ESSENTIAL DOCUMENTS – CIVIL WEDDINGS
The following documents are required for a civil wedding in
Santorini, Greece that is legally valid worldwide.
Bride and groom’s passports.
a. Photo copy of each passport
b. No Apostille necessary
c. No translation necessary
Marriage License/Registration of Marriage from your City
Hall – OR - “Single Status” letter (also known as “Letter of
No Impediment” OR CNI – “Certificate of No Impediment”)
separate letters for the bride & the groom. The “Single
Status” letter is a document issued from your local
government/town hall/registrar’s office that ensures that
there is not a problem for you to get married. Kindly take
note that depending on your country of origin, these
documents may have a time limit of validity (expiration
d. Documents to be authenticated with the apostille
(more information below)
e. Important: The apostille must be issued by the
state/country where your document was issued.
f. Translation into the Greek language (more information
i. European & US citizens MUST obtain a Marriage License
and NOT a Single Status letter.
ii. US citizens must ensure the Marriage License states
the name of the person who they wish to marry.
iii. Couples who will remain in Santorini for less than
24 hours in total MUST obtain a Marriage License and NOT
a Single Status Letter.
iv. Under Greek Law a Marriage License has a 3 month
validity only. In some countries & certain US States a
Marriage License can be obtained with a 6-month
validity. This is acceptable by Greek Authorities as
long as the 6-month validity is clearly printed on the
document and has not expired before the date of the
Birth Certificates for each individual.
g. Documents to be authenticated with the Apostil (more
h. Certificates to be issued no more than 6 months prior
to the wedding.
i. Important: The Apostil must be issued by the
state/country where your document was issued. For
example, if you possess a British birth certificate, the
Apostil must be issued in Britain. This is regardless of
j. Translation into Greek language (more information
Divorce Certificate/Decree in the event there are
k. Photo copy sufficient
l. No Apostil necessary
m. No translation necessary
n. Original divorce certificate must be brought with you
(however this document is not kept by the Santorini
Xerox copies of passport’s of the 2 witnesses
Please bring copies with you to Santorini. No pre-approval
by the celebrant necessary.
Translations can be prepared at your local Greek Embassy
or Consulate. In the event that you do not have access
to a Greek Embassy or Consulate, you can send the
documents via registered mail or courier and we will
take care of the legal translation (there is a 200 euro
fee for this service).
You will be able to find where you need to go or who to
contact in any participating country for the apostille
at this website link.
Certain documents may be “named” differently in
different countries or have country/state specific
requirements. Please inquire within your region for
Once you have all documents with their authentication
(with apostille) in English, please fax to us for review
PRIOR to translating. Once we contact you that all is
fine with the paperwork, you can then proceed with
translation. Fax #: +30 22860 28116 attn: Mrs. Maria /
Once translation is completed, kindly fax all copies
(English & Greek) to us at least 20 days prior to the
wedding date. Same fax as above.
Please bring all your original documents with you to
All original documents (in English and Greek) will be
acquired by the Santorini Town Hall for proper
documentation. Should you want to keep your originals,
please obtain “notarized copies” of your original
documents and use those as your “original” wedding
documents and have those accompanied by the relative
apostilles and translated.
The day after your ceremony you will receive an
officially signed marriage certificate in Greek.
Your marriage certificate will be valid