Civil Marriages in Cyprus

Civil marriages in Cyprus are laid down in the Marriage Law (N. 104(I)/2003).

Civil marriages can be occurred between Cypriot citizens, Cypriots with foreigners and between foreigners.

Interested parties, who would like to get married in Cyprus, they can get married at any Municipality they want at any city. However, before the marriage, the couple has to apply to the Municipality and produce all necessary documents required.

The couple has to obtain certificates of marital status as follows:

Cypriots and/or residents of Cyprus:

1.  Affidavit at a Registrar of the District Court of Nicosia
2. Statement from the Ministry of Interior (MIGRATION)
3. Divorce Certificate (Decree Absolute)
4. Death Certificate of Spouse
5. Copy of Birth Certificate
6. Passport
7. ID Card

In relation to the affidavit, which is needed for Cypriots, Europeans or Third Countries it has to describe the applicant’s marital status (single/ divorced/widowed) and the name of the person that the applicant intends to get married to. In case of divorce or widowhood it must be stated that the applicant has not been married since the divorce/death of his/her spouse. The affidavit is valid only for 1 month from its date of issue. The original document should be submitted to the Civil Weddings Registry with the application form in order to get the relevant non-marriage certificate.

In order to receive the certificate of non-marriage it is necessary that both applicants appear personally at the Civil Registry and Migration Department and submit the relevant application and original affidavit.  In case of divorced or widowed persons the relevant documents (finalized divorce papers or death certificate of spouse) should be presented. The non-marriage certificate is valid for 2 months from the date of issue. For further information, interested parties may visit the website of the Civil Registry and Migration Department.

Foreigners:

1. Recent Certificate of marital status from a Governmental Authority ( i.e.
Town Hall, Ministry of Interior, Registry Office, Embassy etc)
2. Birth Certificate
3. Divorce Certificate
4. Death Certificate of Spouse
5. Passport or European ID Card

Non-marriage  certificate (single/ divorced/widowed), for foreigners, is issued by the competent authority of the country of origin of the applicant. This certificate is valid for 6 months from the date of issue. In case this certificate is not issued in English it must be translated in English or Greek language. The original Non-marriage Certificate and the translated document must be presented together to our offices.

Furthermore, the non-marriage certificate must be duly certified as follows in case the country of origin of the applicant has signed the Hague Convention of 1961, it has to be certified with the Apostille stamp. In case the country of origin of the applicant has not signed the Hague Convention of 1961, it has to be certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of origin of the applicant and then by the Embassy/Consulate of Cyprus in his/her country. Or it can be certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of origin of the applicant and then by the Embassy/Consulate of that country in Cyprus and by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cyprus.

In relation to European and Third Counties original certificates are needed, translated in English or Greek language, by a formal authority in the country of origin of the applicant or by the Press and Information Office in Cyprus.

In case the applicant lives in Cyprus for 3 months or more the following documents must also be submitted:

  • Copy of Affidavit (instead of the original document that is referred on point no.2 of page 2) that clearly describes the applicant’s marital status (single/ divorced/widowed) and the name of the person that the applicant intends to get married to.

The affidavit is valid only for 1 month from its date of issue. The original document must be submitted to the Civil Weddings Registry with the application form in order to get the relevant Non-marriage certificate.

  • Original Non-marriage Certificate from the Civil Weddings Registrar
In order to receive the above mentioned certificate, it is necessary that both applicants appear personally to the Civil Registry and Migration Department and submit the relevant application and original affidavit.

In case of divorced or widowed persons the relevant documents (finalized divorce papers or death certificate of spouse) should be presented. 

The non-marriage certificate is valid for 2 months from the date of issue.

For further information, the applicant may visit the website of the Civil Registry and Migration Department.

Once the above required documents are submitted to the Municipality, the marriage procedure can take place 15 days after the day of the Notice of Marriage, but no later than three months.

If the couple has special reason for marrying early it will follow the Special procedure whereby they can get married the same day of their application or less than fifteen days.

In order for the marriage procedure to take place the couple has to pay an additional fee/amount to the Municipality.

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