New Zealand High Commission Singapore

Getting Married in Singapore

There are a number of things that New Zealanders have to do before getting married overseas. The Births, Deaths and Marriages Office of the Department of Internal Affairs in Wellington will be able to provide details.

The Registry of Marriages in Singapore is located at 7 Canning Rise, behind the National Library Carpark.

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday 8am-12pm, 2pm-4pm
Saturday 8am-12pm
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

Tel: 63389987
Fax: 63393328

Registry of Muslim Marriage
Tel: 63370207
Fax: 63371908

Registration and Recognition

Your marriage should be registered in the country where it took place. There is no legal obligation for you to have your overseas marriage also 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 Singapore. Generally a marriage solemnised abroad in a non-polygamous country 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.

If you feel it is essential to register your marriage in New Zealand, the 1995 Marriages Act requires that the witnessing of marriages be conducted by a New Zealand representative. You must therefore have it witnessed by an official from this High Commission.

If the ceremony is to be conducted locally and resources at the High Commission are available, then an officer may attend. All requests will be considered against the location, staff resources and convenience.

A fee will be charged for witnessing a marriage. Also, if there are any costs incurred such as accommodation and travel, these are to be met by the person who requires a witness.

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