Getting Married to an Indonesian Citizen Abroad

Find out about the legalities when marrying an Indonesian abroad...

Marriages abroad between a foreigner and an Indonesian citizen are recognized as legal and binding in Indonesia.

The Law of Administration of the Population (2006) (Undang-Undang no. 23 Tahun 2006 tentang Administrasi Kependukan) supersedes the 1974 Marriage Law. It states that Indonesian citizens who do not get married in Indonesia will have their marriages recognised. They need to register their marriage with the Indonesian Consulate in the country where the marriage takes place. A marriage certificate is required as proof.

When returning to Indonesia, the Indonesian spouse must again report his or her marriage to the local Civil Registry (Kantor Catatan Sipil) if they are non-Muslim, and to an Office of Religious Affairs (Kantor Urusan Agama) if Muslim. This must be done within 30 days, or a fine may be imposed and the marriage may not be considered legal by the Indonesian government.

After registering, the couple will be issued an Official Evidence of Marriage (Tanda Bukti Laporan Perkawinan) which certifies the authenticity of the marriage and makes it legal.

The following documents may be required:

  • Marriage certificate obtained abroad
  • Notarised letter written by the foreign spouse's parents giving permission for the marriage
  • Notarised letter from the foreigner's home consulate certifying the marriage is legal

The last two documents are sometimes requested by the Civil Registration Office (Kantor Catatan Sipil), but usually a foreign marriage certificate is enough proof.

Further Information

  • Information on getting married in Indonesia for Australian citizens: Australian Embassy
  • Information on getting married in Indonesia for American citizens: American Embassy
  • Information on getting married in Indonesia for British citizens: British Embassy