Sri Lanka High
9.30 am to 1.00 pm
Monday to Friday
(except public holidays)
Registration of Marriages of Foreign Nationals in Sri Lanka
The couple needs to be
resident in Sri Lanka at least four days (04) before the wedding.
The following original
documents are required
absolute if either party is divorced.
civil status signed by the Bride and the Groom Counter signed by a solicitor,
stating their civil status and that there is no legal objection to the
passports Ė at least six months validity at the date of arrival in Sri Lanka.
Certificate of former spouse(s) if either party is a widow / widower.
parental consent in the form of sworn affidavit stamped by a Notary Public if
either person is under 18 years of age.
concerning any names changed by deed poll.
The following information
about the bride and the groom must also be submitted with the affidavit.
Full names and
addresses of the bride and the groom and the parents of both parties.
the bride, groom and their fathers
The originals of
all the documents mentioned above must be taken to Sri Lanka to be shown to the
Marriage Registrar before the couple can marry.
All documents must be in English. If any of the original certificates or papers
are in a different language, an official translation in English also must be
Parties are advised that the marriage certificate issued by Sri Lanka
authorities in a local language (Sinhala/Tamil) should be translated to the
English language by the Registrar Generalís Department at No 280, Main
Street, Colombo 11, TP: 00 94 11 2393071 and thereafter authenticated at the
Consular Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at No: 97A, Galle Road,
Colombo 3, Sri Lanka before their departure to enable the documents to be
used outside Sri Lanka.
TP: 00 94 11 2393071
Consular Division of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
No: 97A, Galle Road
TP:00 94 11 4718972
It is advisable to get a
few copies of the translations authenticated for future use as obtaining
copies from Sri Lanka may take time.