Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Cuba
Allow 6 weeks from arrival in Cuba to wedding date to process paperwork. We recommend giving yourself more time due to weekends, holidays or unexpected delays.
Necessary legal documents:
Please note that all documents must be submitted in Spanish. Contact the Cuban Embassy in your home country to assist with this translation. Be prepared to bring original documents to Cuba as well.
- Original or certified copy of birth certificates
- Valid Passports and photocopies of photo pages (attach to photocopies, a document that lists the following information: name, current resident address, occupation, level of education, nationality and full names of parents).
- Cuban tourist card (obtained from Cuban Consulate, airline or travel agent)
- Certificate of No Impediment*/Affidavit that you are free to marry (check with your embassy)
- Divorce decree, if applicable
- Death certificate and marriage certificate to deceased spouse, if applicable
Legal requirements to get married:
- Ceremony (Civil/Religious)
Civil and religious ceremnoies are legally recognized weddings preformed in Cuba.
- Age and Relation
The bride and groom must be at least 18 years of age. They cannot be related by blood, marriage or adoption.
Two witnesses over 18 years of age must be present for the ceremony and provide their passports.
Make sure all paperwork (in Spanish and English) has been sent or faxed to your Cuban Hotel at least 3 weeks prior to your arrival.
Wedding Banns must be posted for 21 days. A Certificate of No Impediment* will be issued, pending objections.
To apply for a Marriage License, visit the Ministry of National Security in Cuba. It can take up to 4 weeks to issue the license.
- The bride and groom will sign all the required documents at the ceremony. The bride and groom will be given the Certificate of Marriage from the religious officiate of their choice.
- Please note: The name on your Certificate of Marriage will reflect the name on your passport. Please correct any changes to your name on your passport prior to leaving on your trip. The Certificate of Marriage can take up to a month to process. If travel time cannot permit a full month, your officiant or hotel will send the certificate to your residence in your home country.
*A Certificate of No Impediment, is also known as a Single Status Affidavit, Single Status Statutory Declaration, Certificate of No Record, a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage, Certificate of Nulla Osta or a Certificate de coutume (plus an MP2A form).
Note: This information can change at any given moment. For up-to-date information, contact your embassy in the country in which you plan to marry.
We invite you to contact us with any new information. Be sure to note, “Update Marriage Requirements in Cuba” in the subject line.