Birth certificate ok to prove Tunisian is free to marry in Turkey
Hi forum members,
I hope someone can give me advice regarding the subject title, and my apologies if the outline of my issue and questions is a bit long!
I'm British and I have my affirmation of marital status document notarised by a UK notary public and legalised by the FCO. The issue is for my fiance who is Tunisian. Tunisian's have their marital status outlined on their birth certificate i.e. single, married or divorced and when marrying in Tunisia that's enough proof of eligibility to marry. However I'm not sure if that will be enough in Turkey once translated and stamped by the relevant authority over there? We've done some research in Tunisia and received the following advice but I'm not convinced and would appreciate any advice from forum members with experience of marriage in Turkey from the same or similar countries i.e. Morocco and Algeria:
- A local town hall in Tunisia (Baladiya): they claim to know nothing about a certificat de célibat and refuse to issue one. I've read online that it should be possible and Tunisians that have married in other countries have been able to get this from the town hall and attested by a notary public. Should we go to another town hall and see if we get a different response?
- A lawyer: claims it's fine for us to marry in the Tunisian Embassy in Ankara. We will need birth certificate, medical test and proof that I am also Muslim. I don't think this is correct as I know we couldn't marry in the British Embassy but I could be wrong.
- A notary public in Tunisia: claims we should take my fiance's birth certificate to the Turkish embassy in Tunisia and they will attest and apostil.
It would be easier to marry in Tunisia however we don't have time. I'm moving to the Emirates for work shortly and don't have time to post banns in the UK (28 days) or in Tunisia (14 days).
If anything is unclear or you need more information, please ask. I appreciate any help.