All You Need To Know On Wedding Legalities In Cyprus
The couple should be in a position to present the following legal documents which should all have an apostille stamp on each document except your passport. This legalisation details and how to get them is here on https://www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised
Your marriage certificate issued here at the time of the marriage will be kept by us to arrange Apostille stamps on them (fees yet to be informed) prior to you leaving Cyprus. If however, you are leaving and there is not enough time prior to your departure, then we will arrange for this to be sent through the post tracked and to be signed for. (Fees to be confirmed)
- 10 Year British passports
- Original birth certificates (full version)
- Dated, stamped and signed documents from the competent authority of their countries, for their present marital status (single, divorced, widow or widower)
- Please note that the marital status documents are valid for 3 months from the issue date unless they indicate otherwise.
- In case of foreigners who have lived in Cyprus for more than a year, a certificate from the Ministry of Interior is needed. Its date of issue must not be more than two months.
- Original Decree Absolute in case of divorce
- Death certificate of their late partner in case of widowhood
- Name change documents - deed poll if any
- Copies of passports of two adult witnesses (above eighteen years old)
If either party of the intended marriage is under 18 years of age, the written consent of the father or if he is dead or incapable of consenting, of the mother or the lawful guardian of such party, must be produced to the Marriage Officer.
All documents must be translated into English.
It must be stressed that the names we use for the wedding certificate are taken from the passports.
Some of the authorities responsible for supplying marital status certificates according to nationality:
UK citizens: - Statutory Declarations (also known as Affidavits) for marital status, dated, stamped and signed by a registered solicitor (drafted/printed preferably on a headed paper or accompanied by the business card of the solicitor), based on the Statutory Declarations Act. 1835 - Must be obtained within 3 months to the date of application for the wedding.
If you have been married, adopted or had a name change ALL names must be on the Affidavits.
Scotland: Can obtain a FREEDOM TO MARRY FORM from the courts
Irish Citizens: Department of Foreign Affairs
Russian Citizens: As well as any of the above where applicable, you will need to bring a certificate from the Registry Office of Russia (translated into English from a Government Office) confirming that you are free to marry. The certificate must be stamped by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Russia and by the Embassy of Cyprus in Russia (Apostile). Please note that all documents must be translated into English.
Chinese Citizens: As well as any of the above where applicable, you will need to bring a certificate from the Ministry of the Interior (Registry Office) of your country (translated into English by a Government Office) confirming that you are free to marry. Please note that all documents must be translated into English.
Lebanese Citizens: As well as any of the above where applicable, you will need to bring a certificate from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (translated into English by a Government Office) confirming that you are free to marry. Please note that all documents must be translated into English.
Please note: that (where applicable) the fees for your marriage license and the marriage officer/registrar are payable by cash direct to the Town Hall when you arrive in resort.
Please Note: Where applicable a fee of €282 (for Marriage Licence) is payable direct to the town hall in CASH once in resort plus €350 if ceremony is taking place in an outside venue other than the town hall itself. This fee is based on Paphos Town Hall, other town hall fees may vary.