Visitors to Jamaica can be married 24 hours after arriving provided that prior application has been made for a marriage license. Contact the Ministry of Justice, Jamaica to apply for a license (876-906-4923-31).
The following requirements apply to getting married in Jamaica:
- Proof of citizenship by providing a certified copy of the birth certificate of each party containing the father’s name.
- Parent’s written consent if a party is under 18 years of age.
- Proof of divorce if applicable (original certificate of divorce).
- Certified copy of a death certificate for widows or widowers.
- No blood test is required.
- Only a marriage officer licensed in Jamaica can legally marry a couple. An officiant of the couple’s choice may conduct the ceremony, but a local marriage officer must be present to sign the marriage form and make the official marriage pronouncement. Marriage officers can also provide witnesses for the ceremony.
- Italian Nationals must notify their embassy and have a certified copy of their marriage certificate forwarded to their embassy to be legalized and translated.
- French Canadians need a notarized translated copy of all documents and a photocopy of the original French documents.