From our wedding planners
Due to Brexit, there have been some further changes to the paperwork required,
Below is the VERY LATEST INFORMATION - ISSUED 23.06.22
Full Birth certificates that show your parents names
A valid passport
Photocopies of your Witnesses Passports.
A Certificate of No Impediment (CONI)” issued by your local registry office. (Not via the .gov website) with an apostille stamp from the UK.gov
IF YOU CANT GET A CONI Statutory Declaration signed and stamped by a UK solicitor or Notary Public. This must also be apostille stamped by the U“K GOV.
The Statutory Declaration or CONI document is only valid for 3 months and must be valid on the date of your wedding so cant be done before this time.
IF EITHER PARTY IS DIVORCED: Your original Decree Absolute or a certified copy with apostille stamp
IF EITHER PARTY IS WIDOWED: Your original marriage certificate with apostille stamp Death certificates of the deceased spouse.with apostille stamp
IF EITHER PARTY HAS CHANGED THEIR NAME: Deed Poll Certificate with apostille stamp
CAN’T GET A CONI DON'T WORRY - USE A STATUTORY DECLARATION
I'm getting this a lot it appears that only some registry offices are prepared to do them some quote back to the gov website where they still refer to the commonwealth country notice, yet our Ministry of Foreign affairs is asking for it so until this is sorted out, the Town Hall you are getting married with will accept the Statutory Declaration signed and stamped by a UK solicitor or Notary Public. This must also be apostille stamped by the UK GOV.
Below are templates you can use, please use one each.
CLICK HERE for a standard template
CLICK HERE for a template if the bride has been married before and has reverted back to her maiden name
CLICK HERE for a template if the either the bride or groom and has changed his or her name via deed poll
NOTARY OR SOLICITOR?
It can be a solicitor as long as they are registered with the legalisation office or it can be an notary.
You’ll find usually the solicitor is the cheaper option.
HAVE YOU BREEN MARRIED BEFORE?
I’ve been reading that many of you have been having issues getting the apostille stamp on your Decree Absolute due to it needing a “wet seal” So I’ve been chatting to Simon at MSC Solicitors and Notaries and he shared the follow advice.
Essentially if the decree is signed by someone at the court or has a red ink stamp of the court then, (called the wet seal) provided they submit the original to the FCO, they can get it apostillled directly.
If the decree has a black stamp/seal of the court (this is the case for most of them) then it will need to be certified/notarised by a notary before it can be apostillled.
Need help with your apostille stamp contact Simon and his team for a swift and efficient service.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TOWN HALL WILL KEEP YOUR DECREE ABSOLUTES SO IF YOU WANT TO KEEP A COPY THEN PLEASE ARRANGE TO TAKE A PHOTOCOPY BEFORE COMING TO CYPRUS.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN MARRIED BEFORE AND REVERTED BACK TO YOUR BIRTH / MAIDEN NAME THEN PLEASE MAKE SURE THIS IS COVERED WHEN YOU DO YOUR STATUTORY DECLARATION - CLICK HERE for the template
HAVE CHANGED YOUR NAME BY DEED POLL BEFORE?
Rather than getting your original apostille stamped we suggest getting notarised true copy and getting this apostille stamped so you will always have your original.
HOW AND WHERE TO GET THE APPOSTILE STAMP
Apply directly to the UK gov this can take upto 4 weeks sometimes longer - the current cost is £30 per document https://www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised...this is taking approx 5 to 6 weeks with the current backlog.
If you prefer to have some assistance with this and get the documents back much quicker we have found a specialist agent who can assist you. Please quote Tie the Knot Cyprus when contacting the agent so you get a special rate starting from €50 to £70 depending on how many documents you have to get stamped plus any courier fee’s
If you prefer you can find a local agent who specialises in this service to help you with this. Companies such as https://www.hagueapostille.co.uk/