Getting a British Passport for your Thai child

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As a British Citizen when you have a baby with a foreign partner, your baby is also entitled to a British Passport. There are some countries which don’t allow dual nationality but Thailand and UK both allow their citizens to be dual passport holders. So, in most cases your baby will be eligible for a British passport.

There is quite a lot of paperwork to be collated so as soon as you find out your partner is pregnant start finding out the documents you need as some things may need to be sent from overseas or copies obtained.

You must supply two color photographs of the baby and it is best to use a professional photography shop who are experienced in taking passport photos for babies (if the child is very young) as the photos have to match the guidelines 100%. The passport application form must also be countersigned by someone who has known the family for 2 years, if they are from the EU they should also supply a copy of the data page of their passport.

If the Mother is Thai, then the documents she needs to supply are her Birth Certificate, Thai Identity Card and house registration (Tabien Baan) as well as her passport if she has one and any marriage/divorce or change of name certificates.

The Father (British Citizen) needs to supply his passport and the long version of his Birth Certificate (the one with his parents names on). If the father was born after 01/01/1983 he will also need to supply a copy of his parents birth certificates and their marriage certificate if they were married.

If both parents are British Citizens then they would both need to supply these documents.

If the child already has a Thai or other nationality passport then you will need to supply that also. Along with the babies original birth certificate and completed application form.

There are some exceptions in which your child may not qualify for a British passport including if you were also born overseas. If this is the case, then please get further advice before deciding not to apply as a British passport will be very helpful for your child’s future.

If you would like to apply for a British passport for your Thai child then please contact Darren at [email protected]