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Marriage in Portugal is subject to a few rules and regulations and foreign lovers should know beforehand what the requirements apply and ceremonies are legally recognized. The future spouses may get married in Portugal only according to the Portuguese law, namely the family law. Foreign visitors or non-residents need to obtain their marriage licenses from a Portuguese Civil Registry Office. One of our attorneys in Portugal can provide you with a list of the local Civil Registry Offices throughout the country. In Portugal, a Catholic Church wedding is legally binding. Both of these ceremonies are conducted in Portuguese and if you choose to marry at a church, you should make arrangements in advance with the local Catholic priest. One of our attorneys in Portugal can answer your questions regarding the civil wedding if you choose to perform both ceremonies in the country. A couple who decided to get married in Portugal must apply for a marriage license. It will usually take approximately one month for the Portuguese authorities to process this request.

Portuguese authorities may ask you to provide a translation of the documents listed above. One of our lawyers in Portugal can help you prepare all of the needed documents so that you will have all of the needed documents when you present in front of the Civil Registry. You may choose to have a translator when you perform either of the marriage ceremonies in Portugal. Once the Registrar issues the marriage certificate, the couple is officially married.

You can contact our law firm in Portugal if you have any questions on the laws for marriage, divorce and living in Portugal.

Before You Make The Decision You'll Need To Know

You may only be married in Portugal according to Portuguese law. You may not be married at an embassy or at any of the consulates in Portugal by a consular from your country.

Both Civil Ceremonies and Catholic Church weddings are legally recognised.

Religious Ceremony

Catholic Church weddings are legally binding in Portugal

If you have been divorced from a wedding in the Catholic church and your marriage was not officially annulled you cannot marry in the Catholic church in Portugal

Like a civil ceremony your Church ceremony will be conducted in Portuguese.

It's not a legal requirement that you must have a translator, but if neither of you speak Portuguese you can of course arrange for an interpreter to be present throughout the ceremony

You will need to get in touch with the local priest in the region of Portugal you wish to marry in advance of your wedding to make necessary arrangements.

Once you receive approval, your wedding has to take place within three months.

The Anglican churches in Lisbon, Estoril, Oporto and the Algarve and the Scottish church in Lisbon are not licensed for marriages.

If you wish to have any other type of religious ceremony you will be required to have a Civil Ceremony first, otherwise the marriage will not be legally binding under Portuguese law.

Civil Ceremony

Civil ceremonies are legally binding in Portugal

The local Registrar will perform your ceremony in the Register Office.

Your ceremony will be conducted in Portuguese.

It's not a legal requirement that you must have a translator, but if neither of you speak Portuguese you can of course arrange for an interpreter to be present throughout the ceremony

The Paperwork

All documentation must be original and endorsed with an Apostille stamp (an Apostille Stamp authenticates documents executed outside of Portugal, such as a birth certificate, so that it will be recognised as genuine for use in other countries). Any documentation that is not in Portuguese must be accompanied by official translations, translated by an agency verified by the Portuguese Consulate.

You and your partner will need:

A valid passport. (If you live in Portugal you'll simply need your residents card)

Long form birth certificate, fully translated into Portuguese by a sworn translator and issued within six months of your marriage date. Unless your wedding takes place in the Azores, then the documents may be issued within the last three months.

MP1 Form. All applicants need to fill out this form

MP2 Form. All applicants need to fill out this form

A certificate of no impediment.  This shows that you are both free to marry and your marriage will be recognised once you get home to Ireland. This can be applied for at a consulate in Lisbon, Oporto, Portimão, Funchal, Ponta Delgada. This is also issued by the Department Of Foreign Affairs in Ireland The certificate is valid for three months from the date of issue.

Fee (this changes from year to year so it’s best to check DFA in Dublin or Irish Embassy in London beforehand)

Parental or Guardian Consent if you or your partner are under the age of 18

If this is not your first marriage, a divorce decree or a death certificate to prove termination of previous marriages, must be provided. Again, these documents must have been issued within the last six months or within the last three months if you reside in the Azores.

Extra documents needed for a Catholic Wedding:

A formal letter from your parish priest granting permission for the wedding to be performed in your chosen Portuguese church Your priest should also secure a letter from the Bishop of the parish stating the same as above and this letter should also be written on letterhead. The letter from the priest must also state that you have fulfilled all PRE CANA procedures, and should include the certificate (if a certificate was done) showing that you attended the premarital classes.

The Original prenuptial inquiry form has to be issued by your parish and be on formal church letterhead of your Parish. The prenuptial inquiry form is not just the certificate but rather a type of signed questionnaire with church seals/signatures. This document must be stamped by the local Bishop's office (NOT just your priest).

All certificates of baptism, first communion and confirmation must be sent together with the Prenuptial inquiry form and letters, these must also be stamped by the local Bishop's office.

If one of you are not Catholic you will be required to obtain another document such as "Permission of mixed religions" to testify that the wedding celebration can be performed by the Portuguese Church. You can get this from your local priest. All the documents mentioned must have been sealed or stamped by the Bishop's parish office. All documents must be translated into Portuguese.



Any citizen looking to enter national territory should carry its identification document (BI/CC, DNI, Passport) and visa in case you’re coming from a country without agreement with Portugal, or outside the Schengen Space. Visas might be obtained for short stays, temporary stays or residence authorization. Obtaining a visa to Portugal depends not only on the type of visa yet also your country of origin and travel’s motivation, business, tourism or study. Visa for foreigners is valid for 30 or 90 days within one year period. To bring animals to Portugal you should carry the EU PET Passport, their sanitary ticket and vaccines booklet updated. For more information contact Direção- Geral Veterinária through the web site www.dgv.min-agricultura.pt or by the phone +351 213 239 500. Minors traveling on their own or with only one parent should obtain an authorization certificate and their own identification document. For more information consult your country's embassy. To drive in Portugal you’ll need a valid driving license. After a certain period, foreign driving licenses are no longer valid in Portugal. Tourists from the European Union might use their driver’s license in Portugal and foreign citizens should request at your own country an International Driver’s License accompanied and bring it together with your driver’s license.


The Currency is Euro.


Official Language Portuguese but English is also widely spoken by those who work within the tourist industry. Tourists with only English language skills will not experience any language barriers.

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By force of its geographical location, Lisbon is one of the warmest European capitals, benefiting from a Mediterranean climate with notable subtropical characteristics. Its neighboring on the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the influences of the Tejo River, contribute to Lisbon’s advantage of enjoying the warmest winters of all capital cities of Europe. Indeed, air temperatures tend to stabilize around 15 degrees Celsius in winter (daytime), without dropping below some 8 degrees Celsius at night. Thus, frost and snowfalls are virtually unheard of in Lisbon, but the amount of rainfall is quite notable during the cold season.

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If you’re dreaming about your next trip to Europe, come and discover Lisbon, a historical city full of stories to tell, where the sun shines 290 days a year and the temperature rarely drops below 15°C. A city where you feel safe wandering around day or night, where the cuisine is dedicated to creating over a thousand ways to cook the beloved bacalhau (salted cod), and where you’ll find hotels and restaurants to suit every taste, budget and requirement. Discover Lisbon, a city full of authenticity where old customs and ancient history intermix with cultural entertainment and hi-tech innovation. Lisbon is ageless, but it loves company, as you’ll find out if you meet someone and ask them to explain, with lots of gestures and repetition, where the best place is to listen to Fado. After all, Lisbon is famous for its hospitality and the family-like way it welcomes visitors.

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In a city where the sun can shine 290 days per year, it is no surprise that there are so many beaches, swimming pools and parks to visit. From the urban beaches along the Linha de Cascais to the multicultural ones in Costa da Caparica, remote and crystal-clear beaches of Arrábida, and mysterious sands of Sintra, there is no lack of seaside areas to enjoy all the health benefits of the sun and sea. But if sand is not your thing, check out the guide for the best public and private pools for a cooling dip when it gets really hot. If you just want to sunbathe, find out here where the best parks and pavement cafés are to soak up the maximum amount of the city’s rays.

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There are many ways to get to Lisbon and all of them are easy to use. With the airport just a few minutes from the centre of the city, stations with international rail links and various ports for cruise ships, there are many options for getting to the capital of Portugal. If you prefer to come by car, there are excellent roads from various points north and south along the border with Spain. Land at the Lisbon international airport which is just a mere 7 km from the centre of the city. Served by the main international airlines and just 3 hours away from the main European capitals, it is very easy to reach. It is just as easy to reach the centre of the city. National and international trains arrive every day at Santa Apolónia station, which is very close to all the traditional neighbourhoods and Terreiro do Paço.

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Whether you prefer large shopping centres, outlets with the best deals or more traditional shopping streets, there’s plenty to choose from. What’s more, if you’re a fan of second-hand or themed street markets and fairs Lisbon has a wide range of well-known and popular destinations to suit every taste. Discover here where best to go to ensure you return home with the perfect gifts for family and friends

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If you want to go out at night, you’ll find bars and nightclubs with live music, bands, DJs and even karaoke all around the region for a good time. All the towns and cities have a place where people meet for a drink at the weekend – and often during the week as well. And whereas some are real classics where many Lisbonites first began enjoying the city’s nightlife, the city has whole neighbourhoods converted to fun after dark and the spirit of bohemia. Lisbon’s nightlife always starts in the bars after dinner, usually starting to fill up at around 11 pm, in the centre of the city at least. Things start to get lively at around midnight with many clubs only opening their doors at around 2 am. And the fun is guaranteed all through the night until sunrise. Safe and calm for a night out, check out here where the best places are to dance until morning.

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Dining in Lisbon is far more dynamic than navigating countless preparations of Portugal's beloved bacalhau (dried and salted cod fish; 365 recipes and counting!). While bacalhau à Brás (shredded cod with onions, eggs and potatoes; a Bairro Alto original) is never far, Lisbon's strategic seaside position on Europe's doorstep means a bounty of fresh seafood (octopus, tuna, monkfish, shrimp, sardines, clams, snails) rules the city's kitchens, from Michelin-starred restaurants to gourmet-food markets to countless corner tascas (taverns). Top-grade Alentejan beef beckons with juicy steaks and gourmet burgers; and you'll find everything from tantalising Indian curries to authentic Moroccan couscous in-between.

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Whereas Lisbon is enchanting for its relationship with the river, the surrounding region impresses for the constant presence of the sea. Being able to spend the morning in a museum and the afternoon catching perfect waves just a few miles from the centre of the city is a unique privilege. In the same way, there is an indomitable spirit that refuses to bend when you can spend the week working just so you can go out sailing at the weekend. From surfing schools to sailing, canoeing and rowing clubs, Lisbon and its outskirts provide marinas and perfect beaches for water sports. With west- and south-facing coasts, you’ll find great waves for surfing under any weather conditions. And at Ericeira, the world’s first surfing park, you can show off your skills and develop in a place with some of the best conditions anywhere for the sport. But if you prefer being in the water but without getting wet, you can hire any kind of boat at Lisbon and Cascais marinas to explore the magnificent coasts.


Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal, with an estimated population of 552,700[4] within its administrative limits in an area of 100.05 km². Its urban area extends beyond the city's administrative limits with a population of around 2.7 million people, being the 11th-most populous urban area in the European Union. About 3 million people live in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (which represents approximately 27% of the country's population). It is continental Europe's westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. Lisbon lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus. The westernmost areas of its metro area form the westernmost point of Continental Europe, which is known as Cabo da Roca, located in the Sintra Mountains.

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