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Declaration of marital status in Ethiopia

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

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. If you are no longer registered in the Personal Records Database (BPR) in the Netherlands, request this as an extract from the Non-residents Records Database (RNI). You will then have proof of your marital status at the time you left the Netherlands.

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

Application procedure for consular certificates in Ethiopia

Make an appointment at the embassy in Addis Ababa by emailing: add-ca@minbuza.nl

Payment

You can check the fees and the payment method at the overview of consular fees in Ethiopia.

Retrieving your document

For retrieving certificates when ready there is no need to make an appointment. Opening hours:

  • Monday - Thursday 14:00 - 15:30 hours

  • Friday 11:00 - 12:30 hours

Check the days on which the embassy is closed.

Any questions?

In case you have a question, you can send an email via the contact form.