is not recognised in Thailand. Therefore, we cannot process documentation for a same sex marriage, even if the marriage is proposed to take place in a third country.

Affirmation of residency

If you have completed a 90 day report at an immigration office you may be able to get proof of residency from the Immigration Bureau instead of the embassy. Contact your Immigration Office for further details.

This service is available by booking an appointment to attend the British Embassy Bangkok. It costs £50.

This service is available for British nationals who hold a non-immigrant visa in Thailand. If you are a tourist in Thailand or have a COVID-19 visa extension, you are not a resident and are not eligible for this service.

  1. Make an appointment for an affirmation of residency

  2. Pay the consular fee of £50. If you need more than one affirmation, you must pay for each copy you require. You can also pay during your appointment

  3. What you need to bring

Certified copy of a British passport

This service is available by post or by booking an appointment to attend the British Embassy Bangkok. It costs £25.

A postal service is not available for passport holders under 16 years of age. Please see certify a copy of your child’s passport.

You need to submit a valid and original British passport to obtain this service. We cannot accept copies or scans.

To apply by post follow the instructions in the Application pack - certified copy by post (PDF, 336 KB, 3 pages). There is an additional postage fee of £2.

To book an appointment follow the steps below.

  1. Make an appointment for a certified copy of a passport

  2. Pay the consular fee of £25. If you need more than one certified copy, you must pay for each copy you require. You can also pay during your appointment

  3. What you need to bring

  • your British passport
  • payment or proof of online payment
  • proof of address
  • (if applicable) your written authorisation and contact details if a third party is certifying your passport on your behalf

Certified copy of a child’s passport

If your child is under 16 years of age and you require a certified copy of your child’s passport, you must book an appointment to obtain this service. You must provide written authority from both parents together with both original passports. Your child does not have to be present, provided both parents are present and provide evidence that they are related to the child as claimed. Where only one parent can be present, the absent parent must provide a letter of authorisation plus their original passport.

Certified copies of British driving licences

This service is available by post or by booking an appointment to attend the British Embassy Bangkok. It costs £25.

You need to submit a valid DVLA issued photocard driving license to obtain this service. You will need to submit the original document. We cannot accept copies or scans.

To apply by post follow the instructions in the Application pack - certified copy by post (PDF, 336 KB, 3 pages). There is an additional postage fee of £2.

To book an appointment follow the steps below.

  1. Make an appointment for a certified copy of a driving license

  2. Pay the consular fee of £25. If you need more than one certified copy, you must pay for each copy you require. You can also pay during your appointment

  3. What you need to bring

  • your British passport
  • your DVLA issued photocard driving license
  • payment or proof of online payment

Letter of no objection for adoption in Thailand

This service is available by post. It costs £50 plus a postage fee of £2.

This letter is issued to accompany an application for adoption in Thailand. Issued when a Thai authority requests a letter of no objection from the British authorities.

Further information is available from Application pack - adoption (ODT, 17.3 KB) which includes instructions on how to apply for this service.

ED visa support letter

This service is available by post. It costs £50 plus a postage fee of £2.

This letter is for British nationals on an internship in Thailand who need to extend their non-immigrant ED visa. To apply, follow the instructions in the Application Pack – ED Visa support letter (PDF, 316 KB, 3 pages).

Supporting letter for Thai Nationality application

This service is available by post. It costs £50 plus a postage fee of £2.

This letter is for British nationals making an application for Thai nationality. To apply, follow the instructions in the Application Pack – Thai Nationality supporting Letter (PDF, 311 KB, 3 pages).

Transferring your Thai visa after renewing your British passport

This service is available in person at VFS Bangkok or online and is free of charge.

The Immigration Bureau in Thailand may require a letter from the British Embassy in order for you to transfer your visa from your old to your new British passport.

  1. VFS Bangkok will give you a template letter when you collect your new passport from their office. Alternatively the British Embassy Bangkok can post a template letter to you at an address in Thailand. To request this service send a message via our online contact form, giving the reason for your request along with your name and address.

  2. Add your personal details by hand and submit the completed letter to the Immigration Bureau along with your passport(s).

Services provided elsewhere

Translating or legalising a document issued by the British Embassy Bangkok

You may need to get a document we provide translated into Thai or legalised before it can be recognised by an authority in Thailand. Ask the authority where you intend to use the document about these or other requirements.

If the document needs to be translated. Go to any translation agency. We provide a list of translators and interpreters in Thailand. There are translation services available at the Legalisation Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (see below).

If the document needs to be legalised. This can be done in person at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Bangkok or at the Chiang Mai Government Complex. The MFA have provided a quick guide to the legalisation process in Thailand.

Contact the MFA for further details.

Locations of MFA offices

Legalization Division, 3rd floor, Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 123 Chaeng Watthana Road, Bangkok 10210.

Legalization Division, Khlong Toei Blue Line MRT station (the office is located inside the MRT station and is clearly signposted when you arrive).

Chiangmai Government Complex, SMEs 2 Building, 1 Floor, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50000.

Legalising a signature or seal

Legalisation is the official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp on an official public document is genuine. UK public documents such as birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates can be legalised by the UK government in the UK. This is also known as an apostille.

More information on how to get your UK document legalised for use in Thailand can be found on Three Steps of Legalising a Signatures or Seal (PDF, 157 KB, 1 page) and Legalisation Infographic (PDF, 448 KB, 1 page).

Life Certificates

We do not provide life certificates for British nationals claiming a British pension abroad. Someone in a recognised profession can witness your life certificate if you are claiming State Pension abroad. They do not need to live in the UK, or have a British passport. The list of people who can sign the form are the same as those who can ‘countersign’ a passport photo.

Recognition or validity of marriage

We do not provide a recognition of marriage document. Only Courts in England and Wales can recognise a marriage under English and Welsh Law, for more information please see Information Note on Recognition or Validity of Marriage (PDF, 465 KB, 1 page).

Services we cannot provide

Visa extension letters

Thai Immigration Bureau does not require a letter from the British Embassy in order to consider an application to extend or renew a visa. You can complete an affidavit at your local Immigration Office.

Covid-19 visa extensions were introduced by Thai immigration to assist foreigners who were not able to return to their respective countries due to the pandemic.  As commercial flights are available to leave Thailand the British Embassy does not provide letters to support covid-19 extensions. 

If you are currently in Thailand and not able to extend or change your visa to an alternative you should speak to your local Immigration Office or visit the Thai Immigration website to discuss your options. 

Staying in Thailand without a valid visa may result in overstay fines, arrest, deportation and in some cases a ban from re-entering Thailand.  You may also be liable for a fine if you submit a visa application after your current visa expires. 

Income letters for Thai Immigration

The British Embassy does not provide letters confirming income. If you are required to show evidence of as part of a visa application or extension of stay, you can provide your Thai bank account showing the required deposit(s).

Certified copies of UK birth, death, marriage or degree/educational certificates.

Thai authorities require documents issued outside of Thailand to be authenticated. The only authority permitted to provide this service is the Legalisation Office of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office in the UK.

Before arriving in Thailand you are advised to get your UK certificates legalised before you travel. If you are already in Thailand you will need to follow the 3 step legalisation process under services provided elsewhere.

Any form of affirmation, affidavit or statutory declaration to confirm identity, family relationships or marital status

Unless it is to marry in Thailand, then follow the steps above for Affirmation of Marital Status.

Witness a signature on a Power of Attorney

Statutory declaration to confirm your identity

If you have been requested to obtain a document from the British Embassy Bangkok which is not listed above, contact us by sending a message via our online contact form.

The British Embassy Bangkok is not responsible for any costs incurred through booking an appointment for a service that we cannot provide. If in doubt, please contact us for advice.

Data Protection

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office holds and uses data for purposes notified to the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 2018. Such personal data may be disclosed to other UK government departments and public authorities.

Disclaimer

This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the British Embassy Bangkok by the relevant authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. Accordingly the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the British Embassy Bangkok will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. For all notarial and legalisation services, it is the responsibility of the customer to ascertain the precise requirements of the person requesting the notarial or legalisation service and to satisfy themselves that the service provided by the British Embassy Bangkok will be accepted.

Published 26 January 2014
Last updated 19 January 2022 + show all updates
  1. Provided further clarity in 'Services we cannot provide' section to explain that the British Embassy does not provide covid-19 visa extension letters.

  2. Edited Services we provide in Thailand section, under 'Certified copy of a British passport', replaced references to 'minor child' to give specific ages. Expanded the list of documents accepted as proof of address.

  3. Removed the need to complete a service request form for in-person appointments. Added reference to the consular fee associated with each service. Under 'Service provided elsewhere' provided details on how to get documents translated in to Thai and legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  4. Changed the description of the services available at the British Embassy Bangkok within the 'Services we provide in Thailand' section. Added further detail on visa extensions.

  5. edited COVID-19 Visa Extension Letters

  6. edited COVID-19 Visa Extension Applications After 26th September

  7. updated new application packs - adoption, ED visa support letter, Thai Nationality supporting letter, certified copy by appointment, certified copy by post and affirmation of residency.

  8. added new services - COVID-19 Visa Extension Applications – Support Letter

  9. updated the announcement part and added the latest application pack files of certified copy by appointment, certified copy by post and the affirmation of residency application pack.

  10. Updated the announcement section and updated new application pack - certified copy by post.

  11. Edited announcement - appointment for notarial & documentary services.

  12. Updated - new announcement, payment method and Transferring your Thai visa after renewing your British passport.

  13. We have made a new announcement on consular services and added new application pack - certified copy by appointment

  14. We have updated an announcement on reopen the notarial services from 6 May 2020.

  15. We have removed the COVID-19 visa extension letters as we no longer provide this service.

  16. We have updated the latest announcement on automatic extension of visas for foreign nationals in Thailand until 30 April 2020.

  17. We have updated the new announcement on automatic extension of visas for foreign nationals in Thailand.

  18. Further information on COVID-19 Visa Extension Applications – Support Letter has been updated.

  19. We have updated the announcement part.

  20. we have added new attached form for affirmation of residency and Application pack - certified copy by appointment.

  21. we have updated the information on COVID-19 Visa Extension Applications – Support Letter

  22. We have added new guidelines on COVID-19 Visa Extension Letter.

  23. We have updated the new announcement for consular customer regarding to Covid-19 situation.

  24. We have updated the new attachment of the affirmation of residency.

  25. we have updated the application pack of affirmation of marital status.

  26. we have attached new application packs for affirmation of residency and certified copy by appointment.

  27. we have updated the Notarial and documentary services and attached new pdf files.

  28. we have updated the announcement on the page.

  29. Added new affirmation of residency application pack

  30. Updated sections: announcement, what to bring to your appointment, affirmation of marital status, same sex marriages/civil partnership, affirmation of residency, copies of British passports, copies of British driving licenses, services we cannot provide. Deleted certified copies.

  31. - Updated heading (not 2018 anymore) - Added the new Adoption & ED visa - Added a paragraph regarding - Certified copies of British Driving Licences

  32. Further announcement

  33. Addded content: Supporting letter for Thai Nationality application

  34. From 1 January 2019, the British Embassy Bangkok will no longer be providing British Nationals with letters confirming their income.

  35. Application form updated

  36. Updated content on Overview Section

  37. Content revised

  38. Updated February 2018

  39. Updated content on 24 June 2016

  40. Updated consular fees as of 6 June 2016

  41. Updated consular fees as of 6 April 2016

  42. Updated consular fees as of 7 March 2016

  43. Changes to Administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit section and Make a certified copy of a document section

  44. Updated to Services provided elsewhere section

  45. Changes to Legalising a signature or seal section

  46. First published.

  47. Fee changes

  48. Changes of Consular fees

  49. Fee changes

  50. Consular Fees - Effective 10 September 2013

  51. Fee changes