New rules for marrying abroad

Published under: Stoltenberg's 2nd Government

Publisher Ministry of Children and Equality

This brochure provides information on the types of marriage, entered into abroad, that are not recognised in Norway.

Marriages entered into abroad will not be recognised in Norway if one or both of the parties is a Norwegian citizen or resident of Norway when the marriage was entered into and: 
• one of the parties is a minor, i.e. under 18 years of age, when they get married,
• the marriage has been entered into without both parties being present during the wedding ceremony (telephone marriages or proxy marriages), or
• one of the parties is already married.

Following a petition from both parties, the marriage may nonetheless be recognised if there are strong grounds for doing so. This is a narrow exemption provision that is practised very strictly. It is therefore rare for such a marriage to provide grounds for family reunification. Applications for recognition are to be sent to the Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs, which can also provide guidance in this area. 

The brochure has been translated into English, Somali, Sorani, Arabic and Urdu.

New rules for entering into marriage outside Norway (pdf 1mb)