|Marriage between a Slovak citizen and a foreign national|
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 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, or a clerical authority, accompanied by two witnesses.
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.).
Confirmation about the legal capacity of a Slovak citizen to enter into a marriage union is issued by the competent Slovak Registry Office. A foreigner must be competent to enter into a marriage according to the law of his state of origin.
If you decided to have a wedding ceremony in the territory of the Slovak Republic or at the embassy of the Slovak Republic abroad, please read the following text about the requirements you have to fulfill.
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:
A Slovak citizen shall submit:
Besides 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 fianceés.
Additional information can be found on these websites (in Slovak language):
According to the Act No. 145/1995 Coll. on Administrative Fees the following fees will be collected by the Slovak authorities:
Marriage between a Slovak citizen and a foreigner: EUR 66
Marriage between two foreigners: EUR 165.50
If none of the spouses has permanent residence in the SR: EUR 199
Exemption: Persons, whose life is directly endangered and holders of a certificate of a person with serious health disability are exempt from the obligation to pay these administrative fees. The fees are paid by one of the fianceés only.
Application to Special Registry Office for the record of a recordable event (birth, marriage, death) which happened abroad: EUR 25
Superlegalization of a foreign document at the Embassy for the purpose of its use in SR: EUR 16.50
A marriage with a foreigner - Svadba s cudzincom (portal.gov.sk)
A civil wedding - Civilný sobáš (svadba.sk)