Would you like to get married in Cuba?

Once you have decided to get married in Cuba, it is time to find out what you need to do in order to get married on the island. As for the ceremony, the truth is that the prices are variable and depend on various factors such as the budget of the bride and groom, the number of guests, the location, etc.

However, before considering all these details, it is necessary to find out about the documentation necessary to get married in Cuba and the costs of notary services.

What documentation is needed to get married in Cuba? How much does it cost to get married in Cuba? Throughout this article you will discover the answer to these questions.

Who can get married in Cuba?

  • Cubans and foreigners residing in the national territory.
  • Cubans residing abroad and Cubans residing in Cuba.
  • Foreigners and Cubans living abroad who decide to travel to the country for the wedding.
  • Foreigners who decide to get married in Cuba during tourism stays.

Marriage in Cuba for foreigners

Documents to be submitted:

  • Valid passport and permit to stay in Cuba.
  • Literal birth certificate.
  • In case of being single, single certificate, faith of life and status or sworn statement authorized by the Notary. (This document is valid for 6 months.)
  • If you are a widower, you must present the marriage certificate and the death certificate of the ex-spouse.
  • If you are divorced, you must file the divorce decree.The woman who has been divorced for less than 300 days must provide a medical certificate that certifies whether or not she is in a state of pregnancy.
  • Minors under 18 years of age must present the authorization of both parents
  • If the documentation was not made in Spanish, it must be translated and legalized.

Marriage in Cuba for Cubans residing abroad

Documents to be submitted:

  • Valid Cuban passport.
  • Literal birth certificate. It must not be legalized by MINREX.
  • If you are single, you must present a single certificate. (This document is valid for 6 months.)
  • In case of being divorced, you must present the certification of the divorce decree. The woman who has been divorced for less than 300 days must provide a medical certificate that certifies whether or not she is in a state of pregnancy.
  • If you are a widower, you must provide the marriage certificate and the death certificate of the former spouse.
  • Minors  under 18 years of age must present the authorization of both parents
  • If the documentation was not made in Spanish, it must be translated and legalized.

Marriage in Cuba for Cubans residing in Cuba

Documents to be submitted:

  • I.D.
  • Literal birth certificate.
  • In case of being single, it is not mandatory to present the single certificate.
  • If you are divorced, you must file the certification of the divorce decree. The woman who has been divorced for less than 300 days must provide a medical certificate that certifies whether or not she is in a state of pregnancy.
  • If you are a widower, you must provide the marriage certificate and the death certificate of the former spouse.
  • Minors under 18 years of age must present the authorization of both parents.
  •  the documentation was not made in Spanish, it must be translated and legalized.

Same-sex marriage in Cuba

According to the Family Code, marriage is the voluntary union between a man and a woman, therefore, same-sex marriage is not allowed.

Marriage in Cuba by proxy

If any reason prevents the foreign or Cuban resident abroad from appearing in Cuba, he must grant a power of attorney before a Notary or the Cuban Consul of the country in which he is, in favor of a person who will represent him in the act marriage formalization.

Proxy marriage is not supported in countries such as the United States, France, Switzerland, Canada, Belgium, and England.

To perform a proxy marriage, you must present, in addition to the documents indicated in advance:

The party residing abroad must send to Cuba to be presented by the attorney before the Notary:

The Power to contract marriage legalized by the Consulate. If it has been issued in a language other than Spanish, it must be presented legally translated and legalized before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX).

You can grant power of attorney at the Cuban Consulate in the country of residence and must be legalized in MINREX before making the request. If they have been issued in a country where Cuba does not have a Consular Office, they must be legalized in a Cuban Consulate located in the country that the interested party decides.

So that the foreign contracting party can issue power of attorney:

You must have the personal information of the Cuban contracting party and of the person in favor of whom will grant power, who will be the one to represent you in the act of formalizing the marriage. This person must be of legal age, of any sex or nationality.

Required information of the proxy person:

Name and surname.

Birthplace, Citizenship, Occupation.

Marital status.

Home address.

ID number.

Once the documentation is ready, the contracting parties must appear at the offices of Consultoría Jurídica Internacional, S.A., where the Special Notaries are located. These reside in all the province capitals.

Once the service has been requested, all the documentation and the personal information of the witnesses will be delivered to the Notary.

After the details of the documentation have been explained, the time has come to talk about the notary fees or tariffs for your wedding in Cuba.

  • The Instruction of the marriage file, its formalization and delivery of two marriage certificates: 525.00 cuc.
  • The protocolization of the certificates provided for the formalization of the marriage act: 100.00 cuc.

There are other services that depend on the previous request of the couple:

  • The immediacy (formalization of the marriage in 24h): 75.00 cuc

*stamps will be added for a value of 100.00 cup (equivalent to 4 cuc). This service must be requested and paid immediately.

  • The transfer of the notary and constitution out of headquarters: 100.00 CUC during working hours and 150.00 CUC outside it.

We hope that this information has resolved all your doubts about the necessary documentation and the prices of planning a marriage in Cuba. Once this stage of legal procedures has expired, we recommend you visit our wedding packages, where you can find a wide variety of options for your wedding ceremony in Cuba.

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