Fiji Marriage Requirements

Overseas visitors intending to get married in Fiji are required by law to obtain and sign a marriage license from the nearest marriage registry prior to the marriage ceremony with an average of 36 hours in advance. Special arrangements can also be organised.

The couple must provide the following personal documents to the Registrar for verification purposes at least two weeks before the wedding: 

  • Signed and stamped copy of Special Application License Form (Signed by the couple and certified using a stamp by a JP/Registered Lawyer/Registered Doctor or Pharmacist). This form will be forwarded to you by your wedding planner) 
  • Original birth certificates for the bride and groom 
  • A recent passport-sized photo of both parties 
  • A valid passport for both parties
  • Divorce papers if applicable
  • If the previous spouse of either party is deceased, a death certificate
  • Certificate of Single Status or Certificate of No Legal Impediment from the relevant authorities (usually the Registrar of Births, Deaths, and Marriages) in your country of current residence. The search of marriage has to be from 18 years of age. Please lodge this at your BDM office 60 days (2 months) prior to the wedding date. This certificate must be produced if: 
    • Both parties are non-residents marrying in Fiji
    • A non-resident marrying a Fiji resident
    • Former citizens of Fiji who have been resident abroad for two or more years 
  • A statutory declaration is required for former citizens of Fiji and current citizens of Fiji on work-visa living abroad for less than two years
  • Marriage applicants from Japan must produce the Koseki-Shouhon to certify their personal details 
  • Written parental consent is required if either party is under 21 years of age 
Two witnesses who are at least 21 years of age must be present