Can I Legally get Married in Mauritius?
Mauritius is the ultimate tropical paradise and perfect for your wedding celebrations. They have an abundance of luxury venues to choose from including The One&Only Le Saint Géran and The Oberoi Mauritius. Tying the knot in Mauritius is surprisingly easy to organise, you just need to make sure you follow these guidelines closely to ensure there are no hiccups on the special day:
- At least 6 weeks before you travel to Mauritius (but we recommend doing it earlier), you will need to send copies of all of the documents listed below. These should all be sent to the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Port Louis.
- You must get your birth certificate re-issued within 3 months of your wedding date for it to be appropriate.
- You will also need at least 2 witnesses present to sign the appropriate forms. If it is just you and your partner at the wedding, your hotel can organise 2 witnesses for you if necessary. It is also important that you bear in mind that legally you can only marry Monday – Friday, excluding public holidays. Similarly, be aware of the best time of year to marry in Mauritius in terms of the climate.
- If you want to completely simplify the whole process, we would recommend booking a wedding planner to organise all the paperwork for you. Or alternatively, you can book your wedding and honeymoon package with a hotel that specialises in these two areas.
- In order to wed, you only have to have been in Mauritius for 1 day beforehand. This is so you can finalise and confirm all the paperwork with the Registrar in Port Louis.
- After that, the process is exactly the same as if you were marrying in your home country. Simple! If you have any questions or want to keep up to date with the most recent information, we recommend contacting your consulate or embassy in Mauritius.
- Passport (and at least 2 photocopies of it).
- Birth certificate (re-issued for within 3 months of your wedding).
- Return airline tickets.
- Passports of two witnesses.
- Appropriate fee.
- Divorce certificate (if necessary from previous marriage).
- Death certificate (if you have been widowed).