Thai citizenship through marriage to a Thai husband

Chris Larkin

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

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44 Responses

  1. Jenny Cleverton says:

    Hi Chris,

    Thank you so much for your informative and detailed advice. This is very useful information.

    My husband was born in Thailand, a Thai citizen and has Thai, Australian and British citizenship and has his current and valid Thai ID card and also has two different names on passports (i.e. English name on British and Australian passports and Thai name on his Thai passport. His Thai passport has just expired in November 2020 but could not renew due to COVID-19.

    I am a dual Australian and British citizen. We were married 36 years ago in Australia. We currently reside in UK but intend to retire in Thailand.

    We do not have children. My husband has already retired from employment and therefore, employment is no longer relevant in this circumstances. I will be retiring from my employment in 4 years time.

    1. Am I eligible to apply for Thai citizenship through marriage to a Thai husband?

    2. If this is not possible, are there any other way for me to obtain Thai citizenship?

    3. Can my husband still travel to Thailand with his expired Thai passport together with his British passport?

    We are very much obliged to you for your kind help and look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,

    Jenny

    • Hi Jenny,

      Thanks for your message and congrats on your upcoming retirement.

      So last question first, in normal times, he can enter Thailand on an expired Thai passport. However (and I don’t have 100% confirmation on this) due to covid, it appears that embassies are making people get either new passports or temp passports/certificate of identities for travel to Thailand. Who knows how long this will go for, but I suspect getting a new passport should be possible soon-ish if not already (my mother literally got a new one in Sydney last week).

      Now your first two questions. The simple answer is ‘yes’. Given your husband has Thai citizenship this does away with the need for work permits etc that foreign males have to show when they apply. There also isn’t the three year work history which also needs to be shown when its a foreign male applying based on marriage to a Thai wife.

      All that is required is proof of Thai income tax return from the year before applying and a letter of some sort from an employer. This could even be his own Thai limited company. So if you husband can prove a minimum of THB 20K (average) per month income in Thailand in the year before you apply, pay tax on that then you are eligible. So it doesn’t have to be a full time job, and for instance, could be consulting work that your husband does which will get him over the work requirement and income threshold.

      Hopefully that helps clear things up for you. Let me know if you have any additional questions.
      Cheers
      Chris

  2. Lise says:

    Hi Chris! Thank you so much much for this information!

    I am a Canadian woman, married with a Thai man for 33 years, living in Koh Phangan. Can you confirm whether it is necessary to forfeit one’s nationality when obtaining Thai citizenship?

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