Thailand: Marriage and birth certificates from 21 countries now require legalisation

Foreign nationals from the following 21 countries applying for initial and renewal long-term dependant visas for their families at the One Stop Service Center (OSSC) in Thailand must legalise their marriage and birth certificates:

  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • India
  • Iran
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Peru
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sri Lanka
  • Togo
  • Uganda

This requirement does not apply to applications submitted to the Board of Investments.

Previously, applicants could submit original, non-legalised marriage and birth certificates to support their dependants’ visa applications.

Legalisation Methods

Affected foreign nationals can legalize their documents by one of the following methods:

  • Legalisation at the home country's Thai Embassy; or
  • Legalisation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country where the document was issued, plus authentication at the Thai Embassy in that country.

As a reminder, applicants from a country other than the ones on the above list whose birth or marriage certificates are not in Thai or English must have the document translated into English and subsequently legalised using one of the methods mentioned above.

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

To avoid delays, employers applying for long-stay visas at the OSSC should ensure that dependants of foreign employees from any of the above countries have their marriage and birth certificates officially legalised far prior to submission of their dependent visa applications.

Stuart Beaty

Celsium, Birmingham, UK