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Marriage in Indonesia

I want to marry an Indonesian girl! Marrying an Indonesian man or marrying an Indonesian woman is common now.

Yes, if you are a non-Indonesian citizen in a relationship with an Indonesian and looking forward to marrying an Indonesian in Indonesia soon, or maybe you are an Indonesian woman who wants to marry a foreigner, this site may help you. Get the official information from the official government website for further clarification.

To marry an Indonesian citizen or marry an Indonesian girl, no specific visa is required except Visit Visa, which for some countries can be applied for on arrival. Still, you need KITAS or Limited Permit Stay Letter if you want to stay longer for marriage.

Legal Requirements for Indonesian Citizens

To get married in Indonesia, Indonesian citizens must meet specific legal requirements. The first requirement is that both parties must be of legal age, which is 19 years old for males and 16 years old for females. Both parties must also be unmarried, divorced, or widowed.

The following requirement is that both parties obtain a Certificate of No Impediment (CNI) from the local civil registry office (Dinas Kependudukan dan Catatan Sipil), where they reside. The CNI certifies that there are no legal impediments to the marriage and is valid for six months.

After obtaining the CNI, both parties must appear before a religious leader or the local civil registry office to register for marriage. The couple must also provide two witnesses who are at least 18 years old and can vouch for the identity of the bride and groom.

Legal Requirements for Foreigners

Foreigners who wish to marry in Indonesia must also meet specific legal requirements. They must provide a Certificate of No Impediment from their respective embassy or consulate in Indonesia, stating that they are free to marry. Sworn Translator must translate it into Indonesian.

Foreigners must also obtain a Stay Permit (ITAS) or a Temporary Stay Permit (ITK) from the local immigration office where they reside. The permit is valid for six months and can be extended if necessary.

After obtaining the necessary documents, foreigners must appear before a religious leader or the local civil registry office to register for marriage. The couple must also provide two witnesses who are at least 18 years old and can vouch for the identity of the bride and groom.

Both parties must have a valid passport and an Indonesian Tax Identification Number (NPWP) to get married in Indonesia. In addition, if you are not a Muslim, you must obtain a letter of no impediment to marriage from your embassy or consulate in Indonesia. If you are a Muslim, you must provide a conversion certificate to show that you have converted to Islam.

Online marriage registration

The Indonesian government now offers an online marriage registration service, which can be used by both Indonesians and foreigners. This service is available through the Ministry of Religious Affairs website and allows couples to register their marriage without visiting a government office. The website is (Marriage Management Information System)

Cost of getting married in Indonesia

The cost of getting married in Indonesia can vary depending on the type of marriage, the location, and other factors. Religious marriages typically cost less than civil marriages, ranging from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. It is advisable to consult with a local wedding planner or lawyer to get an accurate cost estimate.

Mixed marriages in Indonesia

Mixed marriages between foreigners and Indonesians are allowed in Indonesia, but additional requirements must be met. For example, if one party is a Muslim, the non-Muslim party must convert to Islam. In addition, the couple must obtain a letter of no impediment to marriage from their respective embassies or consulates.

Marrying an Indonesian Muslim girl

If you are a foreigner and wish to marry an Indonesian Muslim girl, you must follow the same legal requirements as any other marriage in Indonesia. However, you may also need to obtain the consent of the girl’s parents or guardians, as this is a common cultural practice in Indonesia.

Types of Marriages in Indonesia

In Indonesia, the laws recognize several types of marriages. However, the most common types of weddings are religious and civil marriages.

Religious marriages are conducted by religious leaders and are recognized by the government. Couples who wish to get married in a religious ceremony must obtain a Letter of Intention to Marry from the religious leader and submit it to the local civil registry office.

Civil marriages are conducted by the local civil registry office and are recognized by law. Couples who wish to get married in a civil ceremony must obtain a Letter of Intention to Marry from the civil registry office.

Procedure to Get KITAS (Limited Stay Permit Letter)

Kitas is given to:

a. Foreigner entering the Indonesian territory with a limited stay Visa;

b. A child born in Indonesia and his/her parents is a holders of KITAS;

c. Foreigners approved to change their status from Visit Visa;

d. Ship captain, crew, or foreign experts on the ship, boat, or installation operating in the Indonesian territory or jurisdiction according to the prevailing regulations;

e. Foreigner that has legally marry with an Indonesian citizen; or

f. child of a Foreigner who has lawfully married an Indonesian citizen

Foreigner or its Guarantor must apply KITAS to the Head of Immigration Office or Appointed Immigration Officer in the region where the applicant lives. So it would be best if you went to the Immigration Office near the place of your stay. Check here to find out your nearest Immigration office.

The application must be submitted at least 30 days after the On Arrival Visa or Visa has been granted. A penalty must be paid if you apply after 30 days, according to the current Immigration law Article 143 of Law No. 31 of 2013 on Immigration.

The Immigration Office or the appointed Immigration Officers.

If the above requirements are met, the Immigration Office will take the applicant’s photo, and the Permit Letter can be issued within a maximum of 4 (four) days.

KITAS is granted for a maximum 2 (of two) years and may be extended. Any extension will be valid for a maximum of 2 (two) years with the condition that the total years of stay is not exceeding 6 (six) years.

KITAS can be granted to a Foreigner who wants to work in Indonesia but is only valid for a maximum of 90 days. An extension can be granted for another 30 days maximum, and the total length of stay must not exceed 180 days.

Preparation to Marry an Indonesian Girl or Man

Below are the requirements that you need to prepare in advance:

  • A permit from your country’s embassy or consulate in Indonesia.  (Basically, this is a certificate of non-impediment to marry or a letter of no impediment to marriage issued by the embassy or official institution from your own country). You can download the sample on the link here
  • Copy of valid passports
  • A copy of valid VISA/KITAS.
  • Certificate of self-report or Surat Tanda Melapor Diri (STMD), see a sample here; from the local police (the nearest Sub-District police) and Certificate from the Indonesian Demography/Population and Civil Registry if you live or domiciled here in Indonesia.
  • A copy of my Birth Certificate.
  • Certificate of Divorce/Marriage Annulment for a divorcee.
  • Separate photographs of 2 x 3 cm and 3 x 4 cm with a blue background, each 4 pcs.
  • Conversion to Islam Certificate for those who convert to Islam. (No official Indonesian certificate is issued for this, but you need to create a letter signed by the Imam or an Islamic religious leader who guides you in uttering the shahada) See a sample of this here
  • The written transfer of power to represent someone else as a marriage witness (from the bride) if they can’t come to the wedding.


Getting married in Indonesia can be a complex process, especially for foreigners unfamiliar with the local customs and regulations. However, with the right guidance and preparation, it is possible to have a smooth and successful marriage in Indonesia.

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You can try finding the Indonesian marriage website by Googling. Bali is the typical place for foreigners to get married, and several websites provide services for this.


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