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If I wish to get married overseas, what steps need to be taken to ensure that is is legal in Malaysia? How do I apply to marry abroad?

There are two situations in which you can get married legally abroad or overseas:

  1. Marriage abroad under the law of Malaysia [1]: Your marriage is solemnised and registered by the Malaysian Representative Offices or Registrar of Marriages appointed at the Malaysian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in a foreign country

  2. Marriage abroad under the foreign local law [2]: Your marriage is NOT solemnised and registered by the Registrar of Marriages appointed at the Malaysian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in a foreign country.

This topic only covers Marriage abroad under the law of Malaysia.

Marriage Abroad or Overseas


You may have your marriage solemnised by the Registrar of Marriages at the Malaysian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in any country in question if:

  • One or both of you to the marriage is/are citizen(s) of Malaysia

  • Each of you have the capacity to marry according to the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976

  • Where either of you is not domiciled in Malaysia, the proposed marriage, if solemnised will be regarded as valid in the country where such party is domiciled

  • (i) Notice of the marriage has been given at least twenty-one (21) days and not more than three (3) months before the marriage

    (ii) The notice has been published both at the office of the Registrar in the Embassy, High Commission or Consulate where the marriage is to be solemnised and at the Registry of the Marriages district in Malaysia where each party to the marriage was last ordinarily resident

    (iii) There is no caveat or notice of objection to the marriage

The procedure for solemnisation and registration of marriages at a Malaysian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate shall be similar in all respects to that which applies to marriages solemnised and registered in Malaysia as if the Registrar appointed for a foreign country were a Registrar in Malaysia.

References
  1. ^ Section 26 of the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976

  2. ^ Section 31 of the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976


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