Wedding Guide

How to Get Marriage Legally in Bali

In accordance with Law No. 1 of 1974 concerning marriages in Indonesia (Article 2 (1): “a marriage is legitimate if it has been performed according to the laws of the respective religious beliefs of the parties concerned.”

All couples who marry in Indonesia must declare a religion. Agnosticism and Atheism are not recognized. The Civil Registry Office can record marriages of persons of Islam, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian-Protestant and Christian-Catholic faiths. Marriage partners must have the same religion, otherwise one partner must make a written declaration of change of religion.

The Religious Marriage under Islam is performed by the Office of Religious Affairs (Kantor Urusan Agama) in a ceremony at a mosque, the home, a restaurant, or any other place chosen by the couple and is legal immediately after the ceremony.

Christian, Hindu or Buddhist marriage is usually performed first in a church or temple ceremony. After the religious ceremony, every non-Islamic marriage must be recorded with the Civil Registry (Kantor Catatan Sipil). Without the registration by the Civil Registry these marriages are not legal. Recording by Civil Registry officials can be performed directly at the religious ceremony for an additional fee.

Persons of non-Islamic faith are required to file with the Civil Registry Office in the Regency where they are staying first a ‘Notice of Intention to Marry’ as well as a ‘Letter of No Impediment’ obtained from their consular representatives.

For the issue of the Letter of No Impediment to Marriage by your Consular Representative you will need to present for yourself and your fiance(e) your Passport(s) valid for more than 6 months and Certified Divorce Decrees (absolute/final) and/or Death Certificates regarding the termination of all previous marriages. Please contact the Consular Representative of your country for details well before your intended date of marriage.

Indonesian authorities require that all foreigners who plan to get married in Indonesia must obtain a “CNI” (Certificate of Non Impediment to Marriage) prior to the wedding. This is simply a letter from your Consulate or Embassy representative in Indonesia stating that there is no objection for you to get married in Indonesia.The original wedding documentations below need to be brought with you, when you will visit your Respective Embassy/Consulate to swear an aeth that you are free to get married. Wedding documentations required:

Pre-departure requirements:

  • Copy of the valid passport not less than 6 month prior to the date of arrival.
  • Copy of Birth certificate
  • Baptism letter (if relevant)
  • Divorce letter (if relevant )
  • Death certificate (if they are widowed)
  • 8 peaces shoulder photograph, size 4 x 6 cm bride and groom

In the resort requirement :

  • “CNI” (Certificate of Non Impediment to Marriage), should be obtained at extra cost paid direct by the couple to the embassy/consulate

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