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hey everyone i am Kenyan woman about to get married to a German national here in Nairobi,. can anyone advice me on what documents he should bring along. and if he is divorced does he need to come with certificate of no impediment to marriage as well/ ? are there any documents i need translated or verified at German embassy kindly advice

He needs his birth certificate, passport and the CNI.  Check at Sharia House marriage bureau first though.   We talked to Jackline Akita 0725595239.

thanks so much for your help


Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions. I am a widowed UK citizen. Do I need a CNI as well as the death certificate of my wife and the former marriage certificate? It is not really clear whether the CNI is also needed.


I was informed you always need a CNI.

I also understand that you need a CNI. Don't assume that your other paperwork will be enough.  Kenyan officials can be obstructive and jobs worth.

I have married in Kenya to a lovely Kenyan lady
All I provided to prove I was free was my UK divorce certificate + my birth certificate and passport. I also had to provide copies of everything and some passport photos
My wife needed to do a CNI +

It is my understanding that since the Kenya Marriage Act (2014), you do need a CNI.  Wouldn't it be better to come with one, than to assume it's not required..........then it is requested?

Hi Everyone. I am ex-Kenyan returning home so will be getting my ID etc but the main question is that I am going to marry my fiance from Vietnam as soon as is possible so am asking what procedures are needed plus how does her visa work once we are married. How long does it take for her to get a residence permit?

PeterVanAardt :

Hi Everyone. I am ex-Kenyan returning home so will be getting my ID etc but the main question is that I am going to marry my fiance from Vietnam as soon as is possible so am asking what procedures are needed plus how does her visa work once we are married. How long does it take for her to get a residence permit?

you will need the CNI, all her documents will need to be translated into English(if they are in other languages)  and stamped and signed by a notary public.
she will still need a work permit until the permanent residency or citizenship is complete.
which depending.

Thanks so much. What is a CNI exactly? Can one do all this through a Lawyer?

Am glad to be here. Am Terry and am getting married this December to a British man.
I would like to know the marriage requirements kindly help. Am in Nairobi and he is in UK coming soon.

Another thing if you have applied for UK Spouse Visa please tell me the procedure.
Am planning to move to UK after getting married.
Thanks a lot!


I assume that your fiancée will enter Kenya on a single entry visa (tourist visa), so would be able to stay for a maximum 6 months.  The link below will provide information on the documents that he will need. … 202015.pdf

You will need to apply for a spouse visa through this website: … procedure.

I believe the decision takes about 8 weeks and costs around £800. There is a fast track service at a considerable additional charge. Below is a bit more information: … in-the-uk/

I am British and married a Kenyan.  She never really liked the UK vey much, which is the main reason that we now live in Kenya.  However, before we were married, we discussed my willingness to live outside the UK.  It may be worth having that conversation with your fiancée, just in case you don't like life in the UK! 

Life in the UK ain't how most Kenyans think it is.  A lot of Kenyans think that the UK streets are paved with gold, only to get there and find that this isn't necessarily the case.  I recommend that you go and make up your own mind though!

Ist no probplem to marry in Kenya.
It is easy.
You Need a few documents and this is all!

The CNI means a certificate of no impediment. she will have to get this in her country before she comes to Kenya. am not sure what her country laws are but for a Kenyan you just need to swear an affidavit before a lawyer and then take the affidavit to sheria house. i hope this helps.

Hi ,
may i need your help in december.


Thank you so much for your answer Longonot62.
I will visit UK and see how life is then I will decide.

Good day!

Hello Tezzy,
when you go to UK?

I am planning to travel next year. I just hope they will give me a visa.

where to uk?
Or only Europe or Germany?
May can help.

yes he need a birth certificate, ident, divorce document
may u must translate but i think they accept it so.
Also u need from a laywer a document that he is ready to marry u.

Hope you got assistance on your questions.
Wish you well in your marriage.

Oh no! Am going to Wales..

Hi Lovelynda, kindly higlight on the current marriage requirements after 2014, thanks. Looking forward to reading from you.

Hi There

I know this quite a old post, but I'm getting married in Kenya, in December.

I'm getting my CNI in about 15 days. I just want to know if you have to get the CNI Legalised a stamped official certificate (an ‘apostille’) to it. By the Legislation office?


How long will it take for me to get the certificate of no iimpediment in Kenya? I'm Kenyan planning to get married to a German, at what stage do I need to produce my German language certificate? … l_Marriage

I'm curious what happens if the registrar ( social security office) doesn't get the proper documentation sent back to the country within days of arrival home.

Hello everyone, I am a Kenya Lady and I am marrying my German fiancé in January in Kenya .i have read the above just need more guidance. Can anyone assist us on what documents he would need? Does he need to notify his country that he will be getting married before we wed in Kenya? How quick can a special marriage take as he has to go back to work?
  Thank you very much

Ok. All the best

What is needed to have if you want to get married to a foreignerror man plz help

Certificate of no impediments  that is CNI

Hello Beatsanyu,

I suggest that you read through all the posts on this thread.  There is a lot of guidance and information there, which will help you.

Hi I need some more information on the documents requirments to get married in Kenya. Can you help me on that? Thank you


I am Kenyan planning to marry my fiancee in Poland. How can I obtain the certificate of no impediment to marriage? How long can it take please? I will appreciate your response.

Have a look at this link the information on weddings documents is there

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