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All couples wishing to marry in Fiji are required by law to complete and sign an Application for Special License under Section 21 of the Marriage Act. If you are marrying in a resort, you will need to supply your Wedding Planner/Wedding Coordinator with copies of the following certified documentation:
Decree absolute (If applicable)
Death certificate of deceased former spouse (If applicable)
Passports (With at least 6 months validity)
Officially witnessed consent (If under 21 years)
Single Status Certificate for: 1) non-residence marrying in Fiji 2) non-residence marrying a local 3) former citizens of Fiji with two years & above residency abroad
2 witnesses over 21 years must be present, however if travelling alone most resorts can provide witnesses.
The marriageable age in Fiji is 18 years.
Most resorts include the cost of the Special License in their wedding packages, however, there are instances where the couple will need to pay for the licence direct to the Registry Office. The current fees are shown below in Fijian dollars.
Application for special license $20.25F
Marriage officiated by the registry $22.50F
Marriage officiated by the registrar or distict registrar after hours $30.68F
Tapa designed marriage certificate $15.34F
Standard certificate $5.63F
Registrar General’s Office Suva 8.30 am – 3.00 pm Monday – Friday Ph: 331 5280 Fax: 330 4917
Divisional Registrar Lautoka 9.00 am – 3.00 pm Monday – Friday Ph: 666 5132 Fax: 666 5132
Divisional Registrar Labasa 9.00 am – 3.00 pm Monday – Friday Ph: 881 2477 Fax: 881 4181
All registered marriage certificates will be sent to the Department of Foreign Affairs to obtain an Apostille Seal, authenticating the marriage as legally binding and internationally recognisable.
Requirements for a Catholic Wedding in Fiji.
In addition to the above, the following extra documentation is required for Catholic Weddings in Fiji.
1. All marriages are to be performed in the Catholic Church or Resort Chapel.
2. Baptismal Certificate for all baptized Christians.
3. Letter of Freedom to Marry from the Parish Priest of the Parish to which the Bride and Groom belong
4. If a second or third valid marriage:
a) Certificate of Death of previous spouse, or
b) Certificate of the Decree of Nullity granted by the Catholic Church
(This is not a civil divorce, or a civil decree of nulity or of Department)
5. If the marriage is a con-validation of a previous civil marriage or a marriage that is not valid in the eyes of the Catholic Church, a Certificate of this marriage containing date, location, etc is required.
6. In all cases (except as in #5), a Fijian Government Licence is required - no Licence is required in the situation mention in number 5.
7. A letter from the spouses Parish Priest stating that the couple understand the marriage covenant - preferably from having done a pre-marriage Catholic instruction course.
All these documents must be originals, not copies, and must be in the hands of the Priest performing the marriage at least one month before the ceremony. If any of the required documents are missing the marriage will have to be deferred. When the originals of the documents required in 4(a) and 4(b) have been sighted and copied, they will be returned. All the documents go into the Parish marriage files.
As of 1st October 2018, all couples are required to present themselves to the Registry Office with their original documentation to complete their application for special license. If marrying in a resort on the mainland, this is usually done during your pre-wedding meeting. If marrying on an island, you should confirm the procedure with your Wedding Planner/Wedding Coordinator prior to your arrival in Fiji.
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