Thai citizenship through marriage to a Thai husband

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.

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33 Responses

  1. Gaynor says:

    Hi Chris. My husband is Thai police. We live in Samui. Do you know where we should apply in Samui and if it’s possible (my husband doesn’t know lol)?

    Also, I don’t think it’s possible for him to move his tabien Baan to Bangkok as he often needs it here for work purposes.

    • Hi Gaynor.

      Like in Bangkok, police special branch in Samui will be the contact point for citizenship applications, who then liaise with the bangkok HQ. The question is, will they have the capacity to process the application? My guess is probably not.

      If your husband has issues moving his house registration to bangkok given his employment, then he’s really going to have to rely on his colleagues in special branch, and probably be proactive using his links to push the paperwork along the required channels. Based on anecdotal examples been given to me, provincial special branch officials don’t have a clue when it comes to citizenship applications – but it might be a different story in Samui.

  2. Purpleyeth says:

    Hello there,
    Its easy for me to get 4 Thai national witnesses, ask and give me their docs photocopied and signed, but do they really need to go to the national police headquarters in Bangkok? (For me it’s the most difficult part of the application as they have their work) Is there any chance that I could only give them their docs and telephone number?

    • Hi there – normally the witnesses have to go to visit special branch as the officers need to formally interview them. If the people you lined up can’t go, then its perfectly fine to send others. Any Thai citizens are fine.

  3. Aishah says:

    H and forgot this question: if located in Phuket, does that mean we have to move our address to Bangkok?

  4. Aishah says:


    How about application fees? I didn’t see any numbers mentioned? Did you do it all on your own or did you have help from a lawyer?

    We are soon to be applying, but want to find the right moment as we aren’t located in BKK

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