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Getting Married Print E-mail

The Law | General Conditions for Marriage and Documents Required | Making an Appointment for Marriage
Subsequent Formalities | Fees | Attendance in Person | The Marriage Ceremony | Immigration Requirements |
Further Enquiries

CIVIL MARRIAGES IN GIBRALTAR

1. THE LAW

john_lennon.jpgIn Gibraltar, the marriage between a man and a woman is provided for under the Gibraltar Marriage Act. Under its provisions it is possible, by means of a Special License granted under Section 13 of the Act, for residents and non-residents alike to marry in Gibraltar without the need of having to reside in Gibraltar for any length of time, although for administrative purposes a minimum notice of 1 working day is required. It also enables civil ceremonies to be conducted at approved locations outside the Registry outside working hours and at weekends.

If you are resident in Gibraltar and your intention is to be married in a place of worship or in the Marriage Registry without a Special Licence, you will need to give notice of your intended marriage either to a Minister registered under Section 5 of the Act or to the Marriage Registrar, whichever is applicable. You will need to give at least 21 days notice, in the case of a Registry wedding or allow for the publication of the banns if you are to be married in a place of worship.

2. GENERAL CONDITIONS FOR MARRIAGE AND DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

In order to get married at the Marriage Registry or by means of a Special Licence, you must be able to satisfy the Registrar that you are free to marry by completing affidavits and signing them before a Commissioner for Oaths or a Notary Public of your choice in Gibraltar. A list of registered Commissioner for Oaths or Notary Publics will be provided by the Registry upon request. Please remember however, that Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public will charge you for their services.

ALL DOCUMENTS THAT DO NOT CONTAIN TRANSLATIONS INTO ENGLISH MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED TRANSLATION IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE FROM AN ACCREDITED TRANSLATOR IN GIBRALTAR.

In addition couples wishing to get married will have to prove their identity by providing the Registrar with original of the following:

(A)  SINGLE PERSONS

  • Passport or national identity card in the case of an EEA national;
  • Full birth certificate.

(B) WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS

  • Passport or national identity card in the case of an EEA national;
  • Full birth certificate;
  • Previous marriage certificate;
  • The death certificate of your spouse

(C )  PERSONS WHO HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY MARRIED

  • Passport or national identity card in the case of an EEA national;
  • Full birth certificate;
  • Final and absolute divorce decree or certificate of annulment of your previous marriage.

(D ) CHANGE OF NAME

If you have changed your name by deed poll or in some other way, you should produce your change of name deed.

(E) OTHER DOCUMENTATION


In addition to the above the Registrar may, at his sole discretion, ask for other documents considered necessary. For example, if you are a non-EEA national residing in the EEA, the Registrar may ask you to produce your residence document.

(F) MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES

If you are a member of the armed forces you will also need to produce your Commanding Officer’s consent in writing.

(If you were born / or married in the United Kingdom or your spouse passed away in the United Kingdom and you do not have copies of the relevant birth, marriage or death certificates you should contact the General Register Office (GRO) at www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/ to order duly certified replacement copies)

3. MAKING AN APPOINTMENT FOR MARRIAGE

To initiate the process you will, in the first instance, need to provide us with the required documentation prior to making a provisional booking for the marriage ceremony. You may do this either by attending our offices in person if you are in Gibraltar or by submitting the documents by email or by post.

Our offices are open to the public:-

Mondays to Fridays     
09:00 to 12:45 (mid September to mid June) and
09:00 to 13:00 (mid June to mid September)

If you telephone, our office hours are:-

Mondays to Thursdays 08:45 – 17.30 (mid September to mid June)
Fridays 08:45 – 17.15

Mondays to Fridays        8.00 – 14.30 (mid June to mid September)

Gibraltar time is GMT+1 (winter) and GMT+2 (summer)

Our contact numbers and email address are as follows:-

Tel : + (350) 200 72289
Fax : + (350) 200 42706
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A provisional booking may be made for ceremonies to be held within a maximum period of one year from the date of the booking.

You will need to indicate whether you wish to be married at the Registry or at one of the approved external locations listed overleaf:-

1. The Caleta Hotel
2. The O’Callaghan Eliott Hotel
3. The Rock Hotel
4. The Dell – Alameda Botanic Gardens (between 1 – April and 30 October weather permitting).
5. The Mount
6. Top of the Rock – Mons Calpe Suite, Cable Car Station
7. The Queens Hotel

Marriages held at the above locations may take place on any day of the week including Sundays but excluding public holidays. For public holidays in Gibraltar please visit http://www.gibraltarlaws.gov.gi/articles/2010s149.pdf

Marriages held in the Registry Office will only take place on weekdays between 10.00 and 12.00 excluding public holidays. However, some flexibility may be exercised, where possible, to accommodate weddings at 9.30 and 12.30, particularly during the summer months.

No marriages will be held during the period between 17 December and 3 January inclusive.

Civil marriage ceremonies held outside the Registry must comply with all of the conditions imposed by the Registrar. For example, receptions held at the same venue should be celebrated in a separate area from where the ceremony actually takes place. If you wish to be married at one of the above external venues please note that it is your sole responsibility to contact the organisers direct, to make the necessary arrangements yourselves and to pay for any fees thereupon incurred.

Contact details are as follows:-

The Caleta Hotel Catalan Bay +35020076501 +35020042143 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
The O’Callaghan Elliot Hotel 2 Governor’s Parade +35020070500 +35020070243 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
The Rock Hotel 3 Europa Road +35020073000 +35020073513 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
The Dell Alameda Botanic
Gardens. Red Sands
Road. P.O. Box 843
+35020041235 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or
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The Mount Ministry of Culture +35020075669
Mons Calpe Suite Cable Car Top Station.
Cloister Building
6/8 Market Lane.
P.O. Box 554
+35020079478 +35020071608 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

website: www.monscalpesuite.com
The Queens Hotel 1 Boyd Street +35020074000 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

For Further information about these locations and on Gibraltar generally, you should visit the Gibraltar Tourist Boards websites at:

www.visitgibraltar.gi

www.gibraltar.gov.gi

4. SUBSEQUENT FORMALITIES

Once your provisional booking has been accepted and the required documentation found to be in order you will be notified and required to pay the prescribed fees. However, before the marriage license can be issued and before the wedding can take place, the original documents need to be submitted to the Registrar and accepted by him.

Payment of fees (in sterling) may be effected in person or either by:-

A sterling bank transfer into the Natwest Bank (Gibraltar) account below:-

Account Name: Government General Account – re-Civil Status
Sort code: 60-60-60
Account No. 47658983
Iban No. GI 49NWBK060606047658983
Swift BIC RBOS GI GI

Or by credit/debit card - details to be supplied are as follows:-

Card number
Card expiry date
Card start date
Card issue number
Security code, i.e the number printed on the signature strip
Post code
Address

If payment is going to be effected by credit card you should ask the Marriage Clerk to send you the debit/credit card details form. This must be returned to us by email or fax once we have confirmed that your documentation is in order.

FEES

1. Registrar’s Certificate (residents only) £32.50
2. Notice (residents only) £30.00
3. Special Licence for Marriage £67.50
4. (a) Ceremony and registration (in registry office) £40.00
(b) Ceremony and registration – (at a venue outside the Registry Office)on weekdays £140.00
(c) Ceremony and registration – (at a venue outside the Registry Office) at weekends and    
on weekdays after working hours                              
£240.00
5. Marriage certificates £3.50 ea.


5. ATTENDANCE IN PERSON

Once the booking is confirmed, the next stage will be for the couple to attend our offices not later than 10.30am on any working day prior to the date of the ceremony to present the originals, complete the corresponding affidavits. and apply for a Special Licence. This may be done at any time up to a maximum of 3 months in advance of the date of the ceremony, or as late as the working day before the date of the ceremony.

In the case where original documents can not be provided, certified copies of certificates bearing an original seal of the court or registry that issues the certificate or certified true copies of the original by a Notary Public, British Consul or other person entitled in law to certify the authenticity of the document are acceptable.

You may make arrangements to order marriage certificates which you will need to pay for. The fee is £3.50 per certificate. If you wish certificates to be posted to you to an address outside Gibraltar, there is a further fee of £5.00.

It is also possible to legalise (apostille) marriage certificates, under the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 on legalisation of documents. If you wish to apostille
your marriage certificate, you should make arrangements for this at the time you order your certificate. There is no requirement to apostille the certificate if it is to be used in Gibraltar or UK. The fee for this service is £15.00 per certificate.

6. THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY

Couples will need to make arrangements for themselves and their guests to be at the marriage venue before the ceremony is to take place. If the marriage is to take place at an external location, they might also need to arrange for transport to convey the Registrar to and from the marriage venue. If transport is required, arrangements are to be made when you come in to complete your paperwork.

Couples and their witnesses should be at the venue at least 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony. Delays in excess of 10 minutes may result in postponing the ceremony until the Registrar is next available.

Before the ceremony commences, you will be asked for identification (ie your passport or national identity card). You will also need to provide two witnesses for the marriage. Your witnesses may be related to either of you and/or to each other. They may be friends or colleagues but they must be able to speak and understand English and be over the age of 18.

The ceremony is conducted in English. If you do not speak English, the Registrar may assist you in obtaining an interpreter. However, you should advise the Registrar before the marriage booking is confirmed that you need the services of an interpreter. Should the Registrar not be able to assist, then it shall be your responsibility to provide a suitable interpreter who is acceptable to the Registrar.

If you wish to make arrangements for a photographer, florists, wedding planners or any other related services you may find the following link useful www.gibyellow.gi

7. IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS

IMPORTANT. If you do not reside in Gibraltar and you are not an EEA national you may require a visa to enter Gibraltar. The Registrar will be able to advise you on whether or not a visa is required. If you do require a visa, you will need to apply for one at the British Embassy in your country of normal residence. If you are resident in the UK, you will be able to obtain a visa from the visa section, Identity & Passport Service, Globe House, Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1PN. You must bear in mind that unless you have guaranteed returnability to either your country of normal residence or your country of origin, the issue of a Gibraltar visa will not be authorised.

You should also be aware that, Gibraltar is not part of Schengen. Therefore if you intend to travel to Gibraltar through Spain and return the same way, you should ensure that if you require a Schengen visa, this is valid for more than one entry.

Non EEA nationals who are to marry British Citizens and intend to settle in the United Kingdom with their spouses will need to obtain settlement visas in order to do so, irrespective of whether they are visa requiring nationals or not. These settlement visas however, have to be obtained in the British Embassy in the applicant’s country of normal residence and not in Gibraltar. If you are already in the UK, you should contact the Border and Immigration Agency of the Home Office at www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk for further information on your immigration status.

8. FURTHER ENQUIRIES

The Registry staff will endeavour to assist you as much as possible. You may address any further enquires to:-

The Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages
Civil Status & Registration Office
Joshua Hassan House
Secretary’s Lane
Gibraltar

Tels: + (350) 200 72289
+(350) 200 51725 (switchboard)
Fax: + (350) 200 42706

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Revised : 11th April 2011

 
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