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.


How to Marry in Australia, On A Tourist Visa

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

  • April 15, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    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

    • May 3, 2019 at 8:15 pm

      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

  • May 4, 2019 at 2:50 am

    Is it possible to get married in Australia if only in the country for 3 weeks visiting my daughter?

    • May 9, 2019 at 7:22 pm

      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 ; regards Chris

  • May 12, 2019 at 12:18 am

    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?

    • May 18, 2019 at 10:54 am

      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.

  • May 31, 2019 at 10:15 am

    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.)

    • May 31, 2019 at 11:21 am

      Hi Liza, the “Notary Public” can be of any nationality, regards Chris


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