Yes, however they must obtain a certified copy of their Birth Certificate from the country in which they were born, along with an Apostille certifying the authenticity of the Birth Certificate. Both of these documents can be acquired by contacting the appropriate offices of the country in which the future spouse was originally born.
No, as of May 2009 a couple can be legally married in French Polynesia on the day on which they arrive in the islands.
In order to be eligible to be married in French Polynesia both future spouses must meet the following requirements:
For all fees incurred in the home country prior to arriving in The Islands of Tahiti, including the ordering of documents, translator and lawyer fees, the cost is estimated between $400 and $800 USD.
The entire process should take somewhere between 3-5 months from the time the required documents have been ordered to the time the future spouses have an approved wedding date. However, it is important to note that the certified copies of the Birth Certificates are valid in French Polynesia for 6 months from date of issuance. Therefore, be sure not to have the certified copies of the Birth Certificates ordered more than six months from the wedding date. The actual legal wedding at city hall will take no more than 30 minutes.
The following 8 documents must be completed and sent to French Polynesia at least 45 days prior to the legal wedding date (at city hall):
There are 4 documents that need to be translated into French and approved by the French Consulate before being sent to French Polynesia. They are:
An Apostille is an internationally recognized document that certifies the authentication of a document. Please visit the following site to learn more about the Apostille: www.apostille.us
If one has previously been married and is currently divorced they can still be legally married in The Islands of Tahiti. Please note that the future spouse must have their divorce papers finalized and the process completed before they can be married in The Islands of Tahiti. The divorce papers can be given to the couple’s lawyer who can help to obtain the Certificate of Non-Marital Status.