Getting married in Korea
A marriage registered overseas, including in Korea, is legally valid in New Zealand. Your marriage will be registered in the country where it takes place.
Step-by-step guide to registering a marriage in Korea
This procedure applies both to a New Zealand citizen marrying another New Zealand citizen or a New Zealand citizen marrying a non-New Zealand citizen in Korea.
Step 1 - Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (DIA)
The New Zealander intending to get married in Korea must complete and sign form BDM189: Application for a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage.
This Form can be downloaded from the website of New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs. (www.dia.govt.nz (external link)) Completed forms must be submitted to the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs by email or post. An apostille is required in Korea so the applicant needs to request that (non e-apostille) from DIA.
The Department of Internal Affairs will then issue an apostilled Certificate of No Impediment and send it to the applicant by courier. The average required time for this process is 3 to 5 weeks.
Step 2 - Affidavit of Eligibility for Marriage (New Zealand Embassy)
The New Zealander will need to visit the New Zealand Embassy in Seoul and complete an Affidavit of Eligibility for Marriage form. The form is available from the Embassy. The New Zealand citizen must swear, sign and date the Affidavit of Eligibility for Marriage form in the presence of an authorised member of the Embassy staff (usually the Consul or their designate). The staff member will sign and affix the Embassy seal on the document. The New Zealand citizen has to bring his/her passport and the apostilled Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage to the Embassy during notarial services hours (Monday - Friday, 0900 - 1200). The fee for the process is KRW31,000.
Step 3 - Marriage Registration (Local District Office)
The applicants must then submit the Affidavit of Eligibility for Marriage, notarised by the New Zealand Embassy, to their relevant Gu-office to register their marriage. The applicants should confirm with the Gu-office what documentation is required before their visit.