Have you already chosen a destination for your wedding? If so, you'll want to make sure that you familiarize yourself with the marriage requirements at your destination. In this four part blog we will be laying out the requirements for the most popular destinations for Canadian couples. If you are planning a wedding in a country that is not listed please contact us and we can provide you with the information your require on your specific destination.
If you haven't already decided on a destination perhaps taking into consideration the marriage requirements at different destinations will help you to make your choice. The requirements differ significantly from destination to destination.
Part One: CUBA
Cuban Tourist Board
1200 Bay Street Suite 305, Toronto ON, M5R 2A5
Cuban Consulate Canada
If you have never been married before the marriage requirements for Cuba are relatively simple.
All you'll need is:
- A passport that is valid throughout your stay
- A tourist card (which you'll receive through the tour operator) and;
- A sheet that lists the following: names, home address, occupations, level of education, nationality, and the full names of your parents, living or deceased.
You will attach a copy of the photo page of your passport to this sheet and will be required to fax or email copies of all documentation to your hotel in Cuba at least three weeks in advance of your arrival. This will all be coordinated through the wedding planner at your resort.
If you or your partner have been married before you'll require (in addition to the valid passport and tourist card):
- If divorced: his/her Birth Certificate and Certificate of Divorce;
- If widowed: his/her Birth Certificate, Certificate of Marriage, and Certificate of Spouses' Death.
Have your birth certificate and any divorce/marriage/death certificates translated into Spanish and certified by a notary public and legalized by the Cuban consul in Canada (service fee applies).
- You are required to be in the country for a minimum of 72 hours.
- Be sure to bring all your original documents with you.
- Your marriage will be formalized in the name stated on your passport. Your passport must therefore be correct and the name on your passport must match that on all your other documents.
- After your wedding, your Marriage Certificate will be couriered at the hotel’s expense to the home address on your documents. Your marriage is legalized by the Canadian Embassy in Havana and the Cuban Foreign Affairs department.
For more information, contact the Cuban Consulate in Toronto or Montreal.
5353 Dundas St. West, Suite 401
Etobicoke, ON M9B 6H8
Tel: (416) 234 8181
Fax: (416) 234 2754
4542-4546 Decarie Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec. H3X 2H5
Tel: (514) 843-8897 / 843-7559 / 843-1063
Jurisdiction: Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland/Labrador