Marriage for Australian citizens

  1. Dear citizens of Australia, here you can find the information in case you would like to get married in the Czech Republic.
  2. The application for a marriage licence, as well as specific details about the procedure may be obtained from www.inter-wedding.com. The application is then to be submitted to this City Hall which is authorized to keep vital statistics records, or to a local church, some time before the planned marriage (approximately 14 days before).

The applicant is required to present the following documents to the local Czech authorities:

  1. Birth Certificate identifying the applicant's birth date and place of birth, their name and surname, as well as documentation concerning their parents (e.g. an abstract of the register of births).
  2. A document (e.g. passport) certifying the citizenship of the applicant.
  3. If widowed, the Death Certificate of the spouse.
  4. If divorced, the Decree Absolute granted by the court.
  5. Legal document certifying the applicant's ability to marry and certifying that no legal impediment exist, (i.e. that s/he is free to marry). These documents are required in order to guarantee that the marriage entered into in the Czech Republic will also be recognized by law in the applicant's native country. In Australia this document is called "No Impediment to Marriage Certificate" (CNI) and is issued by the appropriate Department of Foreign Affairs or "Single Status Certificate" which is issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. In New Zealand the document is "Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage" that is issued by "Births, Deaths and Marriages". It is also very helpful to obtain from the same office a "Certificate of Search" that confirms the marital status (single, divorced, widowed). CNI can also be issued by the Australian Consulate in Prague. To obtain the CNI you will need to:
    • complete and sign the Application for Certificate of No Impediment . This can be signed in your Embassy/Consulate in the presence of the Consular Officer or in the presence of a notary public
    • produce your current Australian passport
    • if you are divorced or widowed you will need to produce the relevant decree nisi or death certificate of your late spouse
    • pay the fee (equivalent of AUD90.00 for CNI and AUD20.00 for witnessing of signature on the Application - paid in local currency)
    • if you choose to arrange all formalities by mail you will need to send us a certified copy of your current passport and arrange for the money to be mailed to us.
      Please note that CNI is valid for three months from the date of issue.
  6. Document certifying that the applicant stays legally on the territory of the Czech Republic. This document is issued by the appropriate immigration authorities (Cizinecka policie).

All the documents must be certified by the Department of Foreign Affairs (Australia) with the Apostille and translated into the Czech language. All the translations can be done by the official interpreters which cooperate with our company.

Each of the City Halls in the Czech Republic may have specific requirements for foreign citizens wishing to enter into marriage in the Czech Republic. The Consulate of the Czech Republic in Sydney therefore strongly recommends the couple to contact the local City Hall to ascertain if anything else is required.

 

Apostille in Australia

Australia lodged its Instrument of Accession to The Hague Convention abolishing the requirement for Legalisation of Foreign Public Documents on 9 August 1994. Accession came into force for Australia on 16 March 1995. The apostille is placed either on the back of the document by a rubber stamp or computer generated image or, where there are several pages, these are bound and the apostille is placed on a covering sheet.

Documents include Birth, death and marriage certificates, decrees nisi and educational documents. The fee is 60 AUD.

There is also a company which can help you save your time and obtain Apostilles on your documents: http://www.apostille.com.au

 

Useful links and addresses:

Australian Consulate in Prague, Czech Republic

6th Floor, Solitaire Bldg

Klimentska ul. 10

Prague 110 00 - 1, Czech Republic

Telephone +420 2 2172 9260

Fax +420 2 9657 8352

 

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Head office http://www.dfat.gov.au/

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Consular Branch, R G Casey Building

John McEwen Crescent

Barton ACT 0221, AUSTRALIA

Tel: +61-2-62611111, Fax: +61-2-62612820

 

New South Wales Regional Office

www.dfat.gov.au/sydney

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Level 10, Angel Place

123 Pitt Street

Sydney NSW 2000, AUSTRALIA

Tel: +61-2-93566222, Fax: +61-2-93564238

Accepts payment by Bankcard (Australia only), MasterCard, Visa

 

Northern Territory Regional Office

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

5th Floor, Northern Territory House

22 Mitchell Street

Darwin NT 0800, AUSTRALIA

Tel: +61-8-89824199, Fax: +61-8-89824155

Accepts payment by Bankcard (Australia only), MasterCard, Visa

 

Queensland Regional Office

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

4th Floor, Commonwealth Government Centre

295 Ann Street

Brisbane QLD 4000, AUSTRALIA

Tel: +61-7-34054799, Fax: +61-7-34054782

 

South Australian Regional Office

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

5th Floor, Commonwealth Centre

55 Currie Street

Adelaide SA 5000, AUSTRALIA

Tel: +61-8-84034899, Fax: +61-8-84034873

Accepts payment by Bankcard (Australia only),Visa, MasterCard

 

Tasmanian Regional Office

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

4th Floor, 25 Argyle Street

Hobart TAS 7000, AUSTRALIA

Tel: +61-3-62384099, Fax: +61-3-62384022

 

Victorian Regional Office

http://www.dfatmelb.gov.au/

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Level 14, Casselden Place

2 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000, AUSTRALIA

Tel: +61-3-92215555, Fax: +61-3-92215455

Accepts payment by Bankcard (Australia only), Visa, MasterCard

 

Western Australian Regional Office

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Level 17, Exchange Plaza

Sherwood Court

Perth WA 6000, AUSTRALIA

Tel: +61-8-92314499

Accepts payment by Bankcard (Australia only), Visa, MasterCard