Free to marry certificates
The Embassy of Canada cannot provide a certificate stating that a citizen is free to marry and that there is no impediment to such marriage. Canadian law neither requires nor provides the issuance of such certificates. The concerned parties may make a declaration to the Embassy of Canada that they are free to marry and a Consular Officer can witness the signing of their declaration.
A civil marriage in Egypt is issued by the Egyptian Ministry of Justice. For a civil marriage in Egypt between a Canadian female and a non-Canadian male or between two Canadian citizens or between Canadian male and a non-Egyptian female:
The following documents are requested by the Egyptian Ministry of Justice:
- Original valid Canadian passport.
- Affidavit (declaration) of the Canadian citizen in both languages (English and Arabic) stating that he/she has no legal matrimonial bond still existing. This affidavit must be witnessed by an official at the Embassy of Canada. A sample of the declaration including the information requested by the Egyptian ministry of Justice is available at the consular section of the Embassy of Canada in Cairo.
- Fee of 50.00 Canadian dollars or the equivalent of 335.00 Egyptian pounds. (exact amount).
- Proof of religion (example: Baptism certificate or certificate from Al Azhar El Sharif) confirming the religion of the Canadian citizen, stamped by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In case the Baptism Certificate is issued in Canada, it has to be stamped by the Egyptian Embassy in Canada or by a notary public in Canada in order to be authenticated by the Canadian Embassy.
- A divorce or death certificate authenticated by the Embassy of Canada and by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in case the current marital status of the Canadian citizen is not single.
- For divorced female applicants, a three-month period must be observed between a divorce and contracting a new marriage according to the Egyptian Muslim law
Steps of obtaining a civil marriage in Egypt:
- Completed affidavit (declaration) including all information requested by the Egyptian Ministry of Justice in both languages witnessed by an official at the Embassy of Canada in Cairo;
- The affidavit has to be legalized by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
- The affidavit has to be submitted to the Egyptian Ministry of Justice in Lazoughly square, Sayeda Zeinab,4th floor, where a civil marriage can be obtained.
For the marriage to be accepted by Canadian authorities (The consular section does not provide translation):
- Translation of the civil marriage has to be done at the translation office of the Egyptian Ministry of Justice (currently located at 57 Ramses Street – Dar El Kaddaa El Aly).
- The translation has to be legalized at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for legalization;
- The legalized translation of the marriage certificate should then be presented to the Consular Section of the Canadian Embassy for authentication; fee is 50.00 Canadian dollars or the equivalent in Egyptian pounds (currently 335.00 LE) exact amount.