Legal Requirements

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS

The wedding ceremony will be conducted in English and all paperwork including the Marriage Certificate, which is fully recognised in the United Kingdom, will be issued in English.

 

Both Bride and Groom should be in Cyprus for at least 3 working days before the wedding. You must attend a pre-wedding meeting at the municipality in order to complete the paperwork for your marriage license.

 

You will need to have the following ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS (photocopies are not accepted)

 

UK CITIZENS

 

  • Birth Certificates (long version with parents names).

  • Passports (Full 10 year passports with at least 3 months remaining following your return date).

  • A sworn affidavit signed by a Solicitor or Notary Public, indicating you are single and free to be married. Scottish and Welsh citizens may also obtain a "Certificate of No Impediment" from the District Registrar.

  • Decree Absolute (in the case of divorced individuals).

  • Death Certificate (in the case of widows or widowers).

  • Change of Name records (if applicable).

  • Adoption Certificates (if applicable).

  • At least one Baptism Certificate will be required for church weddings.

 

NON-UK CITIZENS

 

  • If you hold a passport from a country other than the United Kingdom, it may be necessary for you to have your papers stamped by various ministries. Each country has different regulations and different departments dealing with these matters.

  • You may need an Apostille Seal, please telephone your embassy in order to find out where to obtain this special seal. After your wedding, you may also be required to visit your country's embassy and the Ministry of Justice here in Cyprus in order to have the papers stamped with the Apostille Seal. Therefore, it would be best to have at least 3 to 4 days after your wedding to obtain these stamps and papers.

  • Irish passport holders will need a "Certificat de Coutume" obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ireland or the Irish Embassy in London. This certificate is valid for 120 days from the date of issue.

 

It is the client's responsibility to bring all ORIGINAL documentation.

 

You must be over 18 years of age.

 

Other Information

 

Once married, a certified copy of the marriage certificate is sent to the Ministry of Interior in Cyprus for their records. A second copy is sent to the British High Commission in Nicosia.

 

Civil ceremonies are generally not available on Saturday, Sunday or Public Holidays.

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