i'm american. i just got married to an algerian in tunisia. to make things alot faster and easier, just stay in tunis. the US embassy is there, the algerian consulate is there, the medical examiners are there, the document translators are all there. seriously, everything you'll need is right there in tunis. ok, here's what you'll need:
- 2 certified copies of birth certificate (have your fiance call a document translator in tunis, since your fiance already speaks the language, it's better if he does this)
- 2 certified copies of divorce certificate (that's IF you've been married before. these also need to be translated, take them to the document translator too)
- get a medical waiver from a doctor saying that neither you nor your fiance have any type of disease (these doctors have clinics on the main streets of tunis. we didn't even see a doctor, the receptionist took our passports and talked to the doctor while we waited in the waiting room. took about 10 minutes costed like 60 tunisian dinar.
- get a certificate from US embassy saying that you're not married and that you're free to marry. YOU MUST SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT ON THEIR WEBSITE FOR THIS. alot of times, it can be the same day that you scheduled, if not, it'll be the very next day. make sure you print it off after you schedule it. the US embassy needs the print off. (you can go to any cyber cafe and log onto the US embassy's site and do this). you will enter the embassy, show them your paper that you printed off regarding your appointment. you will fill out a short form, with your information & your fiance's information and then you both will have to raise your right hands and swear under oath that what you wrote is true, then you both sign it & the embassy officer signs it, then you pay 82 tunisian dinar or 50 us dollars.
all these papers that you received... the translated birth certificates, translated divorce certificates, the medical waiver, the affidavit from US embassy saying that you're free to marry, go ahead and make a bunch of copies of them, there's copier places all over tunis.
now your fiance will have to call around to find a lawyer that will perform the marriage for you. there's lawyers that specialize in foreign marriages such as these, so it's not gonna be hard to find one. our lawyer charged around 300 tunisian dinar. it took about an hour to get married. the lawyer had to translate the marriage ceremony in his log book, which he translated into arabic. he was littereally writing it down. since i'm american, he had to translate all my information. it took awhile.