Question: (A Vietnamese citizen) I intends to marry a Malaysian. Could I travel to Malaysia to register my marriage?
Answer: Under Item 3, Article 3 of Decree 68/2002/NĐ-CP, dated July 10, 2002 to direct the implementation of the Law on Marriage and Family on foreign-related marriage and family relations, Vietnamese foreign diplomatic representative offices or consulates are in charge of processing marriage registration for Vietnamese citizens and foreigners in overseas countries.
In this case, you can travel to Malaysia to register your marriage.
Regarding marriage between a Vietnamese citizen and a foreigner, each side has to comply with his/her regulations on marriage conditions. In addition, the foreigner has to follow the Vietnamese Law on Marriage and Family on marriage conditions and prohibited marriage.
Under Article 13 of the Decree, a marriage registration dossier consists of:
- A form of marriage registration by competent organizations within six months by the date of reception, indicating that the person concerned has no wife or husband;
(Concerning foreigners, their marital status may be confirmed in a separate)
- A health statement provided by competent clinics in Việt Nam or other countries within six months by the date of reception, certifying that the person concerned has no contact to any metal problems or, in case of suffering some metal problems, is still able to maintain their self-consciousness;
- A copy of Identify Card (Vietnamese citizens at home); passport or alternative papers (foreigners or overseas Vietnamese).