How to Get Married in China

Written by laura hageman
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Finding the one you love can be difficult, but finding the right one in another country is even more complicated. Getting married to a Chinese person in China requires a lot of paperwork so, be prepared. You need to make sure you are aware of what you may need before going to China to marry the one you love.

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Things you need

  • Airline ticket
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport

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  1. 1

    Fill out a registration form with the marriage registration office. Your Chinese fiancé will need to fill out paperwork at the registration office in their area.

  2. 2

    Bring a birth certificate and a health certificate. You and your fiancé will need to go to a hospital nearby and receive a certification of health and your fiancé will need to get their birth certificate from the place they were born in.

  3. 3

    Get a certificate of marriageability. This is to prove that you are not married to another person in your own country. The Chinese fiancé will also need the same thing in order to show they aren't married to anyone else in their own country. You will need your certificate to be copied into translation of the Chinese language.

  4. 4

    Bring your passport in order to show proof of who you are. You will also need a Chinese residence permit. Your Chinese fiancé will need to have a letter from the parents giving permission to their child to marry a foreigner as well as a copy of the Household Registration Book or the Hokou. The Hokou contains Chinese laws pertaining to residency.

  5. 5

    Pay the registration fee. With all of your paperwork together at the marriage office you will submit your application along with all of your certifications and all of the required information from the previous steps. Then the office will either approve or decline the application. A decision could take up to several hours. Upon approval you will then become registered for marriage. Three pictures will be taken of the two of you and then you will proceed with your marriage and then be given a marriage certificate.

Tips and warnings

  • Be ready to prepare some of your paperwork before leaving for China. They can be rather picky about you having current papers including your birth certificate before leaving your country.
  • Be ready for delays. Give yourself and your fiancé plenty of time to get married. A month may be a reasonable amount of time to get things finished.

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