How can I get Thai citizenship?

Chris Larkin

Long time resident of Bangkok. Married, three daughters. Managing director of CLC Asia ( Lots of interesting knowledge and experience built up over time which I hope can be of use to people.

157 Responses

  1. Chantal says:

    We have been living in Thailand for over 24 years. I am a Uk passport holder and husband is NZ citizen. We were married in Thailand. We adopted 2 Thai children 13 years ago. Are we eligible to apply for Thai citizenship without PR first ?

    • Hi Chantal,

      To my knowledge the only paths to citizenship which skip PR are those for married to a Thai citizen given the way the legislation is written, so based on what you have written PR would be a mandatory step.

  2. Christine says:

    Hi Chris,

    I’m a young adult (over 21 yrs). My father is a PR (in the process of obtaining Thai citizenship). Do I apply to become a Thai citizen immediately after he is naturalizer? Or do I have to apply for PR first before I can apply to be a Thai citizen.

    • Hi Christine.

      Given you are over 20 now and no longer considered a dependent under Thai law, unfortunately your parents status no longer have a bearing in supporting a path to PR or citizenship for you.

      As such the standard route applies for you – having at least three years of work permits at the required income before you are eligible for PR and then holding PR for 5 years and then applying for citizenship after that.

  3. Kaab says:


    I was born in Thailand in a refugee camp. I do have the birth certificate, but my parents are not Thai. I’m now a U.S citizen and lives here, would it be possible to get Thai citizenship?

  4. Nineveh says:

    Good day

    The following is my situation:
    1) Born to parents who have been naturalized into Thai citizens. They were holding Indian citizenship prior.
    2) Holding Permanent Residency for almost 35 years
    3) Married to Thai citizen (born in Thailand) for more than 10 years.
    4) Have one child who also was born in Thailand and has Thai citizenship.
    5) Working abroad but renewing my residency once a year.

    Problem is I have not been living here for 3 consecutive years and have not paid taxes here in Thailand, because I work abroad.

    Is there a path to getting my Thai citizenship in any other procedure?

    Thanks for your response.


    • Hi Nineveh,

      Thanks for your question! Unfortunately the requirement of three years of work permits and tax returns in the lead up to application is a non-negotiable, so you are going to have to have those.

    • Moti says:

      I am living in Thailand more than 10 years mist of the time I used to work with work permit
      I’m married to thai citizen since 2017 and have a child but since I got married I change my visa to marriage and didn’t make work permit anymore
      Can I apply to this or I need to go back to do WP

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