The U.S. Embassy would like to clarify the process U.S. citizens should follow when they intend to get married in Cambodia. You need to make an appointment for this service. To make an appointment, please click here.
U.S. citizens should request marriage applications from the Legal and Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFA) of the Kingdom of Cambodia, located at 3 Samdech Hun Sen Street, Sangkat Tonle Basac, Khan Chamkamorn, Phnom Penh. The application form lists seven supporting documents that must be provided by foreigners and attached to the application. The application also says that foreigners must legalize five of these documents at their respective embassies.
Of those documents required, consular officers at the U.S. Embassy can only legally certify copies of a U.S. citizen’s passport and notarize affidavits of single status; the current Cambodian sub-decree governing marriages also only requires certification of those two documents. None of the other documents required by the MFA can be certified by the U.S. Embassy. The MFA has assured the U.S. Embassy that marriage applications in which only the passport copies and affidavits of single status have been certified, in accordance with both U.S. and Cambodian law, will be accepted by them, despite any written notices or instructions that indicate otherwise.
According to new marriage requirements issued on by the Government of Cambodia on November 20, 2018, male U.S. citizens wishing to marry Cambodian women must:
- Have a monthly income of at least US $2,500
The MFA also has requested that embassies attach a cover letter to those documents certified by embassies on behalf of their citizens. The U.S. Embassy will provide this cover letter when they certify the copies of U.S. passports and affidavits of single status for U.S. citizens. Please note that the U.S. Embassy also has blank affidavits of single status for the convenience of U.S. citizens seeking to get married in Cambodia. While it is not required that you use the affidavit of single status provided by the U.S. Embassy, using an affidavit from another source may cause difficulty with your application, since officials at the MFA may question the source and validity of affidavits that have a different appearance from those they usually see.
Upon obtaining and certifying the necessary documents, U.S. citizens must fill out the application form, and submit it to the MFA. Although the MFA may begin charging a fee later, currently, there are no fees charged by anyone at the MFA for this process – the application is free. The MFA reviews and gives advice on the application and accompanying documentations of the foreign applicant, and if all documents are in order, the application is forwarded to the MOI.
The MOI will review and register the application of the foreign applicant that was forwarded from MFA and inform appropriate officials in the province, city, district, khan and commune where the Cambodian applicant is domiciled about the marriage application, before providing feedback and returning the application to the foreign applicant. The foreign applicant must then submit the application to the civil registrar at the commune/sangkat where the Cambodian applicant is permanently domiciled. The Cambodian applicant will also need to submit the marriage application to the civil registrar at the commune/sangkat where they are domiciled, together with the marriage application of the foreign applicant.
The civil registrar at commune/sangkat has the duty to review and decide on the marriage applications of foreigners and Cambodians based on the laws and related regulations of the Kingdom of Cambodia. The U.S. Embassy plays no role in determining whether a marriage application is approved or refused, and cannot represent U.S. citizens in this process, or in any way influence the decision of Cambodian authorities on marriage applications.