The legal requirements for getting married in Turkey are relatively simple and straight forward.
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 Turkish Embassy for first hand information.
Marriages performed in Turkey are internationally recognised and legally binding.
There are no minimum residency requirements, providing that you obtain a Certificate of No Impediment from the relevant authority in your country of residence. However, I would suggest arriving at least three working days prior to your proposed wedding date to allow sufficient time for your Certificate of No Impediment and other relevant documents to be translated and authenticated.
If you have not obtained this document then you will be required to be resident in Turkey for 21 days prior to applying for a Certificate of No Impediment, and a further 21 days for the relevant documentation to be issued. Therefore, you will need to allow a minimum of 42 days from the time you apply for the necessary documentation to the day of your wedding ceremony.
Foreign nationals wishing to marry in Turkey are required to:
All documentation is required to be original and translated into Turkish by the relevant authorities. It is advisable that your Certificate of No Impediment is not issued more than three months prior to your wedding day.
Please Note: Although for most countries Certificates of No Impediment don't have an expiry date has such, those issued by certain countries are only valid for three months after the date of issue.
The following documentation for both the bride and groom is required to be presented when applying for a marriage licence in Turkey.
If a woman has been previously married she must wait three hundred days following divorce, annulment or widowhood before being allowed to remarry.
Depending on the area in which you are getting married you may be required to have a medical examination and a blood test, prior to the ceremony taking place.
You may be required to provide written confirmation by your hotel of your dates of stay.
Civil marriages performed by an authorized marriage officer are the only legally binding type of ceremony. If you would like to have a religious ceremony you must first have a civil ceremony.
For further information on the legal requirements for getting married in Turkey please contact the Turkish Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence.
Turkish Embassy in the UK
Turkish Embassy in Ireland
Turkish Embassy in Australia
Turkish Embassy in New Zealand
Turkish Embassy in the USA
Turkish Embassy in Canada
Turkish Embassy in South Africa
In addition, contact your country's Embassy in Turkey:
British Embassy in Turkey
Irish Embassy in Turkey
Australian Embassy in Turkey
New Zealand Embassy in Turkey
American Embassy in Turkey
Canadian Embassy in Turkey
South African Embassy in Turkey
I would highly recommend you employ the services of a Wedding Planner or Turkish Travel Specialist to help deal with the paperwork and legalities. If you choose to make an application for a wedding licence yourself, you will need to make provisions to ensure your documentation is correctly submitted and lodged on time.
If you are planning your own destination wedding in Turkey but do not feel comfortable arranging the legalities then the perfect option may be a combination of organising it yourself and using a wedding planner.
Many wedding planners in Turkey will happily sort out the paperwork to ensure your marriage is legal and charge you a one-off fee for doing this. You will not be under any obligation to use their services for organising any other part of your wedding.
You will then have the confidence that your marriage will be legal and you can organise the rest of your wedding however you desire.
Requirements are subject to change in accordance with the laws of Turkey. Information updated as at June 2013