How to Marry in Australia, On A Tourist Visa

Surprisingly, it is easy to get married in Australia while visiting the country on a Tourist Visa.

However there are some important things to know.

Firstly, you definitely can get married in Australia on a tourist visa, whether you are visiting for either 3 months or 6 months.

Also, there is no residency qualification required to marry in Australia.

The only real requirement is that you are free to marry; and are both at least eighteen years of age.

You may like to know that same-sex marriages are now also legally conducted in Australia.

So that’s all great news.

Yet the single most important thing to know, is this: A one-month legal “notice period” applies to getting married in Australia.

This means that both Bride and Groom have to sign a “Notice of Intended Marriage” form (NOIM) in front of an authorized witness (for example Police Officer) and lodge it with their chosen celebrant at least one month before the wedding.

While lodging the NOIM (ie providing the NOIM to an authorized Celebrant), the couple must prove their age, identity, nationality and address with certain documents, such as passport, birth certificate, driver’s license etc.

Prior to the actual wedding ceremony, the couple would have to sign a declaration that they are legally free to marry and that each partner is giving his/her consent to marry the other.

Finally, the couple will take part in a legal wedding ceremony where they will exchange legal vows and sign further marriage documents in front of at least two witnesses (whom must be supplied by the couple).

Simple Weddings is a celebrant service offering Australia’s easiest, fastest and most affordable way to get married.

You can contact Simple Weddings if you’re looking for the most straightforward way to take care of the “getting married” part. They will help you sort out the NOIM form and legal requirements to ensure you get married without delay.

Please be aware – getting married does not automatically confer any right to remain in Australia beyond the Visa expiry date.

In fact, your tourist visa will offer no extensions, without exception!

So even if you marry in Australia, your new marriage partner/husband/wife will almost certainly have to return to his/her country of origin, before an Australian-residency Partner visa application would be accepted.

You can then apply for an Australian partner visa for your new spouse to return to Australia to live with you.

Of course there’s more to know; and this article does not constitute professional migration advice. On the other hand, it’s a good overview of what to expect.

If you’re planning to marry in Australia, have a chat with Simple Weddings, they will be very happy to make it all come true.

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How to Marry in Australia, On A Tourist Visa

42 thoughts on “How to Marry in Australia, On A Tourist Visa

  • April 15, 2019 at 7:29 pm
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    wanting to marry my partner before the end of May as she is due to go back to Thailand on 9th June and I am currently applying for a partner visa

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    • May 3, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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      HI Rod it’s still possible to help you; sorry for our slow reply have been swamped over easter. Please call us on 1300 668 459 and we will help straight away. Or book online, 24/7 at https://www.simpleweddings.com.au

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      • January 25, 2020 at 9:12 am
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        Hello my name is Stella an am interested in this tourist visa process my boyfriend an I want to get married but unsure to do it in spain or he come here any advise will be appreciated.

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        • February 4, 2020 at 9:11 pm
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          Hi Stella, sorry for my slow response we are terribly busy at the moment. You can certainly get married in Australia even if you are here on a tourist visa. I will email some more information but please have a look also at https://www.simpleweddings.com.au

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  • May 4, 2019 at 2:50 am
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    Is it possible to get married in Australia if only in the country for 3 weeks visiting my daughter?

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    • May 9, 2019 at 7:22 pm
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      Hi Sarah,
      Yes it is possible. However there is a legal form you need to sign at least 1 month prior to your wedding day; and if overseas you must have the form witnessed by an Australian consular officer; or a “Notary Public”. What dates are you in Australia? Where are you heading in Australia? (ie where might you like to get married?) What country are you in presently? Is it possible to phone me during Australian business hours? Our number is 1300 668 459. Or please email to chris@simpleweddings.com.au ; regards Chris

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  • May 12, 2019 at 12:18 am
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    If am on a visit visa in Australia, and I want I get married with Australian. Will I still go back to my country after marriage with her?
    And what if I don’t want to go back after marriage how can I achieve that?

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    • May 18, 2019 at 10:54 am
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      Hi sorry for the slow response. Your questions really relate to immigration so I recommend getting advice from an Australian “Migration Agent”. Best wishes with your plans.

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      • June 11, 2019 at 12:33 am
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        Hello there…I would like to know how to get marriage in Australia as me and my partner couldnt get married in I Indonesia due to our different religion…and to much bureaucracy that we cant accomplished my partner is Brazilian and I am indonesian…i hope to hear from you very soon thanks a lot

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        • August 24, 2019 at 4:26 pm
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          Hi Siti you can easily get married in Australia. At least one of you needs to sign a particular legal form at least one month prior to booked wedding date.
          WE provide that form, as soon as you have booked a wedding date. Please see all available dates, locations and times at our website, where you can also book, 24/7: https://www.simpleweddings.com.au

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      • August 26, 2019 at 4:57 pm
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        We are from India, as LGBT marriage has not yet been legalized in here so Me and my girl friend would like to go and get married at Australia , and that will be an intimate one as our budget is very low. And only two of us will go. So no extra arrengments we required. We need the total legal assistance for getting married and the marriage certificate..i need your guidance and information about the process. Can we get married there upon arrival as we don’t have much time to spend over there ..and can we send the NOIM online after notarizing it from any of our notarized officer? As we can’t reach there one month ago..

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        • September 5, 2019 at 2:31 pm
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          Hi Shan, yes you can get married here on a budget. First step, please book a wedding date and time here: https://www.simpleweddings.com.au . As soon as you have booked, we will send you the form, please fill it out and then sign it in front of a “notary public” then scan in and email back to us. As soon as we have it by email, you can legally marry as soon as one month later. Regards, Chris

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:15 am
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    If overseas you must have the form witnessed by an Australian consular officer; or a “Notary Public”. Does the notary public have to be Australian? (I live in the US.)

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    • May 31, 2019 at 11:21 am
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      Hi Liza, the “Notary Public” can be of any nationality, regards Chris

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      • May 31, 2019 at 12:12 pm
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        Thank you for the quick and helpful reply.

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        • August 24, 2019 at 4:27 pm
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          Our pleasure Liza

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          • January 27, 2020 at 12:09 am
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            Hi

            We are going to visit Australia this April. Me and my boyfriend wants to get married there. Is it possible to get married even if In my passport my last name is still the last name of my ex partner?

          • February 4, 2020 at 9:08 pm
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            Hi Kohla,
            Sorry for my slow reply, the last 2 weeks have been crazy busy. Yes, you can get married even if your passport shows your last name is that of your ex partner. You would also have a divorce certificate; and also, a birth certificate. If you can show those two items, as well as your passport, you can go ahead. I’ll send you more information so you can book online. Please check your spam folder as gmail sometimes puts our emails into spam…

        • May 14, 2020 at 8:13 am
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          What the requirements to get married here in Australia..

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          • May 31, 2020 at 10:29 am
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            You simply need to be not currently married to someone else; and over 18. If that’s your situation, please go ahead and book a wedding with us: See all available dates/times/locations, and book online, 24/7, here: https://www.simpleweddings.com.au regards Chris

  • June 12, 2019 at 2:13 pm
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    I want to move to Australia to marry a Australian National I’m from USA and have passport but after marriage I want to stay in Australia and be dual citizen what kind of visa do I need

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    • August 24, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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      Brandon sorry I hadn’t responded sooner. You need to get advice on this from a Migration Agent, regards Chris

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    • April 22, 2020 at 12:05 pm
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      Hi im rica, my boyfriend and I are planning to get married in Australia. Is it possible we get married if I am only a tourist visa and my boyfriend is Permanent Resident in Australia and not a citizen? Also if there’s is a possibility we get married in Australia, is it okay if i dont come from my country and stay for good in Australia with my partner?

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      • May 31, 2020 at 10:28 am
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        Hi Rica, Of course we will be happy to conduct a legal wedding for you in Australia, please see all available dates/times/locations at https://www.simpleweddings.com.au. However,even if you get married in Australia, I can’t advise you as to whether you would qualify for a visa once married. For advice about this kind of thing you really need to ask an Australian Migration Agent or a Lawyer specializing in Migration, I would say.
        Best regards Chris

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  • July 24, 2019 at 8:56 pm
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    Hi!
    I am from India. I have tourist visa of Australia. My fiancé sponsored me. Can I get married in Australia on tourist visa before ceremonial occasion and then celebrate in India after that ?

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    • August 24, 2019 at 4:20 pm
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      Hi Jessie, yes you can, regards Chris

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  • August 22, 2019 at 2:56 pm
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    Hello sir/madam,
    So technically we’re working in the cruise ship which is the main port is in sydney. And we’re part of the lgbt. What is the best and easiest way to get marry in sydney? Because whenever we’re in sydney we only had a few hours to stay there. What is the requirements also? Thank you.

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    • August 24, 2019 at 4:18 pm
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      Hi Ely, we do same sex weddings of course however we only offer weddings in Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Surfers Paradise. Please see all of our available dates and times here: https://www.simpleweddings.com.au. You can also book online at our site, 24/7. You need to sign a particular legal form at least one month prior to your wedding date, we provide that form once you have booked, regards Chris

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  • August 26, 2019 at 7:13 pm
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    Can i get married in Australia on a tourist visa and if your answer will be yes ,after got married my spouse can do the study in Australia?

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  • August 26, 2019 at 7:15 pm
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    Can i get marry in Australia on a tourist visa and if your answer will be yes ,after got married my spouse can do the study in Australia?

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    • September 5, 2019 at 2:29 pm
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      Yes you can get married in Australia on a tourist visa. However there is no guarantee that after you marry, that any other kind of visa will be granted. To find out more about visas, you should get advice from a Migration Agent. If you’d like to get married, it’s important to know that the soonest you can get married is one month after signing a special legal form; which we will provide to you as soon as you book a wedding date and time. To see all available wedding dates and times; and even to book your wedding, 24/7, please go to https://www.simpleweddings.com.au

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  • September 23, 2019 at 4:10 pm
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    Hi, we’re couple from Indonesia. Me and my fiancé are are planning to get married in Australia next year. I notice that we have to sign the “Notice of Intended Marriage” form in front of an authorized witness one month before wedding. Do we need to do it in Australia, or we can do it Indonesia? I want to make sure if we need to fly to Australia twice.

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  • October 12, 2019 at 8:04 pm
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    Good morning, we are going to be in adelaide on the 2nd of November from the UK and would like to get married on the 14th November, is this possible?

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    • October 27, 2019 at 1:34 pm
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      Hi Adrienne yes this is easily possible. Simply book your wedding online, at https://www.simpleweddings.com.au; and follow the prompts, it’s that easy. Sorry I haven’t responded sooner I have been overseas for a month and just returned. Since you will need to sign a legal document at least one month prior to the wedding (we will supply that), I recommend to book your wedding asap. The document must be signed in front of an Australian Consular official OR a “Notary Public” as you are based overseas.

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      • January 30, 2020 at 2:04 am
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        Hello!
        I’m planning on applying for a tourist visa to go visit my boyfriend in Australia. I’m a Nigerian citizen but, I have legally been residing in Greece for the past twelve years. My boyfriend planned to get married to me during my visitation period, can you please enlightened me on the necessary documents that I will need to take along with me on my trip to Australia.

        Thank you.

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        • February 4, 2020 at 9:05 pm
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          Hi Angela,
          Sorry about my slow response it’s a very hectic time at Simple Weddings at the moment. You can get married in Australia anytime after one month later, after signing a particular legal form, called NOIM (Notice of Intended Marriage). When you book a wedding with Simple Weddings, we will provide that form. If you are overseas, you will need to sign that form in front of an Australian Consular official or a “Notary Public”. On the other hand, if only your Australian boyfriend will sign the form, he can sign it in front of a Police officer and you can simply sign your part on the wedding day. You will each need a passport; or if not; then a Birth Certificate plus a Photo ID. If either of you has been previously married, you will also need to show a Divorce Certificate (or Death Certificate) if applicable. So stepwise, 1. Please choose a wedding time and date here: https://www.simpleweddings.com.au and book your wedding online at that site. 2. Fill in and sign the form (your Australian boyfriend can sign it). 3. Email the signed form to us. I’ll send you an email also, but please let me know if you have further questions regards Chris

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  • February 29, 2020 at 9:37 pm
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    Hi! Good day! Me and my Australian bf is planning to get married in Australia. I’ve read that it’s possible to get married in Australia with me having tourist visa. What I wanna know is, after completing the requirements and being married, can I still go to Australia with tourist visa again? Thanks.

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    • March 5, 2020 at 7:47 pm
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      Hi Kate, I can’t advise you as to whether you would qualify for a tourist visa to return to Australia for a future visit, if you are married. For advice about this kind of thing you really need to ask an Australian Migration Agent or a Lawyer specializing in Migration, I would say. Sorry I can’t be more help with this enquiry, regards Chris

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      • July 5, 2020 at 7:56 am
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        Hi. I am a South African citizen and my fiancee is a Australian citizen. Can we get married in South Africa and the me moving to Australia to stay with my husband? We are 64 and 63 years old and want to spend our last years together. Kind regards Elize van Eck

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        • July 5, 2020 at 4:36 pm
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          Hi Elize,
          You need migration advice on this, from a “Migration Agent”. Try looking up Migration Agents in http://www.yellowpages.com.au and ask one of them for advice on the matter.
          Simple Weddings offers weddings in Australia but we cannot provide migration advice.
          Best wishes, Chris

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  • July 18, 2020 at 10:51 pm
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    Hi! May I enquire if we can get married here in Australia,I am currently on a student visa and my bf would like to apply for a tourist visa coming here..thanks!

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    • July 27, 2020 at 11:58 am
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      Hi Joy, You can certainly get married in Australia. I’d like to get you some helpful information on this. I’ll send you an email but please call me on 1300 668 459 when you have a moment, regards Paul

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