Documents for Getting Married in Hong Kong for Pinays and Foreigners

documents for Pinay and foreigners.jpgAre you getting married in Hong Kong with your foreign boyfriend (or maybe girlfriend)? If you are contemplating on getting married in Hong Kong with the love of your life, then it is expected, as with anything, anywhere, that you will have to get on the paper work. Good thing, it is much easier to process your papers to get married in Hong Kong than in the Philippines (only speaking from my paperwork experience).

So, to be able to get married in Hong Kong, the first step is to write an inquiry (through an email) at This is how you will secure your first document for submission, The Notice.  (see what I have written to the IMMD, here)

  1. The Notice of Intended Marriage or “the notice” sent by the IMMD in Hong Kong will have several pages with English and Chinese texts. If you are both single (never been married), then accomplish the FIRST THREE PAGES ONLY. Do not forget to have the PAGE 1 notarized. (See how the notice looks like, here) It should be noted that if you are a Filipina, you must have your middle name (your mom’s maiden name) written in the box provided for Surname and Name on Page 1. (I made a mistake of not including my middle name the first time I sent the notice, so IMMD sent me a message requiring me (or whoever is the party giving the notice) to have the first page amended to include my middle name (as it appears in my passport), have it notarized, and send it back (yep, it costs some money, too). It is only then that your application to get married in Hong Kong will be considered and the process for doing so resumes.
  2. The international birth certificates (yours and that of your fiancé/fiancee) should also be sent to the IMMD office in Hong Kong. It is better to send a colored photocopy of each of your birth certificates. International birth certificates means, the document should be in ENGLISH.
  3. A photocopy of your passports must also be sent together with requirements 1 and 2. Send only the photocopy of the information page, not the whole passport.
  4. A photocopy of the Pinay’s CENOMAR (Certificate of No Marriage) from PSA should also accompany the first three documents. This costs around P 170.00 pesos if requested directly from your local NSA office. If you will request for this in the mall, expect a P20.00 service fee for each copy and a week of turn-around time.
  5. Bank Draft payable in Hong Kong Dollars or US dollars. Please be mindful that when the bank draft isn’t payable in Hong Kong dollars, you will have to shoulder the HK100-dollar handling fee. In our case, since we cannot find a bank that issues bank drafts in HK dollars, we opted for US dollars.Kindly inquire about the exact amount you will have to pay for this from IMMD. You can ask a bank draft from Maybank with a US 7.00-dollar service fee.


After you have completed all the documents, send your express mail (takes 7 days maximum from the Philippines to Hong Kong and cost between P917.00 to P1,130.00) to

The Marriage Registration and Records Office
3/F, Low Block Queensway Government Offices
66 Queensway, Hong Kong

It is cheaper to send it through your local post office (though it will be quite uncomfortable given the clutter and the number of people who go there) than to send it in satellite postal offices in your local malls (my preference as it is comfortable and accepts mails up to 6 PM). Despite your mail being properly addressed, be ready to write the SENDER and RECEIVER information twice for your express mail – one on the slip with your tracking number and the other on the plastic packet. Yes, better practice writing in BLOCK letters. 🙂

After you have sent the mail to  Hong Kong, wait for some days to receive a reply regarding your schedule to get married in Hong Kong City Hall or the Cotton Tree Drive.

While waiting, make sure to plan your itinerary so you won’t waste time, set your budget as it is expensive in Hong Kong, book your accommodation, prepare documents needed for reporting you marriage to the Philippine Consulate and for the Apostille at the Hong Kong High Court, research about your routes to and from the hotel and the offices you must go to.

Anyone else who has gotten married in Hong Kong or is planning to do so?


47 thoughts on “Documents for Getting Married in Hong Kong for Pinays and Foreigners

  1. hi! is required to have a CENOMAR together with Notice of Intended Marriage? me(single) and my girlfriend(divorced) are planning to have a marriage in HK.

    1. Hi. In our case, yes we submitted my CENOMAR. We were both single. I suggest you send a copy of the divorce paper too. You need both too when you report your marriage to the Phil Consulate.

  2. Hello,

    How long did it take for the Hongkong marriage office to reply via email once they receive the paperwork?

    The reason I asked is that I have sent the required paperwork and was received and signed last September 14. However, I havent receive any email yet for confirmation of receipt of my request.


    1. Hi Isabelle! I sent mine on the 27th and DHL tracking said it was received and signed on the 29th. As of today, my application is still on “active processing”.

      Can I ask how long you received an email confirmation with your wedding date?

      1. Hello Fraum! You are right! I just got the response today after 10days. Now preparing for the wedding. Thank you so much. This blog became like a bible to me. 🙂

      2. You are welcome, Maya! I am happy the blog has been of help to you and your fiance. Congratulations in advance and best wishes! ♡

  3. Hi! Is it okay to get married in HK if both are Filipino Citizens? Neither is working in HK, more of a Civil Wedding the difference is it will only be held in HK?

  4. Hi, is it possible for us to fly to HK only towards the date of intended marriage or are we required to show up prior and register the notice of intended marriage in person?

  5. Hi,me and german fiance we plan to get marry in hk to make it fast too.
    Just want to ask if what are the requirements to get the legal capacity of marriage in germany?

      1. Talaga po?my fiance is a german po and hndi nya na kailangan ng legal capacity for marriage..yng sa standesamt ata yun..salamat

      2. Of course. Pag sa HK at may apostille stamp, valid agad yun sa DE. Ireport nyo din kaagad ang wedding sa PH consulate sa HK para after 3 months, may PSA copy na kayu ng marriage contract.

      3. Danke schon!
        Actually this dec kami magpapakasal pero natagalan po yng isang paper kaya next year nmn.pero next year gusto nmin month of may..

  6. Hi ma’am,can i ask a favor po?
    Medyo nahirapan po kasi ako sa pagfill up ng form na binigay nila can u help me po b ma’am.salamat po

  7. Hi maam. I just want to have a favor. I already received the reply from the enquiry. And I already print out the forms. I need some help to fill out the forms because I am 20 years old and my German fiance is already divorced. Thank you so much. I hope to hear your response!

    1. Hi Mae! I think you need the certificate of finality of his divorce paper and to fill out the succeeding form for the notice of intended marriage. Please send me a message through the contact form of this blog so you may send me the form.

  8. Hi Fraum! It’s mentioned here that photocopy of passport and birth certificate are needed, can I send scanned copy instead? It would take at least 2 weeks to get papers from Germany and it’s a bit bothersome…

    1. Please disregard my previous message. I reread carefully and what I understand is that I have to send the original birth certificates along with colored photocopy of them, is it correct?

  9. Hello! salamat nakita ko ang blog mo ang laking tulong sa tulad namin may plano din magpakasal sa HK. Sana matulungan mo ako kasi Ang bf ko filipino na naging canadian citizen. Kailangan pa rin ba namin mag submit ng CENOMAR nya o hindi na kailangan dahil canadian citizen na sya. Thanks!

      1. thanks sa mabilis mong reply.
        Ang ROM na galing sa consulate pwede na ba yon ang dalhin sa DFA para sa change of surname sa passport?

      2. No worries! As with the ROM, i don’t think that’s possible. Since you will be married to a foreign citizen (now canadian) you have to attend, i guess, a seminar in CFO to be able to change your family name in the passport. So, better wait for the PSA copy after about three months.

  10. Hello po. Ask ko Lang Kasi me and my boyfriend planning to get married in HK. He’s a Filipino but now a Canadian citizen. Ang tanong ko po, divorce na po sya sa asaWa nya na Filipina, sa Pilipinas sila nag pakasal pero divorce na sila sa Canada, wala po bang magiging problema kapag nagpa kasal Kami sa HK, Baka po Kasi Hindi sya maka kuha ng cenomar since di naman ina acknowledge ng Philippines ang divorce. Thank you

    1. Hi Joy. I am not quite familiar with something like this. However, I suggest na mag ask kayo sa PSA or sa court for advice. As far as i know, since hindi na sya Filipino citizen, entitled na sya to divorce but i think he has to get that divorce acknowledged dito sa Pinas. I don’t think he needs a cenomar kasi Canadian na nga sya ngayon. Ang problem there is pag nagreport Kayo ng marriage sa PH consulate sa HK, they will forward the record to the Phils through DFA and dyan makikita na married pa sya dito sa Pinas. Baka magkaka prob kayo with the visa application in this case.

  11. Your blogs are very informative. They’re helping me and my fiance with the processing of our marriage in Hong Kong. My fiance is a Taiwanese and I am a Filipina. We’re doing it in Hong Kong for the same reasons.

    I have one question regarding one of the comments from your viewers. Can you kindly tell me what you know about ‘legal capacity’?


    1. Hi Nikki. Great that it is of help to you both! The Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry is a requirement when we, pinays or pinoys, will marry a foreigner in the Philippines. In our case, and so with most girls who asked, this document had been the most challenging to fulfill. It would take around 7 months to get this from a city hall in Germany to the Phils. That is why many couples like us opt to marry in HK instead where it is not required.

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