Civil Marriage in Cyprus
The following information is provided by the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia for U.S. citizens wishing to marry in Cyprus.
To marry in Cyprus, U.S. citizens and other foreign nationals must apply personally for a marriage license at the office of the municipality (mayor’s office) where they intend to marry.
While there are no specific residency requirements for foreign nationals wishing to marry in Cyprus, there is typically a fifteen-day waiting period. It is possible to avoid this delay by applying to the Minister of the Interior for a special marriage license allowing the marriage to take place in three days.
The following documents are usually required:
- – A valid passport which may be presented as proof of identity, age and nationality;
- – Proof of termination of any previous marriages;
- – Proof that they are single; Confirmation by the competent authority of the foreign nationals’ country that he or she is legally free to marry.
1. a) U.S. citizens that plan to get married to an EU national in Cyprus or plan to reside in Cyprus after their marriage, should note that national authorities may request a “Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage,” attesting that they are single and free to marry, issued by an official in the United States and certified by an apostille. We strongly recommend U.S. citizens contact their Secretary of State’s office (or other relevant authority) to obtain this document prior to coming to the Republic of Cyprus. The document must be issued no more than 90 days prior to the marriage. Many U.S. states do not issue this type of certificate. In such cases we recommend you request from your state authority a statement that such certificate is not issued and certify it by an apostille.
b) U.S. citizens that plan to get married to a non EU citizen and do not intend to reside in Cyprus can obtain an affidavit of marriage from US Embassy Nicosia. In these cases local municipalities usually accept the affidavit of marriage issued at the US Embassy Nicosia.
2. Written consent of the father (or mother if the father is dead, or legal guardian if both parents are dead) for either party of the intended marriage who is under the age of eighteen and not widowed.
For further information you can contact the Municipality in the town where you intend to marry.
For those who wish to have a religious ceremony, we strongly advise them to have the civil ceremony in addition to the church wedding, particularly if one partner is a non-U.S. citizen and who will be applying for an immigrant visa after the marriage.