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How to Marry in Egypt

Egypt is growing as a wedding abroad location due to its excellent weather, historical beauty and popularity with visitors of all nationalities. Just think - Egypt is home to the Nile, the incredible Valley of the Kings, and one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Pyramids, what an amazing country to get married in!

Getting married abroad here can be difficult if you try to do it on your own, so use a wedding planner to take care of all the details.
Below are the legalities for marrying in Egypt, to help you plan your ideal wedding abroad.

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Egypt Marriage Law Requirements

What are the legal requirements to get married in Egypt?
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 male witnesses with proof of identity are required.


How long do I have to be resident in Egypt before I can get married?
There are no residency requirements however it will take at least 2 or 3 working days to arrange the paperwork in Egypt before you can get married.


Getting a marriage licence
If you have been divorced, you must have any previous divorce papers legalised at the Legalisation Office in London before leaving the UK. A fee will be charged. You must then have the legalised papers translated into Arabic at the Translation Department of the Egyptian Ministry of Justice in Cairo. You must then take the translated papers to the UK Embassy in Cairo to be legalised and united to the translation. This can be done at the same time as making your statutory declaration.


What legal papers do I need to take with me?
You must take the papers mentioned below to the UK embassy in Cairo in order to make a statutory declaration before a consular official that you are free to marry. A fee will be charged.
The statutory declaration is valid for 1 month.
You must then take your statutory declaration to the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be legalised.
Once your declaration has been legalised you can then take the papers below to the Notary Public’s Office at the Ministry of Justice in Cairo for a civil ceremony. The ceremony will be conducted in Arabic so you may wish to bring an interpreter.


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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Egypt Marriage Registrar's Office

Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Authentication Offices
Offices: Ahmed Oraby St, Mohandessin, Giza; Ahmed Said
Street, Abbassia; or Sabak Street next to the Maryland Gardens
in Heliopolis.
Open: Saturday to Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tel: +20 257 96334

Egyptian Ministry of Justice Annex (Office of Marriage of
4th floor, Lazoughly Square, Abdin, Cairo
Open Saturday to Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.