The Marriage of Foreigners in Turkey

The Marriage of Foreigners in Turkey

In Turkey, the law which will apply to transactions involving foreign elements and relations regarding private law was organized by the International Private Law (“IPL”), No. 5718. It is possible to marry the two foreigners in Turkey. The marriage license and conditions are subject to the national law of each spouse at the time of marriage. Each spouse depends on of his/her national law. For instance, capacity to act of a German citizen who wants to marry in Turkey, will be determined according to German law.

Marriage Application Process

According to IPL, the form of marriage is subjected to the law of the country where the marriage is made. Two foreigners wishing to marry in Turkey must provide preconditions primarily. The application process can be carried out by a proxy. However, there is a need for a special authority on the subject in the power of attorney. 

Paperwork needed to complete the foreigners who want to marry in Turkey are as follows; passport and its notarized translation in Turkey, visa photo taken within the last six months, health report, marriage license certificate, certificate of celibacy and birth certificate. The passport should not have expired and should include the wedding day. The documents required for the marriage of foreigners are valid for 6 months from the date they are received from the relevant institutions.

Marriage Ceremony

After the application phase is completed, the marriage ceremony should take place in front of the marriage officer and two witnesses who have the capacity to act. If foreign citizens do not speak Turkish, during the marriage ceremony they should have an interpreter with them. After the marriage takes place in front of the Turkish authority, they must notify their country representative offices.

People can also get married in front of the consulate. Marriages in consulates are not subject to the country law of the consulate but are subject to the law of the country to which the consulate is affiliated.

The provisions and consequences of the personal and financial nature of marriage are subject to the common national law of spouses. If the spouses have separate nationality, the common habitual residence law of spouses will apply. If they don’t have a common national law or habitual residence law, then Turkish law will be enforced.