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 enquiry@immd.gov.hk. 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.

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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?

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

  1. Hi fraum, i just want to ask.. If my mom will be the one to send the documents personally?? Does she still have to make an appoinent to pass it?? Thankyou

  2. Hi Fraum, thank you so much for your information. My german fiance and me pinay is having a plan also to get married in hongkong and im really happy that i find your blog. its really helpful. Just wanna ask, what does it mean bank draft? does it mean that i have to pay IMMD together with the documents?

    1. Hi there!! Happy to hear about the wedding plans from another Fil-Deutsch couple. 🙂 A bank draft is like a manager’s cheque.. you get this from most PH banks. Yes.. you will pay the IMMD for filing the application (the notice) to marry in HK.

  3. hi again fraum, my fiance is divorced, does he need a divorced paper or how is it in the form to be filled up because you mention for both single.

  4. Hi Fraum once again, thank you in advance for your blog. Just wanna ask about Surname, Name, Should i write in this way White Ty Shallow. My first name is Shalow, Ty is my middle name and White is my surname. Is this right? And it is also possible to send through LBC? Thank You for the response in advance. I really appreciate,

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      1. Hi good morning I see your blog and read it I am Filipina and my fiance is German we had plan to married in Hong Kong but in sample paper form that you need to fill up,they said write my name in Chinese how it possible that I don’t know how to write my name in Chinese? Sorry but I need information about it can you help me?

    1. The earliest period that you can send the papers is on or after March 4… but you can even do it up to 2 weeks before your desired date (but quite tricky with the available slots left).

  5. Thank you for your response..medyo pain in the ass ang pagpapagawa ng demand draft..so hopefully magkaroon na kami and masend documents before the end of march..and ngaun as per the email they sent me, not normally required na daw yung single certificate or birth certificate under normal circumstance..saka na lang daw isend if nagrequest Registrar..thanks po ulit 🙂

  6. Hi Fraum,
    Great blog.
    Tanong ko lang kasi my fiance is now in hongkong to file the Notice pero hindi nya na notarize yung first page dito sa pinas (where we stay). Pwd nya ba e notarize sa hongkong instead?

    1. Hello! Thanks for finding the blog great. As for your question, I have no direct knowledge how it works with notarization outside PH for Pinoys. I think it is safe to just ask the IMMD what works in this case para walang hassle. 🙂 total nasa HK naman sya personally now.

    2. Hello Fraum,
      Thanks for the answer.He did filed with no hassle..i mean just our passport and the application.. Probably the BC for both and the my Cenomar is for the Philippine consulate.:)

      More power Fraum!:)♥♥♥

  7. Hi Fraum, how r u? hope all is well. Once again, I have a question again, Is it possible not to include the cenomar anyway they are not requiring it. And also I want to ask for a suggestion co’z our translated papers takes time to make it. So probably Our paper will be fine last week of March. And my fiance is going back to Germany on June. Do you think is it fine to send the papers last week of March? And we want to have an schedule for marriage rites about May. Co’z maybe they give us an schedule on June. What do you think is the best time to send the papers? Co’z I guess it’s only 3 months. Thank You in advance for your response. God Bless.

    1. If they don’t ask for the CENOMAR then.. don’t send it.. but save it for PH consulate. Why do you have to translate the paper? What document is it exactly? If it is his BC, he can get it in the International version… not tge German copy. And.. it is okay to submit the paper by that period.. ang 3 months is the earlieast time.. so, don’t worry much.

      1. Thank you so much appreciate, really! Yeah, your right he’s BC and he’s divorced paper. But I have no idea that it is possible to get the int. copy of this papers. It’s quite expensive for translation and also he got he’s BC from Germany from he’s friend which was also expensive through DHL to get in here. But thank you for that info. God Bless!

      2. I am not sure if the divorce paper can be international… but the BC is absolutely available. Takes only some minutes to ask for this online. 🙂 That’s okay.. this will be over soon and that will be worth it.

  8. Hi Fraum!
    Your are such an angel sent to us for those who wants to marry in Hong kong. Your blog is very informative and your so nice to answer every inquiry.
    I have an Aunt in Hong Kong would it be possible if I just send her all the document and she will be the one to file for the Intent to marry personally so that instead of having a bank draft she can pay it in HK dollar. Thank you in advance.

  9. Hi, Fraum, I’m sorry if I still have some question? But of course my token of gratitude is deep in my heart. Thank you so much! My question is, Do you think it is ok to put the philippines as his residential address of my fiance, anyway he has a residential house but still a tourist. Thank You again for your response.

  10. Hi Fraum, document is sent but still no response, almost 20 days that I’m waiting. Do I have to email them for update or I have to wait more days?

    1. Count only the working days.. at times it takes about 15 working days. And holidays are coming too.. so hang in there. You should have a response next week. 😉

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