Guidance

Notarial and Documentary Services Guide for Thailand

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

Announcement

In line with the stay at home measures being implemented by UK and Thai Governments in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, the British Embassy has taken the decision to suspend in person notarial services from 6th April 2020 until further notice.

Documents proving your residency can be requested from your local Immigration Office.

Certified copies of British Passports and Driving Licences can still be requested by post. 

Overview

The British Embassy Bangkok can provide a limited range of notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Thailand.

Before booking or applying for a document, you must make sure you have selected the correct service and that the document will be accepted by the relevant receiving authority. This could be the local district office (Amphur), immigration office, ministries or another authority either in Thailand, the UK or a third country.

If you plan to marry in Thailand, it is your responsibility to check which documents you need from the district office (amphur/amphoe) where you will marry before booking an appointment. Each district office has different requirements and embassy staff are unable to advise you which documents each individual district office requires.

Services we provide in Thailand

Consular staff can provide the following services only:

  • affirmation of marital status
  • affirmation of residency
  • certified copy of British passport and British driving licence
  • letter of “no objection” for adoption in Thailand
  • ED visa letter for internships in Thailand
  • Supporting letter for Thai Nationality application
  • visa transfer letter

The Consular Section reserves the right to cancel any appointment if it is a service we cannot offer.

What to bring to your appointment

Please see the individual services below for details of supporting documents to bring.

Payment

We accept payment by Visa, MasterCard, or cash in the local currency (Thai Baht) on the day of appointment. Card payments in advance are preferred. Paying in advance will greatly reduce your appointment time at the embassy. See our list of fees

Affirmation of marital status

If you are a British national intending to marry in Thailand, you will need to make an affirmation of marital status at the embassy. We cannot administer an affirmation to confirm your marital status if you are already married or if you need it to prove you are divorced or widowed and are not remarrying. You should present your marriage certificate, decree absolute or your late spouse’s death certificate as evidence of this.

Information on the affirmation of marriage template, and other documents required for marriage in Thailand, are found on the pages about getting married abroad.

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

This service is available for British Nationals who hold a non-immigrant visa in Thailand. If you are a tourist in Thailand, you are not a resident and are not eligible for this service. To book an appointment for this service, please follow the instructions in the affirmation of residency application pack (PDF, 348KB, 5 pages).

Certified copies of British Passports

To book an appointment for certified copy of a British passport, please follow the instructions in the Application pack - certified copy by appointment (PDF, 243KB, 4 pages).

To apply by post for a certified copy of a British Passport, please follow the instructions in the Application pack - certified copy by post (PDF, 421KB, 3 pages).

Certified copies of British passports by post are available for adults 18 years old and older. You must book an appointment at the embassy for a certified copy of a minor’s passport.

Certified copies of a minor child’s passport

If you require a certified copy of your minor child’s passport, you must provide written authority from both parents together with both original passports. Your minor child does not have to be present, provided both parents are present and provide evidence that they are related to the minor child as claimed. Where only one parent can be present, the absent parent must provide a letter of authorisation plus their original passport. To book an appointment for a certified copy of a minor’s British passport, please follow the instructions in the Application pack - certified copy by appointment (PDF, 243KB, 4 pages).

Certified copies of British Driving Licences

To book an appointment for a certified copy of a British Driving Licence, follow the instructions in the Application pack - certified copy by appointment (PDF, 243KB, 4 pages).

To apply by post for a certified copy of a British Driving Licence, follow the instructions in the Application pack - certified copy by post (PDF, 421KB, 3 pages).

COVID-19 Visa Extension Applications – Support Letter

Following an announcement on 8th April 2020 by the Ministry of Interior, British Nationals who hold visas expiring on or after 26th March 2020 will be granted an automatic extension of their visa until 30th April 2020. You do not need to visit an Immigration Office to extend your visa.

This does not apply to those who are in Thailand with long-term visa extensions i.e. marriage, retirement. If your long-term extension is due to expire, you should visit your local Immigration Office to apply for a further extension.

Further information can be found on Thai Immigration website https://immigration.go.th/content/visa_auto_extension

Letter of no objection for adoption in Thailand (Postal application only)

The British embassy in Bangkok is unable to advise on the legalities or the procedures for domestic adoption. Further information can be found on the adoption pages and Child Adoption Centre Thailand.

The embassy will only become involved when the government of the country that the child is being adopted from requests a letter of no objection from the British authorities.

The embassy in Bangkok can only issue such a letter if at least one of the parents is not habitually resident in the UK. It is the responsibility of the prospective adoptive parents to check with a lawyer that they have not retained habitual residence in the UK and to prove this to the embassy. The embassy will need to see a sworn declaration, witnessed by a lawyer, confirming that the prospective adopted parents have received independent legal advice and that they are not habitually resident in the UK.

The sworn statement must contain the following wording: “I (name) confirm that I have received independent legal advice and with reference to all the circumstances of my particular case and in light of existing UK law I can confirm that I am not habitually resident in the UK.”

If the sworn statement is obtained from an overseas lawyer, the lawyer must also confirm that they have an understanding of UK case law on habitual residence. Documents required:

We cannot give guarantees that children adopted abroad will be eligible for British citizenship or be granted entry clearance. These are both granted at the discretion of the Home Secretary and decisions cannot be prejudged. We can only give a factual statement outlining the normal approach and procedures.

This service is only available by post. To apply, follow the instructions in the Application pack - adoption (PDF, 427KB, 3 pages).

ED visa support letter

This letter is for British Nationals on an internship in Thailand who need to extend their non-immigrant ED visa. The letter is available by post only. To apply, follow the instructions in the Application Pack – ED Visa support letter (PDF, 402KB, 3 pages).

Supporting letter for Thai Nationality application

This letter is for British Nationals making an application for Thai Nationality. The letter is available by post only. To apply, follow the instructions in the Application Pack – Thai Nationality supporting Letter (PDF, 398KB, 3 pages).

Transferring your Thai visa after renewing your British passport

If you renewed your British Passport (or it was lost, stolen or damaged and you have replaced it), you will need a visa transfer letter to move your Thai visa from your old passport in to your new one at the Immigration Bureau. There are 3 ways to obtain the visa transfer letter:

  • If you renewed your passport at VFS Bangkok, you will be given a blank letter when you receive your new passport

  • If you renewed your passport in the UK or another country, you can collect a visa transfer letter without an appointment from the embassy reception between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

  • If you live outside Bangkok and would like to receive the letter by post, send us your name and Thai address via our web form

Fill in the blanks by hand and submit to the Immigration officer with both passports. The visa transfer letter is free of charge.

Services provided elsewhere

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, 157KB, 1 page) and Legalisation Infographic (PDF, 448KB, 1 page).

Life Certificates

We no longer provide life certificates for British nationals claiming a British pension abroad. Please refer to the list of people working in a recognised profession (PDF, 17.8KB, 2 pages) who can do this for you.

Recognition or validity of marriage

We do not provide the recognition of marriage and 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, 57.7KB, 1 page).

Services we cannot provide

  • Consular letter confirming income for Thai Immigration. The last date for applications for this service was 12 December 2018. If you are required to show evidence of your income as part of a visa application or extension of stay, you now must now show evidence of your income in a Thai bank account. British Nationals should now demonstrate that they have an amount of at least 800,000 THB in an account in Thailand for no less than three months prior to the visa application, or a monthly income of at least 65,000 THB transferred into an account in Thailand. For marriage visas, British Nationals should demonstrate that they have an amount of at least 400,000 THB in an account in Thailand for no less than three months prior to the visa application, or a monthly income of at least 40,000 THB. A bank statement should be used as the supporting document for obtaining a Thai retirement or marriage visa. Further information
  • Certified copies of UK degree/educational certificates. In May 2018 the Thai authorities confirmed that they require all foreign degree certificates to be verified (legalised) for use in Thailand. Before arriving in Thailand you are advised to get your UK educational 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” above.
  • any form of affirmation, affidavit or statutory declaration to confirm identity, family relationships or marital status (unless it is to marry in Thailand, please see above for Affirmation of Marital Status)
  • witness a signature on a Power of Attorney
  • statutory declaration for common law relationships - common law relationships are not recognised under UK or Thai law
  • statutory declaration to confirm your identity if the name on your passport does not match the name on your UK degree certificate. Contact your university to request supporting documentation.
  • Statutory declaration to confirm your identity if you have a paper driving licence without a photo. Contact DVLA
  • we cannot provide services to non-British Nationals

You may also wish to consult a local lawyer or translator/interpreter

If you have been requested to obtain a document from the British Embassy Bangkok which is not listed above, please contact us using our web 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 Office holds and uses data for purposes notified to the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998. 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 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 9 April 2020 + show all updates
  1. We have updated the new announcement on automatic extension of visas for foreign nationals in Thailand.

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

  3. We have updated the announcement part.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  12. we have updated the announcement on the page.

  13. Added new affirmation of residency application pack

  14. 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.

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

  16. Further announcement

  17. Addded content: Supporting letter for Thai Nationality application

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

  19. Application form updated

  20. Updated content on Overview Section

  21. Content revised

  22. Updated February 2018

  23. Updated content on 24 June 2016

  24. Updated consular fees as of 6 June 2016

  25. Updated consular fees as of 6 April 2016

  26. Updated consular fees as of 7 March 2016

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

  28. Updated to Services provided elsewhere section

  29. Changes to Legalising a signature or seal section

  30. First published.

  31. Fee changes

  32. Changes of Consular fees

  33. Fee changes

  34. Consular Fees - Effective 10 September 2013

  35. Fee changes