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Can a foreigner legally marry a citizen of Malaysia in Malaysia? What are the procedures and requirements for the marriage?

Yes but both parties to the marriage must be able to fulfill certain requirements under

  • the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 for Civil Marriage if both parties to the marriage are non-Muslims; or

  • the relevant state Islamic laws for Muslim Marriage if one of the party is of Muslim faith. Non-Muslims marrying Muslims must convert to Islam.

Non-Citizen Marrying A Citizen Of Malaysia

The procedure for Civil Marriage, where one of the party is a foreigner [1], is similar in all respects to that which applies to Civil Marriage under the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976, where both parties to the marriage are citizens of Malaysia.

Citizen-Foreigner Marriage


Basically the residency requirements and supporting documents required for Civil Marriage are the same for citizens and non-citizens except for the Passport, Birth Certificate and Single Status Certificate or Certificate of No Impediment (CNI) required for non-citizens.

Notes And Tips

If there is no validity period stated on the Single Status Certificate or Certificate of No Impediment (CNI), then the certificate is valid for only 6 months from the date of issue.

Form JPN.KC02 is available only in Malay language. If you do not understand Malay, please bring along a qualified translator who can explain the nature and contents and translate from Malay the declaration and the form to your native language. The translator is then required to complete the translator's declaration in part D1 of the form.

References
  1. ^ There is no difference in requirements or procedures for non-citizens who are tourists, travelling from overseas to marry in Malaysia, non-residents of Malaysia and residents of Malaysia marrying non-Muslim citizens of Malaysia.


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Knowledge Base ID :   1023
Last Reviewed :   November 16, 2016
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