Whatever people say about getting married in Mauritius, the administrative formalities you have to follow are not that complicated. There are even specialist agencies and hotel wedding coordinators who are here to help you with all the paperwork, as long as you give them the necessary documents.
Foreigners who wish to marry in Mauritius must send two copies of each document at least 10 weeks in advance of their wedding date, in French or in English, for both partners. One set of copies is destined for the Mauritian Registrar of Civil Status and the other for your Embassy in Mauritius, who is in charge of making your union official with the appropriate authorities.
A few days before your wedding, you should make sure you have sorted out all the paperwork needed by the Mauritian authorities.
First of all, you need to give the originals of all the above listed documents to the registrar of Civil Status at Port Louis so that he can present you with a Certificate of conformity.
The same process will take place in front of the solicitor. He will verify your documents in order to give you an official certificate. He will also inform you of the laws concerning marriage in Mauritius so as to prepare you for the signing of an affidavit at the Supreme Court.
You will go to the Supreme Court where you will at last be able to sign the affidavit, that is, to witness with a clerk that the information on your certificate is correct.
Your Embassy will then verify the original documents.
The next step will be to meet the registrar of Civil Status who is to be present for the ceremony in the place you have chosen to be married. You will present them with the official certificate of non-residence in Mauritius as well as the certificate from the solicitor, signed by the Supreme Court.
Your marriage bans will be published 24 hours prior to your wedding ceremony and you will, after all that, be able to celebrate the happiest day of your life!
In the days after the ceremony, the marriage certificate will need to be taken to the Port Louis administrative services to be stamped with the Prime Minister’s seal.
The only thing left to do then is send a marriage certificate to your Embassy in Mauritius so that it can be registered in your country of residence.
In order to complete all of the paperwork, the couple is required to arrive in Mauritius 3 days before their marriage ceremony.
During the ceremony, the spouses must present the original notarial act in the case of a marriage contract.
If a woman intends to remarry, 300 days must have passed between the divorce decree or the death of her former partner, in order to ensure she is not pregnant (or a doctor’s certificate stating she is not pregnant may be presented)
Don’t worry, most weddings in Mauritius between non-residents are held in hotels which have lots of experience and all have wedding packages and specialist coordinators who are there to help and answer questions, they will take the stress away and let you enjoy this exceptional moment!