Marriage

GETTING MARRIED IN CROATIA

In order to get married in Croatia all inquiries should be addressed to the Registry office which will conduct the ceremony. More information and contact details can be found at http://www.uprava.hr/default.aspx?id=13650 . All documents issued by the British authority have to be legalized at the Legalization Office with an Apostille stamp www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation and translated into Croatian by an official interpreter in the UK (a list of Croatian interpreters in the UK is available in the Consular Section of this web site) or by a certified court interpreter in Croatia.

GETTING MARRIED ABROAD

For information on requirements for getting married in the UK contact the local Registry Office where the ceremony will take place (more information available at https://www.gov.uk/browse/births-deaths-marriages/marriage-divorce).

Registering marriage in Croatia

Croatian nationals who have married overseas – including in the UK – are obliged to register the marriage in the Republic of Croatia. This can be done at the Registry Office in the Republic of Croatia according to the place of residence (address in the passport), or through the Croatian Embassy. A UK marriage certificate must be legalized by the Legalization Office (www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation) with an Apostille stamp and translated into Croatian by an official interpreter in the UK  (a list of Croatian interpreters in the UK is available in the Consular Section of this web site) or by a certified court interpreter in Croatia.

If a marriage is registered through the Embassy, the request must be submitted in person during office hours.

Timeframe: the average duration of proceeding when an application is carried out through the Embassy is 3 to 6 months (due to the diplomatic post); while registering at the Registry Office in Croatia can be done quicker (in a day).

Fee: 29 GBP

The Embassy reserves the right to request additional documents while conducting legally obligatory proceedings related to each request filed.