Please note we have now moved to online payments for applications for a Certificate of Freedom to Marry*. Please have your debit/credit card details and the required supporting documents ready before you begin your application. Further information can be found under the Supporting Documents section below.
You should expect to receive your Certificate of Freedom for your marriage abroad within 8 weeks of the date of marriage if submitted within the correct timeframe.
To apply for a Certificate of Freedom to Marry, you must complete an online questionnaire about yourself and your upcoming marriage or civil partnership.
Based on this questionnaire, you'll be presented with one or more Statutory Declarations to complete and a checklist of supporting documentation you'll need to submit with your application.
Print off or save each form right after your online questionnaire, as you won't be able to retrieve them later.
Submit your application a minimum of four months before the date of your marriage or civil partnership.
Your witnessed statutory declaration(s) cannot be dated more than six months before the date we receive your application.
Your application is not complete until we get hard copies of your questionnaire, statutory declaration(s), and all supporting documentation.
Your checklist will tell you exactly what supporting documentation you'll need for your application, which may include:
You'll need to submit certified translations of any of these documents, if the originals are in a language other than English or Irish.
We need original documents (except for the photocopy of your passport) to process your application.
If you don't have the original certificates, you must get replacements from the General Register Office which issued your certificate.
We will return all your original documents to you after we inspect them.
If you haven't included all the necessary documents, your application will be returned to you.
Your statutory declaration must be witnessed before you can submit it.
Your witness must:
Your witness can be:
Your witness can be:
It's against the law to make a Statutory Declaration that you know is false or misleading in any way.
The fee for having a Statutory Declaration witnessed at the Embassy is CHF 70
Payment must be made by bank transfer. This can be done at any Swiss or Liechtenstein Post Office, by e-banking, through your bank, or into any branch of UBS, using the following details:
Name and address: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,
Embassy of Ireland, Kirchenfeldstrasse 68, CH-3000 Berne 6
IBAN: CH19 0023 5235 4157 7301 J
Bank: UBS AG, CH-8098 ZUERICH
When making payment, please ensure you enter the name of the applicant on the payment slip.
Cash and Cheques are not accepted.
You should send your application form and documents by post to:
Embassy of Ireland
P.O. Box 262
CH-3000 Bern 6