Both Bahrain and Malta are poles apart when it comes to marriages and religious views. So why have we chosen to write an article of an expatriate marriage in Bahrain Vs Malta. The answer is simple. Because of the number of expats that struggle to get married and get caught up with documentation.
While it might look fairly simple to get married in the UAE; if either of the partner is non-muslim or belong to a different country and religion; it might start to get tricky. This article aims to give us a glimpse into what Malta for your expat marriage as to offer in comparison to Malta.
Documents required for expatriate marriage in Bahrain
According to Islamic law, marriage is a Sunnah and the start of a new family. Before committing to a paper contract, it is a mutual agreement to bring loved ones together. It is a holy union that protects both parties’ and their children’s rights. As per the government official website; mentioned below are the following requirements:
- A medical examination certificate from one of Bahrain’s accredited hospitals is required.
- Both individuals’ passports
- Both individuals’ identification cards
- The agreed-upon dowry “in relation to the husband” is determined.
- Presenting a marriage certificate or a divorce certificate “in relation to both parties” to prove current or previous social status.
- Only employees in the security field will receive a letter of approval from their employer.
Expatriate marriage in Malta
Unlike Bahrain; there are no residency requirements, and getting married in Malta is a rather straightforward process. If both you and your partner live outside of Malta, registration costs a bit more.
Mentioned below are the legal requirements for getting married in Malta:
- In Malta, you must be 18 years old to marry without any restrictions. Getting married between the ages of 16 and 18 requires parental permission.
- The next step is to complete a Request for Banns Publication. More than six weeks but less than three months before the ceremony, you must submit this form along with the registration fee, which ranges from €23.29 to €93.17.
- Other documents required would be passport, birth certificate and the Declarations of Oath (Form RZ2)
- Both parties must complete and sign Declarations of Oath in front of a qualified authority.
- Those who have previously been married must provide proof that the marriage has formally terminated, such as divorce or death certificates.
- Documents that are not in Maltese or English must be accompanied by legally verified translations.
You will then be granted permission to marry and will be able to proceed to the next step, the wedding ceremony.
In conclusion to choosing a wedding in Bahrain Vs Malta
Both civil and religious ceremonies are legally binding in Malta, therefore you are not obligated to have a civil ceremony before a religious wedding ceremony, as is the case in Bahrain or other Middle Eastern nations.
However; what makes Malta an ideal wedding destination is the fact that it welcomes couples of different faiths, different nationalities and even if they belong to the same-gender.
Are you still deciding on having your expatriate marriage in Bahrain or Malta; book a call with our team of experts.