You will need the following:
1) photocopy of
2) birth certificate (translated)
3) certificate of NO IMPEDIMENT
. Translated there or here at the embassy, or foreign ministry.
The original birth certificate
and letter of no impediment is a must; not photocopied. An exact duplicate. Both
BIRTH CERIFICATES and letters of NO IMPEDIMENT MUST contain the stamp of the
APOSTILLE CONVENTION of Hague treaty 1961
The passport may be photocopied
but the other two items MUST be sent by courier otherwise they can get
I don't need a power of attorney to process the license.
you are living outside of your native country, then the CERTIFICATE OF
IMPEDIMENT must be applied for in the country in which you have stayed for OVER
You can translate everything at the Greek consul abroad or the
embassy here will do it . The cert. Of impediment will take 15-30 days if done
here and will cost 60 Euros . . (The birth certificate is done automatically and
is included in the price. Ie. The Embassy can do the whole thing but to save
time get the IMPEDIMENT paper from there.
**IMPORTANT: The Town Hall will take about 8
days to grant the license
** If your country does not belong to the
Hague treaty then further investigation is necessary.
** The cost of stamps
for license (paravola) is about 40 euros per person subject to change. This
includes the sub expenses entailed.
Hall: (210) 3602-884, 3605-768
Marriage bureau (civic) tel.(210) 3621-601
Marriage bureau religious marriage tel.(210) 3213-117
Kokas (210) 8212-445 or 693-2503723
Some clarifications: The letter of NO
IMPEDIMENT is a paper which states that you are free to marry; ie. You are not
still married or not "quite divorced" from a previous marriage. If your country
is not part of the Hague convention, then a certified letter, from the city hall
of your state stating that the document is valid and true.
Let's take a typical
case: You are American, Canadian, Australian, EU and
need to be married here. Send me photocopies of passports, letters from the
Greek consul there or from a town hall with the stamp of apostille stating you
are free to marry, and original birth certificates also with the stamp of the
apostille, I'll send you by fax two applications and one guide. The applications
will be signed by you and your fiancÚ and the guide is to help you fill it in.
It really is simple. You send them back to me by courier, all the originals and
applications, and I'll get the license.
More basic information: It may sound
complicated but it really isn't. You can get the "no impediment" papers from
your city hall or Greek consul. The papers will have either a gold, yellow, or
blue color stamp on them and somewhere on the document the words: " Hague
The APOSTILLE is nothing more than a verification from the
town hall or Greek Consul which states that the papers you will send are indeed
valid . The Apostilled paper MUST state "Apostille" and have your name on it.
Sending these papers to me via UPS or other credible courier service is
preferred to regular mail as they may be delayed or even get lost.
procedure for RELIGIOUS marriages are the same except that a priest and a church
will have to Ok. The marriage and set a date. Here we need a "Best Man" and a
few other minor arrangements.
Estimated cost: For a civil wedding where
all papers are translated by the Greek Consul there: 250 Euros. For a religious
wedding, 350 Euros.
needed: 10 days for a civil wedding if all are
translated there, and 16 days if I do the translation here. For a religious
wedding, 14 days and 20 days respectively.
Note: All extras such as flowers,
photographers, music, accommodation, reception, etc. are not included in the
price , but I deal with George Gerassimedes , owner of FANTASY TRAVEL << www.fantasytravelofgreece.com
>> for this part of the wedding , as he and the agency has proven to be
extremely reliable , not a common trait for Greek agencies.
Another note: Best to get the license in
Athens and then get married anywhere in Greece. If you want to be married in
Athens, then we have to post the announcement in 2 daily newspapers 7 days
before the ceremony; if on an island then the announcement will have to be
posted outside the town hall (piece of paper no one looks at) 7 days before the
forget: A civil or religious marriage in Greece is
valid all over the world; thus the precise paperwork required.
See also www.greecetravel.com/weddings
information contact Dorian Kokas at www.athensguide.com/dorian
and for wedding arrangements see www.fantasytravelofgreece.com