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In order to marry in Cyprus there are certain legal requirements needed.

Residency – there are no longer restrictions on the length of time you need to be resident prior to a marriage, but it is advisable that you ensure 3 days residency prior to a civil wedding and 5 days residency prior to a church wedding. This ensures that you can fit in the meetings you need to have and the completion of the documentation you need.

10 year passports, with at least 6 months validity following the return date for the bride and groom.

Full birth certificates for the bride and groom, not the shortened version.

Adoption certificates where appropriate.

For divorced people, decree absolute. (For Catholic ceremonies divorcees may only remarry if their marriage has been annulled and not simply divorced.)

For widows or widowers, death certificates for former spouses.

If aged under 18 - a legal letter of consent from parent or guardian, stamped and signed by a solicitor.

Affadavits/Statutory Declarations for UK passport holders, endorsed by a solicitor. (One each for the bride and the groom - not a joint one.) Should be obtained no earlier than 3 months prior to the wedding date. See template below.

For Irish citizens - a 'Freedom to Marry' certificate, from the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland or the Irish Embassy of England. Be aware - these can take some time to come through, so apply no later than 6 weeks before expected travel date!

For non-UK citizens - a signed letter from your consulate, OR from the town where your birth was registered, stating (similar to the affadavit) that you are single and free to marry is required

If names have been changed by deed poll - legal proof, stamped & signed by a solicitor

You will need to be prepared to submit details of your address in Cyprus, your home (permanent) address and your parents’ names.
For Anglican ceremonies - at least one baptism certificate, for Catholic ceremonies - both bride and groom preferably need baptism certificates. For any advice on this, please contact us by email
The 2 witnesses should produce their passports. ( Some sites may tell you this is unnecessary, but unless you have booked your ceremony through a coordinator who will arrange your licence arrangements in advance, and require you to provide witness' information in advance, you will need either your witnesses' passports or photocopies of same! )

A special licence which will cost Cy£165 . For church ceremonies there will be additional costs - for Anglican ceremonies a cost of Cy300 and for Catholic ceremonies Cy250 - these sums are paid directly to the church of your choice.

Dress code for the Civil Ceremony – NOT a legal requirement, but at least smart/casual – no tshirts/vests/bikinis/shorts!
Attendance at a curch ceremony prior to the wedding - obviously for those marrying in church. This is a courtesy which will be expected in Cyprus.
The ceremony and the paperwork including the Marriage Certificate will be conducted/issued in English and two witnesses will be required for the ceremony.

Should you require further copies of your marriage certificate (for many further name changes in the UK, original certificates are often required) then arrange for these to be issued before you return to the UK, it's quicker and easier!

Your marriage will be conducted under the laws of Cyprus, therefore there is no requirement to have bans read in your parish church(es) in England prior to the wedding.

Weddings are held in the churches in Paphos as follows:-

St George's Chapel St Paul's

Monday Catholic Anglican

Tuesday Catholic Anglican

Wednesday Anglican Catholic

Thursday Anglican Catholic

Friday Anglican Catholic

Services are conducted on the hour from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Anglican ceremonies usually take approximately 30 minutes and Catholic ceremonies up to 1 hour.

Currently pre-wedding meeetings are held as follows:-

Anglican ceremonies - for weddings to be held on a Monday or a Tuesday at Ayia Kyriaki, St Paul's, the meeting will be held at the church hall on the previous Sunday afternoon. For weddings to be held at St Georges's Chapel on a Wednesday or a Thursday, the m eeting will be held in the reception area of the St George's Hotel on the previous Tuesday morning. For weddings to be held at St George's Chapel on Fridays, the m eeting will be held in the reception area of the Ste George's Hotel on the previous Thursday morning.
Catholic ceremonies - Suzie Allen will contact you on your arrival to arrange your meeting.
Given the number of weddings now being held in Paphos, punctuality at these meetings is essential!

Some useful numbers:

Anglican Church Co-ordinator Helen Smith 00357 26 953044, mobile 00357 99 941532 , email anglicancofp@cytanet.com.cy

Catholic Church Co-ordinator, Suzi Allen - mobile - 00357 99 613715

Paphos Town Hall – Lia, 00357 26 82 22353, fax - 00357 26 822364

Pegeia Municipality: Maria, 00357 26 621244

Geroskipou Municipality 26 962324 or 26 961803, fax - 26 961247, email - geroskipou@cytanet.com.cy

web address - www.geroskipou.com

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Template for affidavit/Statutory Declaration For Divorced Persons.

Statutory Declaration

My full name is ....................................

I reside at.............................................................. ............................................................................................................................

My nationality is ..............................

My occupation is that of .................................

My religion is........................................................

My Passport number is .....................................

I ....................................................... declare that I am divorced as per divorce certificate No. ..............

as of .......................

During my previous marriage I was known as ....................................................................

I understand that I am single and free to contract marriage according to the legal requirements in Cyprus and I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing the same to be true and by virtue of the provisions of the Statutory Declarations Act 1835

Signed.........................................

Solicitor Signature..............................................................

Date....................................

Solicitors Stamp or Seal


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Affidavit/Statutory Declaration for Single Persons

Statutory Declaration

My full name is ....................................

I reside at.............................................................. .............................................................. ..............................................................

My nationality is ..............................

My occupation is that of .................................

My religion is.........................................................

My Passport number is .....................................

I declare that I am of single status and free to contract marriage according to the legal requirements in Cyprus and I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing the same to be true and by virtue of the provisions of the Statutory Declarations Act 1835

Signed...................................................

Solicitor Signature.................................................

Date..................................

Solicitors Stamp or Seal


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