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Getting married in the Philippines

Before getting married in the Philippines (a civil/church marriage), the following documents have to be obtained from Finland by the Finnish citizen:

  • Multilingual Certificate of No Impediment (certificate of capacity under Finnish law to contract marriage before a foreign authority) from the register office or parish of the place of residence of the Finnish citizen. The certificate is valid for four (4) months from the date of issuance.
  • Birth certificate (an extract from the Population Information System of Finland or "virkatodistus")
  • Passport

The certificates issued by the Finnish authorities have to be authenticated first by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and then by the Philippine Honorary Consulate in Helsinki.

Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Consular Services
Address: Kanavakatu 3 B, 2nd floor, Helsinki
Customer service hours are Monday to Wednesday 9-12

Philippine Honorary Consulate General
Address: Tarkk'ampujankatu 2 A 6 (2nd floor, door with name Nyrölä), 00140 Helsinki 
Tel. +358 40 7071817 or +358 40 5009706 (calls daily 13-15)
e-mail: or

The local authorities in the Philippines may have additional requirements (eg. English translation of the judgment for divorce), so the requirements must always be checked directly from the authority officiating the marriage in the Philippines.

Only the local registry offices in Finland are competent authorities to issue the Certificate of No Impediment or so called legal capacity certificates for Finnish citizens getting married abroad. If the local registrar in the Philippines requires Consular Office's confirmation for the certificate issued by the Finnish authorities, the Consular Office can issue an additional certificate only when the original, duly authenticated certificate issued by Finnish registry office is presented in the Consular Office together with the passport of the Finnish citizen.

Registering the marriage to Finland

The new Finnish act on the Population Information System and the certificate services of the Population Register Centre (661/2009) took effect on 1 March 2010. The act obligates Finnish citizens to notify the Population Information System immediately of any changes in their personal information occurring abroad. Therefore a marriage contracted in the Philippines has to be registered also to Finland. The registration can be done either through the Consular Office of Finland in Manila or directly to the local register office of the Finnish citizen's most recent municipality of residence in Finland.

To register the marriage to Finland the final marriage certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority, PSA is needed. When a certificate issued by the Philippine authorities will be presented in Finland, it has to be authenticated first by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) of the Philippines and then by the Consular Office of Finland in Manila

Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
East Avenue, Quezon City
tel. +63-2-927 8672, 737 1111

Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines (DFA)
Authentication Division, Office of Consular Affairs Building, Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, Parañaque City, Metro Manila

If the marriage is registered to the Finnish Population System through the Consular Office of Finland, the authenticated marriage certificate has to be submitted to the Consular Office together with the form entitled "Notification of marriage of a Finnish citizen abroad" and passport copies of both spouses. The notification forms can be downloaded from the following website:

After all the required documents have been submitted to the Consular Office, they will be forwarded to the relevant authorities in Finland for registration of the marriage to the Finnish Population Information System.

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