Legal Requirements for Getting Married in the Seychelles
Allow least 2-11 days from arrival in they Seychelles to wedding date to process paperwork (2 days to apply for a special license or 11 days to notify the Civil Status office of the planned wedding date). We recommend giving yourself more time due to weekends, holidays or unexpected delays. The tourist board recommends allowing 2 months to allow for processing of documentation.
Necessary legal documents:
Please note that all documents must be submitted in French or English. Contact your Embassy for an authorized translator. If your documents are translated, be prepared to submit the original copies in your native language for verification as well as the translated version.
- Original or certified copy of birth certificates
- Valid Passports and photocopies of the first two pages of each
- A Certificate of No Impediment*/Affidavit that both parties are free to marry (obtained from the local Registry or Embassy in your home country or your Embassy in the Seychelles)
- Divorce or death certificates, if applicable
- Deed Poll (Any change of name requires stamped and dated legal proof by a solicitor), if applicable.
Legal requirements to get married:
- Ceremony (Civil/Religious)
All legally recognized weddings preformed in the Seychelles are civil ceremonies. Religious-only ceremonies are not recognized, although a civil ceremony can accompany your religious ceremony for local government records. The civil ceremony must be conducted prior to a religious ceremony. Civil ceremonies may take place in the Civil Status Office, hotels, and authorized places-contact the Civil Registrar for authorization of venue.
- Age and Relation
The bride and groom must be at least 18 years of age. Parental consent is necessary for brides between the ages of 15 and 20 years old. Note that the legal age in your home country must be met to be recognized. For example, the United States requires that both parties be 18 years of age for your marriage to be recognized upon your return to the United States. The couple cannot be related by blood or adoption.
Two witnesses must be present for the ceremony at the Civil Status Office.
The bride and groom will need to notify the Civil Status Office of the planned wedding date. The date must be 11 days from notification or an application for a Special License will need to be submitted and processed within 2 days.
- A Certificate of Marriage is not recognized without an Apostille Stamp. After the wedding ceremony, the Marriage Certificate can be taken to the Registrar’s Office at the Supreme Court for this validation. Residents from the United Kingdom do not need this validation-all other nationalities do.
*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.
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