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Documentation and Requirements for Marriage

Find out about the legal requirements for getting married in Greece...


A. Christian Orthodox

  • WEDDING APPLICATION (if it will be done through our agency then we need an authorization one from each spouse that we will act on your behalf. The application is accompanied by a fee which differs according to the area that you have selected for your marriage
  • WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT in a local newspaper (Greek one)
  • A copy of the newspaper in which the wedding notice was published is required. Wedding notices should be published in one of the local newspapers in the Greek language (the names should be phonetically written in Greek and not in Latin characters) before the application for a marriage license is submitted. Most newspapers have a form that you fill in with all information required for the announcement
  • FULL BIRTH CERTIFICATES (with both parents' names inside) with an APOSTILLE stamp.
  • CHRISTENING CERTIFICATES (that he/she is a Christian) – only if spouse is a foreigner
  • SINGLE STATUS LETTER or LETTER OF NO IMPEDIMENT (one for each spouse) with an APOSTILLE stamp. "Single Status" is a document issued from your local Registrar and insures that you are free to get married.
  • ΜARRIAGE FEE FROM THE IRS (18€)
  • DIVORCE CERTIFICATE (if you have been married previously)
  • DEATH CERTIFICATE, DEED POLL CERTIFICATE or ADOPTION CERTIFICATE (if appropriate)
  • PHOTOCOPIES of your passports

All documents must be translated into Greek.

Official translations can be obtained at the Translation Department of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 3 Voukourestiou Street, 3rd floor (entrance from ORVO Theater) in Athens. The translation may take up to a week to prepare.
Having all above mentioned documents, we then apply for the MARRIAGE LICENSE which will then be forwarded to the priest who will perform the ceremony.

After the wedding the marriage has to be registered at the Vital Statistics Office (Lixiarcheio) of the city performed (Ios Island).

This has to be done within 40 days following the ceremony.



B. Roman Catholic

  • FULL BIRTH & CHRISTENING CERTIFICATES (with both parents' names inside) with an APOSTILLE stamp, from the priest of their parish and not from the City Hall
  • CONFIRMATION & FREEDOM TO MARRY , from the priest of their parish and not from the City Hall
  • CONFIRMATION OF ANOINTMENT CERTIFICATE
  • COPIES OF PASSPORTS (Spouses & Witnesses)
  • PERMISSION OF THE BISHOP OF THE PARISH OF THE SPOUSES that they can get married in another country.
  • All documents must be original and have to be translated into Greek, either by the Greek Consulate in their country or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens and have to be completed at least two months prior to the ceremony


C. Mixed religious wedding (between an Orthodox & a Catholic)

The non-orthodox party to the marriage must obtain certificate of birth, baptism, and single status

letter or letter of no impediment from his or her church translated into Greek as well as an official

statement that the children from that marriage will be baptized Orthodox.



D. Civil Wedding

1. A passport or other travel document.

2. A certified copy of the birth certificate, along with an official translation.

Official translations can be obtained at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Translation

Department, 10 Arionos St., Athens, tel. 210 328-5712, 210-328-5716, 210 328-5717,

210-328-5764.

The translation may take up to a week to prepare.

3. If applicable, documentary evidence (death certificate or final/irrevocable divorce decree)

of the termination of all previous marriages along with an official translation.
Note: All documents (birth, death, divorce, etc.,) must be endorsed with an APOSTILLE

Certification,

4. Letter of no impediment or single status one for each spouse

5. Please note that the Certificates of Non-Impediment are issued by your local Registrars after

a 15 days notice. and are valid for 3 months only. Therefore, you must make sure that their

date of issue are less than 3 months before your wedding date.

6. A copy of the newspaper in which the wedding notice is published. Wedding notices should be

published in one of the local newspapers in the Greek language (the names should be

phonetically written in Greek and not in Latin Characters) before the application for a marriage

license is submitted. In small towns where newspapers are not published, notices are posted

by the mayor or president of the community at the City Hall or Community Office.



E. Civil Marriages

The above mentioned documents must be taken in person to the City Hall (Demarcheio) or the President of the Community (Proedros Koinotitas) where the applicant resides to apply for a marriage license.

If both the bride and the groom are foreign nationals, each must submit a set of documents. The marriage license is issued seven days after the submission of the application and is good for six months.

The civil ceremony may be performed anywhere in Ios Island.
Upon issuance of the marriage license, the concerned persons must jointly submit another application to the Mayor or President of the Community where they will marry. This official then sets the date for the wedding ceremony. Two witnesses, provided by the marrying couple, must attend the wedding ceremony, one of whom will act as an interpreter. Witnesses should have their passports or Greek identification card with them.



F. Other (Protestant, Jewish, Hindu etc)

Registration of a marriage:


Marriages in Greece are not registered at the Embassy, but instead at the Vital Statistics Office (Lixiarcheio) of the city where performed. This applies to all marriages, whether civil or religious, and must be done within 40 days following the ceremony.

After 40 days are up to 90 days, the marriage can only be registered with the payment of revenue stamps. After 90 days, the marriage can only be registered with the District Attorneys' authorization (addressed to the Registrar of the Office of Vital Statistics) and the payment of revenue stamps. Marriages can be registered by either spouse, or by a third party who is in possession of a power-of-attorney signed before a Greek Notary Public giving him/her authority to take all steps necessary to effect registration of the marriage.

Marriages which are not registered have no legal validity.

Please note:
Every country has different documentation – so you should consult the Community

of Ios Island.