The Cambodian government imposes strict requirements on foreigners who marry Cambodians as an indirect way of discouraging Cambodian citizens from moving to other countries.
You must demonstrate to Cambodian officials that they are not currently married to anyone else - either you have never been married or all divorces are finalized - that your identity is proven, and that you have never committed any crimes in Cambodia.
The Cambodian tradition of marriages is unique in its own right.
The majority of couples have arranged marriages according to tradition.
Canadians are encouraged to register with the embassy of Australia in Phnom Penh in order to receive the latest information on situations or events that could affect their safety.
The Embassy of Canada in Bangkok, Thailand, has consular responsibility for Cambodia.
At least 10 days prior to the wedding and 21 full days since your arrival in Cambodia, you will need to file your Notice of Intention to Marry with the Civil Registry Office.
You will need to know where you will marry and who you plan to use as your marriage officer.
Here, you will also complete and sign an Affidavit of Marriage.
Finally the notice of Intention to Marry will be posted, at the Consulate, for 3 weeks.
This practice has however declined with the passage of time.