For foreigners, getting married in Italy can be a complicated business. If you do not have someone in Italy who can handle the arrangements with the local authorities, or you cannot stay in Italy long enough to handle them yourself, you may consider using an agency to make these arrangements for you. We advise you to use agents located in Italy.
The New Zealand Embassy is not able to make marriage arrangements for you, but issues a document called a Nulla Osta which is required by the Italian authorities and can provide advice on local procedures.
Dealings with Italian authorities on marriage procedures will be in Italian so a translator/interpreter who is familiar with legal terms may be useful.
You will be required to stay in the town where you chooseso to marry the minimum statutory time between the completion of notarial procedures and actual wedding date. Arrangments for a wedding vary according to location, and can take up ten days after the Nulla Osta has been obtained from the New Zealand Embassy in Rome.
Fees and charges payable vary from town to town.
Italy, like most other countries, requires a document stating thet you are legally able to marry. you will first need to obtain this document called a Certificate of No Impediment (external link) from Births, Deaths and marriages of the Department of Internal Affairs.
There is a statutory processing time in New Zealand of 14 days.
Applying for a Nulla Osta
To marry in Italy, Italian authorities require a document called a Nulla Osta issued by the New Zealand Embassy. This document is similar to a New Zealand Certificate of No Impediment to marriage.
Send the following (by courier, post or deliver in person, faxed copies are not acceptable) to the New Zealand Embassy in Rome:
- An original Certificate of No Impediment (external link) issued by the Department of Internal Affairs
- Certified copies of the biodata pages of the passports of the bride and groom
- A completed and signed form “Particulars for inclusion in a Nulla Osta" [PDF, 46 KB].
The fee for processing the Nulla Osta is Euro 30; payable by bank transfer to: New Zealand Embassy, IBAN: IT45U0356601600000125634028, SWIFT: CITIITMX, Purpose: Nulla Osta for Marriage, your full name and your residential address. Fee for your documents to be returned by courier is Euro 30. A single bank transfer of Euro 60 is acceptable. If you lodge your application in person we can accept the cash equivalent.
- The original copy of the decree nisi or order of dissolution if either the bride or the groom is divorced. (Note If the bride is divorced, 300 days must have passed since the dissolution/decree nisi was registered). It usually takes a week for the Embassy to prepare a Nulla Osta once all the required correct and complete documentation and fees have been received. The documents can then be collected in person or couriered to you or your agent, not to the offices of the Italian authorities.
- A covering letter with your contact details, the date you intend to get married and any other information you consider useful.