We now have the marriage certificate duly signed by us, the witnesses and the registrar of marriages, and has reported the same to the Philippine Consulate.
Are we now legally married?
In Hong Kong, yes.
In the Philippines, in three months.
In Germany, not until your husband has reported the marriage to his home city using your marriage certificate with an Apostille stamp.
You are done with the wedding vows and has reported your marriage to the Philippine Consulate General in Queensway, so it is just right to now bring your marriage certificate to the High Court located just beside the Queensway Government Offices where you signed the papers and received your formal appointment for the ceremony.
Here’s what you have to do as soon as you find your way to the High Court.
- Proceed to the Apostille Service Office, High Court Registry at Room LG115.
- In case you don’t want to wait for 2 more days to get the apostille and wishes to have it mailed to you instead, inform the “lady” at the Apostille Window. You will have to pay and additional amount. (For breakdown of expenses in Hong Kong, read our other post. Click click)
- Wait for the payment slip from the staff by the Apostille window. (Mein Mann call this old, grumpy woman, THE WITCH. Find out for yourself. 😀 )
- Bring the slip to the High Court Accounts Office at LG211 and get your official receipt.
- Go back to LG115 and present your receipt.
- Submit your document for Apostille and take note of the tracking number for your document and the email address of the office for follow-up (if you opt to have this sent to you by mail).
- And, oh… don’t be worried about not getting a piece of paper as a proof you left an important document for the Apostille stamp. Hong Kong delivers the service as expected. 😉 Mein Mann received our original marriage certificate with the Apostille exactly one week after we submitted it at the High Court Registry.
If you have specific inquiries about getting an Apostille for your document, you can send them an email at:
If you are considering getting married in Hong Kong, you can check previous entries on the blog dedicated to answer queries on documents required to marry, the possible itinerary, and the budget you need to have it done.