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Documents Required for Foreigners to Get Married in Turkey

If the person you marry is a foreign national, the path you need to follow will differ slightly. So what are the procedures for marrying a foreign national in Turkey?

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Where to Apply to Get Married a Foreign National in Turkey?
It is possible to apply to the district marriage office where the Turkish spouse's residence record is located.

Is there a single application for marriage with a foreigner?
No. If you are applying to marry a foreigner, your future spouse must be with you.

What are the Required Documents to Get Married a Foreigner in Turkey?
Let's start with the question "What are the necessary documents for marriage with a foreigner". The documents required for Turkish and foreigners who will get married a foreign citizen are as follows:

Documents requested from a Turkish citizen:

  • Republic of Turkey identity card
  • Passport photo
  • Family doctor approved health report
  • Required for Turkish citizens to apply for a civil marriage

Documents Required From Foreigner Spouse
Marriage documents required from foreign nationals who will marry a Turkish citizen in Turkey are as follows:

  • ID / Passport: Identity and passport are accepted for application.

-If there is no passport; the identity of his own country is required.

- A notarized sworn translation of the passport or country ID is required.

- The passport should not expire and should include the marriage day to be given.

  • Visa: A visa is also required to prove that the person is not a refugee or a fugitive. If it has expired, a residence permit is required.
  • Passport Photo: It must have been taken within the last 6 months.
  • Health Certificate: It can be obtained from family physicians, if any, or from the state hospital.
  • Marriage License Document: For foreigners, a marriage license is among the required documents. Those who have both a birth certificate and a celibacy certificate do not need to obtain a marriage license. He can get it from his own country and from the relevant consulate in Turkey.
  • Single Certificate: He must obtain a single certificate by requesting from the authorities of his own country, indicating that he is not married in his own country.
  • Birth Certificate: If the marriage license does not contain any of the person's parent's name, place of birth and date of birth, a birth certificate containing this information is also required.

Some countries issue documents such as marriage license, birth certificate, and celibacy certificates only at the authorities in their own countries. Foreign nationals who will marry in Turkey should learn this from the representatives of their own country.

What is the Validity Period of the Documents Required to Marry a Foreign National?
Documents required for foreigners to get married are valid for 6 months from the date of their receipt from the relevant institution.

How are the Documents Required for Foreign Marriage Approved?
There are some conditions for documents obtained from foreign authorities to be valid in Turkey. These; The apostil procedure and the notarized Turkish translation required for the document to be accepted as official document in Turkey.Official marriage in Antalya

If the received document is apostilled, it is sufficient to have a notarized Turkish translation of the document.
In addition, if the document is obtained from a country where Turkey has a foreign representative, if the translation of this document and its translation is approved by the foreign representative of Turkey, the documents are accepted without any further processing.

What is Apostil?
Apostil is a situation that approved documents valid officially at the other country among countries that are party to The Hague Agreement (can find a full list of countries at the end of article)

If there is country of the person that will get married among countries that have apostil agreement with Turkey, documents don’t need reconfirm in Turkey.
The most significant thing to pay attention in here have to be written “Apostille (Convention de La Haye du 5 Octobre 1961” as a French at the beginning of all documents that get apostil approval.

If the foreign national is a citizen of a country that is not a party to The Hague Agreement, apostil approval isn’t required for the marriage documents of this person.

Where Is Apostil Made?
Institutions that regulate apostil in Turkey: governorships in provinces and district governorships in districts.
Couples who carry out their transactions in the central district should have their documents approved by the governorship, and those who perform their transactions in the districts.

Marriage with a Refugee in Turkey
We get lots of questions about how the marriage process which is one of the most curious with refugees in Turkey is especially people who want to get married to Syrians.

Who are accepted as refugees?
According to the law, people who cannot or do not want to return to their country for certain reasons are considered as refugees status.

The applications of stateless persons, refugees, conditional refugees, subsidiary protection applicants, international protection applicants and foreigners under temporary protection in Turkey are made to the official marriage affair institutions other than the residence permit.

What are the necessary documents for the approval?

  • Health certificate: It can be taken from family physicians or state hospitals.
  • Photograph: It must have been taken within the last six months.
  • Passport/ID: It is possible to apply for marriage with a passport certified by a notary, by having a Sworn Translation. In addition, the “Temporary Protection Identity Document” that the refugee will receive from the Provincial Directorate of Immigration is accepted as identity card.
  • No impediment to marriage certificate: Refugees who are registered in Turkey can obtain them from the General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs. Those who have not yet been registered must obtain a document from the police office. Those whose records are in the Directorate General of the Provincial Immigration Administration can obtain documents from the police office. This document needs to be approved by the Provincial Legal Affairs Office in the governorship.Civil marriage next to sea in Antalya Turkey

Marriage of Two Foreign in Turkey
It is also possible for two foreigners of the same nationality or two foreigners with different nationalities to marry in Turkey. Two foreigners who are citizens of the same country can marry in front of the representatives of that state in Turkey, if their laws authorize them.

Marriage in the Foreign Institution
Marriage application of two foreigners, regardless of whether they are of the same or different nationality, is accepted by the register office. It is enough to prepare documents that we mentioned above.

This is all we have to say about what it takes to get married with foreigner in Turkey. Hope you got answers to all of your questions.

*List of States Parties to The Hague Convention: USA, Germany, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Albania, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, United Kingdom (England), Bolivia, Bosnia- Herzegovina, Bostvana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cook Islands, Czech Republic, People's Republic of China (Hong Kong and Makou), Denmark, Dominica, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Armenia, Estonia, Morocco, Fiji, Finland, France, Grenada, Guatemala, South Africa, Georgia, Croatia, India, Netherlands, Honduras, Ireland, Spain, Israel, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Iceland, Japan, Montenegro, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Colombia, Republic of Korea ( South Korea), Kosovo, Costa Rica, Northern Ireland, Lesotho, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Macedonia, Malawi, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Moldova, Monaco, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niue , Norway, Uzbekistan, Pan but, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Suriname, Swaziland, Chile, Tajikistan, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, Ukraine, Oman, Vanuatu, Venezuela, New Zealand, Greece.