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How to Get Married Legally in Bali

How to Get Married Legally in Bali

There has been a recent uptick in the number of couples preferring to get legally married in Bali rather than just hold their weddings there. Couples who want to wed legally in Bali must comply with Indonesian law. As long as all of the paperwork is in order and adheres to Indonesia’s marital regulations, the process is easy peasy. If this is something you and your loved one are interested in pursuing, then we’ve put together things you should know about how to get married legally in Bali.

  1. Indonesia law of marriage.(Law No 1 of 1974)

Marriage in Indonesia requires that both couples share the same religion, according to Law No.1 of 1974. If this is not possible, the bride or groom should sign a letter declaring their intention to wed in the religion to which they have mutually consented and have the document authorized by the appropriate consular or governmental authority.

  1. The Major Religions. 

The five major religions of Indonesia are Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Protestant-Christian, and Catholic-Christian. Meanwhile, atheism and agnosticism are not officially recognized

  1. Types of ceremony

In Bali, a couple must undergo both a religious and a civil ceremony in order to officially wed (except Muslim couples). Both the civil and religious ceremonies must take place on the same day, at the same place. That means that not only will a representative from your religious community (priest, monk, pastor, etc.) but also one from the Indonesian Civil Registry Office be present at your wedding ceremony (Kantor Catatan Sipil). As an additional perk, you will receive not one, but two, certificates. There is no need for a separate civil ceremony for Muslims. A representative from the Kantor Urusan Agama ( “The office of religious affairs”) leads the religious ritual. Additionally, the Bali or Indonesian government recognizes such a ceremony as valid marriage paperwork. Catholic ceremonies in Bali must take place at a Catholic church, while the reception venue is the couple’s choice.

What Next on How to get married legally in Bali?

  1. Get Certificate of Non Impediment to Marriage.

You must first visit your consulate or embassy In Indonesia to obtain a “CNI” (Certificate of Non-Impediment to Marriage). The authorities in your own country may also be able to provide such a document. You can now legally get married in Indonesia, as this certificate proves that you have no objections to the marriage. Both of these should be taken care of well in advance of the wedding day in Bali, as the specific requirements for each embassy or consulate can vary widely. Keep in mind that this is not similar between countries. Please contact your embassy for further information about the ‘Certificate of Non-Impediment,’ or feel free to have us handle it on your behalf. 

  1. Provide Documentation

Next in our list of how to get married legally in Bali is to be sure you have the following documents ready, both original and copy. 

  1. Passport or KTP for Indonesian.
  2. Birth certificate.
  3. Death certificate of former spouse (when relevant)
  4. Divorce certificate (when relevant)
  5. Evidence of parental consent in the form of a sworn affidavit stamped by a Notary Public if either person is under 21 years old.
  6. Filled out the form from Indonesian Civil Office. Please, download form here. 
  7. Eight 4×6 cm photos, both partners side by side in red background

3. Ready for the Legal wedding ceremony.

After collecting the necessary paperwork, you are now ready for the legal wedding ceremony! Remember, both the Indonesian Civil Registry office and a religious representative need to be present here. Once you get legally married in Indonesia you will receive a religious and legal marriage certificate, written in Indonesian and English, respectively. This certificate can be used in most countries across the world.

That’s a quick summary of how to get married legally in Bali. If the legal requirements for getting married seem overwhelming, you can rest assured that our services will make the process quick and painless. 

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