Marriage and registered partnership

To register either a marriage or a partnership in Switzerland or abroad, your main point of reference is the registry office in which you have decided to celebrate the marriage or conclude your partnership. It is normally this office that decides what documents are required to mark this civil status event.

List of registry offices in Switzerland (de, fr, it)

You are advised nonetheless to learn in advance about the formalities involved and the civil status documents that may have to be prepared prior to the celebration of a civil status event. These advance steps will facilitate matters when it comes to entering your marriage or registered partnership in the Swiss civil status register (Infostar).

Marriage between a Swiss national or a foreign national living in Switzerland and a Libyan or foreign national living in Libya

General requirements

All Libyan civil status documents mentioned below must be 

  • original documents
  • duly legalized by the Consular Department of the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • translated into English or one of Switzerland’s national languages, i.e. German, French or Italian
  • the document must not be older than 6 months
    arriage to be celebrated in Switzerland

Marriage to be celebrated in Switzerland

The person living in Switzerland must provide the following information and documents:

  • Name of place in Switzerland where the marriage will be celebrated
  • Information regarding civil status – single, divorced, widowed
  • Address of legal domicile in Switzerland
  • Address of future marital domicile in Switzerland
  • Copy of Swiss or foreign passport
  • Copy of stay permit in Switzerland if the person is of non Swiss nationality
  • For Swiss citizens only: Copy of Personenstandsausweis / Certificat individual de l’état civil

The Libyan or foreign national must personally hand over to the Embassy the following documents: 

  • Birth certificate, issued by the Civil Registrar (recent extract of the birth register)
  • Certificate concerning the marital status, issued by the Civil Registrar
  • Additional document if the person’s marital status is not “single”:
       -if divorced: Divorce certificate, duly legalized
       -if widowed: Death certificate of previous spouse, duly legalized
  • Certificate of legal domicile, issued by the Police
  • Valid national passport

The Libyan or foreign national must fill in and sign at the Embassy the forms

  • 0.34A Application for preparatory procedure for marriage
  • 0.35 Declaration concerning pre-conditions for entering into marriage

and pay the equivalent in LYD cash of the following fees in CHF: 

CHF 150.00 HEIR Preparation of marriage
CHF 150.00 Z1H Document check and legalization
CHF 5.00 PORT Postage

If the Libyan or foreign national wishes to take up legal residence in Switzerland following the marriage (family reunion), the person must hand in:

and pay the equivalent in LYD cash of the following fees in CHF: 

CHF 73.00 EVA Visa fee
CHF 5.00 PORT Postage

Transcription to the Swiss Civil Registry of a Marriage celebrated in Libya

The Libyan or foreign national must personally hand over to the Embassy the following documents:

  • Libyan Marriage Certificate
  • Birth certificate, issued by the Civil Registrar (recent extract of the birth register)
  • Certificate concerning the marital status before the present marriage, issued by the Civil Registrar
  • If above certificate is not available, the person must provide an Affidavit, signed in front of, and legalized by an attorney or a notary public
  • Additional document if the person’s marital status before the present marriage was not “single”:
       -if divorced: Divorce certificate, duly legalized
       -if widowed: Death certificate of previous spouse, duly legalized
  • Libyan Family Book (blue booklet)
  • Certificate of legal domicile, issued by the Police
  • Valid national passport

The equivalent in LYD in cash of the following fees in CHF must be paid:

CHF 150.00 Z1H Document check and legalization
CHF 5.00 PORT Postage

This information is also available in Arabic:

Marriage/registered partnership (in Arabic) (PDF, Number of pages 2, 323.7 kB)

If you plan to take up residence in Switzerland after marrying or registering a partnership, bear in mind that your foreign spouse or partner will need a residence permit and may require an entry visa. Please consult the Visa – Entry to and Residence in Switzerland section regarding an application to enter Switzerland for the purpose of family reunification.

If you are registered with a Swiss representation and have married or entered into a registered partnership in Switzerland you will need to report your change in civil status to the representation concerned so that the register of the Swiss Abroad can be updated. This will require submission of the following documents (as hard copy or in electronic form):

  • photocopy of the Swiss marriage certificate, Swiss family record or Swiss registered partnership document;
  • photocopy of the identity document of the foreign spouse or partner.

There is no fee for the registration in question.

If prior to the marriage or registered partnership your Swiss spouse or partner was not resident in the consular district of the Swiss representation, and plans to take up residence with you following the said civil status event, he or she will have to register in accordance with the application procedure described under the heading “Registration and change of address”.