Each year, many Australians choose to marry in Greece, particularly on the Greek Islands.
In the first instance, you should contact the Priest or the Marriage Celebrant who is to marry you, or your wedding planner, for confirmation of the documents required.
The documents listed below are the standard documents required by the authorities in Greece to issue the relevant Marriage Licence.
- Your Birth Certificates from Births, Deaths & Marriages (Full Copy version, not the Extract version)
- A “No Record Search” Certificate for each party, for at least the past five (5) years from Births, Deaths & Marriages.
- Certificate of No Impediment for each party. This can be obtained from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Level 17, 150 Charlotte Street, Brisbane) see website www.dfat.gov.au
- Decree Nisi Absolute or Divorce Certificate issued by the Family Court (only required for those who have been married before and are legally divorced)
The above documents need to have the “Apostille” Seal affixed to them by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Level 17, 150 Charlotte Street, Brisbane) before bringing them to the Consulate. You will require an appointment for the Apostille. Telephone the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 1300 935 260 for an appointment.
If you are planning on having a Religious (Greek Orthodox) ceremony, the following documents will also be required, but do not need the “Apostille” Seal affixed to them:-
- Your Baptism Certificate issued by the Parish Priest of the Church you were baptised at; and
- A Celibacy Certificate issued by the Parish Priest of your Parish Church.