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Basic Legal Requirements for Destination Weddings

Country

Application

Notice period

Residency period

Waiting period

Language

Anguilla

 

in person

none

none

approx. 2 days on island

English

Antigua

 

in person

none

none

 

English

Aruba

 

residents only

       

Australia

 

mail

31 days

none

none

English

Austria

 

in person or mail

 

     

German

Bahamas

 

in person

none

1 day

 

English

Bali

 

in person

 

       

Barbados

 

in person

none

none

none

English

Belgium

 

in person

none

yes

10 days

Dutch French or German

Belize

 

in person

none

3 days

   

Brazil

 

       

Portuguese

British Virgin Islands

 

in person

none

3 business days

2 days approx.

 

Cayman Islands

 

in person

none

none

none 

English

Czech Republic

 

mail or in person

 none none  none  Czech/English 

England

 

in person

none

1 person 15 days

3 days

English

Fiji

 

in person

none

none

approx 1 day

 

France

 

in person

none

40 days

 

French

Germany

 

in person

     

German

Greece

 

   

none

approx 7 days

Greek

Hong Kong

 

mail

15  days

none

none

English or Chinese

Ireland, Northern

 

in person

none

15 days

7 days

 

Ireland, Republic

 

mail

3 months

15 days for one person, 7 days for the other

8 days

 

Italy

 

in person

none

none

3-5 business days

Italian

Malta

 

mail

 

       

Mauritius

 

in person

none

3 days

   

Mexico

 

in person

no

   

Spanish

Netherlands

 

residents only

       

New Caledonia

in person

none

1 month (1 person)

 

French

New Zealand

 

mail

 
 

none

 

English

Scotland

 

mail

minimum 15 days preferably 4-6 weeks

none one party must collect marriage license in person

none

English

South Africa

         

Spain

 

mail

none

none

up to 8 weeks

Spanish

Sweden

 

mail

 

none

   

Switzerland

 

   

none

approx. 2-5 weeks

German, French or Italian

Turks & Caicos  Islands

in person

 

1 day

 

2-3 days

 

 
USVI

 

in person

 

   

8 days

 

 

Wales

 

in person

none

1 person 15 days

3 days

English

Please note:  The information provided above is to be used only as a guide.  We advise in all cases that you contact the relevant official government offices of the destination at which you choose to marry, for up to date legal requirements, before booking your wedding.  

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