New Zealand Embassy, Moscow, Russian Federation

Getting married in Russia

New Zealanders getting married outside New Zealand should contact the marriage authorities in the country where you plan to marry and check their marriage laws and requirements. Requirements can differ from region to region.

There are a number of things that New Zealanders have to do before getting married outside New Zealand. For more details go to the Births, Deaths and Marriages website Getting Married Overseas.

Your marriage should be registered in the country where it took place. There is no legal obligation for you to also have your overseas marriage registered in New Zealand. The only practical benefit of registering your marriage in New Zealand is that a marriage certificate can be issued to you from New Zealand. However, this certificate does not replace the certificate issued to you in Russia or one of our accredited countries. Generally a marriage solemnized abroad in a non-polygamous country (recognising only one legal marriage) in accordance with the laws of that country will be deemed valid in New Zealand. Such marriages are recognised in New Zealand for the purposes of residence, visa or citizenship applications.


Please note the information about internet scams on the web page of Immigration New Zealand, Moscow branch.

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