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Instructions for Civil Weddings in Cyprus

People who wish to have a civil wedding in yermasoyia municipalityCyprus must apply in person or through a lawyer practising in Cyprus to the Department of marriage services in Cyprus, at the Municipality of their choice (in Limassol, Paphos, Larnaca, Nicosia etc) with the following documents:

Details concerning the necessary documents:

1. Passports- Original Passports must be presented

2. Declaration of being single/divorce/widow/er

These declarations (or certificates) can be issued by the registry office/parish registry, the Ministry of Interior or by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the applicant's country or even relevant Embassy. The documents must be translated into Greek or English. Applicants who are holders of UK passports can make an oath in an affidavit before the relevant Official before the Registrar of a District Court of Cyprus or from a lawyer in England. The translated documents must be certified and signed by the above mentioned legal persons.

3. Divorce certificate

The divorce certificates must be proved by either a Court Order and translated into Greek or English. The certificates must be accompanied by an affidavit that the persons have not remarried.

4. Death certificate in case of widowhood

The death certificates, whether they are originals or certified copies, must be translated into Greek or English.

5. Birth certificate

The birth certificates whether they are originals or certified copies, must by translated into Greek or English.

6. Confirmation of being single/divorced issued by the Ministry of Interior Nicosia (for the Cypriots)

Cypriots wishing to have a civil wedding must produce the Marriage Officer with confirmation of being single/divorced that is issued by the Registrar at the Ministry of Interior Nicosia within a few days.

In order to be given the above confirmation by the Registrar Officer, the interested party should admit a sworn declaration of being single/divorced signed at a Court and the original divorce certificate that bears the seal that became absolute.

7. Certificate for Thalassaemia (for the Cypriots).

Cypriots wishing to have a civil wedding must produce a Thalassaemia certificate either from a public hospital or a private doctor.

Civil weddings between foreigners or foreigners with Cypriots can take place in either one of the two following ways:

  • By presenting notification of wedding

In this case, marriage cannot take place within the first 15 days from the date of notification and not later than three months from that date. The interested parties will therefore have to remain in Cyprus for at least 20 days.

  • Proceed with marriage before the lap of 15 days

The interested parties apply to the Mayor of the Municipality of their choice to register their marriage. In this way, a marriage can take place in 2-3 days. For such marriage, no special reason is required to be proven.

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