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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Cuba Marriage Law Requirements
What are the legal requirements to 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?
Three working days.
Getting 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
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?
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.