Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Fiji
Allow least 21 days from arrival in Fiji to wedding date to process paperwork (21 days are required for posting of the Notice of Intention to Marry, unless taken care of prior to your arrival in Fiji). We recommend giving yourself more time due to preparation, weekends, holidays or unexpected delays.
Necessary legal documents:
- Original or certified copy of birth certificates
- Valid Passports
- Certificate of No Legal Impediment*,
- Divorce decree or death certificates, if applicable
Legal requirements to get married:
- Ceremony (Civil/Religious)
All legally recognized weddings preformed in Fiji are civil marriages. Traditional, religious or non-denominational ceremonies may accompany the registry, but will not provide additional licenses beyond the marriage certificate obtained by the Registrar’s Office.
- Age and Relation
The bride and groom must be at least 21 years of age. If they are underage, parental consent is necessary. With parental consent, women must be at least 16 years of age and men must be at least 18 years of age. Note that the legal age in your home country must be met to be recognized. For example, the United States requires that both parties be 18 years of age for your marriage to be recognized upon your return to the United States. The bride and groom cannot be related by blood, marriage or adoption.
Two witnesses over 21 years of age must be present for the ceremony and provide their passports.
A Notice of Intention to Marry License can be obtained from any Registry Office. This notice will be posted for 21 days prior to obtaining a marriage license, pending objections. If there are no objections, the couple is free to marry.
To apply for a Special Marriage License, send photocopies of all paperwork to the located in the area you intend to marry, two week prior to the wedding date. Take all original paperwork to the Registry Office upon arrival. The wedding date must be set within 28 days of receiving this declaration and validated by the Marriage Officer/Celebrant.
- The bride and groom and witnesses will sign all the required documents at the ceremony. There will be two Marriage Certificates; one for the to be delivered within 7 days of the ceremony and the other for the wedded couple to retain.
*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.
We invite you to contact us with any new information. Be sure to note, “Update Marriage Requirements in Fiji” in the subject line.
- 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
- 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.
- 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