Getting Married In Bonaire: Legal Requirements

bonaire-beach-weddingGetting a Bonaire marriage license is a long process, however, it’ll be worth it to get married in paradise!

Two months before your wedding date you’ll have to write to the Governor of Bonaire to ask for a temporary residence permit from immigration for either the bride or groom.

You also have to ask the Governor for permission to marry.

You need to submit all of your paperwork 4-6 weeks before your wedding date. Then once you arrive on the island, you’ll have to wait 4-7 days for the paperwork to be processed. Lastly, you’ll have to pay a marriage license fee. After this waiting time, you’ll receive your Bonaire marriage license.

Documents you’ll need in order to receive your license are both of your passports and the passports of two witnesses. Temporary resident permits are also required for your two witnesses if they aren’t residents!

You’ll also need your original birth certificates, date of arrival and how long you intend to stay and proof of eligibility to marry. All marriages have to take place in the civil court building. After it’s made legal, you may choose to have a ceremony at your place of worship or on the beach!

Since legal marriage requirements in Bonaire may change over time, you’re advised to check the official government website for exact details. You can find this up to date information here.

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