Marriages which are solemnised outside South Africa may be reported to the Department of Home Affairs through the Embassy, to be noted on the Population Register as a foreign marriage. No marriage certificate is provided, nor acknowledgement that the marriage has been noted on the Population Register.
The following applications are forwarded to the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria for process. After a letter of marital status or a marriage certificate is issued by the Department, it is forwarded to the Embassy by diplomatic bag.
If both parties are South African, the couple may request to get married at the Embassy. This should be requested at least three months or longer before the proposed marriage date. It would be appreciated if the couple could send the proposed marriage date and certified copies of SA passports and ID documents to the Consular Section at email@example.com for arrangement. In this case, no letter of no-impediment/marital status is required.