Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Egypt
Allow at least 12 days from arrival in Egypt to receiving the marriage certificate. We recommend giving yourself more time due to preparation, weekends, holidays or unexpected delays.
Necessary legal documents:
- Valid Passports, 2 photocopies of the detail’s page and visa page (photocopy of residency stamp, if applicable)
- Affidavits/Statutory Declarations stating that each party is free to marry and 2 photocopies (obtained and notarized by the Embassy in your home country or by your Embassy in Cairo—valid for one month, check with your Embassy prior to making any travel arrangements )
- 5 personal photographs of each party (4×6 cm)
- A “Ta’meen Igtimaei” stamp (easily obtained from any Post Office in Egypt)
- Original or certified divorce decree or death certificates and 2 photocopies, if applicable. Note that 90 days must pass from the date on the divorce decree to remarry. If widowed, 130 days must pass from the date on the death certificate to remarry. If pregnant, you must wait until after childbirth to remarry.
- In some cases, a physical examination (by Egyptian doctor)
- Any change of name requires stamped and dated legal proof by a solicitor and 2 photocopies. This applies to any name change including those who have married, taken a new name, divorced, and changed back to a maiden name.
Legal requirements to get married:
- Ceremony (Civil/Religious)
All legally recognized weddings preformed in Egypt are civil ceremonies. The civil ceremonies must observe Islamic practices, allowing mixed faith marriages, with exception to marriage between a Muslim woman and a non-Muslim man. Traditional, religious, non-denominational and secular ceremonies are not legally recognized. Choosing a ceremony to compliment the civil ceremony, can personalize and offer a deeper meaning to your wedding vows. The ceremony is preformed in Arabic. If either party does not speak Arabic, an interpreter should be hired.
- Age and Relation
The bride must be at least 21 years of age and groom must be at least 18 years of age. If underage, parental accompaniment or parental consent in English and Arabic is necessary. The couple will need to have the consent notarized at the Egyptian Embassy in your home country and authenticated by the in Egypt.
The couple cannot be closely related by blood. Cousins can marry. Marriage by proxy is not permitted.
Two male witnesses must be present for the ceremony and signing of marriage documents. They will need to provide their passports or valid identification.
Next, take all paperwork the in Egypt. If all paperwork is in order, the Ministry of Justice will register the couple’s marriage. The forms can only be completed on the day prior to or the day of the planned wedding ceremony.
- The bride, groom and witness will sign all the required documents at the civil ceremony.
- The bride and/or groom will need to pick up their Certificate of Marriage from the Ministry of Justice, no sooner than 10 working days preceding the wedding ceremony.
- Check with your Embassy in Egypt. You may be able to take your Certificate of Marriage to them to have your marriage recorded in your home country.
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.
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