Preparation of Marriage / Civil Union in Switzerland
If you would like to get married / form a civil union in Switzerland you will need to go through a process called marriage preparation.
It is mandatory that you present yourself in person at the Regional Consular Center to hand in your documents. Please contact the Regional Consular Centre Pretoria in order to make an appointment.
If one of the fiancés is living in Switzerland, he or she will have to sign these documents at the civil registrar's office there.
The civil registry office in Switzerland in the town or city where the marriage / civil union is to take place is solely responsible for specifying and processing the required documents. It may require some additional documents which are not mentioned below. The arrangements to schedule the wedding / civil union date must be done directly with that office. Please note that English is not one of the official Swiss languages (German, French and Italian).
The procedures may also vary from one canton (province) to another.
Some foreign documents may require prior legalizations from other Swiss representation and this procedure may also involve additional fees, expenses and time.
It is recommended that applications are submitted at least 3 months before the marriage is to take place.
The wedding can take place 10 days earliest after the date of confirmation, but not later than 3 months.
This list of required documents is for Mauritian citizens who wish to get married to a Swiss citizen in Switzerland. Please contact the Regional Consular Center in Pretoria if a citizen of a different country is concerned.
All documents marked with a * should not be older than six months (date of issue) at the time of their submission to the Regional Consular Center. Please note that these documents will be sent to Switzerland and therefore cannot be returned to you.
Only original documents with an Apostille can be accepted. The Hague Convention Apostille can be obtained from the Prime Minister’s Office, Hôtel du Gouvernement, Port Louis.
The civil status office responsible for your civil ceremony may require additional documents.
Application for preparatory procedure for marriage / civil union, to be completed and signed at Regional Consular Center
Declaration concerning pre-conditions for entering into marriage / civil union, to be completed and signed at Regional Consular Center
Original, valid passport and two photocopies thereof
Birth certificate (original) not older than six months, with apostille affixed
Affidavit (in French), not older than six months with apostille affixed, in which the applicant states his/her:
– marital status
– detailed residence address of (at least) the last six months as well as the period (since … until…)
If you have previously been married:
Divorce decree translated into French, with apostille affixed
Death certificate of the spouse/deceased person, with apostille affixed
Documents from your Swiss fiancé(e):
Name after the marriage (for Swiss citizens and persons residing in Switzerland)
Information sheets (available in German, French, Italian)
Fees and expenses
The Regional Consular Centre charges a minium fee of CHF 230.— payable in South African Rand for filing the application for marriage. The fees in ZAR may vary according to the exchange rate. Depending of the documents presented, additional costs may arise. Please enquire about the exact fee in ZAR before submitting the documents.
That does not include the fees of the Swiss civil registrar.
If you intend on taking up residence in Switzerland you must apply for a visa. The visa procedure is separate from the marriage preparation process and the fees are not included in the above overview. Please refer to the visa website for further information.
If you plan to take up residence in Switzerland after marrying or registering a partnership, bear in mind that your foreign spouse 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.
The request for permission to enter Switzerland must be forwarded to the competent authorities in Switzerland. The waiting period for a reply is approximately 12 weeks.
Visa requirements for a residence permit (PDF, 50.7 kB, English)