Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Cyprus
Allow at least 2days-3months from arrival in Cyprus to wedding date to process paperwork (15 days- 3 months wait is required to process paperwork and set a wedding date—to expedite this process, for an increased fee, it can take only 2-3 days). We recommend giving yourself more time due to preparation, weekends, holidays or unexpected delays.
Necessary legal documents:
- Original or certified copy of birth certificates
- Valid Passports
- Certificate of No Impediment*
- Divorce decree or death certificates, if applicable
Legal requirements to get married:
- Ceremony (Civil/Religious)
Civil and religious ceremonies are legally recognized weddings preformed in Cyprus. The Marriage Officer will be authorized at their Municipality, the Religious Officiant is authorized to perform weddings by the . It is recommended to verify their authorization.
- Age and Relation
The bride and groom must be at least 18 years of age. If underage, consent of father-if deceased-consent of mother-if deceased-consent of guardian must be submitted. The couple 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.
Take all paperwork in person to the Marriage Officer in the chosen area of Cyprus you plan to wed. The couple will file a joint application called a Notice of Marriage and declare themselves single and free to marry.
Please note that the wedding celebration must take place within 15 days to 3 months from the date the Notice of Marriage was given. For an increased fee, this process can be expedited resulting in a wedding date 2 to 3 days from the date the Notice of Marriage was given.
- The Marriage Officer or Officiant will issue a Certificate of Marriage. If your home country has an Embassy in Cyprus, your Marriage Officer or Officiant will forward a copy of your Certificate of Marriage to be recognized in your home country.
- If your home country is a contracting member of the Apostille Convention-take the Certificate of Marriage to the to get an Apostille.
- If your home country not is a contracting member of the Apostille Convention-take the Certificate of Marriage to the to get an Apostille.
- If your Certificate of Marriage is lost or duplicates are needed, contact the Marriage Officer in the Municipality where your wedding was preformed or contact the .
*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 Cyprus” in the subject line.
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