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Paphos - Cyprus Legal Issues
It is straightforward for British and Irish citizens to get married in
and the marriage will be completely legal in the UK and Ireland. There are
however, a number of criteria that by Cyprus Law you must meet
before the marriage can take place in Paphos.
Scottish nationals must obtain a Certificate of No Impediment from
the local registry office in place of the Declaration.
You must bring photocopies of the two witnesses passport with you.
You must have the origianl Decree Absolute document if you are divorced, and
if you are Catholic, the marriage annulment. Once you are married the Registrar will keep the original Decree Absolute, so if you think you may need a copy of this in the future, please make sure that you make any required copies before you arrive in Paphos, Cyprus.
You are legally required to have 2 witnesses to your marriage ceremony. If you do not have any guests who can act as witnesses we can provide them for you.
All documents must be the originals, copies will not be accepted. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct papers, failure to do so may result in the cancellation of the wedding for which we cannot be held liable.
In order to have an Paphos Anglican Church wedding, either the bride or the groom must have been baptised or possess a christening certificate. Both parties in a Catholic wedding must have a baptismal certificate. it is possible for a non-Catholic to marry a Catholic in a Catholic church, please contact us for details. The paperwork for a Catholic wedding does take longer so the couple should start their Pre-nuptial Inquiry process with their local priest at least 6 months before the wedding.
Non British Nationals
It is possible for people from countries other than the UK and Ireland to marry in Cyprus, and every year we arrange weddings for couples from a widerange of different countries inlcuding Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Lebanon, Israel, Poland, Czech Republic, USA and many others. The paperwork requirements for each individual country do differ, and documents from non Greek or English speaking countries will have to be translated into English by a certified translator. Please contact us for full details. Please note that ceremonies are conducted in English so couples must have basic understanding of spoken English. For non English couples we can also arrange for the marriage certificate to be taken to the Embassy in Nicosia to obtain Apostille stamps - this is necessary for countries like Russia.
Document Checking Service
To ensure that there are no legal problems, we must receive copies of all relevant documents 6 weeks before your wedding which will give us sufficient time to check them, If we have any doubts about the documents we will take them to the Town Hall to be checked by the marriage officer to ensure that the documents are acceptable. You must bring all the original documents with you as copies will not be accepted by the Town Halls. It is a good idea to carry these documents with you on the plane, to minimise the risk of them going astray. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct legal paperwork with you, If you fail to bring it the marriage may not take place.
If you wish to arrange a wedding in Paphos at the last minute we will of course try to fulfil your wishes.
Wedding License Applications
A few days before the wedding we will send your license application form to the appropriate town hall so they can prepare your file in advance.
When you arrive in Paphos, Cyprus your wedding co-ordinator will meet you and will then take you to the Town Hall to obtain your special Marriage Licence. There will be
paperwork to sign, and you will need to provide details of your two
witnesses, including their passport numbers. If you do not have any
witnesses we can provide them for you. Please check all the details
carefully as this information will go onto your marriage certificate
and cannot be corrected later. If you are
having a Paphos Church wedding (Anglican) then a Certificate of Notification will be
issued to your wedding co-ordinator and she will hand it to the Paphos Church. At the wedding you will be given your
marriage certificate immdiately afer the ceremony. it is possible to request additional copies of the marriage certificate for a small additional charge- please notify us in advance if you require copies.
The Paphos Wedding Company