Guidance

If you live abroad and want to get married in a country that's different to where you're living

Guidance for British nationals living abroad who wish to marry in a country that's different to where they are living.

If you live abroad and you want to get married in a country that’s different to where you’re living, you’ll need to go to that country to post notice of your marriage there.

What you need to do

Contact the local authorities in the country where you want to get married to find out what you need to do.

You may need a certificate of no impediment (CNI) or an affidavit to prove you’re allowed to marry.

Use the marriage abroad tool to find out what documents you’ll need.

If you need a Certificate of No Impediment (CNI)

You’ll need to live in the country where you’re planning to get married for 3 days and then post notice at the British embassy in that country for 7 days. The embassy will issue your CNI if nobody has registered an objection in that time.

If you need an affirmation/affidavit of marital status

In some countries, you’ll need to swear an affirmation or affidavit stating that you’re free to marry. You’ll usually need to do this in front of a consular officer at the British embassy or a local notary public. There is no residency or notice period, but you should check with the British embassy or consulate in the country where you’re planning to get married if you need to make an appointment.

Published 15 December 2014