Gibraltar - Getting Married in Gibraltar

Tying the Knot on the Rock © iStockphoto
Tying the Knot on the Rock.

Getting Married in Gibraltar

Many people choose to follow in the footsteps of Sir Sean Connery and John Lennon and Yoko Ono and get married on the Rock.

What do I need to get married in Gibraltar?

For most people getting married in Gibraltar is reasonably simple. There are no residency restrictions and you can get married with 24 hours' notice, providing you have all the correct documentation (see below). However, as Gibraltar is very popular as a location for getting married, it is wise to plan well in advance.

To get married at Gibraltar's Registry Office, or another location in Gibraltar (see below) you need to present yourself at the registry at least 24 hours before you wish to get married. You will need the following:

  • your birth certificate
  • your passport
  • your "Certificate of No Impediment" (see below)
  • a copy of your divorce decree absolute, if you've been married before

The registrar will only accept originals, not photocopies.

Due to a recent amendment to the law, one overnight stay in Gibraltar is now required.

What is a CNI - Certificate of No Impediment?

A recent change in the documentation required to get married in Gibraltar, is that a "Certificate of No Impediment" (CNI) is needed from the British Consulate in Malaga. This will take at least three weeks to be issued - it's a legal requirement to give three weeks' notice of your marriage (the notice - the "banns of marriage" - is posted at the British Consulate in the district where you are "resident", and if, after three weeks, no legal impediment has been shown to exist, you are issued with the CNI).

You can also get married in locations in Gibraltar other than the registry Office, such as the Mount, the Botanical Gardens, as well as various hotels.