Sri Lanka

16th of May 2024

Documents required to legally marry in Sri Lanka

With it's stunning beaches and beautiful greenery, Sri Lanka is certainly a versatile island for your destination wedding, whether that be anywhere from Galle to Colombo. The good news is it is very straightforward to tie the knot here. With venues including The Fortress Resort and the Amangalla, it's the perfect spot for your dream wedding. Follow these steps:

  1. Visit a Civil Status Officer or Registrar in the area you wish to marry with the documents listed below in order to obtain a marriage licence.
  2. You must be a resident for four days before the wedding, then you are free to tie the knot!

Necessary documents

  1. Valid passports
  2. Birth Certificates (if you've been adopted then adoption certificates must be shown)
  3. A letter stating your full names, addresses, occupations and the same for both sets of parents
  4. If you haven't been married before, you must provide an affidavit declaring you're free to marry
  5. Divorce certificate (if applicable)
  6. If you are widowed, you'll need to present the death certificate of your previous spouse. You will also need to present your previous marriage certificate.
  7. For any name changes made by deed poll then legal proof must be shown, stamped and signed by a solicitor

Same-Sex Weddings

It is not legal for same-sex weddings to take place in Sri Lanka as homosexuality is criminalised there. Although homosexuality has been ruled non-enforceable, same-sex marriages are not permitted.


This information is appropriate for UK nationals getting married overseas. We always advise that you contact the relevant embassy for information before booking any trips. This information is up to date to the best of our knowledge.

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