Marriage and registered partnership

To register either a marriage or a partnership in Switzerland or abroad, your main point of reference is the registry office in which you have decided to celebrate the marriage or conclude your partnership. It is normally this office that decides what documents are required to mark this civil status event.

List of registry offices in Switzerland (de, fr, it)

You are advised nonetheless to learn in advance about the formalities involved and the civil status documents that may have to be prepared prior to the celebration of a civil status event. These advance steps will facilitate matters when it comes to entering your marriage or registered partnership in the Swiss civil status register (Infostar). To register in the register Infostar, the documents listed on this webpage are to be submitted to the Swiss representation competent for the country where the celebration has taken place.

If you plan to take up residence in Switzerland after marrying or registering a partnership, bear in mind that your foreign spouse or partner will need a residence permit and may require an entry visa. Please consult the Visa – Entry to and Residence in Switzerland section regarding an application to enter Switzerland for the purpose of family reunification.

If you are registered with a Swiss representation and have married or entered into a registered partnership in Switzerland you will need to report your change in civil status to the representation concerned so that the register of the Swiss Abroad can be updated. This will require submission of the following documents (as hard copy or in electronic form):

  • photocopy of the Swiss marriage certificate, Swiss family record or Swiss registered partnership document;
  • photocopy of the identity document of the foreign spouse or partner.

There is no fee for the registration in question.

If prior to the marriage or registered partnership your Swiss spouse or partner was not resident in the consular district of the Swiss representation, and plans to take up residence with you following the said civil status event, he or she will have to register in accordance with the application procedure described under the heading “Registration and change of address”.

Marriage

If you are planning to marry in the UAE you have a number of options depending on your religion and nationality. Please note that per UAE law at least one of the partners has to be residing in the UAE.

If you are Muslim, you can marry at the Court

If you are Catholic or Anglican, you can marry at church

If you do not wish to have a religious wedding, and if you are not Muslim, you will have to go back to the country of origin of your spouse or yourself.

Marriage in Switzerland

If you would like to get married in Switzerland, please contact the competent Swiss representation. You will have to fill in a number of forms on which the signature of you and your spouse have to be legalized by the consular officer (that means you will have to come in person).

The Swiss fiancé(e) will have to bring his or her passport with the residence visa.

The foreign fiancé(e) will have to produce the following original certificates:

  • Birth certificate, which includes the exact place of birth and names of the parents
  • Certificate of marital status, i.e. single, divorced, widowed.
  • If your spouse was married before:

o A certified copy of the final divorce decree showing the exact date when the judgment entered into force, or
o A certified copy of the death certificate of the former spouse

  • Passport with residence visa
  • If not resident in the UAE: certificate of domicile
     
Marriage in the UAE

In order to register your marriage in the UAE with the Swiss authorities, please send the following documents at your earliest convenience to the Swiss representation where you are registered:

  • A complete and certified copy of the marriage certificate (no abstract), legalized by the Ministery of Foreign Affairs.
  • If your spouse is a citizen of a foreign country: his or her birth certificate, which includes the exact place of birth and names of the parents. An original birth certificate may be requested by the responsible Swiss representation
  • If your spouse was married before:

o A certified copy of the final divorce decree showing the exact date when the judgment entered into force, or
o A certified copy of the death certificate of the former spouse

  • Passport copy of foreign spouse.

Important: please note that marriage and birth certificates as well as divorce decrees must be certified by the issuing authority not more than 6 months before they are sent for registration. They will not be returned to you by the responsible Swiss representation.

Marriage elsewhere

In order to register your marriage in Switzerland, please submit the following documents:

  • a complete and certified marriage certificate
  • an original birth certificate of your foreign spouse
  • if your spouse was married before, either

o a certified copy of the divorce decree showing the exact date when the judgement entered in force or
o a certified copy of the deatch certificate of the former spouse

  • passport copy of the foreign spouse

 

Disclaimer

The information about UAE laws and procedures is being given to the best of our knowledge. However, laws and procedures may be changed by the UAE authorities without informing us. Therefore, the Swiss Representations cannot be held liable for any inaccuracy in the information that has been or is being given concerning UAE laws and procedures.