Documents necessary to be
married in Turkey:
1. Marriage petition (Evlenme
2. Certificate/Affidavit of
Eligibility to Marry (Evlenme
Ehliyet Belgesi): either a marriage
license from your own country, or
a statement from
your country's consulate or embassy
in Turkey that you meet your country's requirements to be married.
3. Personal identification (passport,
identification card, birth certificate
or health certificate, as required by the authorities).
4. Photographs of the
bride and groom (five copies
of each) for the official records.
You see that you probably already have one of the required document—your passport. Another, the photos of bride and groom, should be
easy to obtain well before you leave home.
You'll also save money, time and trouble
by obtaining a marriage license from
the appropriate authorities in your
own country before coming to Turkey.
If this is difficult (because yo a're
already in Turkey), you can obtain
one from your country's embassy or
consulate in Ankara, or perhaps in
another Turkish city (depending on
where your country's consulates are
Please note that if your own country won't allow you to be married, Turkey will not allow you to be married.
That leaves only the Marriage
petition to be obtained
Consulate-General in Istanbul's website Getting
Married page has
lots of good information useful
to anyone of any nationality wanting
to be married in Turkey. Be sure to also
check with your own country's consulate.
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—by Tom Brosnahan