Tying the knot in Antigua
The Legal requirements for marriage in Antigua and Barbuda:
*Proof of Identity:
A valid passport OR a birth certificate OR valid picture ID ie Driver’s Licence and immigration card.
*Proof of Status:
Single: A declaration signed in Antigua and Barbuda
Divorced: The original Decree Absolute stamped with the seal of the court where it was issued OR a certified copy of the Decree Absolute which includes the seal of the Court where it was issued.
Widow/Widower: Marriage certificate AND Death certificate of husband or wife.
To be obtained from, completed at and signed at the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs, St.John’s. Both parties must be present at the time of application.
All applicants must be over the age of eighteen(18) unless parental consent, in writing, is submitted.
There is no requirement for any period of residency in Antigua and Barbuda. Arrangements can be made immediately on arrival.
1)Special License: US$150 or EC$405 to be paid on application
2)Registration Fee:US$40 or EC$108 to be paid on application
3)Marriage Officer: Dependent on location selected for ceremony (approx. US$100/EC$270)
(Cost prices might slightly change)
The Procedure starts
The procedure starts at the Ministry of Legal Affairs on Queen Elizabeth Highway. Contact: (268)462-0017
You must take both passports and a copy of your divorce papers if there has been any previous marriages. There will be a friendly interview, then your license will be issued. The cost is EC$405.00( US$150.00).
The next step is a visit to the Registrar General’s Office, also on Queen Elizabeth Highway. Contact:(268)462-0609.
The fee is EC$108.00(US$40.00). Please note that this is only for registering at the Court House. An official marriage certificate costs EC$25.00(US$10.00). If the wedding is performed outside the Court House, there is a Marriage Officer fee of EC$270.00(US$100.00). The location is for you to choose.
Most of the Hotels offering Wedding Packages, will organize all the above requirements for you.
Please ensure to double check with your Travel Agent in case of any changes to the requirements and fees before traveling.
Antigua and Barbuda is likely to provide such a good beginning that honeymooners will need to return for their anniversaries to keep the romantic momentum alive!