Marrying Indonesian

That Indonesians are known for their kindness and friendliness might interest you to marry an Indonesian. 

Basic Requirements

Marrying an Indonesian is more or less similar with the procedure in marrying one from other countries. Here are three standard requirements that you should meet.

#1 Parental Consent

In marrying Indonesian, the first rule that you have to fulfill is the parental consent. It is different with the rules in some other western countries, of not all, that marrying one can be from two-party agreement. In Indonesia, you should let his or her parents know that you will marry their daughter.

This is the convention, the rule which is not written but is agreed, that you have to know. Marrying (especially a girl) someone without parental concent will lead you to a big problem.

#2 Religion

In marrying someone, you should be in the same religion. If you are christian and you want to marry non-christian, the situation will force you to forget your plan. Based on the applicable law in Indonesia, you can only marry someone who of your own faith.

#3 Religious Affair Office

After fulfilling the previous two requirements, then you can register your wedding plan in Religious Affair Office (Kantor Urusan Agama - KUA). Your data will be captured and the representatives will come to your wedding to witness your marriage.

Those are the standard procedures. However, if you are non-Indonesian who want to marry Indonesian, you should meet some additional points.

For Foreigners Who Want to Marry Indonesian

For couples who are married from different countries (Indonesian and foreigners), a number of requirements requested will be a little more complicated because various documents from both countries are required.

Foreigners who wish to marry an Indonesian must have a photocopy of their passport, carry a marriage permit or status from the country or representative of the country concerned and have been translated into Indonesian by an official translator, submit 3 pieces of 2x3 cm size photo, certainty of the presence of a guardian for foreigners women who are authorized by the competent authority, then pay the registration fee.

In specific, here are documents that foreigners should prepare to submit.

  • CNI (Certificate of No Impediment) or single letter - certificate stating that you can marry and will marry an Indonesian citizen. This letter is issued by the competent authority in the country, such as an embassy
  • Photocopy of identity card from the country of origin of the prospective husband or wife
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Photocopy of birth certificate
  • Certificate not currently in the status of marriageDivorce Certificate if ever married
  • Death Certificate of the married partner if he dies
  • Current domicile certificate
  • Photo in 2X3 (4 sheets) and 4X6 (4 sheets)
  • For marriages at the Religious Affair Office (Kantor Urusan Agama - KUA), you must include a convert to Islam if you were previously a non-Muslim