The legal requirements for getting married in Croatia are relatively straightforward.
The necessary documentation and the process to be followed in respect of the legal requirements for getting married in Croatia are outlined below. Please keep in mind that it is intended to be a starting point and guideline only.
Although much care and effort has been taken to ensure the information provided is correct please do not take it as legal advice. I strongly advise you to consult the Croatian Embassy or Consulate for first-hand information on the legal requirements for getting married in Croatia.
Please Note: Required documentation and the legal process may vary from nationality to nationality.
- A civil ceremony is the only legally binding type of ceremony in Croatia
- Civil ceremonies can take place in almost any location, provided it has approval from the Registry Office
- There is no minimum residency period
- A court-appointed translator must be present if either of the couple does not speak Croatian
- You may have a religious ceremony either before or after a civil ceremony has taken place, either in Croatia or in your own country
Legality of Marriage
Marriages performed in Croatia are internationally recognised and legally binding.
There are no minimum residency requirements, although you will be required to meet with the Registrar at the Town Hall a couple of days before your wedding takes place. The Registrar will discuss your paperwork and run through the required procedure with you.
If you are using a wedding planner they should schedule this meeting for you however if you are organising your own wedding you must ensure you make this appointment to see the Registrar before your wedding.
All documentation is required to be original or certified copies and translated into Croatian by the relevant authorities.
Your Certificate of No Impediment / Certificate of Freedom to Marry must not be older than 3 months (90 days).
All documentation must be submitted to the Registrar at the Town Hall 30 to 45 days prior to your wedding taking place. If you are using a wedding planner they will organise this on your behalf. However, if you are organising your own wedding you will need to make provisions to ensure your documentation is correctly submitted and lodged on time.
The following documentation for both the bride and groom is required to be presented when applying for a marriage licence in Croatia.
- Certificate of No Impediment / Certificate of Freedom to Marry bearing the stamp apostille
- Full passport with minimum validity of twelve months.
- Photocopies of the picture page of the passports of the bride and the groom
- Photocopies of the picture page of the passports for your two witnesses, listing their name, address and occupation.
- Full Birth Certificate (showing mother and fathers names), bearing the stamp apostille
- If you are divorced – Decree Absolute and previous Marriage Certificate.
- If you are a widower – Death Certificate of previous spouse and previous Marriage Certificate.
- Name Change Deed Poll Certificate – if applicable.
- Adoption Certificate – if applicable.
Certificate of Marriage
If you are resident in the UK, Ireland, Australia, USA or Canada,your marriage licence and all paperwork will be issued in English and will be valid in your home country.
For more information on the type of wedding ceremony you may have in Croatia click here.
For information in respect of same-sex marriages in Croatia click here.
For further information on the legal requirements for getting married in Croatia please contact the Croatian Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence.
A full listing of Croatian Diplomatic Missions and Consular Offices can be found on the following link: Croatian Embassy or Diplomatic Mission in your country
In addition, contact your country’s Embassy in Croatia:
|British Embassy in Croatia
Tel: +385 (1) 600 9100
|Irish Embassy in Croatia
Tel: +385 (1) 631 0025
|Australian Embassy in Croatia
Tel: +385 (1) 4891 200
|New Zealand Embassy in Croatia (Italy accredited)
Tel:+39 (06) 853 7501
|American Embassy in Croatia
Tel: +385 (1) 661 2200
|Canadian Embassy in Croatia
Tel: +385 (1) 488 1200
|South African Embassy in Croatia (Hungary accredited)
Tel: +36 (1) 392 0999
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Requirements are subject to change in accordance with the laws of Croatia. Information updated as at June 2016