Marriage Abroad by Irish Citizens
PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION CAREFULLY AS IT HAS RECENTLY CHANGED
FOLLOWING THE INTRODUCTION OF THE ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM FOR
CERTIFICATS DE COUTUME/NULLA OSTA ON 10 OCTOBER 2013.
Who needs a Certificat de Coutume/Nulla Osta?
If you or your partner are an Irish citizen(s) and are thinking of
getting married/entering into a civil partnership outside of
Ireland, you should realise that the legal validity of your
marriage is governed, in part, by the laws of the country in which
you marry/enter into a civil partnership. In most, if not all
cases, the legal formalities abroad are very different to those in
Some countries may require non-nationals, before they can get
married/enter into a civil partnership in their jurisdiction, to
produce a certificate from their country of origin that they are
free to marry/to enter into a civil partnership. These are usually
known as Certificats de Coutume or in the case of Italy 'Nulla
Osta' and may be issued to Irish citizens resident in New South
Wales who apply to the Consulate General of Ireland in Sydney.
Irish citizens resident elsewhere in Australia should apply to the
Embassy of Ireland in Canberra.
Note: Australian authorities do not require this
document for marriages which take place within Australia.
About Applications for Certificats de Coutume/Nulla Osta
Applications should be made four months before the marriage/civil
partnership is due to take place. The Certificat de Coutume/Nulla
Osta is valid for 120 days from the date of issue. The fee for this
service is listed here. An additional fee is levied
in cases when the marriage/civil partnership is due to take
place within 28 days of application.
All applications must be accompanied by the applicant’s original
long form birth certificate. Birth certificates issued in a
language other than English or Irish must be accompanied by a
All applications must be accompanied by a photocopy of the
applicant’s current Irish passport.
For some countries a certified copy of your intended partner’s
birth certificate and passport may also be required.
Divorcees and Widows/Widowers
Applicants who hold a divorce issued by the Irish courts must
provide the original final decree of divorce.
Applicants who hold a foreign divorce (i.e. a divorce which has not
been issued by the Irish courts) must provide BOTH the original
petition for divorce and the original final decree of divorce,
along with a certified translation if they have been issued in a
language other than English/Irish.
Applicants who have previously been married and are now widowed
must provide the original death certificate, along with a certified
translation if issued in a language other than English/Irish.
All applications for Certificats de Coutume/Nulla Osta must be made
using the online application on the main DFAT website.
Once you have completed the online application you must print the
completed from and accompanying checklist you must have the
statutory declaration completed (see below). You should then submit
your completed application form and statutory declaration to the
Consulate-General of Ireland.
The Statutory Declaration must be completed in the presence of, and
witnessed by one of the following:
A Notary Public
A Justice of the Peace
A Commissioner for Oaths
A Diplomatic or Consular Officer of Ireland
Only the signature of one of the above will suffice (i.e. the
criteria for a witness to a passport application DO NOT APPLY and
the signatures of a priest, police officer, school principal or
bank manager will not be accepted).
A Diplomatic or Consular Officer of Ireland will only witness an
application in exceptional circumstances and this will incur an
Important Notes on Applications
Application forms cannot be submitted via e-mail. Printed completed
application forms from the online application system and
documentation should be sent to the Consulate General of Ireland in
Persons under 18 years of age require the consent of their parents
and should contact the Consulate General of Ireland in Sydney for
Postal applications should be accompanied by a Pre-paid Registered
Post Envelope to ensure safe return of your original
THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF IRELAND IN SYDNEY CANNOT ACCEPT
ANY LIABILITY FOR ORIGINAL DOCUMENTATION WHICH IS LOST IN THE