Documents necessary to be
married in Turkey:
1. Marriage petition (Evlenme
2. Certificate of Celibacy/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
3. Personal identification (passport,
identification card, birth certificate
or health certificate).
4. Photographs of the
bride and groom (five copies
of each) for the official records.
You see that one of these (passport)
you probably have already. Another
(photos of bride and groom) is fairly
easy to get 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 you'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
That leaves only the Marriage
petition to be obtained
Istanbul's Beyoğlu Municipality
website has a useful summary of documents and
procedures for marrying in Turkey. More...
Consulate-General in Istanbul's website Getting
Married page has some 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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for your wedding (hotels, flights,
cars or vans, wedding facilities, catering,
etc.), my friends at Travel
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