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Marrying a Kazakhstani Citizen
The following is an introductory guide for Indonesian citizens who wish to marry Kazakhstani citizens. It describes the marriage process in Kazakhstan and the required documentation. Please be aware that procedures may change without notice. This information is meant as a general guide, not a definitive source. Please contact the Consular Section of the Indonesian Embassy for more information.

Marriage Procedures in Kazakhstan

If you wish to marry a citizen of Kazakhstan, you may choose between marrying him/her in Indonesia or in Kazakhstan. If you decide to get married in Kazakhstan, you should fulfill the requirements of the Law on Citizenship and Part Seven of the Marriage and Family Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

You and your fiancée must apply for a marriage license at the Office of Registration of Civil Events (ZAGS). During the interview, you and your fiancée must prove that you are in good health and present the documents listed below. After you have received your marriage license, you may request a wedding date from either the ZAGS Office where your fiancée resides or from the Central Wedding Palace "Zhas Otau" in Almaty.

Documents required by ZAGS for issuance of the marriage license:

  1. Indonesian passport with Kazakhstani visa or Kazakhstani permanent resident card;
  2. Affidavits stating that neither party is presently married and, if applicable, original divorce certificates from previous marriage(s) legalized with an Apostil by the Secretary of State;
  3. Notarized Russian translations of passports, affidavits and divorce certificates.

On the wedding day, the bride and groom must appear at ZAGS with two witnesses to sign the marriage register. At the end of the ceremony, the newlyweds are presented with their marriage certificate.

Marriage Procedures in Indonesia

If you choose to get married in Indonesia you must complete paperwork for your fiancée to enter Indonesia.

Marriage in Indonesia requires a religious ceremony. Indonesian law requires that both parties must be of the same religion and the marriage must conform to the laws of the countries of the parties involved. Four religions are recognized in Indonesia: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity (Catholic/Protestant). Depending on the type of religious marriage ceremony, there are different requirements to make a marriage in Indonesia legally valid.

If your fiancé is Muslim, the ceremony must be held at the local Office of Religious Affairs (Kantor Urusan Agama (KUA)). The KUA will issue a Marriage Book (Buku Nikah), which is evidence of a legally valid marriage with a Muslim. A Muslim marriage ceremony does not need Civil Registration (Catatan Sipil).

Other religious ceremonies require Civil Registration. If you are a Christian, Buddhist, or Hindu you must hold the religious ceremony first, then record the marriage with the Civil Registry Office (Dinas Kependudukan or Kantor Catatan Sipil). The Civil Registry will issue a Marriage Certificate (Akte Perkawinan or Surat Nikah), which is evidence of a legally valid marriage with a non-Muslim.

Both religious and civil documentary requirements may vary from district to district. Contact the office where your marriage will take place or be registered for more information.

Indonesian authorities require all non-Indonesian citizens to obtain a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage from their Embassy prior to marriage in Indonesia.

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