Marriage in Indonesia
Under Dutch law you are only married when your marriage is performed by an official of the Civil Registry (BS). It is up to you whether you want to have a religious ceremony after that or not. A different sequence is not possible. It is different in Indonesia. A marriage can not be registered in the Civil Registry, if no prior religious marriage is performed (Art.2 of the Indonesian marriage law of 1974).
On this page:
Marriage between a Dutch citizen and an Indonesian citizen
In Indonesia six religions are acknowledged, those are Islam, Christian (Protestant), Catholic, Buddha, Konghuchu and HinduIt is not permitted that persons of different religions marry. You have to take a decision in mutual consultation about according to which religion will this marriage be contracted.
If a foreigner wishes to marry an Indonesian citizen in Indonesia, the foreign partner who professes no faith is expected to convert to the religion of the Indonesian marriage partner. A legitimate Islamic marriage is performed in the Kantor Urusan Agama (KUA), the religious ceremony is performed there and the marriage is registered there.
For other religions legitimate marriages are performed in the presence of an official from the Civil Registry (Catatan Sipil). Both the religious ceremony and the civil ceremony will take place in church or temple (Vihara, Pura or Kelenteng).
Generally, 15 days prior to the marriage date the church or KUA and the Civil Registry must be notified of the intent to marry.
The Civil Registry (CUA / CatatanSipil) will ask for a Declaration of Intention of Marriage (VVH) / Surat keterangan (rencana menikah).
Om de benodigde Verklaring van Huwelijksvoornemen/ Surat keterangan (rencana menikah) te kunnen afgeven heeft de Nederlandse Ambassade te Jakarta of het consulaat (te Kuta, Medan of Surabaya) de volgende documenten nodig: To issue the required Statement of Intention of Marriage ( Surat keterangan (rencana menikah)) the Dutch Embassy Jakarta or Consulate Bali, Medan or Surabaya) needs the following documents:
A. Documents Dutch party
- a photocopy of the page (s) of the passport on which the personal details are given;
- an original (and photocopy) of the excerpt from the register of births not older than 3 months;
- for Dutch nationals who were born abroad, an original birth certificate (and a photocopy) This must be legalized by the authorities of the land of birth and the Dutch Embassy there (for Dutch nationals born in Indonesia : click here for legalization certificate);
- an original extract from the population register (GBA) of the Dutch municipality (and a photocopy) showing marital status (single, divorced, widowed, etc.). This statement may be up to 3 months old;• in case one or both parties are divorced original divorce certificate(s) and proof of registration of divorce in the records of the Registry Office of the place where the marriage was performed (and photocopies of these two documents;
- for minors a statement of consent to the marriage from the parents or guardian must be submitted.
The documents listed (except photocopy of the Dutch passport) can be replaced with a so-called Certificate of no Impediment to Marriage. For this Certificate of no Impediment to Marriage please contact you municipality in the Netherlands. For more information on obtaining the Certificate of no Impediment to Marriage You will need to contact the relevant municipality.
Note: Experience has shown that in Indonesia a translation into "Bahasa Indonesia" of the so-called international excerpts (provided by officials of the Registry in the Netherlands) is required. The legalization of these documents by the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague is not necessary. The documents may be no more than 3 months old.
B. Documents Indonesian (foreign) party
- a photocopy of the valid passport or KTP (identity card).
The fees are the equivalent of EUR 30, - and must be paid in Indonesian Rupiah at the time that the documents are submitted.The statement can then be collected one working day after the required documents are submitted at the Embassy or consulate
The Embassy can not assist with any formalities other than those mentioned above. The other formalities should be performed by you or your Indonesian partner. It is best to inquire ahead of time at KUA, Catatan Sipil and / or the relevant religious office.
Marriage between Dutch citizens
To issue the required Statement of Intention to Marry (Surat Keterangan (Rencana Menikah)) the Embassy or Consulate needs: the following documents from both marriage partners
- photocopy of the page(s) of the passport on which the personal details are given;
- an original (and photocopy) extract from the register of births not older than 3 months;
- for Dutch citizens who were born abroad, an original birth certificate (and a photocopy). This must be legalized by the authorities of the land of birth and the Dutch Embassy there. (for Dutch citizens born in Indonesia: click here for document legalization);
- an original extract from the population register (GBA) of the Dutch municipality (and a photocopy) showing the marital status (single, divorced, widowed etc.) This statement may be up to 3 months old;
- if one or both parties are divorced original divorce certificates and proof of registry of the divorce in register of the Registry Office of the place where the marriage was performed (and photocopies of these documents);
- minors must also submit a statement of consent to the marriage by the parents or guardian.
The above documents (except photocopy of the Dutch passport) can be replaced with a so-called Certificate of no Impediment to Marriage. This certificate can be requested from the municipality in the Netherlands For more information about obtaining this Certificate of no Impediment to Marriage you will need to contact the relevant municipality.
The Embassy can not assist with any formalities other than those listed above. These other formalities should be performed by you or your Indonesian partner. It is best to inquire ahead of time at KUA, Catatan Sipil and / or the relevant religious office.
From the Netherlands the certificate to be made up by the embasy in Jakarta can be obtained, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, section DCM / SO-CDC, PO Box 20061, 2500 EB The Hague (email address: email@example.com) The request must submitted, along with the required documents to the Ministry at least three months before the wedding date.
Validity of marriage contracted in Indonesia in the Netherlands
A marriage performed in another country can be registered in the registry office of your municipality in the Netherlands. For this the certificate from Indonesia should be legalized. Click here for legalization procedure.
If it is an Islamic marriage, the original marriage booklet should be legalized. This booklet should first be legalized by the KUA thereafter by the Ministry of Religion (Kementerian Agama). After that by the Ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs and the Embassy in Jakarta.
What more can you do in the municipal office besides registration of marriage
You are advised to register marriage certificate and also any other foreign documents at Dienst Burgerzaken, Afdeling Landelijke Taken, municipality ’s-Gravenhage ( www.denhaag.nl) This is not mandatory but avoids high costs and loss of time especially if you later need a excerpt of the marriage registry. It can be applied for in the Netherlands. If the document is not registered in the Netherlands you would have to request it from Indonesia.
Authorisation for temporary stay (MVV)
An Indonesian spouse is no longer allowed to settle right away in the Netherlands. Before this an civic integration exam is necessary, and having passed this an Authorization for Temporary Stay (MVV).The decision on an MVV must be in awaited in the country of residence (in this case Indonesia).
Note: It takes at least 3 months before a decision on the application is obtained.