Wedding legalities for Cuba
More and more couples are choosing to get married in Cuba. The wedding legalities for Cuba are not difficult, but you will need to leave enough time to get things prepared. Assuming you hold a British passport, you will need to get the following documents translated, notarised and legalised for your wedding in Cuba.
- Birth certificate (long-form)
- If single, a certificado de soltería (otherwise known as a declaration of single status)
- If divorced, your decree absolute
- If widowed, a copy of your deceased partner’s death certificate
All these documents need to be originals and must be translated into Spanish. We recommend speaking to Dot Comma for a quote for the translation into Spanish. They are familiar with the process. The translations need to be certified and legalised for use in Cuba.
You can use the Order Form on this site to obtain a certificado de soltería for Cuba. Once you have received your declaration of single status for your wedding in Cuba, you will need to take it to your local notary to have it notarised and legalised for use in Cuba. If you are in London, we recommend speaking to Vanner Perez Notaries.
Legalisation of wedding paperwork for Cuba
The legalisation process is fairly straightforward. You need to obtain an Apostille from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and a stamp from the Cuban Embassy in London. Both your original birth certificate, declaration of single status and/or decree absolute/death certificate and their corresponding Spanish translations will need to be legalised.
The process can be handled by post and takes about 5-7 working days, but if you’re in a hurry, speak to us as we have access to a fast-track route that can expedite things (approx. 72 hours). The fees for the Apostille from the Foreign Office are £30 per document and the Cuban Embassy charges £83 per stamp (fees correct at time of writing, may change).