A fast growing wedding destination, Turkey offers some great locations to exchange your vows. Castles, palaces, luxury hotels and some great views over the Mediterranean await you. And there are plenty of wedding organisers here who can help.
Below are the legalities for marrying in Turkey, to help you plan your ideal wedding abroad.
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Turkey Marriage Law Requirements
What are the legal requirements to get married in Turkey?
Legal age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women. If under 18 years old then parental consent is required.
Bride and Groom may not be related.
Two witnesses are required.
Only a civil ceremony is recognised in Turkey.
How long do I have to be resident in Turkey before I can get married?
There are no residency requirements to get married in Turkey.
Getting a marriage licence
You must obtain an affidavit from a legal representative in your home country stating that you are free to marry.
Certain areas/resorts may require medial examinations/blood tests before the ceremony.
What legal papers do I need to take with me?
Passports with at least 6 months' validity left on them.
Full birth certificates.
Affidavit stating you are free to marry.
Six recent colour photos of the bride and groom.
If you have been divorced then the final divorce papers must be shown.
If you are widowed then the death certificate of your previous spouse must be
a divorced woman may have to wait 300 days after her divorce before she can remarry.
All documents should be legalised with an apostille, translated by an approved translator and notarised.
Please note: this information is for guidance purposes only and liable to change without notice. Please check with your wedding planner in resort or the relevant embassy of the country in which you intend to marry for up to date details before you marry.
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Turkey Marriage Registrar's Office
Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Dr. Sadik Ahmet Cad. No:8 Balgat
Phone: +90 (312) 292 10 00