What documents are needed for a Wedding in Seychelles?

DOCUMENTS

For a civil marriage in Seychelles, couples must send us the following documents by email:

1. Copies of your passports (page with your photo)
2. Copies Birth Certificate

If applicable:
3. If previously married: Divorce decree or similar
4. If widowed: Death certificate of former spouse
5. If your name has changed: Provide legal proof

* All documents  (point 2 – 5 have to be in English or French language. If you documents are in a different language you need certified translations of the documents. For some languages we can assist you with the translation.

* If you are missing may one of the listed documents, send us an email we may can help.

* Once we have received and confirmed the documents we start the paperwork with the local Registrar.

* When you travel to the Seychelles, you must bring a set of hard-copies of the documents.

Seychelles Marriage

  • The marriage will be conducted in English or French language by on official Seychelles’ registrar in accordance with Seychelles’ Law.
  • Minimum Age of either or both parties 18 years, if either party are less than 18 years a parent or legal guardian must accompany applicants.
  • At the end of the ceremony you and the witnesses have to sign the wedding certificate.
  • The wedding will be held at a beach venue on the island you are staying.
  • We arrange all documents for you in Seychelles, that you can enjoy your stay. You do not have to visit any office at all.
  • For the civil wedding ceremony 2 witnesses are mandatory, in case you are travelling alone, we provide 2 witnesses on complimentary basis.
  • Weddings are held from Mondays to Fridays. For weddings held on a weekend (Saturday and Sunday) and public holidays a supplementary charge is to be paid and can be booked only request-basis, for confirmation at the discretion of the registrar office. The weekend/public holiday fee is 250€
  • It is recommended to held beach wedding ceremonies during weekdays (Monday to Friday) as beaches are less crowded.

French nationals:
French nationals are required to file an application with the French Embassy on Mauritius before their marriage and follow the procedure as outlined by the French authorities.

UAE residents:
UAE residents require an additional attested document to file the marriage with the UAE authorities, read: How to file the marriage in UAE

Swiss nationals:
Swiss nationals have to provide a Wohnsitzbescheinigung/Residence Certificate and Personenstandsausweis/certificat d’état civil. As the marriage will be registered with the Swiss Consul in Seychelles, bring 2 sets of document copies to Seychelles.

Russian nationals:
Russian nationals must have their Seychelles wedding certificate translated into Russian language and stamped by the Russian embassy on Mahè. Translation & attestation service fee is 70€.

Visa/Entry Formalities Seychelles

Seychelles is a visa-free country but a visitor’s permit may be obtained upon arrival at the Seychelles International Airport.

Present the following documents to the immigration officer to get a visitor permit:
1. Your Passports, valid at least 6 months after the estimated departure date
2. Valid return or onward flight tickets for duration of the visit
3. Confirmed accommodation, e.g. hotel booking, hotel voucher

FAQs

We like to get married in the Seychelles, how to start?
Simply contact us our service team will help you further.

How about our passports?
Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the estimated departure date from Seychelles.

Will the marriage be accepted in UAE?
Yes, legally conducted marriages in Seychelles are recognized also in UAE.

Will the marriage be accepted in Germany or England?
Yes, legally conducted marriages in Seychelles are recognized worldwide and also under European laws.

We are from France, is there anything special?
French nationals wishing to get married in the Seychelles must follow different procedures, please contact your local municipality or the French Embassy on Mauritius.

When do you need the copies of the documents from us?
We need them at least 12 days before your wedding date. If you like to marry spontaneous, we need the documents the very latest 3 days before your wedding date, an extra late filing fee of 50€ applies.

How shall we send you our documents?
Simply scan or make a quality photo and send to our email address, we confirm the receipt once received.

What documents do you need to prepare?
To prepare your wedding papers for the Registrar, we need all applicable documents (see list above) scanned and send to us by email.

When to supply the hard-copies of the requested documents?
When you arrive in the Seychelles you should have either the originals or hard-copies of all documents with you.

Can we invite guests to our wedding ceremony?
Yes, you can invite up to 10 guest free of charge to your beach wedding. In case you need accommodation for your your guests, just let us know how many guests will be attending and our reservations team will assist in booking their holiday.

How do I get my wedding dress to the Seychelles?
If possible, we recommend to pack the dress professionally and carry it in your hand luggage, trolley or similar – in case your checked luggage gets lost and the arrival is in delay, you have your dress for the wedding day.

Who will conduct our ceremony?
Ceremonies are conducted by the Registrar in accordance with Seychelles Law, which ensures your wedding is completely legal.

In what language is the ceremony held?
All weddings will be conducted in English or French language.

How long does the ceremony take?
The ceremony will last for approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

Do we need witnesses?
Two witnesses above the age of 18 years are required to be present throughout the proceedings. You can bring your own witnesses or we provide two witnesses for your wedding free of charge.

How long does it take till we get our Marriage Certificate?
The Marriage Certificate with Apostille will be produced within 2-3 working days after the civil ceremony. For couples on a short stay, we can can send the wedding documents to their home address by DHL/Fedex courier service with tracking.

What is an Apostille?
An Apostille is a form of authentication issued to documents for use in countries that participate in the Hague Convention of 1961 to simplify the legalization of documents to verify their authenticity, in order to be valid internationally.