Croatia is very popular as a tourist destination and is fast becoming a leading wedding destination too. And no wonder - with its historical cities and rugged coastline dotted with pretty islands, Croatia has plenty of gorgeous locations
in which to get married.
Below are the legalities for marrying in Croatia, to help you plan your ideal wedding abroad.
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Croatia Marriage Law Requirements
What are the legal requirements to get married in Croatia?
Legal age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women
Bride and Groom may not be related by blood, marriage or adoption
Two witnesses must be present who are over 18 years old.
How long do I have to be resident in Croatia before I can get married?
There's no set residency period in Croatia, but you will have to visit the
registrar a couple of days before your wedding.
Getting a marriage licence
You can obtain a Certificate of No Impediment in your home country or at your
Embassy in Croatia, but you can only obtain a Certificate de Coutume
(Certificate of Custom and Law) at your Embassy in Croatia (this may not be
needed, depending on the type of ceremony).
Once you have received your Certificate of No Impediment it must then be taken
to the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Zagreb to have the Embassy’s
signature verified. All documents below must then be submitted to the registrar
no later than 30 days before the ceremony.
What legal papers do I need to take with me?
Passports and photocopies
Photocopies of your witnesses passports
Full birth certificates issued no more than 3 months before the marriage with an
Certificate of No Impediment with apostille stamp
Certificate de Coutume which shows that the marriage will be valid in the UK,
confirms your passport number and states your citizenship (this may not be
If you have been divorced then your first marriage certificate and the final
divorce papers must be shown
If you are widowed then the death certificate of your previous spouse must be
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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Croatia Marriage Registrar's Office
Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Trg N. Š. Zrinskog 7 -8