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How to Marry in Cuba

Cuba used to be a leading destination for weddings, although it has become more difficult to legally marry there in recent times and many tour operators have stopped offering legal weddings. Usually your wedding planner will help you with the paperwork, as you will need to submit it ahead of time, and don't forget to legalise the documents and translate them into Spanish.

Alternatively you could always have a blessing or non legal ceremony in Cuba and do the legal bit at home, which is usually easier and more fun when you're actually in Cuba!
Below are the legalities for marrying in Cuba.

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How Do I Get Married in Cuba?

Legal age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women.
Bride and Groom may not be related by blood, marriage or adoption.


How long do I have to be resident in Cuba before I can get married?

You must be in Cuba for three working days before you can get married.


How Do I Get a Marriage Licence?

You must apply for a marriage licence at the Ministry of National Security, this can be done through your wedding planner and can take up to four weeks to process
You must be able to state the full names of both your parents as well as yourselves on the application form and send in the documents below.
A Certificate of No Impediment can be issued only after banns have been posted for 21 days.


What Legal Papers do I Need to Take with Me?

Birth Certificates.
Cuban Tourist Card.
Certificate of No Impediment.
List your full names, addresses, occupations, level of education, nationalities, and the full names of your parents, and attach a copy of the photo page of your passport to this list.
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 shown as well as your previous Marriage Certificate.
All documents must be translated into Spanish, notarised, and then legalised by the Cuban consul in your home country. A copy of every document should be faxed to your hotel in Cuba at least 3 weeks before the ceremony.


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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Send the documents above to your hotel or wedding

planner and they will finalise the paperwork.