Foreigner’s Marriage in Sri Lanka.

In Sri Lanka if a foreigner wants to marry a foreigner or a Sri Lankan citizen, they must follow the laws that will cover it in Sri Lanka. Failure to do so can make the marriage null or can delay the process for long time. Please read the following article and understand it fully before you decide to make your marriage official with your loved one in Sri Lanka.
Lot of foreigners takes their legal marriage in their own country and come to Sri Lanka to celebrate it in Sri Lanka style with their friends and relatives. Most of them prefer their marriage celebrations at beach side Hotel venues in the evenings. They request elephants to be present with the local drummers and dancers while some prefer to have Horse Drawn Coaches or antique cars for the event.


Legal Requirements for Registrations of Marriages in Sri lanka (FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS) PDF Print E-mail

Legal Requirements for Registrations of Marriages in Sri lanka (FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS)

The legal requirements for Registration of Marriages of Foreign Nationals in Sri Lanka are very straightforward. You are required to produce the following documents to the Divisional/District Registrar of the area where your marriage would take place.

The following original documents are required

  • Birth Certificate(s).
  • Your Passport.
  • An affidavit signed by a solicitor/statutory declaration to confirm who you are and your present status (un-Married).
    • The affidavit (Unmarried Certificate) or Divorced Certificate as appropriate should be certified by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (for British nationals) and legalised by the Sri Lanka High Commission, London. The fee applicable for certification is £.15/- per document. For other nationals the document should be certified by their respective Foreign Ministries.
  • If divorced, a decree absolute.
  • If widowed, the death certificate of your late spouse and your previous marriage certificate.
  • If you have changed your name, a deed poll (including divorcees who have reverted to their maiden names).
  • If adopted, an adoption certificate.
  • If under 18 years of age, evidence of parental consent in the form of a statutory declaration.

Additional Information:

Registrar General's Department,
No 280, Main Street Colombo 11,
Sri Lanka.

Consular Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
No. 14, 3rd Floor,
Sir Baron Jayatillaka Mawatha.
Colombo 01,
Sri Lanka .

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