Everything you need to know
When getting married in the Seychelles, you are able to choose between either a civil or religious (Roman Catholic or Anglican) marriage.
There are certain legal requirements for civil marriage in Seychelles. Furthermore, to ensure the process is free of any hurdles, the necessary documents must be provided.
The following are legal requirements and must be fulfilled:
My partner is not South African and we are getting married in the Seychelles
Should you be getting married to a foreign citizen, there are certain documents that they will be required to present.
A Wohnsitzbescheinigung (a Swiss residence certificate) is required for Swiss Citizens getting married in the Seychelles. Additionally, a copy of their certificate of Domicile and Personenstandsausweis (a certificate of civil status) along with a legal document which proves that there is no lawful impediment.
If a person is unable to obtain any of the above, an affidavit which serves as a declaration of domicile must be signed in the presence of the Honorary Swiss Consul in Seychelles as part of the marriage.
Faxed copies are not accepted for the marriage registration process and an additional cost will apply in order for the Swiss Consulate to process the wedding documents.
French citizens are required to make attestations at the French Embassy. This should be done before their marriage. In very specific circumstances this stipulation may be waived and the consular official may accept formalities being made after the wedding has taken place.
Each party is required to produce a copy of their Identification cards, a passport photograph for registration purposes as well as an official family record book.
Notarised copies of all relevant documents which have been translated in French are also required for any party who is not of French nationality.
Only when at least one party is a French national is the French Embassy in the Seychelles able to register the marriage. Should both parties be of foreign nationality, any application for registration should be addressed to their own Consulate or Embassy.
All documents must be sent to the French Embassy at least two months before the date of the wedding as upcoming weddings must be published in France.
Contact us for more information regarding the legal process of getting married in the Seychelles and how we can assist you and your partner.
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