The islands of the Seychelles are picture-postcard beautiful and ideal if you're really dreaming of a paradise island wedding. White sands and crystal blue seas make a fantastic ceremony backdrop, and you're almost guaranteed good weather!
Below are the legalities for marrying in the Seychelles, to help you plan your ideal wedding abroad.
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Seychelles Marriage Law Requirements
What are the legal requirements to get married in the Seychelles?
Legal age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women. If women are between
15 and 20 years old then parental consent is required.
Bride and Groom may not be related by blood or adoption.
Civil ceremonies are legally recognised under Seychelles law, religious
ceremonies are not legally binding.
An apostille stamp is required to validate the marriage certificate after the
ceremony for all nationalities except British citizens. This can be obtained at
the Registrar’s office at the Supreme Court.
How long do I have to be resident in the Seychelles before I can get married?
You will need to be in the Seychelles for at least 2 days before the wedding if
you apply for a special marriage licence.
Getting a marriage licence
You must take the documents below to the Civil Status Office on Mahe, and must
advise the Civil Status Office of your wedding date at least 11 days in advance,
although this can be waived if you apply for a special licence which can be
processed in 2 days.
What legal papers do I need to take with me?
Passports & birth certificates.
Certificate of No Impediment to marriage (if this cannot be obtained then you
must swear an affidavit in the Seychelles).
If you have been divorced then the final divorce papers must be shown, with the
seal of the divorce court.
If you are widowed then the death certificate of your previous spouse must be
If your name has been changed then legal proof must be shown.
Please note: all documents should be translated into either English or French.
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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Seychelles Marriage Registrar's
Civil Status Office
PO Box 430,
Tel:+248 4 29 36 04
Fax:+248 4 32 10 46