Here’s the serious bit! Please read the below information carefully and bear in mind that it is your responsibility to ensure you have all the relevant documents.
For all types of wedding ceremony, both the bride and groom must produce the following original documents, we advise you to carry all documents in your hand luggage for safe-keeping:
Full Birth certificates- original copies
10 year passport valid for at least 6 months after the dates of travel
Photocopies of the photograph pages in each passport (including your witnesses passports if applicable)
Certificate of freedom to marry -Single Statutory Declaration/ Sworn Affidavit (or Certificate of No Impediment if you are resident in Scotland or Wales). These documents must be typed on headed paper, dated and stamped by a registered solicitor (the stamp and letterhead must include the word “Solicitor”), they are also only valid for 3 months so you will need to obtain them less than 3 months before your return flight. Both bride and groom must obtain separate Declarations and each must be signed and stamped by a solicitor as above. Please make sure that on your Statutory Declaration in the box marked “place of proposed marriage” you put Cyprus. These documents will be retained by the town hall.
If either party is divorced the original copy of the Decree Absolute bearing the court stamp. This document will be retained by the town hall, so if you wish to keep a copy make sure that you make one before you arrive in Cyprus. If the bride has been divorced and has reverted to her maiden name this must be stated in the Single Statutory Declaration otherwise she will need to bring her original Marriage Certificate with her as well.
If either party is widowed the original copies of the marriage and death certificates of the deceased spouse
If either party is adopted- proof of adoption, the original documents are required stamped and signed by a solicitor
If either party has changed name proof of deed poll, again the original documents are required stamped and signed by a solicitor
If either party is under 21- written consent of parent or guardian in sworn affidavit form
For Catholic ceremonies in addition to the above both Bride and Groom should produce
Baptism certificates and a letter from their parish priest
For Anglican ceremonies either the Bride or Groom will need to produce
Baptism (Christening) certificate
The above information relates primarily to British and Irish passport holders, if you hold a different passport, the necessary documentation may vary, we strongly recommend that you contact us as soon as possible for further information.
Please note that the local authorities do check the authenticity of documents, failure to produce the correct legal papers will result in the marriage being nullified.
Once in resort you will need to sign the application papers, declaration of oath and obtain the marriage license from the town hall. Your wedding advisor will meet you in your accommodation at the appointed time and will be able to assist you with this.
If you are having a church wedding you will need to attend an interview with the priest prior to your wedding, you may also be required to attend at least one church service. Again your wedding advisor will be able to advise you on the time of this meeting.
If you are having a Catholic wedding ceremony, your parish priest will need to send a letter to the Latin Vicar General here in Cyprus along with all other documents relevant to the church wedding.
IA Catholic wedding service must be preceded by a civil wedding in order to be legally recognised.
If you have any questions about the legal requirements for marrying in Cyprus, contact
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