Mauritius Wedding

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Welcome to our guide to getting married in Mauritius. Before you go into depth about the specifics for your wedding in Mauritius we have an article that we suggest you read first.

The tropical island of Mauritius is one of the top ten honeymoon destinations for wedding couples. But many are now choosing to combine their wedding and honeymoon to create an unforgettable wedding experience. Mauritius is renewed for its palms tree, beautiful white sandy beaches, blue lagoons and plentiful coral reefs. They have a generously mixed population predominantly of Asians, Europeans and Africans. The official language of Mauritius is English which makes it even easier for UK couples to tie the knot.

UK residents wishing to marry in Mauritius can have either a Civil Ceremony or a Religious Ceremony.



Residency Stay

To have a Civil Ceremony you only need be resident 24 hours before the wedding is to be performed. However it would be better to arrive at least 3 days before the wedding in order to complete the necessary formalities in good time. You should check the period of stay with the civil status office as this can vary.

If you intend to have a Religious Ceremony you are required to be resident for at least one week in Mauritius, provided that your complete wedding document has reached us one month prior to the wedding date. If you plan to get married at the hotel where you are staying, most require you to stay for a minimum of 7 nights. 

Civil Ceremony

Before you fly out to Mauritius first you will need to apply for a Certificate of Non-residence. This can be obtained in advance by sending a request to the Registrar of Civil Status at least one month before your intended wedding date. When making the request it must be accompanied with copies of both couples full birth certificates and a copy of the first three pages of your passports, as well as any relevant divorce/death documentation. The certificate is issued by the Prime Minister's Office in Port Louis, so you should allow a minimum of 10 days for the processing of your paperwork before your wedding date.

You should enquire as to any other relevant documentation that maybe needed on application of your Certificate of Non-residence.

On arrival to Mauritius you will need to visit the Civil Status Office ensure you have all your original basic documents with you otherwise you will not be able to collect the non-residence certificate. You must then swear an affidavit before a judge in chambers in Port Louis. The Civil wedding may then be celebrated one day after the publication of your marriage banns, providing you have agreed a time and location with the Registrar. Weddings can be held any working day, Monday to Friday, excluding Public Holidays.

Civil Ceremonies are conducted by a Civil Status Officer commonly at the local register office or hotel, where the couple are staying or a beach.

If you are having a hotel wedding ceremony check with the hotel whether they can guarantee only one wedding per day at the resort. This will mean you don't have to share your special day with another wedding party.

The ceremony lasts between 20-30 minutes after which you will receive your Wedding Certificate. Clarify with the Civil Status Office to ensure that your Wedding will be registered in Mauritius and in doing so will be legal back home in the UK.

Witnesses

Two witnesses are requires to be present throughout the proceedings.

Religious Ceremony

If you wish to have a Religious Ceremony you are required to be resident on the island a minimum of 15 days prior to the ceremony taking place.

It is possible to have either an Anglican or Catholic Wedding in Mauritius, however although Catholic weddings are possible they are very difficult to arrange for non-Mauritians.

Before you can have a religious wedding you must first have had a Civil Wedding (this may also be referred to as a standard wedding), this can either be performed in Mauritius or back home in the UK. However it would be easier and reduce the amount of red-tape you experience considerably should you choose to marry back home.

Restrictions

If either you or your partner have been divorced then it will not be possible for you to have a Religious Ceremony.

Anglican Wedding

If you wish to have an Anglican wedding you should contact your local parish minister in the UK and the minister who is to perform the ceremony in Mauritius to help you prepare the required documents. You will need copies of the following documents:

  • Confirmation certificate.
  • Certificate of No Impediment from your local Register Office in the UK .
  • Wedding Certificate (this can either be obtained in advance in Mauritius or back home in the UK).


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    You should allow plenty of time to obtain the necessary documents and enquire as to whether there are any further conditions that need to be met.

    Be prepared to visit the church in Mauritius and meet with the minister where you intend to marry at least once before your wedding day, to discuss wedding arrangements.

    Catholic Weddings

    If you wish to have a Catholic Wedding you should contact your local parish priest in the UK and the Port Louis Diocese in Mauritius to help you prepare the required documents. You will need copies of the following documents:

    • Confirmation certificate.
    • Certificate of No Impediment from your local Register Office in the UK.
    • Wedding Certificate (this can either be obtained in advance in Mauritius or back home in the UK).
    • An authorised letter from your local parish priest in the UK testifying of your request to marry in Mauritius.

    You should allow plenty of time to obtain the necessary documents and enquire as to whether there are any further conditions that need to be met.

    You will be asked to visit the church in Mauritius and meet with the Priest where you intend to marry at least once before your wedding day, to discuss wedding arrangements.

    The Religious wedding whether it is Anglican or Catholic can be performed any working day, Monday to Friday, but not during the 40 day Lent period, prior to Easter. A Religious Ceremonies takes approximately one hour to perform.

    Witnesses

    The Religious ceremony requires the presence of at least two witnesses.

    Basic Documentation

    If you intend to marry in Mauritius you will need the following documentation:

    • A birth certificate.
    • A valid 10-year passport.
    • If divorced1 a Decree of Absolute.
    • If widowed a spouses death certificate along with the previous marriage certificate.
    • If you have changed your name by Deed Poll or you were adapted, proof of this needs to be presented of which must be authenticated by a notary or solicitor. 
    • Written consent from your parents or guardians (if either of you are under 18 years of age) in the form of an affidavit authorised by a notary or solicitor.

    Photocopies of the above documents should be sent out in advance to the Civil Status Office and you should present the originals on your arrival, in Port Louis, Mauritius.

    1 Divorced women intending to marry in Mauritius less than ten months after their divorce has been finalised will need a local doctor's certificate of non-pregnancy.

    For further information:

    The Registrar of Civil Status

    Civil Status Division
    7th Level
    Emmanuel Anquetil Building
    Port Louis
    Mauritius
    Tel: 00 230 2013203
    Email address: civstat@mail.gov.mu

    Embassy of Mauritius, in London

    33 Elvaston Place,
    London SW7 5NW
    Tel: 020 7581 0294-8

    British High Commission

    7th Floor
    Les Cascades Building
    Edith Cavell Street
    Port Louis
    Tel: (230) 202 9400
    Email: bhc@bow.intnet.mu

    Official Tourism site: Getting married in Mauritius

    Contact for Catholic Weddings

    Eveche of Port Louis
    13, Mons Sgr Gonin Street
    Port Louis
    Tel: 00 230 208 30 68
    Email: eveche@intnet.mu

     

     

    IMPORTANT

    Whilst every effort to ensure that the above information is correct, it may be subject to change at any time. Please always check with the official authorities before proceeding. If you notice some outdated information please let us know.