According to the Turkish Marriage Legislation and regulations, a Turkish national and a foreigner or two foreigners with different nationalities can get married in Turkey, Civil marriage in Turkey can be done only by the competent Turkish authorities.
Two foreigners from the same nationality can marry in Turkey either in the offices of their own country’s embassy or consulate or in the Turkish Marriage Offices run by local municipalities.
Please note that religious weddings are not recognised by the State, there has to be a Civil Marriage in Turkey.
A foreigner who wants to get married in Turkey should know that only civil marriages are legally recognized. Additionally, any foreign or local citizen can have a religious ceremony only if he/she wants. A foreigner who is not legally allowed to marry in his country of residence can’t marry also in Turkey.
All the marriages in Turkey, whether they are foreigners or Turkish, have to be conducted by the Turkish authorities and should be regulated according to the Turkish Civil Code and its related regulations.
Requirements for Registration of Civil Marriage in Turkey
1. Petition of the Marriage:
To start an action, the groom and bride must file a petition of the marriage in person at the Municipality (Belediye), called as “Evlenme Beyannamesi” in Turkish,
2. Passport and Birth Certificate:
which has to be translated in Turkish by relevant authorities; this can be the Turkish Embassy in your country of origin or a certified notary in Turkey,
3. Health Certificate:
which has to be taken from a State medical institution in Turkey, and must be in Turkish,
4. Passport Size Photos:
6 photos of the bride and another 6 photos of the groom must be printed in standard passport size
5. Certificate of Capacity to Marry:
(Certificate of Celibacy), which states if a person is single, divorced, or widow. To be taken from the proper Civil Status Register of his/her own country. If this Certificate is to be issued in the country of the foreigner then it should be certified by the Turkish Consulate or Embassy there. It should also be translated into Turkish and notarized, otherwise it will not be valid for Civil Marriage in Turkey.
The Certificate of Celibacy can also be issued by the Consulate of the country of the foreigner located in Ankara or in Istanbul which has to be certified by the Governor of Ankara/Istanbul. Or if it’s issued by the Embassy of the country of the foreigner in Ankara then it has to be certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Turkish Republic in Ankara, and
6. Accommodation Document:
If both partners are foreigners planning to register their Civil Marriage in Turkey then a letter should be written by the hotel that they’re staying. In this letter, the duration of stay and date of departure will be written.
Read our comprehensive guide to learn more about: the required documents for registering a foreign civil marriage in Turkey