Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Cambodia
Allow at least 31-52 days from arrival in Cambodia to wedding date to process paperwork (21 days of residency, 10 days before a wedding ceremony can proceed and an additional 3 weeks to post Intention to Marry, unless a Certificate of No Impediment has been obtained previously in your home country). We recommend giving yourself more time due to preparation, weekends, holidays or unexpected delays.
Necessary legal documents:
Please note that all documents must be submitted in Cambodian (Khmer) or English. Contact the Embassy in your home country or your Embassy in Cambodia for an authorized translator. If your documents are translated, be prepared to submit the original copies in your native language for verification as well as the translated version.
- Certified copy of birth certificates
- Valid Passports and certified copies (obtained from your Embassy in Cambodia or the Cambodian Embassy in your resident country)
- Visas and photocopies
- Certificate of No Impediment*/Affidavit of Single Status
- Affidavit of Marriage (sworn at the Civil Registry Office in Cambodia before the Consol or Vice-Consol)
- Criminal Records
- Certificate on Profession (showing monthly income)
- Divorce or death certificates, if applicable
- Medical Certificate from Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh
- Marriage Application Form (a similar form exists for two foreigners applying for marriage in Cambodia): A written request for marriage applications must be sent to the . You will need to know the area or province that you plan to marry. The application lists supporting documents that must be attached to the application. Some of these documents may need to be legalized at the couple’s Embassy in Cambodia or prior to leaving at the Cambodian Embassy in your resident country. Upon approval of the bride and groom’s application, the application must then be submitted to the Civil Registrar.
Legal requirements to get married:
- Ceremony (Civil/Religious)
Civil and religious weddings are legally recognized weddings preformed in Cambodia. The ceremony is preformed in Cambodian. If either party does not speak Cambodian,
an interpreter should be hired.
- Age and Relation
The bride must be at least 18 years of age. The groom must be at least 20 years of age. They cannot be related by blood, marriage or adoption.
Note: Male US Citizens planning to marry a Cambodian woman must be no older than 50 years of age with a monthly income that generates a minimum of USD $2,500.
Two witnesses over 18 years of age must be present for the ceremony and provide their passports.
Both parties must stay within the district of their Embassy or Consulate in Cambodia for 21 days prior to filing a Notice of Intention to Marry. We recommend making an appointment in advance with the Consol or Vice-Consol, to be assured that you can deliver, in person, your oath of intention to marry upon the completion of your 21 day residency (this does not include the day you arrived).
Note: Take all paperwork and photocopies of each to your Embassy and Civil Registry Office in Cambodia.
At least 10 days prior to the wedding and 21 full days since your arrival in Cambodia, you will need to file your Notice of Intention to Marry with the Civil Registry Office. You will need to know where you will marry and who you plan to use as your marriage officer. Here, you will also complete and sign an Affidavit of Marriage.
Finally the Notice of Intention to Marry will be posted, at the Consulate, for 3 weeks. Pending objections, your Embassy can provide you with a Letter of No Impediment to Marriage. Bride and groom will show passports and/or divorce or death certificates.
British Citizens can shorten their waiting period by applying for a Superintendent Certificate of No Impediment prior to leaving for Cambodia. You would apply at the Registrar in your resident district of the United Kingdom.
- Weddings must be registered with the Civil Registry Office in order to be recognized. Officers can come to your wedding to sign documentation. The newlyweds will give their thumbprints to register and receive their Marriage Certificate.
- Marriage Certificates are issued from the Cheif of Commune, from the region in which the wedding ceremony takes place.
*A Certificate of No Impediment, is also known as a Single Status Affidavit, Single Status Statutory Declaration, Certificate of No Record, a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage, Certificate of Nulla Osta or a Certificate de coutume (plus an MP2A form).
Note: This information can change at any given moment. For up-to-date information, contact your embassy in the country in which you plan to marry.
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