Is it possible to marry at the Norwegian Embassy in Athens?
Unfortunately, the Embassy is not authorized to perform marriages. Non-Greek citizens can, however, get married in Greece, and non-Norwegian citizens can get married in Norway.
Marriage in Greece
Civil weddings are performed at the city/community hall by the relevant Greek local authorities. Contact information for local authorities may be found at www.ypes.gr. Religious weddings can be performed by the religion's priest if the religion of both parties is recognized in Greece. Please contact the church directly for further information.
Required documents: Please contact the local authorities of the place where you would like to get married for exact document/translation requirements and procedure for obtaining permission to marry, booking of time, fees involved as well as where/when you may obtain your wedding certificate. Required documents for non-Greek citizens include, among other, the following:
*These documents should carry an apostille per the Hague Convention of 05.10.61 issued only in Norway by the Chief Administrative County Officer (Fylkesmann), and should be translated into Greek:
NB: Some local authorities only accept translation to Greek by the Greek MFA Translation Service.
For any further information, please contact the Greek Embassy in Norway E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration of the marriage:
In Greece: Marriages of foreign citizens in Greece must be registered at the Registry (Lixiarchio) of the city in which the ceremony will be performed. This applies to all marriages, weather civil or religious, and must be done within 40 days following the ceremony. Marriages which are not registered have no legal validity.The official wedding certificate is issued within three working days after the wedding, and can be sent on to the married couple's home adress.
In Norway: Please send/give the Greek wedding certificate carrying an Apostille stamp to the Norwegian Embassy together with a translation of the wedding certificate into Norwegian or English (see information about translations here) and copies of the newly-weds passports . The Embassy will forward the documents to Skattedirektoratet, Sentralkontoret for folkeregistrering.
Marriage in Cyprus
Marriages are performed by the Cypriotic municipalities. Please visit the website of the Union of Cyprus municipalities to find the one closest to you. You can find more information about marriages in Cyprus on Celebration of Civil Marriages.
Marriage in Norway
In order to get married in accordance with the Norwegian Marriage Act, please fill in a Q-0150 declaration for verification of compliance with conditions for marriage.
Required additional documents are listed on the reverse side of the Q-0150 declaration form, including:
- Proof of identification, for example copy of birth certificate or passport.
- Q-0151 statement forms completed by the sponsors
- Proof of dissolution of any previous marriage
- Certificate of no impediment to marry from home country
- Proof of legal right to enter and stay in Norway. (Information is available from the Directorate of Immigration’s website: www.udi.no)
All documents must be sent to the National Population Register, Skatt nord Hammerfest, Personregisteret, Postboks 6310, 9293 Tromsø, Norway.
Amendments in the marriage was enacted by the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) 17. June 2008. The amendments came into force 1. January 2009. The amendment gives lesbians and gay men the right to enter marriage on the same basis as heterosexuals. Read more on the site of the Ministry of children, equality and social inclusion.
Civil weddings are performed by the Courts of Justice. For more information, please visit norway.no
* The information in this section is for your guidance. The Embassy cannot be held responsible for any errors. The appropriate Greek and Cypriotic authorities should be approached for detailed information.