Getting married in South Korea

Are you planning to get married in South Korea? There are several things you need to consider.

Dutch requirements for marrying or entering into a registered partnership

If you are a Dutch national and you wish to marry or enter into a registered partnership you will need to comply with the following requirements:

  • You and your partner must be 18 years or older. If you are under 18 and you marry abroad your marriage will not be recognised in the Netherlands until you are both 18 years old.
  • You and your partner may not already be married to or have a registered partnership with someone else.
  • If you are under guardianship you will need the permission of your guardian or of the limited jurisdiction judge ('kantonrechter').
  • The following family members are forbidden to marry each other or enter into a registered partnership with each other: parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, and brothers and sisters.

Obtaining permission from the country in which you wish to marry or enter into a registered partnership

Are you planning to marry or enter into a registered partnership abroad? If so, check whether this is permitted under the law of the country in question. To find out, you should consult the foreign authority responsible for conducting marriages and registering partnerships. You cannot marry at a Dutch embassy or consulate abroad.

Documents required for marriage or registered partnership outside the Netherlands

The foreign authority that conducts your marriage or registers your partnership can tell you which documents you require. These may include a copy of your birth certificate and a declaration of marital status

Registering a foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership

You can register your foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership in the Dutch register. To do this, contact the municipality of The Hague’s Foreign Document Department.

Legalisation of a foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership

If you wish to register your foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership in the Netherlands you will probably first need to have your foreign certificate legalised. This can be done by the authorities in the country where you were married. The Dutch embassy or consulate in that country may then also need to legalise the marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership. You can find out more about what you need to do in the legalisation information for that country.

Marrying in this country or region

Marriage between a Dutch and a Korean citizen

When a Dutch citizen wishes to marry a Korean citizen in Korea, then the marriage should be arranged with the local authorities (Gu-office). You will have to check with the local Gu office which documents are required to get married.

Most Gu-offices will request at least the following documents:

From the Dutch national:

  1. Birth certificate*, issued by the  municipality of birth in the Netherlands
  2. Certificate of legal capacity to marry (affidatvit of eligibility for marriage), issued by the municipality of last residence in the Netherlands. Only if you have never lived in the Netherlands the Dutch embassy in Seoul can draw up this certificate for you. Please visit the page Certificate of legal capacity to marry in South Korea for more information about the required documents and the application procedure.
  3. Copy of a valid Dutch passport

From the Korean national:

  1. Copy of a valid Korean passport
  2. Certificate of being unmarried (혼인관계증명서)
  3. Official document stating your place of birth and your current address

* Birth certificate for a Korean adoptee: adoptees from Korea do not have a birth certificate issued by their municipal authorities in  the Netherlands. They should submit their Korean birth-register. To obtain a Korean birth-register, please contact the Korea Social Service (Address : 533-3 Ssangmoon-dong, Dobong-gu, Seoul / webpage :  www.kssinc.org / email : kssinc@kssinc.org ). Upon providing them with the exact Korean name and date of birth, they will arrange a legalised English translation of a family census register.

Contact information

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Consular Service Division, Korean RE Insurance Bldg. #405, 80 Susong-dong, Jongro-gu, Seoul (Tel.: 2100-7500 / www.0404.go.kr).

Korea Social Service (KSS): Adoption Agency, 533-3 Ssangmoon-dong, Dobong-gu, Seoul (Tel. : 908-9191 / e-mail : kssinc@kssinc.org).