Warm greetings from God’s island Bali!

Bali is part of the republic of Indonesia and is subject to Indonesian laws. If you’re considering to get married in Bali, you must comply with the laws. According to Indonesian Law No. 1 of 1974 concerning marriages in Indonesia Article 2 (1):

"Marriage is legitimate if it has been performed according to the laws of the respective religious beliefs of the parties concerned".

As a newlywed, you’re required to declare a religion. The Civil Registry office of Indonesia is only able to record marriages that are acknowledged in Indonesia. However, Agnosticism and Atheism are not recognized. The republic of Indonesia acknowledges the following 5 religions:

  • Muslim
  • Protestant-Christian
  • Catholic-Christian
  • Buddhist
  • Hindu

Both partners are required to follow or choose the same religion. If this is not the case, one of the partners can write a declaration of conversion. This is required in Bali and other parts of Indonesia.

If you choose to marry in Bali or Indonesia legally, you will have two types of ceremonies.

The blessing ceremony

This is more like a religious ceremony. The religious part will be conducted by a representative of the couple's own religious beliefs (i.e. a Priest for Catholic-Christians, a Minister for Protestant-Christians, a Celebrant for Hindus and Buddhists, and a Penghulu for Muslims).This ceremony is usually performed first by the Religious Officer from the 5 previously mentioned religions and should be recorded by the Civil Registry immediately upon the ceremony. Without the registration by the Civil Registry, a marriage can not be legal.

Civil ceremony

After the first ceremony has passed. The next step is the Civil Ceremony, this is applied together with a representative authority of the Civil Registry. The deed will be signed by both partners, followed with 4 chosen witnesses. If the couple is not able to provide witnesses, Amora’s team will be able to be your witness. The deed will be declared official by the representative authority after the signatures have been written.

However, before the actual wedding the couple has to comply to the following legal requirements. Due to a busy schedule at the Civil registry, It is strongly advised to book your wedding date at least one month prior to the wedding.

Basic Requirements

For civil ceremony, the following basic requirements are required by latest 10-12 weeks prior to wedding date in order to process your marriage certificate by five recognized faith in Indonesia as follows:

in order to process your marriage certificate by five recognized faith in Indonesia as follows:

  1. The CNI (Certificate of No Impediment), to obtain this Certificate you need to: apply in person at the Embassy during office hours, sign an application form in front of a Consular Officer, show original passport, birth certificates as proof of identities, provide original proof of dissolution of marriage / marriages (if any). This document contains general advice in regard to requirements for a legal wedding in Indonesia. Requirements can vary with each Embassy but generally the procedure is much the same. The time taken to produce the CNI (Certificate of Non Impediment) is usually one day but can take longer by some Embassies. For detailed information, contact the Consular Representative of your country for details well before the intended date of marriage. Also note that some Embassies have Consulates in Bali that can issue the CNI but others must be obtained in Jakarta prior to travelling to Bali for your Wedding.
  2. Copies of each passport, which should be valid for at least six (06) months following the date of arrival in Bali.
  3. Copies of both birth certificates.
  4. Full name,religion,occupation and domicile of both parties
  5. Copy of decree(s) absolute if either person is divorced
  1. Copy of death certificate if either person is a widow/widower.
  2. Copy of evidence of parental consent in the form of a sworn affidavit stamped by a Notary Public if either person is under 21 years old.
  3. Name and full address of the parents of both parties.
  4. Eight (08) pieces of passport sized photographs (4 x 6 cm) are required. You must be photographed as a couple, bridegroom on the left side and bride on the right side (as you look at the photo). The photographs are in colour with red background.