Caribbean Sailing Vacations by Ed Hamilton

CARIBBEAN WEDDING REQUIREMENTS

Anguilla Antigua Bahamas
Dominica British Virgin Islands Grenada
Guadeloupe Martinique St. Barts
St. Eustatius St. Kitts & Nevis St. Lucia
St. Maarten/St. Martin Saba St. Vincent & the Grenadines
  U.S. Virgin Islands  

Please note that while we try to keep all our information accurate, requirements do change and we cannot be responsible for errors. If you are concerned, please check with one of our staff or with the relevant tourist office.

BAHAMAS
Affidavit is needed for newlyweds, which can be obtained from the US Embassy for a fee of $10 in the Bahamas. For divorcees, the original or certified copy of final decree is required. In the case of widows, a copy of the death certificate is required. A 15-day residency is required before obtaining license. However, a 3-day waiver can be obtained from the Registrar General prior to arrival. To contact Ministry of Tourism call 242-326-5371. Fax: 242-328-0945.

US VIRGIN ISLANDS
U.S. & Canadian citizens need proof of citizenship (certified copy of birth certificate or the original with a raised seal) PLUS a photo ID (such as a driver’s license). Entry requirements for all others are the same as for entering the United States from any foreign destination.

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
One of the parties is required to be in the BVI 3 days before applying for a Special License to be married. Fees are $110 (in BVI postage stamps): $50 (in BVI stamps) for those residents for 15 days or more. Proof of identity and proof of marital status are also required (certified copies of decree absolute for divorced spouses or death certificate for deceased spouse). If you require other details, write to: Registrar’s Office, PO Box 418, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands or phone 284-494-3701.

ST. MAARTEN/St. MARTIN
ST. MAARTEN - Residency must be established (one year) prior to marriage.

ST. MARTIN - Must present proof of citizenship such as a valid passport or birth certificate, and proof of divorce, if applicable. One partner must have resided in the French West Indies for at least 30 days prior to the application for license. A "Bulletin de Marriage" is delivered at the ceremony. No fees. Surrounding islands with the same requirements: Saba, St. Eustatius,

ANGUILLA
Both parties must stay at least 2 days on island before marriage and pay a fee of US$284. Documents: Birth certificate and passport. Divorce papers or death certificate if applicable.

ST. BART'S
Documents needed: Birth certificate (or copy with raised seal), Certificate of Good Conduct (including certification of "single status"), Residency Card (one of the couple must have resided on the island at least one month), Medical Certificate (including blood test) issued within 3 months of marriage, and French translation of English documents. A "Bulletin de Marriage" is delivered at ceremony. No fee is involved.

ST. KITTS
Proof of citizenship in the form of a passport or birth certificate. Proof on non-marital status. If resident for 15 days prior to marriage, the license fee will be $20. If resident for 2 days, the license fee will be $80.

ANTIGUA
Effective immediately, a couple need only appear at the Ministry of Legal Affairs in the capital of St. John’s to complete and sign a necessary declaration before a Marriage Coordinator and pay the $150 license fee. The Coordinator will arrange to perform a civil ceremony at any of Antigua’s hotels or another venue selected by the couple for $50. Several hotels and resorts offer wedding/honeymoon packages. For more information on civil or religious wedding ceremonies contact the Antigua and Barbuda Dept. of Tourism in New York.

GUADELOUPE
Documents needed: Birth certificate (or copy with raised seal), Certificate of Good Conduct (including certification of "single status"), Residency Card (one of the couple must have resided on the island at least one month), Medical Certificate (including blood test) issued within 3 months of marriage, and French translation of English documents. A "Bulletin de Marriage" is delivered at ceremony. No fee is involved.

MARTINIQUE
Birth and Medical Certificates are required. Contact the French Ambassador of your country. 15 days, for publication of the banns, should be allowed.

ST. LUCIA
Application to be married must be made by a local solicitor to the Attorney General who prepares and signs the license after a 2-day residency period in St. Lucia. The Attorney General should receive the application at least 4 working days before the wedding date.

ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES
Documents required: individual passports plus EC$20 stamps and all legal documents for Divorce & Death of previous spouse. An application for a Special Marriage License should be completed after a stay of 1 day. A fee of $185 should be paid to the Treasury.

GRENADA
Aliens must be resident 3 days before they can make an application & must provide proof of their marital status. Under 18's need permission from their parents or guardians. Fees are US$10.

DOMINICA
At least one member of the party must be in Dominica for a minimum of 15 days before applying for a license. Birth certificate, passport size photos, proof of citizenship are required. Also, proof of divorce or death certificates if applicable. Fees are currently under review.