Thanks to Turkey’s participation in Erasmus and other
exchange programmes, there are more and more Turks staying in long-term
relationships with foreign partners. Many of them end up with marriage
proposals. The weather, cuisine and variety of stunning landscapes make
fiancees choose Turkey as their wedding venue. Although the choice was easy,
the formalities seem to be more difficult than anywhere in Europe.
However, the situation isn’t as black as it’s painted.
It’s just the matter of organisation. Now I’m going to tell you how to solve
the whole paperwork in less than three weeks.
Fiancee: go to the chosen marriage department (tur. Evlendirme Dairesi) and ask
for the list of necessary documents
Although there’s an universal list of documents required in every office in
Turkey (such as your birth certificates, certificate of marital status/ certificate of no impediment to marriage abroad and
their sworn translations into Turkish, passport, ID card, medical reports), you
shouldn’t trust the advice of other newlyweds. Why? Because some documents will
be unnecessary in the office A, but they will be required in the office B.
That’s why it’s important to get a list from the specific marriage department. The
same marriage department must direct you to the clinics, you’ll have your
medical examinations later.
list, ask for your birth certificate and martial status certificate. Because in
many countries the registry office requires them to give certificate of no
impediment to marriage abroad to your foreign fiancee. The good example is
confusing thing: Turkey has signed the agreement exempting from the obligation
to legalize foreign official documents with numerous European countries… However,
registry offices still require apostille certificates. I’ll write more about it
in a separate paragraph.
Fiancee: translations, documentation and Apostille in your motherland
When you get the
birth certificate and certificate of marital status from your fiancee, you need
to use the services of certified translator for Turkish language (many European
countries don’t accept translations from abroad) and then go to your local
registry office. You should be given the certificate of no impediment to
marriage. You can obviously ask for your birth certificate (preferably
international version), but mostly its data can be found on the mentioned
approval to get married abroad.
Funny thing: If your motherland requires the certificate of martial status from
your future spouse, you won’t find the word BEKAR (in Turkish: single) on this
document. Instead you’ll give to translator the paper saying, that your Turkish
fiancee doesn’t have any impediment to marriage… Yes, that’s exactly the same
type of document you’ll need to bring to the Turkish Marriage Department!
If you have enough time to your departure, you need to bring your papers taken
from the registry office to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and get Apostille
for each document (you can obviously obtain it by post, but it takes longer). I
skipped this part and solved the legalization in Turkey…
Fiancee: Sworn translations at the consulate and legalizations in Turkey
First of all, make sure, if you need to schedule the appointment at your
consulate (three years ago, I could just walk in Polish consulate, but since
last year we all need to plan our visit there).
visit there, you can bring your prepared documents for the sworn translation.
The service should last from 2 up to 5 business days. If you didn’t manage to
take Apostille in your homeland, the consulate should give you the address to
the legalization office in Turkey.
couldn’t go to your motherland to take necessary documents, you can request
consulate to prepare them with Turkish translations. This procedure takes a bit
longer and the fee is obviously higher.
arrival, ask your diplomatic institution about the way you can pay for the
service. For example, Polish consulate accepted only cash in American dollars.
By the way,
although the data in passports is translated into English, Evlendirme Dairesi
requires the Turkish translation of the first page. We solved this thing at
random translation office and the service lasted around half an hour.
your paperwork, go to your favourite photographer and take at six 2×2 inches photos
per person (they don’t have to be biometric). One photo is needed for the medical records
I’ll write about in the next paragraph. The rest of them you must give to your
Evlendirme Dairesi. One of the needed pictures you will see in the family
registry book called Aile Cuzdanı. You will find there your
international marriage certificate. You can add birth certificates of your
future children as well.
As I’ve mentioned
before, your chosen marriage department needs to direct you to the clinic
you’ll get through medical check up in. Without health report, you can’t
schedule your marriage ceremony. Many couples complain about this obligation,
but I think, if your partner suffers from some diseases, you’d prefer to know
it before you say final YES (or „Evet”), right? Furthermore, for some people
it’s the only motivation to make sure about their health.
tests do you need to take? First one is blood analysis for blood group, but
also for HIV, Hepatitis B&C, venereal diseases (such as Syphilis) and other
communicable sicknesses. One of your photos will be attached to the results.
Another test is chest X-ray. Although many websites mention only about
blood check up, our marriage department required us the visit at the
radiologist as well. The results are saved both on paper and the CD.
differ according to the location, but we didn’t pay anything for this service.
Now you can
fill the form at the marriage department and schedule the date of your
ceremony! You can get married even next week after submitting your application.
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Author: Ilona Güllü