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Seychelles Wedding Legalities

Minimum Residency

2 days

Seychelles marriage licence - Application process:

* The Seychelles has a standard 11 day notice period. But this can be reduced significantly by applying for a Special Licence, which is normally issued within 2 days from the date of application.

* Couples wishing to organise their own wedding must apply to the Seychelles Civil Status Office in Victoria on Mahé for a civil ceremony, or the relevant church body for a religious ceremony.

* The official advice is that the wedding is planned at least two months in advance to allow for the processing of documentation.

Seychelles Essential Documents:

* Birth certificate

* Copies of the first 2 pages of both parties’ passports

* A Certificate of No Impediment or CNI. You can get this in the UK - see Paperwork Explained for details. If this cannot be obtained, an affidavit has to be signed in the Seychelles after a solemn declaration has been made to that effect that there is no impediment or lawful hindrance to the intended marriage.

Further documents - if relevant:

* Decree of divorce

* Death certificate if widowed

* Legal proof in the case of a name change

All the documents presented must be originals or certified copies (find out how to get certified copies of your documents here).

Seychelles Fees:

* Special licence - SCR100.

* Charge for ceremonies conducted anywhere other than the Civil Status Office - SCR350.

* Additional fees may also apply to cover the transportation of the Registrar officer and/or for permission to marry on one of the islands.

Mauritius Wedding Legalities:

Minimum residency:

Civil Ceremony

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Religious ceremony

* 3 business days – most hotels require minimum of 7 nights.

* Catholics wishing to get married in Mauritius can contact the Port-Louis Dioceses Tel: (230) 208 3068 

Mauritius Essential Documents:

Civil Ceremony

* First 6 pages of passport

* Birth Certificate

Further documents - if relevant:

* Decree Absolute if divorced

* Proof of change of name

* Death certificate if widowed

* Mauritian doctor Certificate of non pregnancy if the bride-to-be has been divorced in the last 10 months.

Copies of these documents must be sent to the Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages at least 4 weeks before the wedding is due to take place.

This is to obtain a 'non-resident certificate' stating that the couple are not Mauritian citizens or residents.

Your venue should offer to take care of this, or a request can be sent to the Registrar personally. 

Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages

6th floor

Emmanuel Anquetil Building

Port Louis

Tel: +230 201 1727

Fax: +230 211 2420

Wedding tip - although only copies are required it's always a good idea to take spare copies & the originals with you when you travel!

Religious weddings

 (NB Original documents should be presented on the wedding day but take copies with you too!)

* Birth Certificates

* Passports

* Christening certificate (for Christians)

* Morality certificates from each respective Parish priest specifying that both parties are free to marry

* Specification of Religion. If parties are of different religions, the case must go to the Bishop

Before the big day you will be taken to Port Louis to sign affidavits.