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Civil marriages in Gibraltar

1. THE LAW

MARRIAGES IN GIBRALTAR

In Gibraltar, the marriage between two persons is provided for under the Gibraltar Marriage Act. Under its provisions it is possible, by means of a Special Licence granted under Section 13 of the Act, for residents and non-residents alike to get married in Gibraltar. It also enables a Marriage ceremony to be conducted at approved locations outside the Registry outside working hours and at weekends.

2. GENERAL CONDITIONS FOR MARRIAGE AND DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

GENERAL CONDITIONS

In order to get married at the Marriage Registry 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 Notaries Public will charge you for their services.
  
Non-residents wishing to get married in Gibraltar must provide the Registrar with documentary evidence that they will be staying in Gibraltar, for at least one night, immediately prior to or, immediately following the ceremony.
The Registrar will accept any of the evidence listed below;

(i) a hotel bill covering the night before or the night of the marriage ceremony;

(ii) a hotel booking form confirming that the night of the ceremony is paid for;

(iii) a statement by a resident of Gibraltar confirming that the parties spent the night before the ceremony, or will spend the night of the ceremony, as their guest at the relevant address (which must be specified); or

(iv) another form of proof that the parties were or will be in Gibraltar on the the night before or the night of the ceremony, to the satisfaction of the Registrar.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
Foreign language documents that are not multi-language certificates must be accompanied by an officially certified translation into the English language by one of the following:

I) A locally approved translator in Gibraltar,

II) British embassies, or

III) Sworn translators approved and endorsed by British Embassies.

In addition, persons wishing to get married will have to prove their identity by providing the Registrar with originals of the following:
(A) SINGLE PERSONS NEVER HAVING BEEN MARRIED AND NEVER HAVING ENTERED INTO A CIVIL PARTNERSHIP

  • Passport, national identity card or other acceptable form of identity;

  • Full birth certificate.

  
(B) WIDOWS/ WIDOWERS/SURVIVING PARTNERS

  • Passport, national identity card or other acceptable form of identity;

  • Full birth certificate;

  • Previous Marriage or Civil Partnership certificate;

  • The death certificate of your late spouse or civil partner

(C) PERSONS WHO HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY MARRIED OR WHO HAVE PREVIOUSLY ENTERED INTO A CIVIL PARTNERSHIP

  • Passport, national identity card or other acceptable form of identity;

  • Full birth certificate;

  • Final and absolute divorce decree or certificate of annulment of your previous marriage, or dissolution or nullity order in respect of your previous civil partnership

(D) CHANGE OF NAME
If you have changed your name in any way, you should produce evidence of your change of name.

(E) RESIDENCE DOCUMENTATION
All persons must provide us with evidence that they are legally resident in their respective country. In the case of persons who reside in the UK a UK Residence Permit – if they reside in any other EU country a valid permit of residence.

(E) OTHER DOCUMENTATION
In addition to the above the Registrar may, at his sole discretion, ask for any other documents considered necessary.

3. MAKING AN APPOINTMENT FOR MARRIAGE

To initiate the process you will, in the first instance, need to make a booking for the Marriage ceremony. You may do this either by attending our offices in person or by submitting a request by email or by post, including the required documents as specified above.
Note: Bookings are only guaranteed once payment has been received.
Public Counter Hours are:
Mondays to Fridays 08:30 to 15:00
Enquiries may be made by telephone during the following hours:
Mondays to Thursdays 08:00 to 15:30
Fridays 08.00 to 15:00
Gibraltar time is GMT+1 (winter) and GMT+2 (summer)
Our contact numbers and email address are as follows:-
Tel : 00 (350) 200 72289
Email: marriages.csro@gibraltar.gov.gi
You will need to indicate whether you wish to be married at the Registry or at one of the approved venues listed below:

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. Top of the Rock – Mons Calpe Suite, Cable Car Station

6. Sunborn Yacht Hotel

7. La Sala

8. Waterfront – Waterfront Restaurant

9. St Michael’s Cave *

10. Garrison’s Library

11. Rendezvous Chargrill

12. On board a passenger ship registered in Gibraltar of over one hundred gross tonnes and carrying more than twelve passengers

*Please note that marriages held at St Michaels Cave will only take place in the evenings, ie, 1900hrs from April to October and 1800hrs from November to March.
Marriages held at the Registry Office will only take place on weekdays between 10am and 14.00 excluding public holidays.
No Marriages will be held during the pre-Christmas week. Weddings will resume on the first working day of the New Year.
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 get married at one of the above external venues please note that it is your sole responsibility to contact the organisers directly, to make the necessary arrangements and to pay for any fees for the use of that venue.
Contact details are as follows:

1. The Caleta Hotel – Catalan Bay
- Tel 00 (350) 20076501 – Fax 00 (350) 200 42143 – email – conf.banq@caletahotel.gi
2. The O’Callaghan Eliott Hotel – 2 Governor’s Parade
- Tel -00 (350) 200 70500 – Fax – 00 (350) 200 70243 email – eliott@ocallaghanhotels.com
3. The Rock Hotel – 3 Europa Road
- Tel 00 (350) 200 73000 – Fax 00 (350) 200 73513 – email conference@rockhotel.gi
4. The Dell – Alameda Botanic Gardens, Red Sands Road, P.O.Box 843
- Tel 00 (350) 200 41235 – email events@gibraltargardens.gi
5. Mons Calpe Suite – Cable Car Top Station – Cloister Building 6/8 Market Lane, PO Box 554
- Tel 00 (350) 200 12745 – email events@monscalpesuite.com website: www.monscalpesuite.com
6. Sunborn Yacht Hotel - Ocean Village
- Tel 00 (350) 200 16100/58007751 – email kerrianne.massetti@sunborngibraltar.com
7. La Sala- Gibraltar- Ocean Village

- Tel 00(350)20020016870 email: bookings@lasalagibraltar.com
8. Waterfront – 00 (350) 200 45666 – waterfrontrestaurant@gmail.com
9. St Michael’s Cave
- Tel No 00 (350) 200 71643 – email dylan.sheriff@gibraltar.gov.gi
10. Garrison Library
- Tel No 00 (350) 200 77418 – email j.ballantine@gibraltargarrisonlibrary.gi
11. Rendezvous Chargrill – 14 Queensway Quay
- Tel No 00 (350) 200 66420- email info@rendezvousgib.com

          
For further information about these locations and on Gibraltar generally, you should visit the Gibraltar Tourist Boards websites at:-
http://www.visitgibraltar.gi/

4. SUBSEQUENT FORMALITIES

Once your booking has been made and the required documentation found to be in order, payment will be required in order to secure your booking. However, before the licence can be issued and before the Marriage 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 by debit/ credit 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
  • Post code
  • Address

If payment is going to be effected by debit/credit card you should ask the Clerk to send you the debit/credit card details form. This must be returned to us by email.

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

4. (b) Ceremony and registration – (at a venue outside the Registry Office) on weekdays .......... £140.00

4. (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 parties to attend our offices not later than 10.30am on any working day prior to the date of the ceremony to present the original documents, and apply for a Special Licence, and complete and swear the necessary affidavits. 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 cannot 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 Notary Public 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.
Certificates are ready for collection a week after the ceremony and may be collected in person from our offices. If you wish to have your documents collected by a Courier you may arrange this directly with a Courier and advise us of when the courier will be collecting the certificates.
If you wish certificates to be posted to you to an address outside Gibraltar, there is a further fee of £5.00.
Please note that certificates are posted at your own risk, and we will not be responsible for certificates that get lost in transit.
It is also possible to certify marriage certificates for legal purposes (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, UK or USA. The fee for this service is £15.00 per certificate.

6. THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY

The parties 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 approved venue, 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.

Before the ceremony commences, you will be asked for identification (ie your passport, national identity card or any other identification document). 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 and acceptable to the Registrar.

The ceremony is conducted in English. You should advise the Marriage Clerk before the marriage booking is confirmed if you need the services of an interpreter. It shall be your responsibility to provide a suitable independent interpreter who is acceptable to the Registrar. The Registrar will not conduct the ceremony if he is not satisfied that the couple and their witnesses fully understand the wording of the ceremony.
If you wish to make arrangements for a photographer, florists, event organisers 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. If you do require a visa, you will need to apply for one at the UK Visa Application Centres in your country of normal residence.
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 may not be authorised. If you have any queries regarding visas for Gibraltar please contact visas.csro@gibraltar.gov.gi
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.

8. FURTHER ENQUIRIES

The Registry staff will endeavour to assist you as much as possible. You may address any further enquiries to:
The Registry of Marriages
Civil Status & Registration Office
Joshua Hassan House
Secretary’s Lane
Gibraltar
Tel: 00 (350) 200 72289
00 (350) 200 51725 (switchboard)
Email: marriages.csro@gibraltar.gov.gi
Revised: 16th December 2016
 

Revised: 16th December 2016

Civil Partnership

CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS IN GIBRALTAR

1. THE LAW

In Gibraltar, the Civil Partnership between two persons is provided for under the Gibraltar Civil Partnership Act. Under its provisions it is possible, by means of a Special Licence granted under Section 12 of the Act, for residents and non-residents alike to enter into a civil partnership in Gibraltar. It also enables a civil partnership ceremony 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 enter into a civil partnership at the Civil Partnership Registry without a Special Licence, you will need to give 21 days notice of your intended Civil Partnership to the Registrar in order to allow for the exhibition of notice.

2. GENERAL CONDITIONS FOR CIVIL PARTNERSHIP AND DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
GENERAL CONDITIONS

In order to get enter into a civil partnership at the Civil Partnership Registry by means of a Special Licence, you must be able to satisfy the Registrar that you are free to enter into the civil partnership 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 Notaries Public will charge you for their services.

Non residents wishing to enter into a civil partnership in Gibraltar must provide the Registrar with documentary evidence that they will either be staying in Gibraltar at least one night immediately prior to or, immediately following the ceremony.

The Registrar will accept any of the evidence listed below;
(i) A hotel bill covering the night before the entering into the civil partnership;
(ii) A hotel booking form confirming that the night of the entering into the civil partnership is paid for;
(iii) A statement by a resident of Gibraltar, confirming that the parties spent the night before the entering into the civil partnership or will spend the night that the civil partnership is entered into as their guest at the relevant address (which must be specified);
(iv) another form of proof that the parties were or will be in Gibraltar on the night before or of the date they are entering the civil partnership, alternatively, a similar statement confirming, to the satisfaction of the Registrar, that the parties to the proposed civil partnership have spent or will spend at least one night in Gibraltar immediately prior to or immediately following the entering into the civil partnership.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

DOCUMENTS THAT ARE NOT MULTILANGUAGE CERTIFICATES MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED TRANSLATION INTO THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE BY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

I) LOCALLY APPROVED TRANSLATORS IN GIBRALTAR
II) BRITISH EMBASSIES, OR
III) SWORN TRANSLATORS APPROVED AND ENDORSED BY BRITISH EMBASSIES

In addition, persons wishing to enter into a civil partnership will have to prove their identity by providing the Registrar with originals of the following:

(A) SINGLE PERSONS NEVER HAVING BEEN MARRIED OR NEVER HAVING ENTERED INTO A CIVIL PARTNERSHIP

  • Passport, national identity card or other acceptable form of identity;
  • Full birth certificate.



(B) WIDOWS/ WIDOWERS/SURVIVING PARTNERS

  • Passport, national identity card or other acceptable form of identity;
  • Full birth certificate;
  • Previous Civil Partnership / Civil Partnership certificate;
  • The death certificate of your late partner / spouse

(C) PERSONS WHO HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY MARRIED OR WHO HAVE PREVIOUSLY ENTERED INTO A CIVIL PARTNERSHIP

  • Passport, national identity card or other acceptable form of identity;
  • Full birth certificate;
  • Final and absolute divorce decree or certificate of annulment of your previous Civil Partnership or a certificate of dissolution or annulment of your previous civil partnership.

(D) CHANGE OF NAME

If you have changed your name in any way, you should produce evidence of your change of name.

(E) OTHER DOCUMENTATION

In addition to the above the Registrar may, at his sole discretion, ask for any other documents considered necessary.

3. MAKING AN APPOINTMENT FOR CIVIL PARTNERSHIP

To initiate the process you will, in the first instance, need to procure a booking for the civil partnership ceremony. You may do this either by attending our offices in person or by submitting a request by email or by post, including the required documents as specified above.
Note: Bookings are only guaranteed once payment has been received.
Public Counter Hours are:
Mondays to Fridays 08:30 to 15:00
Enquiries may be made by telephone during the following hours:
Mondays to Thursdays 08:00 to 15:30
Fridays 08.00 to 15:00
Gibraltar time is GMT+1 (winter) and GMT+2 (summer)
Our contact numbers and email address are as follows:
- Tel : 00 (350) 200 72289
Email: civilpartnerships.csro@gibraltar.gov.gi
You will need to indicate whether you wish to enter a partnership at the Registry or at one of the approved venues listed below:-
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. Top of the Rock – Mons Calpe Suite, Cable Car Station
6. Sunborn Yacht Hotel
7. La Sala

8. Waterfront – Waterfront Restaurant
9. St Michael’s Cave *
10. Garrison’s Library
11. Rendezvous Chargrill
11. On board a passenger ship registered in Gibraltar of over one hundred gross tonnes and carrying more than twelve passengers
*Please note that Civil Partnerships held at St Michaels Cave will only take place in the evenings, ie, 1900hrs from April to October and 1800hrs from November to March.

Civil Partnerships held at the Registry Office will only take place on weekdays between 10.00 and 14.00 excluding public holidays.
No Civil Partnerships will be held during the pre-Christmas week. Weddings will resume on the first working day of the New Year.
Civil Partnership 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 get married at one of the above approved venues please note that it is your sole responsibility to contact the organisers directly, to make the necessary arrangements and to pay for any fees for the use of that venue.
Contact details are as follows:-
1. The Caleta Hotel – Catalan Bay
- Tel 00 (350) 200 76501 – Fax 00 (350) 200 42143 – email – conf.banq@caletahotel.gi
2. The O’Callaghan Eliott Hotel – 2 Governor’s Parade
- Te -00 (350) 200 70500 – Fax – 00 (350) 200 70243 email – eliott@ocallaghanhotels.com
3. The Rock Hotel – 3 Europa Road
- Tel 00 (350) 200 73000 – Fax 00 (350) 200 73513 – email conference@rockhotel.gi
4. The Dell – Alameda Botanic Gardens, Red Sands Road, P.O.Box 843
- Tel 00 (350) 200 41235 – email events@gibraltargardens.gi
5. Mons Calpe Suite – Cable Car Top Station – Cloister Building 6/8 Market Lane, PO Box 554
- Tel 00 (350) 200 12745 – email events@monscalpesuite.com website: www.monscalpesuite.com
6. Sunborn Yacht Hotel - Ocean Village
- Tel 00 (350) 200 16100/58007751 – email kerrianne.massetti@sunborngibraltar.com
7. La Sala - Gibraltar- Ocean Village
- Tel 00(350)20016870 email: weddings@lasalagibraltar.com
8. Waterfront – 00 (350) 200 45666 – waterfrontrestaurant@gmail.com
9. St Michael’s Cave
- Tel No 00 (350) 200 71643 – email: dylan.sheriff@gibraltar.gov.gi
10. Garrison Library
- Tel No 00 (350) 200 77418 – email: j.ballantine@gibraltargarrisonlibrary.gi
11. Rendezvous Chargrill – 14 Queensway Quay
- Tel No 00 (350) 200 66420 - email info@rendezvousgib.com

For further information about these locations and on Gibraltar generally, you should visit the Gibraltar Tourist Boards websites at:-
http://www.visitgibraltar.gi/

4. SUBSEQUENT FORMALITIES

Once your booking has been made and the required documentation found to be in order, payment will be required in order to secure your booking. However, before the licence can be issued and before the civil partnership 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 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 debit/credit card you should ask the Clerk to send you the debit/credit card details form. This must be returned to us by email.

FEES

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

5. ATTENDANCE IN PERSON

Once the booking is confirmed, the next stage will be for the parties 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 cannot 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 or other person entitled in law to certify the authenticity of the document are acceptable.
You may make arrangements to order Civil Partnership 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.
Please note that certificates are posted at your own risk, and we will not be responsible for certificates that get lost in transit.
It is also possible to certify for legal purposes (apostille) Civil Partnership certificates, under the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 on legalisation of documents. If you wish to apostille your Civil Partnership 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, UK or USA. The fee for this service is £15.00 per certificate.


6. THE CIVIL PARTNERSHIP CEREMONY

The parties will need to make arrangements for themselves and their guests to be at the Civil Partnership venue before the ceremony is to take place. (Please note that a maximum of 20 pe r s ons ar e only a ll owe d i n t he Re gis tr ar ’s Of f ice ) . If the Civil Partnership is to take place at an approved venue, they might also need to arrange for transport to convey the Registrar to and from the Civil Partnership venue. If transport is required, arrangements are to be made when you come in to complete your paperwork.
Partners 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, national identity card or any other identification document). You will also need to provide two witnesses for the Civil Partnership. 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 and acceptable to the Registrar.
The ceremony is conducted in English. You should advise the Civil Partnership Clerk before the Civil Partnership booking is confirmed if you need the services of an interpreter. 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, event organisers 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 UK VISA APPLICATION CENTRES in your country of normal residence.
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 may not be authorised. If you have any queries regarding visas for Gibraltar please contact visas.csro@gibraltar.gov.gi
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.


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 Civil Partnerships
Civil Status & Registration Office
Joshua Hassan House
Secretary’s Lane
Gibraltar
Tel: 00 (350) 200 72289
00 (350) 200 51725 (switchboard)
Email: civilpartnerships.csro@gibraltar.gov.gi

Revised: 22nd November 2016