Muslim Marriage in Thailand

Muslim Marriage in Thailand for Foreigners

Muslim Marriage in Thailand for Foreigners

Marriage is one of the most important events someone will experience in their lifetime. While Thailand is known for being a Buddhist country, the Land of Smiles continues to be a popular choice among married couples with different cultural backgrounds and religions.

You might be asking yourself “How do I register my marriage in Thailand as a Muslim and a foreigner in Thailand?

We are here to provide you with all the necessary information and details, so you will feel confident once it’s time for you to register your Islamic marriage in Thailand.

What You Need to Know

We understand that it’s an exciting time, and you can rest assured knowing that getting married in Thailand, whether you’re marrying another Muslim or a non-Muslim, is a simple and straightforward process.

Every Muslim marriage needs to be conducted and registered at the Central Islamic Council of Thailand. It is recommended to schedule an appointment ahead of time because it is not open every day and might get very busy during peak hours.

The female party needs to provide a single certificate or divorce document. (Letter of approval from parents will no longer be required, unless it is from certain countries such as for Malaysians.)

For Thai females (Muslim by birth):

  • Thai National ID
  • House Registration (Tabien Baan)
  • Name Change documents of your first name or surname
  • Single/ divorce certificate
  • Photo ID on white background wearing a hijab

For Thai females (Non-Muslim):

  • Thai National ID
  • House Registration (Tabien Baan)
  • Name change documents of your first name or surname
  • Conversion certificate (We can also arrange the conversion on the day of Nikah)
  • Single/ divorce certificate
  • Photo ID on white background wearing a hijab

Please note that for certain nationalities, the fiancé(e) will need a letter from her parents approving the marriage which has to be given to the Imam.

If a non-Muslim is marrying a Muslim, they are required to convert to Islam before the wedding. This process typically takes no more than 20 minutes of their time. When this is done, the marriage can take place.

Once the wedding is completed with the signing of the marriage papers, an English version of the document will be provided by the Islamic Council. The Islamic marriage certificate and conversion certificate will undergo legalization at the Thai Foreign Affairs Department.

Certain nationalities require document attestation which is mandatory for countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, and the UAE. You will have to visit your respective embassy to hand over the documents.

These include:

  • Marriage document (Nikah)
  • Conversion certificate (if applicable)

What are the Requirements?

If you are from an Islamic country, you will be required to obtain a letter of approval for marriage abroad from your home country and have it certified by your embassy in Bangkok. Each country/embassy has its own set of rules and regulations, so make sure you check the details thoroughly with them.

  1. Passport
  2. Divorce Certificate or Death Certificate – Only for Females (if applicable)
  3. Medical Certificate
    • Required for the female participant, if divorced within 3 months.
    • Certificate must affirm non-pregnancy status.
  4. ID Photos – 10 pieces of 1.5 x 1.5

Please note that some nationalities will have to provide a letter of consent from your embassy to confirm your eligibility for marriage.

Islam Conversion (for Non-Muslims)

  • The Non-Muslim party must convert to Islam first.
  • Conversion is done through a ceremony before the marriage registration.

For the conversion procedure, there are two options:

  1. The process can be completed in the Non-Muslim person’s home country. An Islamic conversion certificate should be obtained and brought to Thailand.
  2. If this cannot be done beforehand, the Islamic center in Thailand can assist with the conversion before marriage registration. A certificate will be issued by the center upon successful conversion.


Now, with a better understanding of Muslim marriage in Thailand as a foreigner, it’s time for you to start preparing, and eventually tying the knot. 

Make sure to have everything finalized and don’t forget to bring all of the required documentation. If you’re an expatriate from an Islamic country, specific requirements may apply, and consulting your embassy is imperative.

Contact Siam Legal

Siam Legal is a leading Thailand law firm based in Bangkok with over 20 years of proven experience. We prioritize client success through prompt, effective responses to legal concerns, supported by a proficient team of English-speaking Thai lawyers. Our commitment to excellence and client service underscores our reputation and track record.

Our comprehensive services encompass Corporate matters, Property Conveyancing, Family Law, Immigration, Legal Services like wills and notaries, and Criminal/Civil Litigation.

If you have any questions or assistance regarding registering your Islamic marriage in The Land of Smiles, contact us at Siam Legal today.

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