Legal Requirements For Marriage In Vanuatu

Legal Requirements For Marriage In Vanuatu

Firstly, to answer a question we are often asked:

Yes, weddings in Vanuatu are recognised legally worldwide but to make that happen, there is a bit of paperwork. At least a month prior to the ceremony you will need to fax or scan/email us copies of:

  • Your passports and birth certificates
  • Divorce papers or former spouse’s Death Certificate if applicable
  • A completed Notice Of Intention to Marry Form
  • Completed Witness Forms – 2 witnesses are required but the wedding coordinator can organise witnesses if couples don’t have guests with them. Witness details needed include names, dates of birth, where born, parents’ names, place of residence and occupation.

We can email you these forms.

That’s it for your side – we will then lodge the documents on your behalf and look after the registration and issuing of the Marriage Certificate. You don’t need to attend the Vanuatu Registry Office in person.

On the day, following the ceremony, you will sign the Registry, have that witnessed and be presented with your Marriage Certificate. On return to Australia you can present your Marriage Certificate at your bank to change an account to the bride’s new surname and the Certificate and the new bank account details will be sufficient to change the name on your driver’s licence. To renew a passport with a change of name you will need to submit a form to Births, Deaths and Marriages requesting a change of name.

You can’t register the marriage with Australian Births, Deaths & Marriages as the wedding has been officially registered in Vanuatu. If this is of concern, it is simple to arrange for a civil ceremony in Australia and then have a romantic devotion ceremony in Vanuatu.