GETTING MARRIED IN CROATIA
In order to get married in Croatia all inquiries should be addressed to the Registry office which will conduct the ceremony. More information and contact details can be found at https://uprava.gov.hr/maticni-uredi-u-rh/1603. Most documents issued by the British authority may need to be legalized at the Legalization Office with an Apostille stamp www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation and translated into Croatian by an official interpreter in the UK (a list of Croatian interpreters in the UK is available in the Consular Section of this web site) or by a certified court interpreter in Croatia.
GETTING MARRIED ABROAD
For information on requirements for getting married in the UK contact the local Registry Office where the ceremony will take place (more information available at https://www.gov.uk/browse/births-deaths-marriages/marriage-divorce .
Registering marriage in Croatia
Croatian nationals who have married overseas – including the UK – are obliged to register their marriage in the Republic of Croatia. This can be done at the
- directly at the Registry Office in the Republic of Croatia according to the place of residence if a person has Croatian address in the passport or ID, or at Registry Office Centar in Zagreb if a person has no registered address in Croatia (the list of Croatian Registry Offices is available on https://uprava.gov.hr/maticni-uredi-u-rh/1603 or
- through the Croatian Embassy.
A UK Copy of an Entry of a Marriage Certificate must be legalized by the Legalization Office (www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation ) with an Apostille stamp and translated into Croatian by an official interpreter in the UK (a list of Croatian interpreters in the UK is available in the Consular Section of this web site) or by a certified court interpreter in Croatia.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR CROATIAN NATIONALS BORN ABROAD:
applicants must have registered their birth in Croatian Registry in order to proceed with registering their marriage.
If a marriage is registered through the Embassy, the request must be submitted in person during office hours.
PROCESSING TIME: the average duration when the application is processed through the Embassy is 3 to 6 months (due to the fact it is carried out through the diplomatic post); while registering at the Registry Office in Croatia can be done quicker (in a day).
Fee: 32 GBP
The Embassy reserves the right to request additional documents while conducting legally binding proceedings related to each request submitted.