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Marrying a Thai Woman

Getting Married in Thailand

Your guide to a Marriage Visa (non-O) in Thailand

Thai women are among the most beautiful and wonderful women in the world.

If you find the right one and treat her with respect and love, she will be loyal and be the most wonderful wife you can ever imagine.

However, if you find the wrong one or you do not treat her or her family with respect it can be a quite different story .

Thailand is one of the most popular countries in Southeast Asia to retire, work and settle.

The women of Thailand also hold a big attraction for Foreigners seeking love and marriage.

Remember foreign men also hold a huge attraction to some Thai women not for their good looks, or great personality but for their ability to support them and their family.

There is nothing wrong with this but go into any relationship especially marriage with your eyes wide open.

Are you just a walking ATM?

If you are in your 70s and the woman you meet is in her 30s or 40s then ask yourself what is attracting her to you.

Do not be delusional.

Many foreigners come to Thailand with their retirement lump some payout and are eager to impress I have seen it repeatedly.

They meet a beautiful woman and start buying gifts and taking her and her family for meals and start throwing money around eager to win her love and affection.

The lump some payout soon and quickly diminishes on the sick Buffalo, motorbike for the family, an emergency of a relative who needs money for hospital or to pay a debt to a loan shark ,gold, land ,car and paying for holidays and a house.

Many meet girls in bars (is this the place to meet your future wife)?

I do know people who have long term relationships and marriages with women they met in bars all are not the same but finding a woman from a bar that is not a heavy drinker or gambler or high maintenance is rare.

One thing that they all have in common is the need for money and lots of it, that is why they are working in the bar in the first place.

The biggest and single pressure on your relationship with an ex-bar woman is the threat that if you stop paying considerable amounts of money, they will return to working the bar.

There is a famous saying “you can take the girl out of the bar, but you can’t take the bar out of the girl.”

It can be extremely dangerous.

When I say dangerous, I mean life threatening dangerous.

We at Lawyers for Expats Thailand have witnessed firsthand some horrendous attacks on elderly men dating or married to younger women know who you are getting involved with.

The money you have is meant to last for the rest of your life, especially if you are now retired,

Finding work in Thailand is not an easy task for a foreigner as there are many restrictions to what job can be done and you need a work permit to work here which is difficult to obtain.

For information or help with obtaining a work permit contact Lawyers for Expats Thailand.

There are many stories of Foreigners who came to Thailand to retire with a generous sum of money, but the money ran out and they had to return to their own country reluctantly.

Take care of the money you have do not waste it because, it must last you a lifetime.

You do not want this to happen to you.

You chose to leave your country of origin for a reason, do you really want to go back.

Remember week after week we hear the horror stories, and the most common factors are the circumstances of how and where the foreigners meet their wives and that they rushed into marriage and did not get to know the real person who they were marrying, they also did not have any Prenuptial Agreement or Usufruct to enable them to live in the house they purchased in the name of their Thai partner.

If you are considering getting married in Thailand or purchasing property, contact us for a Free Consultation.


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I am not saying that you cannot find real love meeting a bar girl, because I know people who met their wives in bars and have been happily married for many years, it just makes it harder to determine if it is love or just a cash transaction and there are many other things to consider too.

How do you know if this person has true feelings for you?

Due diligence and preparation are important in everything you do.

How do you find the right woman for marriage in Thailand or anywhere ?

Many Foreigners come to Thailand after divorcing in their home country and make the mistake of marrying on the rebound a stranger whom they know nothing about,

Sex cannot be the foundation of a relationship if it is the relationship will fail.

Marriage should be for life and not entered lightly.

Do not rush into marriage get to know your partner and their family as when marrying in Thailand you are marrying into a family, and this can carry a huge responsibility financially.

If your partner has children get to know them, they are going to be a part of your life and affect your relationship, even and especially if they are grown up.

If you cannot stand them, or they you then this relationship is going nowhere fast.

Their problems will become yours too, the Thai family bond is strong it is one of the wonderful attributes of the Thais.

Understand Thai culture because this will have an impact on your relationship.

Learn to speak Thai (I need to practice what I am preaching here) not speaking Thai, makes it difficult to communicate .

It is frustrating and is the main cause of arguments in a relationship here in Thailand between Expats and their partners.

For a good relationship to last you need good communication and the relationship needs to be based on love for each other not love for money or sex.

Lawyers for Expats Thailand are at hand to assist expats and provide solutions to help them live a happy and safe life in Thailand.

If you are considering marriage, then contact us anytime on +66956583038 or email us at

Our English-speaking Lawyers and Barristers and English staff are her to assist .

So, once you have found the love of your life and dated and got to know each other and her family and the relationship has passed the test of time (because what is the rush?) you decide to get married.

Before you jump in with both feet there are many things to consider contact Lawyers for Expats Thailand for a free consultation .

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Consider a Pre-nuptial agreement.

If you cannot even have a conversation about this with your newly beloved, then the chances are this relationship is doomed for failure already.

Be responsible and look after your safety and wellbeing nd your relationship.

Guide to applying for a Non-O Marriage Visa

A Thai marriage visa can be obtained if a foreigner is married to a citizen of Thailand, it is with the same level of visas with the Non-Immigrant Visa “B” or Non “B” visa for working, but the Thai Marriage Visa is exclusive for those who have Thai wife or spouse citizen.

A Thai Marriage visa coms under the Non-Immigrant Visa “O” or Non “O” category.

There are certain requirements that must be met in order for the wife or spouse of the Thai citizen to be able to secure a Thai spouse visa or Thai wife visa.

Who can apply for Thai Marriage Visa?

Overview Process for Thai Marriage Visa

Thai marriage visa requirements 2022

Validity of Stay

Important Reminders


1. Who can apply for Thai Marriage Visa?

As the name of the visa itself, a Thai Marriage Visa can be obtained by those who have a registered marriage with a Thai Citizen.

After the Marriage Registration in Thailand, the foreigner will be eligible to apply for Thai Marriage Visa or Non-Immigrant “O” visa under the category of Thai Spouse.

Obtaining this type of visa is quite easy and the process and requirements are straightforward, but the documents must be authenticated and certified before you apply for a Thai Marriage Visa.

You do not require legal assistance when applying for this type of visa but there are other things to consider before you get married.

Contact us to discuss how lawyers for Expats Thailand can assist you.

We provide solutions specific for Foreigners marrying a Thai citizen.

Contact Lawyers for expats Thailand we are here to assist you.

If you do need assistance with the application or are struggling to meet any of the requirements, then contact Lawyers for Expats Thailand on +66956583038 WhatsApp and Line

If you are over 50 and do not wish to work, then you may consider a retirement visa instead of a marriage visa.

However, the criteria for obtaining a retirement visa are higher it requires 800,000 in a Thai bank for 2 months prior to application.

For a retirement visa you need to have the amount deposited in a Thai Bank or show regular pension income from oversees into your Thai Bank.

For any visa enquires simply contact Lawyers for Expats Thailand

Note: When you register a Marriage with a Thai Citizen, it does not automatically grant you the Thai Marriage Visa, you must apply for it at the Immigration Office and provide the required documents for the visa application.

Furthermore, you must also be qualified for the Immigration to grant you this visa.

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1. Obtain the letter of authority from your Embassy showing you are free to marry.

2. Overview Process for Thai Marriage Visa.

The process for Thai Marriage Visa is quite straightforward.

You will be eligible to apply for this visa once you settle your Marriage Registration with a Thai Citizen.

After the Marriage Certificate has been issued to you by the District Office, you can already proceed with the Thai Marriage Visa Application.

You must first secure a substantial number of days left on your visa before you apply for the Marriage Visa, we advise at least 15 working days left on your visa.

If you are on a retirement visa and get married, Lawyers for Expats Thailand advise you to remain on the retirement visa .

There is no need to change to a married visa.

Remember, you can convert your visa to Thai Marriage Visa after you have secured all the required documents.

After you secure the Marriage Registration Documents and your current visa still has substantial days left, you must remember that you should also have 400,000THB deposited in a Thai Bank account at least 2 months prior to the Thai Marriage Visa application.

Or you can provide evidence of monthly income. Please do note that after 2021, several Embassies in Thailand no longer issue this letter. In this case, you need to prove by tax payment in Thailand document number PND.1 and PND91.

The process is quite straightforward, if you follow the requirements and procedure for the visa, it will be an easy job.

The initial visa that will be given to you is valid for 3 months, before the period expires, you can renew it for 1-year extension yearly if you comply to the requirements of the Thai Marriage Visa.

3. Thai marriage visa requirements 2022.

Thai Marriage Visa requirements 2022 are different from other Non-Immigrant Visa, although the process for Marriage Visa is quite easy but you must ensure that all the documents are secured, and you are qualified according to the Immigration Office.

Here are the following basic requirements you must keep in mind for your Thai Marriage Visa application:

Passport (must be valid for at least 6 months and must have 2 blank pages)

Copy of your Thai marriage certificate (both versions).

Copy of your Thai wife’s ID card front and back (signed by her)

Copy of your Thai wife’s Tabian Baan (House Registration Papers) (signed by her)

Copy of a map to your residence in Thailand

Copy of photos showing you and your wife together (House, Inside of the House, Family Picture, Outside of the House)

Copy of your bank book showing 400,000 THB in your bank account deposited at least 2 months prior to visa application or copy of your income showing 40,000 THB per month in income

Bank Guarantee and Bank Statement

The Immigration Office will require you to show the following documents for them to consider your Thai Marriage Visa application.

Marriage Registration with a Thai citizen does not guarantee you will get Thai Marriage Visa, it will always depend on the documents you will show as stated above.

Please note that the Immigration office will random check by visit to your house and may interview your neighbors to make sure that your relationship is real.

Thai marriage visa requirements

4. Validity of Stay.

When you marry a Thai national inside Thailand or overseas, you are entitled to obtain One Year Marriage Visa or called “Non-Immigrant O.”

This kind of visa is for a maximum of 1 year and it needs to be extended each year.

The initial validity of stay that you will get upon your first Thai Marriage Visa application would be 3 months, before the expiration of that period you can renew it for 1-year.

Thai Marriage visa rules are renewable every year but keep in mind that you do not have to exit Thailand just to secure a renewal of Thai marriage visa.

It can be renewed inside the country if you are able to meet the requirements of the Thai Embassy.

Keep in mind that upon renewal of your application you will still be required to present the documents and pass the eligibility according to the Immigration Office and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thailand.

We highly advise that 2-3 months prior to your Thai Marriage Visa extension, you must secure the 400,000 THB in your bank account to show you are still capable of supporting your Thai Wife.

Thai Marriage Visa rules

5. Important Reminders.

90-day Reporting

Holders of any Thai Non-Immigrant visa such as Non-Immigrant “B” Visa, Retirement Visa, Marriage Visa etc. must report their current address to a Thai immigration office every 90 days.

This can be done four ways:

In person at a Thai immigration office.

By mail.

Through an agent who has the Power of Attorney to report your status.

Through the immigration website (if working)

If you are not in Thailand on the date your 90-day reporting is due, you do not need to report your status, your 90-day reporting will begin again from day 1 on the date you re-enter Thailand.

Re-entry Permit

If you plan on leaving and re-entering Thailand whilst on a Non-Immigrant O Marriage Visa, you will first need to obtain a re-entry permit to not lose your visa when you leave.

A re-entry permit can be secured from a Thai Immigration Office or International Airport. The fees are 1,000 Baht for a single re-entry, and 3,800 Baht for a multiple re-entry permit.

When re-entering Thailand, make sure to note the number of your re-entry permit on your immigration arrival form for your visa to be re-activated.


If you divorce your Non-Immigrant O Marriage Visa will become invalid, and you will be required to leave Thailand immediately.

In some cases, you may be allowed to remain in the Thailand until the Thai Marriage Visa expires, but you must first check at a Thai Immigration Office.

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Immigration Tips

A Thai Non-Immigrant O Marriage Visa is attractive to potential employers as it significantly lessens the process for employment, with the company only needing to apply for your work permit.

When renewing your Thai Non-Immigrant O Marriage Visa, you must have the necessary funds cleared in your Thai Bank account at least 3 months prior to your renewal application.


Lawyers for Expats Thailand can assist you with the Marriage preparation and obtaining your marriage certificate and provide legal advice to assist you in the future and help with your marriage visa.

With knowledgeable and friendly employees, who speak English the Thai wife visa and Thai spouse visa can be processed with ease.

Our visa team have many years of experience in Visa applications and process these visas every week

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