Marrying a foreign citizen in the Netherlands

Do you as a Dutch citizen or non-Dutch citizen want to marry a foreign citizen in the Netherlands? You must meet certain conditions and provide certain documents. The same rules apply if you wish to form a civil partnership.

Last updated on 16 January 2023

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When can I marry or form a civil partnership in the Netherlands?

Find out whether you can marry or form a civil partnership in the Netherlands. Please note that you or your partner may need a verblijfsvergunning (residence permit) and a Verklaring geen schijnhuwelijk (declaration of no marriage of convenience). If you or your partner have lived outside the Netherlands, the municipality may also ask for a Ongehuwdverklaring (Certificate of No Impediment).

The Verklaring geen schijnhuwelijk aims to prevent foreign citizens from marrying or forming a civil partnership solely in order to obtain a residence permit for the Netherlands. You can fill in the Verklaring geen schijnhuwelijk at the municipality where you want to hold the ceremony.

Ongehuwdverklaring (Certificate of No Impediment) when marrying or entering a civil partnership

Have you or your partner lived outside the Netherlands? Then the ambtenaar van de burgerlijke stand (Registrar of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships) at the municipality where you want to hold the ceremony may ask you for a Certificate of No Impediment.

This certificate proves: 

  • that you are not already married; 
  • you have not already formed into a civil partnership.

You can apply for a Certificate of No Impediment in the last place you lived outside the Netherlands. In most cases you will need to have the document legalised so that it is also valid in the Netherlands.

Marriage, civil partnership and dual citizenship

Do you or your partner hold another citizenship in addition to Dutch citizenship? Then you will only need to meet the requirements of Dutch law for marrying or forming a civil partnership in the Netherlands. 

Do you hold another citizenship in addition to Dutch citizenship? Then you can marry or form a civil partnership, even if the second country of you or your partner does not permit it. Consider that you might have difficulty having the marriage or civil partnership recognised in this second country.

Same-sex marriages and civil partnerships

Are you and your partner of the same sex? The Netherlands recognises marriages and civil partnerships between same-sex couples. As a same-sex couple you are given the same legal rights and obligations as heterosexual couples.

Not all countries recognise same-sex marriages or civil partnerships. If you marry or form a civil partnership in the Netherlands as a same-sex couple, this may not be recognised in some countries outside the Netherlands.

Getting married or forming a civil partnership outside of the Netherlands

Are you a citizen or resident of the Netherlands, and do you want to get married or form a civil partnership with a foreign citizen outside the Netherlands? Find information at nederlandwereldwijd.nl on marriage or forming a civil partnership outside the Netherlands (in Dutch). The netherlandsworldwide.nl website has information in English on individual country requirements for marriage or forming a civil partnership.

Laws and regulations (in Dutch)

Burgerlijk wetboek 1, titel 5

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