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A Slovak citizen may marry a foreign national in Slovakia or in a foreign country in front of that country's authorities. Marriages at Slovak diplomatic missions are currently possible only between Slovak citizens, i.e. Slovak citizens may not enter into marriage with a foreign national.

Entering into a marriage in Slovakia

A marriage between a Slovak citizen and a foreigner is regulated by pertinent provisions of the Act on Family and the Act on Registry Offices. Granting permanent residence to a foreigner who has entered into marriage with a Slovak citizen is regulated by the Act on Residence of Foreigners (see article Permanent residence for the purpose of the family reunion). 

Marriage is entered into by a declaration of the fiancés about entering into a marriage in front of a municipal authority that runs a Registry Office, a registered Church or a clerical community authority, accompanied by two witnesses. 

What documents must be submitted before the wedding ceremony?

A foreigner is obliged to submit the following documents to the locally competent Registry Office not later than 14 days prior to the wedding ceremony:

  1. birth certificate – this document shall include personal data of a foreigner - date and a place of birth as well as the personal data of his/her parents. If the birth certificate does not include personal data of both parents, the marriage certificate of the parents will be required
  2. proof of marital status
  3. proof of citizenship – valid passport
  4. proof of permanent residence
  5. death certificate of a deceased spouse – if the foreigner is widowed
  6. divorce decree – if the foreigner is divorced
  7. ID/passport. 

Note: the documents mentioned above must be submitted at the locally competent Registry Office not later than 14 days prior to the wedding ceremony. 
The document proving marital status must not be older than 6 months. 
Documents must be translated into Slovak by an official translator certified by the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic, translated documents must be signed by the certified translator and must include a round seal. 
All documents shall be submitted to the locally competent Registry Office regardless of the place of the wedding ceremony. If any of the spouses does not speak or understand the Slovak language, the presence of an official court interpreter is required at the wedding ceremony.
If submitting any specific document is hindered by an especially difficult obstruction, the Registry Office can accept its replacement with an affidavit of the couple.

A Slovak citizen shall submit:

  1. birth certificate
  2. proof of citizenship
  3. proof of address (permanent residence in Slovakia)
  4. death certificate of a deceased spouse – if he/she is widowed, or a divorce decree – if he/she is a divorced person or a court decision on an annulment of a previous marriage
  5. proof of a personal identification number (given to Slovak citizens at birth)
  6. proof of identity. 

Note: Documents 2, 3, 5 and 6 can be substituted by submitting a valid identity card or by proving the electronic identity with an identity card containing an electronic chip.
If a Slovak citizen has a permanent residence abroad, the following documents must be submitted as the document No. 2: 1) confirmation about his/her residence, issued by the competent authority of the given state; 2) Confirmation of his/her citizenship of SR may be substituted by submitting a valid passport issued by the Slovak Republic. 

Besides the above-mentioned documents, before the wedding ceremony takes place, the couple shall fill out an official application form for the wedding ceremony; sometimes - because of serious obstacles - this can be done by only one of the fiancées.

A wedding ceremony abroad

According to the Act on International Private and Procedural Law, the procedure is determined by the law of the country in which the wedding ceremony takes place. Therefore it is necessary to inquire well in advance about the conditions and the documents you will need for a wedding in the foreign country of choice. 

Marriage between a Slovak citizen and a foreign national concluded with a competent authority in a foreign country is recognized in the Slovak Republic only if it is valid in the country where it was concluded and if there are no legal impediments regarding this marriage in the Slovak Republic (e.g. condition of age, monogamy issues, etc.). 

If you have concluded a marriage to a citizen of the Slovak Republic abroad (regardless of whether it is your home country or another country), a foreign marriage certificate was issued. In order for your marriage to be recognised in the Slovak Republic, it is required to apply for its registration in an individual registry office in Slovakia. Registration enables you to receive a Slovak marriage certificate. You will need this certificate in Slovakia to prove your marital status and as a basis for obtaining residency.

Individual registry offices do not accept applications directly at their workplaces. Your spouse (citizen of the Slovak Republic) must apply for registration at:

  • an embassy of the Slovak Republic abroad
  • the registry office in the jurisdiction where he resides
  • the registry office in the jurisdiction where he had his last permanent residence in the Slovak Republic, or,
  • at any registry office if he has never had permanent residence in Slovakia.

You may submit the application in person or it may be submitted via a person with power of attorney who must demonstrate in writing his power of attorney by which his signature has been certified by a representative of an Embassy of the Slovak Republic abroad, by a public notary in Slovakia, or by a municipal or district office.

The application form is available here. The application shall include the following.

  1. Marriage certificate. A marriage certificate from abroad must first be legalised in order to be recognised in Slovakia (it must be superlegalised by the consular or must contain an apostille) and then translated into Slovak by an official translator. Legalisation is not required for documents issued from countries in which the Slovak Republic has an agreement on legal assistance in civil and family matters.
  2. Proof of Slovak citizenship. At least one of the spouses who have valid legal citizenship from the Slovak Republic, a valid passport issued in the Slovak Republic or a valid Slovak identity card.
  3. If one of the spouses has been previously divorced, it is necessary to submit a granting of divorce concerning the previous marriage. If the divorce of the Slovak citizen was granted by an authority of a foreign state, it is also necessary to submit the final judgment to the regional court in Bratislava, recognising the decision of a foreign court in Bratislava. If a previous marriage was terminated as the result of the death of a spouse, it is necessary to submit a death certificate.

All documents issued abroad must be legalised in order to be recognised in Slovakia (by “apostille” or “superlegalisation”) and in the case they are issued in a foreign language, they must be accompanied by an official translation into Slovak.

Individual registry office shall register the marriage and issue you a Slovak marriage certificate within three months from the date of application. In justified cases, this period may be extended by another three months


Fees for individual administrative acts are administered by Act No. 145/1995 Coll. On Administrative Fees.

  • Conclusion of marriage between a Slovak national and a foreign national: 70 EUR
  • Conclusion of marriage between foreign nationals: 200 EUR
  • Conclusions of marriage if neither of the spouses has permanent residence in the Slovak Republic: 200 EUR
  • Permission to conclude a marriage at other than competent Registry Office between a Slovak national and a foreign national: 35 EUR

(Individuals, whose life is under an imminent threat, or they are holders of the certificate of a person with severe disability, are not obliged to pay these fees. Fee/s will be administered just from one fiancé.)

  • The request of entry in the Special Register: 25 EUR
  • Authentication of the documents issued by eligible foreign authorities for use in the Slovak Republic: 20 EUR
  • Authentication of the documents issued by the Slovak authorities for use in a foreign country: 20 EUR
  • Apostille: 20 EUR

Additional information can be found on these websites (in the Slovak language):

A marriage with a foreigner - Svadba s cudzincom

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