Wedding in Bali
laws, Licences and Certificates
Bali is part of the Republic of Indonesia and is subject to
Indonesian Laws. Every couple who want to get 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
Bali, 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.
A 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.
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.
For the Notice of Intention to Marry
you have to submit the following documents for both partners to the
Civil Registry Office (show the original and present a photocopy):
Certificate of the religious marriage;
Passport for foreign citizens, or KTP (Identity card) for
Certified birth certificate;
Certified divorce decree (absolute) or death certificates
regarding the termination of all previous marriages;
Four 4x6 cm photos, both partners side by side;
never married: letter Surat Keterangan Belum Kawin from
Kepala Desa or Lurah (mayor);
Men aged 18-21 and women aged 16-21: parental letter of
consent, signed across the materai/tax stamp Rupiah 2,000.
Before the marriage, you and your fiance(e) also may wish to file
with the Civil Registry a prenuptial Property Agreement
(Surat Pernyataan Harta) which must be signed before a local Notary
Public. This contract is necessary if you wish to hold property
separately during the marriage. In the absence of such a document,
Indonesian marriage law assumes joint ownership of property, and
subsequent property acquisitions by the Indonesian partner will be
regulated according to the laws restricting foreign property
Two witnesses over the age of 18 are
required. They must show the originals and present photocopies of
their passports if they are foreign citizens or KTP (identity cards)
if they are Indonesian citizens. Civil Registry employees can act as
The Civil Registry office has a Mandatory
Waiting Period of 10 working days from the date of filing. This
waiting period may be waived for tourists presenting a guest
registration form (Form A).
Certificates (Buku Nikah) issued by the Office of Religious
Affairs (Kantor Urusan Agama) are legally valid in Indonesia and do
not require registration with any other agency if you are going to
live in Indonesia. However, if you might move somewhere else in the
future (and who knows?), get a marriage certificate issued by the
Civil Registry and an officially certified translation right away
All other Marriage Certificates will be
issued by the Civil Registry usually on the same or next day. A
sworn English translation of the marriage certificate should
be obtained for use abroad. It is not necessary for the marriage
certificate or translation to be registered by your Consular Agency.
However, to have the sworn translation of the marriage certificate
verified or a special translation made by the Consular Agency of
your home country or the Consular Agency of your country of
residence, might prove useful.
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