Lakatamia Municipality

Citizen's Guide

CIVIL MARRIAGES

Civil marriages can be solemnized at Lakatamia Municipality according to the Marriage Law 104(I)/2003, with its amendments. Interested parties must apply in person at the Municipality, in order to get information regarding the necessary documents needed to solemnize a Civil Marriage and in order to sign all the necessary statements (Notice of Marriage).

Civil Marriages can be solemnized between Cypriots, Europeans and Foreigners.

Procedures for civil marriages

There are two kinds of procedures for conducting a Civil Marriage:

(1) Normal procedure (Notice of marriage) (costs €128.15)

With the normal procedure the couple can get married after fifteen (15) days from the day of signing the Notice of Marriage, but not later than the period of three (3) months.

(2) Special License procedure (costs €281.92)

If the couple, for any reason, wishes to get married before the 15 day period is over (with a special license procedure), and as long as the Marriage Officer accepts that the reason is eligible, then the civil marriage can take place on the same day of the application or in less than fifteen (15) days.

General information

The ceremony of the marriage is very simple and it usually takes about 10-15 minutes, in the presence of two witnesses. After the marriage ceremony, the original certificate (signed from the Marriage Officer) is given to the couple. For more certified copies the couple may apply at Lakatamia Municipality and at the Registrar’s Office at the Ministry of Interior. Each certified copy costs €13.67.

In order to perform a Civil Marriage each party of the intended marriage, must be over 18 years of age. Civil marriages can be performed with underage citizens (as long as they are over 16 years of age), only with the written consent of the parents or the legal guardian, which must be presented to the Marriage Officer on their application.

In case any of the persons who wish to proceed with a Civil Marriage does not speak / understand English or Greek fluently, they have to notify and pay an official translator.

Civil Marriages can be performed during working days (Monday to Friday), between 8:30 a.m. and 13:30 p.m.

For any further information concerning civil marriages, contact, during working hours:

(a) Mrs Maria Kyprianou, tel. 22364081, or

(b) Mrs Egli Demosthenous, tel. 22364012, or

(c) Mrs Yianna Tembrioti, tel. 22364017

Documents / certificates required for Civil Marriages:

Cypriots

  1. Identity Card or Passport
  2. Birth Certificate
  3. Affidavit from the Registrar of the District Court, which clearly describes his marital status (single/divorced/widow). In case of divorce or widowhood must be stated that the applicant has not been married since the divorce/death of his / her spouse. The Affidavit should also state the name of the person with whom he / she intends to get married. (valid only for 1 month from its date of issue).
  4. Non Impediment Certificate (valid only for 2 months from its date of issue), from the District Administration Office, after presenting the Affidavit of the marital status taken from the District Court.
  5. In case of a divorce, an original Divorce Certificate (Decree Absolute) is needed.
  6. In case of widows / widowers, an original Death Certificate is needed.
  7. Thalassaemia Hematologic Diagnosis Certificate

Europeans

  1. Identity Card or Passport
  2. Birth Certificate
  3. Valid Registration Certificate (Yellow Slip)
  4. Affidavit from the Registrar of the District Court, which clearly describes his/ her marital status (single/divorced/widow). In case of divorce or widowhood must be stated that the applicant has not been married since the divorce / death of his / her spouse. The Affidavit should also state the name of the person with whom he/ she intends to get married. (valid only for 1 month from its date of issue).
  5. Non-marriage certificate from the competent authority of their country of origin, officially translated in Greek or English and duly certified.
  6. In case of divorce, an original Divorce Certificate (final) is needed, officially translated in Greek or English and duly certified.
  7. In case of widows/widowers, an original Death Certificate is needed, officially translated in Greek or English and duly certified.

Foreigners

  1. Passport
  2. Birth Certificate
  3. Valid Residence Permit
  4. Non-marriage certificate from the competent authority of their country of origin, officially translated in Greek or English and duly certified (Valid for 6 months from its date of issue). *
  5. Affidavit from the Registrar of the District Court, which clearly describes his / her marital status (single/divorced/widow). In case of divorce or widowhood must be stated that the applicant has not been married since the divorce / death of his / her spouse. The Affidavit should also state the name of the person with whom he / she intends to get married. (Valid for 1 month from its date of issue).
  6. In case of foreigners who live in Cyprus for more than 3 months, a Non Impediment Certificate from the Civil Registry and Migration Department of the Ministry of Interior is needed (valid for 2 months from its date of issue).
  7. In case of divorce, an original Divorce Certificate (final) is needed, officially translated in Greek or English and duly certified.
  8. In case of widows/widowers, an original Death Certificate is needed, officially translated in Greek or English and duly certified.

* In the cases of Ukrainian and British citizens, their Non-marriage certificates can be issued as follows:

  • In case of Ukrainian Citizens
  • Ukrainian citizens should obtain a Non-marriage certificate or confirmation, issued by the local authority of their country. This document must be faxed to the Embassy of Ukraine in Cyprus. The Consular Affairs Office of the Ukrainian Embassy will then issue, sign and stamp a Certificate of Marriage non-impediment Certificate, which must be presented together with the faxed document.
  • In case of British Citizens
  • British citizens must submit a Marriage non-impediment Certificate, issued either by the General Register Office or the local Authority of the area they reside. This certificate should be sealed with an Apostille stamp. Furthermore, they must submit an Affidavit stating that they are not married.

Note:

All of the above certificates must be original, recent and formally translated in English or Greek from a formal Authority from their country of origin, or they must be translated at the Cyprus Press and Information Office (P.I.O.).

Furthermore, the above certificates must be duly certified as follows:

  • with an Apostille stamp, if the country has signed the Hague Convention of 1961,
  • In case the country of origin of the applicant has not signed the Hague Convention of 1961: To be certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of origin of the applicant and then by the Embassy/Consulate of Cyprus in his/her country, or
    to be certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of origin of the applicant and then by the Embassy/Consulate of that country in Cyprus and by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cyprus,
  • In case there is no Embassy/Consulate of Cyprus in the country of origin of the applicant, the documents should be certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of that country and by the nearest Embassy/Consulate which is accredited to Cyprus.

Useful Contacts:

  • District Court (Affidavit):
    Tel.: 22865527 or 22865515
    Charalambou Mouskou str., Nicosia.
  • Civil Marriages Registry (Non Impediment Certificate):
    Tel.: 22804466 or 22804522
    The Registry for Civil Marriages comes under the Civil Registry and Migration Department (Ministry of Interior) and can be found at 90 Makariou Avenue,  Nicosia – tel. 22804466 or 22804522
  • District Administration Office (Non Impediment Certificate):
    Tel.: 22804304
    2 Alkaiou str., 1458 Nicosia
  • Press and Information Office (Translations)
    Tel.: 22801130/ 132/ 133/ 134
    Apelli str., 1456 Nicosia
  • Thalassaemia Centre (Thalassaemia Hematologic Diagnosis Certificate):
    Τel.: 22405000
    Arch. Makarios III Hospital, Akropolis Ave., 2007 Strovolos

REGULATION (EU) 2016/1191 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

This Regulation shall apply to public documents issued by the authorities of a Member State in accordance with its national law, which must be submitted to the authorities of another Member State and whose primary purpose is to attest to one or more events, including marriages. Under the above regulation, which promotes the free movement of citizens, certain public documents and their certified copies are exempt from validation and formalization of the Apostille within the EU from 16 February 2019. For more information click here.