The first thing to do upon arrival in Cyprus is to file an application to obtain a special marriage license. This allows couples to get married 3 full working days after the application is submitted. The application is submitted to the wedding clerk at the local Town Hall (Monday to Friday) and must be accompanied by the documents listed below. Two witnesses are required in accordance with Cyprus Law – the hotel can supply witnesses if necessary.
The current fee for a special marriage license is €281.90 plus the Municipality charges for the ceremony in the hotel: approx. €170.86. All fees are subject to change.
The following documents must be either written in or translated into Greek or English and certified by the relevant authority or embassy:
• Valid Passports
• Birth Certificates
• Notice of Marriage (completed by the Marriage Officer)
• Affidavit or Certificate signed by a solicitor notary public on headed paper confirming your marital status, i.e. divorced, widowed or single, and that you are free to marry. This document must be dated, signed and stamped. Such documents are only valid for 3 months. The couple must ensure their validity at the time of application and on the actual wedding date. For residents of Scotland, a Certificate of No Impediment is acceptable. Your local registrar provides this.
• Decree Absolute (in case of divorce)
• Death Certificate (in case of widow or widower)
• Adoption Certificate (in case of adoption)
• Deed Pole Certificate (in case of a change of name)
• Written Consent to be submitted to the Marriage Officer on application, if either party of the intended marriage is less than 18 years of age. This must be signed by the father of such party, or by the mother if the father is deceased or incapable of consenting, and failing that, by the legal guardian of such party.
These requirements apply to British passport holders only. All other nationalities must refer to their respective government agencies for accurate information regarding the necessary paperwork.
Validity of Marriage Certificate
A marriage certificate issued in Cyprus is a legally recognized document. For couples from outside the UK, it may be necessary for, the original Certificate of Marriage to be legalized. For this purpose the so-called “Apostille stamp” must be applied for from either the Ministry of Justice or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nicosia, Cyprus.
There is no need to register your marriage when you get home. After the celebration of the marriage, the Marriage Officer will forward a certified copy of the notice of marriage to the local Embassy or Consulate of such country.
Should you misplace your certificate, you will have to contact the Ministry of Interior in Nicosia, who will issue a replacement document. If you wish to secure one or more certified copies of the marriage certificate, you may apply to the Registration Department of the Ministry of Interior in Nicosia. The charge for each certified copy is €14.00 (subject to change).
Certified True Copy of the original marriage certificate - €15.00 (subject to change).