Getting married in Cyprus is not difficult however make it your priority to fully understand the legal requirements.
The following information is intended to be a starting point and guideline only.
Although much care and effort has been taken to ensure the information provided is correct please do not take it as legal advice. I strongly advise you to consult the Embassy or High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus for first hand information.
You can legally get married in Cyprus but you must make your marriage application in person to the Marriage Officer at the Municipality of your choice after you arrive in Cyprus.
You must be resident in Cyprus for 3 clear working days prior to your wedding day.
Note: the 3 days is only applicable if you apply to the Marriage Officer for the issue of a Special Licence. If you do not apply for the special licence your marriage cannot be celebrated until 15 clear days after you submit your Notice of Marriage and you will need to be resident in Cyprus for approximately 20 days.
All documents must be original and taken with you to Cyprus.
Sophie who got married in Cyprus found out the hard way. "When we went to the town hall to hand in our documents and it turned out I only had the copy of my divorce papers and not the original. So I had to get my solicitor to Fed-Ex it out to us. Therefore I would definitely recommend that couples make sure they have the correct paperwork".
Cost: 282 euros
After your wedding ceremony you will be issued with a Certificate of Marriage. If you require additional certified copies they can be obtained for 13.69 euros.
According to Cypriot Law, the Marriage Officer will forward a certified copy of your Certificate of Marriage to the Embassy or the Consulate of your home country (if they are located in Cyprus).
If you are planning a religious ceremony the same procedure needs to be followed as stated above but in addition you will need to contact the Registered Minister of the Church where you plan to get married to make the extra arrangements required for a religious ceremony.
Note: A Catholic ceremony is not legally binding unless you first have a civil wedding ceremony.
The fee to have a Catholic ceremony is 600 euros. This includes the wedding licence fee and the cost of the Priest.
If you have an Anglican wedding ceremony you are not required to have a civil wedding ceremony.
The fee for an Anglican wedding in 630 euros. This includes a 'Form B' you have to apply and pay for at the registrar office which is 282 euros and the cost of the Priest.
Detailed information may be obtained directly from any Municipality or from the Union of Cyprus Municipalities.
P.O. Box 22033, CY 1516 Lefkosia (Nicosia)
Tel : +357 22 66 91 50
Fax: +357 22 67 72 30