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Marriage in Turkey

Marriage in Turkey

Updated on Monday 18th April 2016

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marriage_in_turkey.jpgA 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.

If two foreigners of the same nationality decide to get married in Turkey, they will go in front of the authorities from the embassy or consulate of their country in Turkey or in front of Turkish authorities who are entitled to perform civil marriages.

If you choose the second option, you need firstly a proof that you are allowed to marry. You can obtain this document from the authorities in your country of residence or from the embassy of your country in Turkey.

If the foreigners have two different nationalities, they must go to the Turkish authorities for marriage. The same procedure is settled also for marriages between a foreign citizen and a Turkish citizen.

Conditions for getting married in Turkey

Every citizen who wants to get married in Turkey, in front of the Turkish authorities or the officials from the embassy, must observe the following conditions:

-   to be 19 years old or older; if one of the future spouses is younger, he/she needs a special consent from his/her parents;
-   is not mentally ill;
-   is not close relatives to his/her future spouses;
-  if he/she was married before in any other country, then it is necessary to present a proof of divorce or marriage dissolution.

The citizens who want to get married in Turkey need a few documents, such as a petition, a certificate of celibacy proving he/she is eligible to marry, identification papers, photos of the two future spouses, health certificate.

There are also a few regulations for marring in Turkey. The two future spouses must be woman and man and the Turkish women, who have divorced before, must wait 300 days until they will marry again. Another country prefered by Turkish citizens for getting married is UAE with its famous Dubai where more and more ceremonies take place every year. For marriage in UAE, there are other conditions to observe. 

If you are a foreign citizen, you want to marry in Turkey and you need legal advice, our Turkish lawyers will provide you information and legal assistance. Many new families want to have children after their marriage, so they need medical services in this regard and they should know that Turkey has modern facilities similar to Western countries.