Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Mauritius
Allow least 16 days from arrival in Mauritius to wedding date to process paperwork. With careful planning, it is possible to send paperwork ahead of arrival, but you must stay 1 day in Mauritius before a wedding date. Couples will need that day to complete paperwork. We recommend giving yourself more time due to weekends, holidays or unexpected delays.
Necessary legal documents:
Please note: All documents must be submitted in English or French by an authorized translator.
- Original or certified copy of birth certificates and 2 photocopies of each (in French or English language)
- Valid Passports and photocopies of the first 3 pages of each
- Divorce or death certificates, if applicable. Women who plan to remarry, must wait 10 months from the dissolution of their previous marriage or provide doctor’s proof of non-pregnancy.
- Any change of name requires stamped and dated legal proof by a solicitor. 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 Mauritius can be celebrated in the Civil Status Office or a private locale of the couple’s choice.
- Age and Relation
The bride and groom must be at least 20 years of age. If they are underage, parental consent is necessary. With parental consent, women and men must be at least 17 years of age. Note that the legal age in your home country must be met to be recognized. They cannot be related by blood or adoption.
Two witnesses over 18 years of age must be present for the ceremony and provide their passports.
The Central Civil Status Office will provide a Certificate of Non-Residency / Non-Citizenship. The office must receive these documents 15 days prior to your wedding day. These documents (the photocopies) can be sent, however, you will need to bring all the original documents to the Central Civil Controller to confirm the photocopies pick up your certificate. The Supreme Court’s Registrar may require the couple to swear an affidavit. Finally the couple’s intent to be married will be posted for a single day at the Central Civil Status Office. As long as there are no objections, you are free to marry.
- The bride and groom will sign all the required documents at the ceremony.
Note: This information can change at any given moment. For up-to-date information, contact your embassy in the country you plan to marry.
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