Getting married in Ukraine

Hi all,

We invite all the ones who got married in Ukraine or who are about to get married in Ukraine to participate in this thread :)

What are the formalities to get married in Ukraine? Is it the same for a couple of foreigners of for a mixed couple (between a foreigner and a native of Ukraine)?

Are the procedures complicated?

How long does it take to carry out all the formalities?

Thank you in advance for participating,


The first part of the marriage proceeding does not take place at the church but at the registry office where the official registration ceremony takes place. This is where the bride and groom will officially become man and wife, whether a church ceremony takes place afterwards or not, so it is a crucial part of the proceedings.


Marriages in Ukraine are carried out by the governmental authority that registers civil status (рацс). A ceremony in church cannot substitute the official registration. If you want a ceremony in church, it is to be arranged and performed separately.

The procedure of marriage registration will be as the following:
•    submission of the marriage application;
•    OPTIONAL submission of a request for the urgent marriage registration;
•    marriage registration.

Submission of the marriage application

Documents needed from a foreigner:
(i) marriage application;
(ii) divorce documents apostilled/legalized (ONLY in case of previous marriage);
(iii) letter of Non-Impediment for Marriage stamped by the applicant’s consulate in Ukraine and the Ukrainian Ministry;
(iv) original of the applicant’s passport and its translated and notarized copy.

OPTIONAL Submission of the request to urgently register the marriage

Documents needed:
(i) proof of the urgency nature;
(ii) urgency marriage registration application.

Marriage registration

Documents needed:
(i) the foreigner’s passport and its apostilled/legalized, translated and notarized copy;
(ii) passport of a Ukrainian citizen.

Thank you azumi25188 & GreyKyiv for your contribution! :)


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