Getting Married in Fiji
Note for Guidance to Foreign Citizens Who are Intending to Get Married in Fiji
- Original birth certificate;
- Divorce and Death certificate if either one or both party were previously married
- The minimum age to marry without parental consent is 21 years of age. If you are under this age you will need to obtain an affidavit made by your father giving consent.
- Certificate of Single Status (or) Certificate of no legal impediment is required to be produced by the following marriage applicant:
- marriage applicants where one party is a local while the other is a foreigner
- marriage applicants who were former citizens of Fiji
- marriage applicants who are foreigners and residing in Fiji; and
- Asians with Fiji residential visa, permanent citizenship and work permit intending to marry in Fiji
- Marriage applicants from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, and European Countries are fully exempted from producing single status certificate (except those were previously married and have divorced three years ago – they must produce evidence of their single status in some form.
- Marriage applicants from Japan must produce the Koseki – Shouhon, to certify their personal details.
- Asian Tourists with sole intention to marry in Fiji may be exempted from the standard marriage requirements covering the Asians and it will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
- Presence of Names of two witnesses who are 21 years of age and over.
- Marriage applicants from Asian countries including: China, Philippines, Pakistan, India, Korea and etc must apply one month in advance and produce police clearance together with other translated personal documents
- Government Officers who are working in the Marriage Registry and are registered as civil marriage officers
- Ministers of Religion of the Christian/Hinduism & Muslim faith or other suitably qualified person professing any recognized religion. Their names must be registered and published in the Fiji Republic Gazette annually at the beginning of each year. The marriage party is to ensure that the marriage celebrant assign to solemnize their marriage has already been registered. If party selected to have the marriage in a garden, hotel and places away from the registry, arrangement for a marriage celebrant should be made two weeks before the marriage. Traveling and meal expenses for the marriage celebrant should be met by the party concerned.
- Every marriage in Fiji shall be performed in the presence of at least two witnesses who can sign their names and are 21 years of age and over;
- The particulars filled in the certificate of marriage in duplicate must be typed or hand written neatly with the same particulars as appeared in the special marriage license;
- All copies of the certificate of marriage must be signed by the party, witnessed by the witnesses and endorsed by the Marriage Officer/Celebrant.
- One of the original certificates must be given to the wedded couple while the second original certificate is forwarded with the license to the Registrar General’s Office, P O Box 2236, Government Buildings, Suva, Fiji, within 7 days ……….
The Convention was opened for signatures to member countries at the Hague on the 5th October, 1961. The agreement includes public document which has been executed in one country and is required to be presented into the Territory of another country.
The Convention have allowed and include civil documents such as Marriages, Births and Deaths Certificates exempted from legislation of documents and the only formality required is the affixing of a certificate by the competent authority of the country from which the document is issued. This certificate or stamp is titled: “Apostille (Convention de La Hague du 5 October 1961”)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is equipped with the designated authority to certify public documents under the convention.
Registrar General’s Office (Suva)
8.30 am – 3.00 pm Monday – Friday
Tel. #: 331 5280
Fax #: 330 4917
Divisional Registrar Lautoka
9.00 am – 3.00 pm Monday – Friday
Tel. #: (679) 666 5132
Fax #: (679) 666 5132
Divisional Registrar Labasa
9.00 am – 3.00 pm Monday – Friday
Tel. #: (679) 881 2477
Fax #: (679) 881 4181
District Registrar (DOs)
8.00 am – 3.00 pm Monday – Friday
Nadi, Sigatoka, Navua, Ba, Rakiraki, Tavua, Korovou, Nausori,
Levuka, Nabouwalu, Savusavu, Taveuni