WARNING About Documentation Requirements:
You should consult an attorney or the services of a notary since May 12, 2007, news from the U.S. Consular Section of the Embassy is that the Consular Section is not providing the affidavit required by the Egyptian Government to authorize the marriage of a foreigner in Egypt.
Even if you have documents authenticated by the U.S. Department of State, there is no guarantee that the documents will be accepted by the Egyptian government.
It will probably be necessary for you to get a notarized, sworn statement that you are free to marry. Since the Consular Service is not providing this form any longer, if you are an American, you should consult an attorney or the services of a notary.
You will also be asked to state whether you are Muslim, Christian, or Jewish. This document then has to be certified at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Egyptian Family Law:
ID Requirement and Ceremony:
There is no residency requirement.
Ceremony:A marriage in Egypt is legal only if it is a civil ceremony performed at a local marriage court. You can have a religious ceremony later.
Waiting Period:There is a three months waiting period if you've been divorced.
If you are a widow, you will need to wait four months and ten days.
As mentioned previously, the Office of Authentications, U.S. Department of State, does not guarantee that the Egyptian government will accept the paperwork. We recommend consulting an attorney in Egypt.
Polygamy:Yes. Although less than 3% of Egyptian men have multiple wives, a law passed in 1985 allows a man to have four wives.
In 2000, a new law was passed that permits a man and woman to agree via a signed contract that the husband may not have more than one wife.
Same Sex Marriages:No.
Islamic Marriage in Egypt:Couples must have:
- Consent of both families to the marriage.
- Consent of both the bride and groom to the marriage.
- The groom must have financial means to support a wife and family by providing a furnished apartment.
- Bride accompanied by her guardian when she signs the marriage contract.
- Presence of witnesses.
- Payment of the bride's wedding gift.
- Public declaration of the marriage.
PLEASE NOTE:Marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.
It is important that you verify ALL information with the local marriage license office before making any wedding or travel plans.