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.
An 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 the 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 a 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 a 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 is 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
Residency must be established (one year) prior to marriage. 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 a license. A “Bulletin de Marriage” is delivered at the ceremony. No fees. Surrounding islands with the same requirements: Saba, St. Eustatius.
Both parties must stay at least 2 days on the island before marriage and pay a fee of US$284. Documents: Birth certificate and passport. Divorce papers or death certificate if applicable.
Documents needed: Birth certificate (or copy with raised seal), Certificate of Good Conduct (including certification of “single status”), Residency Card (one of the couples 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 the ceremony. No fee is involved.
Proof of citizenship in the form of a passport or birth certificate. Proof on non-marital status. If the resident for 15 days prior to marriage, the license fee will be $20. If a resident for 2 days, the license fee will be $80.
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.
Documents needed: Birth certificate (or copy with a raised seal), Certificate of Good Conduct (including certification of “single status”), Residency Card (one of the couples 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 the ceremony. No fee is involved.
Birth and Medical Certificates are required. Contact the French Ambassador of your country. 15 days, for publication of the banns, should be allowed.
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 the 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.
Aliens must be residents 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.
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.