Declaration of marital status in Zambia

Do you need a certificate of marital status in Zambia? If the local authorities will not issue such a document, the Dutch embassy or consulate can do it instead.

Due to the corona virus, the possibilities to apply for this declaration at an embassy or consulate-general are limited. Please check the online appointment system to see if it is possible to make an appointment. If no times are available, it is not yet possible to submit an application at the embassy or consulate general.

Declaration of marital status

If you wish to marry abroad, you may need a declaration of marital status. To obtain one, you must produce several documents to prove that you are not married or in a registered partnership.

What documents do you need when applying?

If you have never been married

  • proof that you have Dutch nationality, this may be any one of the following documents:
    • a Dutch passport
    • a Dutch national identity card
    • a certificate of Dutch nationality
  • an address and proof of registration of place of residence
  • a declaration of unmarried status from the Dutch municipality where you lived before moving abroad (you can apply for this yourself at the municipality concerned)

If you have previously been married

  • proof that you have Dutch nationality, this may be any one of the following documents:
    • a Dutch passport
    • a Dutch national identity card
    • a certificate of Dutch nationality
  • an address and proof of registration of place of residence
  • divorce certificates, foreign judgments or a death certificate

You may need to have the original legalised and translated. The rules vary per country. 

The term ongehuwd (unmarried)

The term ongehuwd (unmarried) is used only if you have never married or entered into a registered partnership. If you have been married previously or been in a registered partnership, the term gescheiden (which means you have divorced or terminated a registered partnership) or weduwe/weduwnaar (widow/widower) will be used in the declaration. Details of any and all previous marriages or registered partnerships must appear on the document.

Declaration of marital status in this country or region

How to apply for a consular certificate at the Dutch embassy in Harare

Scan the required documents and proof of payment and send it by email to the embassy with full details of what the payment is for. The certificate needs to be specified for it’s purpose, so please mention the purpose of the certificate in your email.

When the document is ready, the embassy will contact you after which you contact courier services to come and collect the documents at the embassy in Harare and deliver to your address.

On average it takes 5 working days for the certificate to be produced.

If you want to come in person to the embassy in Harare, you'll have to make an appointment via the online appointment system.

How much do you need to pay?

For the costs of a certificate you can check the overview of consular fees.

The payment is made through the ING-account in the Netherlands:

Bank account name: Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken Betreft FSO-Posten
Bank: ING Bank
Address: Financial Plaza Bijlmerdreef 109, 102 BW Amsterdam, Nederland
IBAN: NL74 INGB 0705454177
BIC: INGBNL2A

In the description of the payment you have to mention :

  • Harare
  • Consular Statement
  • Name and surname

Please note all costs of the transfer are on the client’s account.

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