According to Turkish Marriage Legislation and Regulations, a Turkish national and a foreigner or two foreigners with different nationalities can get married in Turkey, only before the competent Turkish authorities. Two foreigners from the same nationality can marry either in the offices of their own Country's Embassy or Consulate or before the Turkish authorities. All the marriages to be conducted by the Turkish authorities should be regulated according to the merits and procedural provisions of the Turkish Civil Code and its related regulations.
Whether they are Turkish or foreigners, Turkish relevant authorities do not conduct these marriages, unless the petitioners can provide their marriage licenses issued by the proper Civil Status Registry of his or her own Country, that they hold the nationality of, respectively. In the light of this information it is obvious that married couples cannot again be married in Turkey under the Turkish law.
Beşiktaş Marriage Registry Office (Beşiktaş Evlendirme Memurluğu )
Address: Türkali Mah. Nüzhetiye Cad. No:68 Ihlamur Kasrı karşısı Beşiktaş/IST
Tel: 0212 260 64 97
CONDITIONS FOR A VALID MARRIAGE
1. Capacity to Marry:
Only those persons who have sufficient mental capacity to make fair judgments are allowed to marry. Mental illness is, therefore, a bar to marriage. In addition, a person must have reached the minimum age of 18 to marry.
2. Absence of consanguinity:
Marriage between close relatives is prohibited.
3. Already existing marriage:
Monogamy is one of the essential principles of Turkish family law. A second marriage cannot be entered into unless the first one is terminated.
4. Waiting period:
Married women whose marriage has been dissolved cannot marry before the expiration of three hundred days from the date of dissolution. A Turkish divorce decree may also require a waiting period for a divorced man.
Certain sicknesses, such as epilepsy, hysteria etc., constitute a bar to marriage.
Medical reports have to be taken from a State medical institution in Turkey, named as Sağlık Ocağı or Devlet Hastanesi in Turkish. Any report to be issued by private hospitals or clinics will not be accepted.
Only civil marriages performed by authorized marriage officers are allowed in Turkey.
NECESSARY DOCUMENTS FOR MARRIAGE
1. Petition of the marriage. To start an action, the groom and bride must file a petition of marriage called "Evlenme Beyannamesi"
3. Identification Card
4. Birth Certificate
5. Health Certificate
6. 4 passport size pictures of the bride
7. 4 passport size pictures of the groom
8. Certificate of Capacity to Marry. (Single, divorce, widow or widowed) Foreigners can obtain this certificate from their embassies in Turkey.
Please note that if your own country does not allow you to be married, the Turkish Republic will not allow you to be married, either.
DIVORCE PROCEDURE FOR A MARRIAGE REGISTERED IN TURKEY
A divorce decree obtained from the courts of your own country does not automatically annul a marriage that was registered or has taken place in Turkey. Any Turkish citizen involved in such a legal separation should file a suit in Turkey to have such divorce decree recognized by Turkish courts.
The followings are needed for this:
1. A Power of Attorney to a lawyer in Turkey
2. Original copy of the divorce decree
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