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How to Get Married in Vietnam

One of you has to be resident in Vietnam in order to legally marry there, but that's not to say that you can't have a blessing in this beautiful country. Perhaps exchange vows in famous Halong Bay on one of the many islands dotted around the bay, or marry in the tropical south in a temple or even on the beach!
Below are the legalities for marrying in Vietnam, to help you plan your ideal wedding abroad.

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Vietnam Marriage Law Requirements

What are the legal requirements to get married in Vietnam?
Legal age for marriage is 18 years for women and 20 years for men
Bride and Groom may not be related by blood, marriage or adoption.


How long do I have to be resident in Vietnam before I can get married?
One of you will need to be resident in Vietnam in order to legally marry there. However, you can do the legal part in your country of residence and have a non-legal blessing in Vietnam.


Getting a marriage licence
You must obtain a Certificate of No Impediment (CNI). This can be done either in your home country and then exchanged for a local certificate at your Embassy in Vietnam, or if you are resident in Vietnam, then you can obtain it in person from your Embassy there.
You must have resided in Vietnam for at least 21 consecutive days prior to your application for marriage.
You will be asked to swear an affidavit to submit to a Notice of Marriage, which will then be posted for 21 days before the CNI will be issued.
You then take all papers to the Principal Registrar's Office in Ho Chi Minh City to apply for a marriage licence.


What legal papers do I need to take with me?
Passports with Vietnamese stamps or other ID.
Certificate of Single Status.
If you have been divorced then the final divorce papers must be shown.
If you are widowed then your previous marriage certificate must be shown.


Please note: this information is for guidance purposes only and liable to change without notice. Please check with your wedding planner in resort or the relevant embassy of the country in which you intend to marry for up to date details before you marry.

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Vietnam Marriage Registrar's Office

Principal Registrar's Office

Justice Department,

Ho Chi Minh City