Legal Marriage

How to Get Marriage in Bali

Bali is part of the Republic of Indonesia and is subject to Indonesian Laws. Every couple considering getting married in Bali must comply with these Laws. 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 Moslem/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. A Christian, Hindu or Buddhist marriage is usually performed first in a church or temple ceremony. After the religious ceremony, every non-Moslem/Islamic marriage must be recorded with the Civil Registry Office (Kantor Catatan Sipil). Without the registration by the Civil Registry Office 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-Moslem/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.

The following countries have Consulates or Consular Representatives in Bali, you can see on this link Bali Foreign Consulates

For the issue of the Letter of No Impediment to Marriage by your Consular Representative you will need to present for yourself and your fiancé (e) your Passport (s) valid for more than 6 months, birth certificate and Certified Divorce Decrees (absolute/final) and/or Death Certificates regarding the termination of all previous marriages.

The following information will be required in order to process your marriage certificate in Indonesia as follows :

  • Passport both parties
  • Birth certificates for both parties
  • Details of religious faith (i.e. baptism certificates)
  • Written parental consent for any person under the age of 21
  • Death certificate of former spouse (when relevant)
  • Decree absolute divorce certificate (when relevant) Two (2) witnesses are required for your wedding. If you do not have any witnesses Bali Holidays Wedding will arrange.
  • Eight (8) photographs (6 x 4 cm) of the couple in same photo. Photo must be of the head & shoulders only, side by side, looking straight ahead. FYI, these photos will be attached to your wedding certificate.
  • Fill in our wedding application form

Catholic Couples must also present:

  • Baptism Certificates – Mandatory. These should be issued not more than 6 months (and preferably not more than 3 months) prior to your wedding date;
  • “Letter of Freedom” issued by your Parish Priest or other Church Official, declaring you have never been married and are therefore free to marry;
  • “Letter of Delegation” issued by your Parish Priest or other Church Official, declaring that they have no objection to your marriage ceremony being performed by a Priest from the Catholic Church in Bali.
  • Pre Nuptial Course
  • Pre Marriage Inquiry

To organized a catholic wedding ceremony, it is highly appreciated if you are able to finalize all paper works required by the Catholic Church three weeks prior to your wedding. For your wedding venue please open our hotels wedding

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