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Getting Married in Gibraltar
Many people choose to follow in the footsteps of late 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 (Address: 3 Secretary's Lane, Gibraltar GX11 1AA, Gibraltar Phone: +350 200 72289), 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" or "Affidavits"
- a copy of your divorce decree absolute, if you've been married before
The registrar will only accept originals, not photocopies.
One overnight stay in Gibraltar is now required, proof of this such as a hotel bill for at least one night after or before the day of the wedding.
What is an Affidavits?
In order to get married or enter into a civil partnership at the Registry by means of a Special Licence, you must be able to satisfy the Registrar that you are able to do so by completing Affidavits and signing them before a Commissioner for Oaths or a Notary Public of your choice in Gibraltar.
What is a CNI - Certificate of No Impediment?
For Spanish residents a "Certificate of No Impediment" (CNI) is an alternative to the affidavits and can be obtained fromthe 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.