Australian Consulate-General
Shanghai, China

General Information on Getting Married in China

 

Marriage in Australia

Enquiries should be directed to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the state in Australia in which you intend to register your marriage.

 

Marriage in China 

The Consulate-General cannot confirm requirements for marrying in China. Chinese requirements vary considerably between provincial marriage offices and are subject to change. You must contact the marriage bureau in the city where you intend to marry to confirm their current requirements. Some requirements include:

  • A Statutory Declaration which declares your single status from an Australian (or any foreign national) before registering a marriage. This service can be obtained from an Australian embassy or consulate by appointment.
  • An Australian Certificate of Single Status (otherwise known as a Certificate of No Record) indicating that you are not currently married. This may be obtained by mail from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the state in which you are normally resident in Australia. Chinese authorities often require that this document be authenticated, a notarial service which can be obtained from an Australian embassy or consulate by appointment. 
  • A Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (CNI) if both parties are not Chinese, which is issued in English only at an Australian embassy or consulate by appointment.

Following your marriage, you will be issued with an official Chinese marriage certificate. If you intend to use your marriage certificate in Australia, you should contact the Chinese Notary Public Office to arrange for an official notarised translation of the certificate.

Further information is available from Smartraveller.

 

Taking your partner to Australia

For information regarding Visa and Citizenship applications in China (including application fees, forms and how to lodge), please click here.