OFFICIAL REGISTRATION OF MARRIAGE IN MAURITIUS
Marriage on Fr. Mauritius is recognized as valid in all countries that have signed the Hague Convention, including the Russian Federation.
For marriage, clients must arrive in Mauritius at least 2 working days before the date of registration of marriage, and 5 weeks before this date, provide the following documents:
– a copy of the passport of the bride and groom;
– a copy of the birth certificate of the bride and groom;
– a statement from both parties that they want to marry in Mauritius on the specified date, indicating the address of permanent residence in Russia and the place of work;
– if the bride/groom was already married before, it is necessary to provide a copy of the divorce certificate and/or death certificate (in case of widowhood), a certificate from the doctor that the bride is not pregnant if less than 10 months;
– documents confirming the change of surname – in case of a surname change earlier.
Documents must be translated into English and notarized.
Please note that additional documents may be required in each specific case. Ceremonies are held only on weekdays (Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays). The hotel only hosts one ceremony per day.
The cost of official registration of marriage in Mauritius – 750 euros *, which includes administrative and organizational costs, registrar, lawyer and other legal costs, transport to Port Louis and to the district (near the hotel) civil status office, and back to the hotel, services of a Russian-speaking interpreter to accompany tourists in Port Louis and help during the passage of the necessary official procedures, as well as on the day of the ceremony at the hotel.
– wedding ceremony at the hotel (from 340 euro*)
– accommodation (ask for special offers for honeymooners), flights, transfers, insurance
– surcharge for holding a wedding ceremony on weekends/holidays
* – the specified cost is subject to change without prior notice.
Procedure marriage in Mauritius consists of several stages. Upon arrival in Mauritius, at least 2 working days before the scheduled wedding date, the couple goes to Port Louis to go through the necessary formalities: first, to the Civil Registry Office to verify all documents, the Supreme Court to issue an affidavit and obtain permission to register a marriage in Mauritius. After that, you need to visit the district Civil Status Office (in the area where the hotel is located), where an application for registration of marriage is submitted and the upcoming marriage is announced. The wedding can be played no earlier than 24 hours after passing all the formalities. The ceremony is conducted by the registrar of the Civil Status Registry Office of the area where the young people live. The passage of the above formalities takes, as a rule, about 4 hours. We strongly recommend using the services of an English-speaking guide-interpreter, because all formalities and ceremony are conducted in English/French. While visiting Port Louis, the future spouses must follow the official dress code to go through the formalities: the groom should wear long trousers and closed shoes, the bride is not allowed to come in a miniskirt, sundress (t-shirts and slippers are also not allowed).
An apostilled marriage certificate is issued to the newlyweds within 8 working days after the ceremony (delivered to the hotel or, if the newlyweds have already left Mauritius, sent to the specified address, in which case an additional postage fee of 35 euros will be charged).
Please note that according to the legislation of the Republic of Mauritius, only the bride’s maiden name is entered in the marriage certificate. If the bride wants to take her husband’s surname, she will need to issue a certificate of name change in the registry office at the place of residence in Russia.
Symbolic wedding ceremony in Mauritius
Symbolic wedding ceremony on about. Mauritius is held only for those who are already married, it is mandatory to present a marriage certificate. As a rule, the ceremony is held on the territory of the hotel: on the beach, in the garden, in a specially decorated gazebo – gazebo, but at the request of customers, the wedding ceremony can be held anywhere on the island and even under water! The ceremony is conducted by an official representative of the municipality.
Many hotels in Mauritius provide newlyweds with discounts on accommodation (up to 100% discount on accommodation for the bride) and give gifts.
The cost of a symbolic wedding ceremony consists of administrative expenses of 265 €, the services of a Russian-speaking guide-interpreter during the ceremony of 150 € (required if at least one of the newlyweds does not speak English or French) and the cost of the wedding package ( from 270 € ) .
Additionally paid: accommodation (ask for special offers for honeymooners), flights, transfers.
Visa to Mauritius
For citizens of the CIS to enter Mauritius for up to 180 days, there is no need to apply for a visa in advance, as it opens right at the airport for a period of 60 days and can be easily extended if necessary. At the airport, you must present a valid passport, a completed immigration form (usually issued on the plane or upon arrival at the airport), a return ticket, an invitation from the host, or a tourist voucher. From November 01, 2012, it is no longer necessary to have a passport that expires at least 6 months after the date of the planned return to the country of residence. The Government of Mauritius has decided to simplify the rules for entering the territory of the State of Mauritius. According to the new regulation, citizens of the Russian Federation arriving in Mauritius must present a passport during passport control, the validity of which covers the period of their stay in Mauritius.
Changing the validity period of a passport to enter Mauritius:
The Government of Mauritius has decided to simplify the rules for entering the territory of the State of Mauritius. According to the new regulation, citizens of the Russian Federation arriving in Mauritius, when passing through passport control, must provide a passport, the validity of which covers the period of their stay in Mauritius.
From November 1, 2012, it is no longer necessary to have a passport that expires at least 6 months after the date of the planned return to the country of residence.
As for the rest of the documents, they will still need to be presented at passport control: a return ticket with a confirmed departure date from Mauritius, as well as a voucher confirming a hotel reservation before the departure date indicated on the ticket.
For citizens of the Russian Federation, the allowed period of stay on the island remains the same: 2 months. This period can be extended up to 6 months if the necessary documents are available.