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As a traveler getting married while traveling must be the ultimate experience. Can you actually legally get married while traveling?

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Not sure whether to tag this "adventure" or "extreme"! –  hippietrail Dec 21 '11 at 9:51
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Many expatriates get married while abroad. I believe that paperwork is processed in consulates. I imagine that travellers are no different than expatriates on this subject. –  mouviciel Dec 21 '11 at 9:57
    
Also has to be on land - or close to it: spluch.blogspot.com/2006/11/… –  Mark Mayo Dec 21 '11 at 10:28
    
This comment that it has to be on land gave me the idea for a related question: Can the ship's captain really perform your wedding when in international waters? –  hippietrail Dec 21 '11 at 12:27
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@mouviciel if you get married at a consulate of your home country, the procedures are quite different from getting married under a foreign jurisdiction and trying to get it certified at home. If the partners have different nationalities from the countries involved, things get more confusing still. –  jwenting Dec 22 '11 at 13:07

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Yes, but it depends on 2 things :

  1. Your destination country law, and
  2. your home country law.

Here is an example :

Indonesian couples wants to get married in Singapore. The following rules apply :

  • They have to apply their notice of Marriage at Registry Of Marriage Singapore
  • At least one of them has to be physically present within Singapore for a minimum of 15 days before the date of notice of marriage.
  • Both of them should not have married before and each of them have to bring one witness.
  • Full details can be found at ROM FAQ website

After they married in Singapore, the marriage itself is legal (almost) worldwide, however Indonesian government does not accept the marriage certificate as legal document. In the order to make it legal, the couple has to get a translation of their ROM certificate and reference letter in Singapore's Indonesian Embassy, and within 1 year they should report to Indonesian Civil Office back in Indonesia (You can't just report in Indonesian Embassy)

Trivia : A lot of Indonesian married in Singapore before 2009 because Indonesian law did not allow different-religion marriage, and then reported their marriage back in Indonesia.

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The answer is: absolutely!

There are multiple destinations that can do this while you travel. The possibility of this depends on the laws of the country and province(state) that you will want do this in.

For example in most states in the United States is usually performed by an official like a judge and requires some sort of documentation, registration, and possible wait time. That, however, is not necessarily true for all states and in state like Nevada it is possible to get married in a drive thru and yes it's just as official as others.

Since Israel doesn't have a civil marriage so a quite a few people from Israel travel to Cyprus to get married.

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I did it, my wife and I live in Israel and got married in New York. All we had to do was get an apostele (stamp) from New York State and register with the ministry of the Interior back in Israel. The only complication was getting her divorce decree translated from Hebrew to English and notarized. Thankfully we found a notary in NY who read Hebrew and could help us with the paperwork.

Of course what country you are traveling too and what countries you are citizens off may make a huge difference. But in general most western countries recognize each other's marriage and divorce decrees.

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My sister did it, so it's possible. The bureaucratic hoops she had to jump through to get the marriage recognised at home were however significant, not because of unwillingness by authorities but mostly because of the amount of paperwork that had to be signed, countersigned, and sent back and forth between the Hague city hall, Las Vegas city hall, and herself multiple times before all the right stamps and signatures were on all the right forms in all the right places.
She probably spent more money on stamps and phone calls to get her Dutch marriage certificate than she'd spent on the marriage ceremony itself.

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Yes you can. However, if you want the marriage to have force in your country of residence there might be some requirements. Get into contact with a registry office in your home country, they will be able to inform you about requirements and procedures.

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That depends completely on the laws concerning marriage in your home country. I'd say that in most countries it is possible, but there may be varying documentation or other requirements (and restrictions) for the marriage to be legally accepted.

Ask whatever authority is beaurocratically responsible for marriages in your country; they should know best.

There may also be travel agencies that offer marriage abroad as a package deal (I know this is very common in Japan). That's probably the safest option (if safe is what you want).

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