Australians Marrying in the Philippines
If you are an Australian citizen wishing to marry overseas, the foreign government may request that you have a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (CNI) issued. DFAT in Australia can issue a CNI, however many foreign governments will only accept CNIs issued by the Australian Embassy within their country. The Philippine government requires a CNI issued by the Australian Embassy in the Philippines.
The Philippine Government normally do not accept a CNI issued more than 6 months prior to the date of marriage.
Australian citizens may lodge a completed Certificate of No Impediment (CNI) application form with the Consular section of the Australian Embassy in the Philippines either in person (by appointment) or by registered mail/courier.
First Option: Applying in person
(CNI will be issued on the same day the application was lodged)
Please bring the following documents to your appointment:
- Completed CNI application form. The applicant must sign the form in front of an authorised witness. The list of authorised witnesses is included on the form. A Consular Officer at the Australian Embassy can also witness your signature. If both parties/partners are Australian citizens, they must lodge separate applications, requirements, and fees.
- The applicant's original Australian Passport
- If the Australian passport is not available, the applicant's original Australian birth certificate and a valid ID with photo, name and signature
- Proof of termination of previous marriage (divorce papers, death certificate or annulment papers)
- Valid ID or birth certificate of the intended spouse
- Fees must be paid in Philippine pesos by cash or bank manager's cheque made payable to 'Australian Embassy'. We do not accept personal cheques. Fees are updated monthly.
Second Option: Lodge by mail/courier
(CNI will be issued immediately upon receipt of a complete application and mailed to the applicant or authorised recipient. However, we do not have control on mail/courier delivery times)
Please send the following documents:
- Completed CNI application form. The applicant must sign the form in front of an authorised witness. The list of authorised witnesses is included on the form. If both parties/partners are Australian citizens, they must lodge separate applications, requirements, and fees.
- Certified/notarised copy of the applicant’s Australian passport (biodata page only).
- If the Australian passport is not available, please submit a certified copy/notarised copy of the applicant's Australian birth certificate and valid ID with photo, name, and signature.
- Proof of termination of previous marriage (certified/notarised copy of divorce papers, death certificate or annulment papers).
- A photocopy of the intended spouse's valid ID or birth certificate.
- For delivery to a Philippines address, include a pre-paid pre-addressed LBC N-Pack or N-Pouch envelope/satchel. If you wish to have the CNI sent to your Australian address, please note that it will be via Philippine Postal Corporation unregistered mail and the delivery usually takes at least four weeks.
- Fees for a CNI application lodged by mail/courier must be paid by bank draft in Philippine pesos made payable to 'Australian Embassy'. Fees are updated monthly. We do not accept personal cheques. If you intend to obtain a bank draft in Australia, we only accept bank drafts issued by ANZ. In the past, we have had difficulty processing bank drafts/cheques issued by other Australian banks. If you are having difficulty obtaining a bank draft in Philippine pesos from ANZ, please consider Option 3 (below) or ask a representative in the Philippines to obtain a manager's cheque from a Philippine bank and send it to us with your application.
You may send your complete requirements through mail/courier addressed to:
Consular Section, Australian Embassy
Level 23 Tower 2, RCBC Plaza 6819 Ayala Avenue Makati City 1200 Philippines
Third Option: Ask a representative to lodge your application at our office
(CNI will be issued to the representative on the same day the application was lodged)
- Complete steps 1 to 5 of Option 2 (above).
- Mail the documents to your representative with your written and signed letter stating that you authorise your representative to lodge the application and collect the CNI on your behalf. We do not accept scanned copies of your application/documents that were sent to your representative by email.
- Your representative must book an appointment online to lodge your application at our office.
- Fees must be paid by cash in Philippine pesos. Fees are updated monthly.
DIVORCES OBTAINED IN NON-COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES
If you have been divorced overseas, you should contact your solicitor before leaving Australia to confirm that your divorce is recognised under Australian law. Your marriage in the Philippines will not be recognised in Australia unless your divorce is recognised under Australian law.
DIVORCE OF AUSTRALIAN NATIONALS PREVIOUSLY MARRIED IN THE PHILIPPINES
Foreign divorce decrees are not automatically recognized in the Philippines. Australian nationals who were previously married in the Philippines and are intending to remarry in the Philippines after obtaining a divorce in Australia should check with National Statistics Office/Philippine Statistics Authority in the Philippines to confirm their divorce decree has been acknowledged by the local government.
CNI FOR AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS (NOT AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS)
Australian residents who are not Australian citizens must apply for a CNI from their Embassy or Consulate in the Philippines.
HOW TO OBTAIN A MARRIAGE LICENCE
A marriage licence is issued by the Philippine authorities and either you or your intended spouse (or both) must apply for this at the local civil registrar (City Hall) in the town or district where your intended spouse normally lives. In accordance with Philippine law, it is necessary to wait ten days from the date of application before a licence can be issued. Evidence of your identity and divorce/death of a previous spouse (if applicable) is usually required by the Philippine authorities.