Marriage and registered partnership for residents in Hong Kong

To register either a marriage or a partnership in Switzerland or abroad, your main point of reference is the registry office in which you have decided to celebrate the marriage or conclude your partnership. It is normally this office that decides what documents are required to mark this civil status event.

List of registry offices in Switzerland (de, fr, it)

You are advised nonetheless to learn in advance about the formalities involved and the civil status documents that may have to be prepared prior to the celebration of a civil status event. These advance steps will facilitate matters when it comes to entering your marriage or registered partnership in the Swiss civil status register (Infostar). To register in the register Infostar, the documents listed on this webpage are to be submitted to the Swiss representation competent for the country where the celebration has taken place.

Registration of marriage

Marriage in Hong Kong

If you wish to get married in Hong Kong, please contact the Hong Kong SAR Government for more information (as the Consulate General of Switzerland cannot perform any wedding ceremonies):

Marriage Registration and Records Office

3/F, Low Block

Queensway Government Offices
66 Queensway
Hong Kong

(MTR Admiralty Station – Exit C1)

Tel: (852) 2867 2787
E-mail: enquiry@immd.gov.hk
Marriage Registration

Registering your marriage with the Swiss authorities

After the marriage has taken place, this Consulate General will gladly assist you to register your marriage with the authorities in Switzerland.

You should submit your “Application for Marriage Registration” to this office together with the required documents listed on the information sheet titled “Marriage Registration with Swiss authorities” at your earliest convenience. Both documents are available on this website (see column on the right side).

Please be aware that some documents must be obtained before marriage, especially those that confirm your marital status before your marriage.

Your marriage may have an affect on your family name (please refer to the information sheet on the right, available only in German and French).

Swiss citizenship after marriage

The foreign spouse of a Swiss citizen may apply for Swiss citizenship after 6 years of marriage if residing abroad when applying.

Living in Switzerland after your marriage

If you intend to live in Switzerland after your marriage with a Swiss citizen or a Swiss resident, please submit your application for a residence permit (“Visa D”) in triplicate (3) to this office together with four (4) photos. You will also have to apply for a Certificate of No Criminal Conviction issued by the Hong Kong Police (see web link below) with a recommendation letter from this Consulate General.

Certificate of No Criminal Conviction

The processing of your application for a residence permit may take 3 – 5 months (until your marriage is registered in Switzerland once all foreign documents have been checked, translated, legalized and approved by the Swiss authorities).

Documents

What about my name?

Information for binational couples

Preparation for marriage in Switzerland

If you wish to get married in Switzerland, you should start proceedings at least 3 – 5 months prior to your marriage. Generally more time is needed if documents from outside of Hong Kong are involved.

You should first contact the Swiss Marriage Registry (“Zivilstandsamt” in German or “Service de l’état civil” in French) of your choice to check on the availability of your preferred wedding date. Contact information can be made available upon request.

Next you should obtain and prepare all documents listed on the check list “Preparation for Marriage in Switzerland – Required Documents” (see column on the right).

Once you have all of your documents ready, please make an appointment with this Consulate General to sign the relevant forms 034 and 035 in the presence of a consular officer as well as to submit all of your documents.

If your fiancé(e) is residing in Switzerland, he or she will submit his or her documents directly to the Swiss Marriage Registry of your marriage place.

The consular fee for processing your marriage application varies from case to case and depends if documents from outside of Hong Kong and/or a Swiss residence permit application (see below) is involved. The fee will be anywhere between HKD 1'400 – HKD 4'500. Please be aware that there will be additional charges from the Marriage Registry in Switzerland.

After your appointment with this Consulate General your documents will be forwarded to the competent authorities in Switzerland (or other Swiss representations abroad if documents from outside of Hong Kong are involved) for approval, which will take several months.

If you require a visa to enter Switzerland you will have to await the completion of your marriage preparation application abroad before being able to travel or move to Switzerland.

Your marriage may have an affect on your family name (please refer to the information sheet on the right, available only in German and French).

Living in Switzerland after your marriage

If you intend to live in Switzerland after your marriage with a Swiss citizen or a Swiss resident, please submit your application for a residence permit (“Visa D”) in triplicate (3) to this office together with four (4) photos. You will also have to apply for a Certificate of No Criminal Conviction issued by the Hong Kong Police (see web link below) with a recommendation letter from this Consulate General.

Certificate of No Criminal Conviction

The processing of your application for a residence permit may take 3 – 5 months (until your application for marriage preparation is approved once all foreign documents have been checked, translated, legalized and approved by the Swiss authorities).

Religious marriage

A religious marriage is optional and may take place only once you are legally married.

Documents

What about my name?

HK authorities

Swiss Federal Office of Justice

Preparation for Registration of Partnership (same-sex) in Switzerland

Same-sex partnerships may be registered in Switzerland, but are not legally recognized in Hong Kong.

If one of the partners is a Swiss citizen or a permanent resident in Switzerland, you may register your same-sex partnership in Switzerland. You should start proceedings at least 3 – 5 months prior to the planned registration date. Generally more time is needed if documents from outside of Hong Kong are involved.

You should first contact the Swiss Marriage Registry (“Zivilstandsamt” in German or “Service de l’état civil” in French) of your choice to check on the availability of your preferred registration date. Contact information can be made available upon request.

Next you should obtain and prepare all documents listed on the check list “Preparation for Registered Partnership in Switzerland – Required Documents” (PDF, 784.1 kB)

Once you have all of your documents ready, please make an appointment with this Consulate General to sign the relevant forms 034 and 035 in the presence of a consular officer as well as to submit all of your documents.

If your partner is residing in Switzerland, he or she will submit his or her documents directly to the Swiss Marriage Registry of your partnership registration place.

The consular fee for processing your partnership application varies from case to case and depends if documents from outside of Hong Kong and/or a Swiss residence permit application (see below) is involved. The fee will be anywhere between HKD 1,200 – HKD 3,500. Please be aware that there will be additional charges from the Marriage Registry in Switzerland.

After your appointment with this Consulate General your documents will be forwarded to the competent authorities in Switzerland (or other Swiss representations abroad if documents from outside of Hong Kong are involved) for approval, which will take several months.

If you require a visa to enter Switzerland you will have to await the completion of your partnership registration application abroad before being able to travel or move to Switzerland.

Living in Switzerland after your partnership registration

If you intend to live in Switzerland after the registration of your same-sex partnership with a Swiss citizen or a Swiss resident, please submit your application for a residence permit (“Visa D”) in triplicate (3) to this office together with four (4) photos. You will also have to apply for a Certificate of No Criminal Conviction issued by the Hong Kong Police (see web link below) with a recommendation letter from this Consulate General.

The issuance of Certificates of No Criminal Conviction

The processing of your application for a residence permit may take 3 – 5 months (until your application for partnership preparation is approved once all foreign documents have been checked, translated, legalized and approved by the Swiss authorities).