Getting married in Indonesia

Under Dutch law, you are only married if your marriage has been concluded for a civil-law official. Only afterwards you are free to decide whether you still want to marry in church or not. That is different in Indonesia. A marriage cannot be registered with the civil registry (in Indonesian: Catatan Sipil) or KUA, if no religious marriage has been concluded in advance. (Art. 2 of the Indonesian marriage law of 1974).

Marriage between a Dutchman and an Indonesian citizen

In Indonesia, people of different religions are not allowed to marry each other. If a foreigner in Indonesia wants to marry an Indonesian national, this foreign partner is expected to accept the religion of the Indonesian marriage partner.

The documents required for an Islamic marriage are not always the same. This depends on the local Islamic offices: Kantor Urusan Agama (KUA). That is why it is best to gather information well in advance at the relevant office.

In general, a declaration must be made 15 days prior to the marriage to the church or KUA and the Civil Registry official. This requires, among other things:

  • A Statement of Marriage Intention / Surat Keterangan issued by the Dutch Embassy in Jakarta (izin untuk menikah). This can be collected one working day after the required documents have been submitted to the Embassy.
  • The fee, being the equivalent of EUR 30, must be paid in Indonesian Rupiah at the time the documents are handed in.

You may receive the statement from the embassy in Jakarta also in the Netherlands via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DCV-RL-CDC department, PO Box 20061, 2500 EB The Hague (email address: info.consulair@minbuza.nl). The request together with the necessary documents, must therefore be submitted to the ministry at least three months before the wedding date.

A. Documents Dutch party

The Dutch party needs the following documents:

  • A photocopy of the page (s) of the passport on which the personal details are stated;
  • An original (and a photocopy) of the extract from the Netherlands birth register that is not older than 3 months or;
  • For Dutch nationals born abroad, an original foreign birth certificate (and a photocopy) This must be legalized by the authorities of the country of birth and the Dutch Embassy there. (for Dutchmen born in Indonesia: click here for legalization deed);
  • An original extract (and a photocopy) from the personal register (GBA) of the Dutch municipality, from which the marital status (unmarried, divorced, widow, etc.) can be drawn up. This extract may not be more than 3 months old;
  • If you are no longer registered in a Dutch municipality, you must submit an original deregistration from the Dutch municipality where you were most recently resident. This deregistration may be a maximum of 3 months old (calculated from the date of issue);
  • If one or both parties are divorced: original divorce certificate and proof of registration of the divorce in the Registry of the Registry Office of the place where the marriage took place (and photocopies of these two documents);
  • In the case of minors, a declaration of marriage consent from the parents or guardian must also be submitted.
  • The documents mentioned above (except photocopy of the Dutch passport) can be replaced with a so-called Certificate of Marriage. You can request this Certificate of Marriage from your municipality in the Netherlands. For more information about obtaining the Certificate of Marriage, you must contact the relevant municipality yourself.

N.B .: Practice has shown that in Indonesia almost always a translation into "Bahasa Indonesia" of the so-called international extract (which is provided by Civil Registry officials in the Netherlands) is required. It is not necessary to have the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague legalize the above documents. However, the documents may not be older than 3 months.

B. Indonesian (foreign) party documents

The Indonesian party needs the following documents:

  • A photocopy of the valid passport or KTP (proof of identity).

The following also applies to Catholics: Unlike in the Netherlands, it is not possible to get married in Indonesia if one of the parties has previously been married and this marriage was dissolved by divorce. The Embassy cannot assist with formalities other than those mentioned above.

Other formalities (declaration of marriage, witnesses, costs, etc.) that are necessary for the marriage at the Civil Registry (BS) and the religious wedding (Islamic, Catholic, Protestant etc.) must be arranged by yourself or your Indonesian partner.

Marriage between two Dutchmen

In order to be able to issue the required Declaration of Intention / Surat Keterangan (Rencana Menikah), the Embassy or Consulate requires the following documents from both marriage partners:

  • Photocopy of the page (s) of the passport on which the personal details are stated;
  • An original (and a photocopy) extract from the birth register that is not older than 3 months or;
  • For Dutch people born abroad, an original foreign birth certificate (and a photocopy). This must be legalized by the authorities of the country of birth and the Dutch Embassy there. (for Dutchmen born in Indonesia: click here for legalization deed);
  • An original extract (and a photocopy) from the personal register (GBA) of the Dutch municipality, from which the marital status (unmarried, divorced, widow etc.) can be drawn up. This extract may not be more than 3 months old;
  • In case one or both parties are divorced: original divorce certificate and proof of registration of the divorce in the Registry of the Registry of the place where the marriage took place (and photocopies of these documents);
  • In the case of minors, a declaration of marriage consent from the parents or guardian must also be submitted.
  • The documents mentioned above (except photocopy of the Dutch passport) can be replaced with a so-called Certificate of Marriage. You can request this Certificate of Marriage from your municipality in the Netherlands. For more information about obtaining the Certificate of Marriage, you must contact the relevant municipality yourself.

Legal validity of the marriage concluded in Indonesia in the Netherlands

A marriage concluded abroad can be registered in the civil register of your municipality in the Netherlands. For this, the deed from Indonesia must be legalized. Find out more about the legalization procedure.

If it concerns an Islamic marriage, the original marriage record must be legalized. This booklet which is issued by the KUA must first be legalized by the Ministry of Religion (Kementerian Agama). After that, the marriage record must also be legalized by the Ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs and the Netherlands Embassy in Jakarta.

Please note: To make these documents legally valid in the Netherlands, you must ensure that only the names in accordance with the passport are used, not the Islamic names assigned to you.

What else can you do in addition to registering the marriage in your municipality

You are advised to register the marriage certificate as well as any other foreign documents at the Department of Civil Affairs, Department of National Tasks of the municipality of The Hague (www.denhaag.nl).

This is not mandatory but prevents high costs and especially time if you later need a copy from the marriage register. If you do not register the deed in the Netherlands, you will have to request the extract in Indonesia each time.

Authorization for temporary stay (MVV)

It is not automatically that an Indonesian spouse of a Dutch citizen may settle in the Netherlands. First the civic integration exam is required and after having successfully completed this exam it is possible to apply for an Authorization for Temporary Stay (MVV). The decision on an MVV application must be awaited in the country of residence (in this case Indonesia).

Note: It takes at least 3 months before a decision on the application is obtained.