Marriage and registered partnership

To register either a marriage or a partnership in Switzerland or abroad, your main point of reference is the registry office in which you have decided to celebrate the marriage or conclude your partnership. It is normally this office that decides what documents are required to mark this civil status event.

List of registry offices in Switzerland (de, fr, it)

You are advised nonetheless to learn in advance about the formalities involved and the civil status documents that may have to be prepared prior to the celebration of a civil status event. These advance steps will facilitate matters when it comes to entering your marriage or registered partnership in the Swiss civil status register (Infostar). To register in the register Infostar, the documents listed on this webpage are to be submitted to the Swiss representation competent for the country where the celebration has taken place.

If you plan to take up residence in Switzerland after marrying or registering a partnership, bear in mind that your foreign spouse or partner will need a residence permit and may require an entry visa. Please consult the Visa – Entry to and Residence in Switzerland section regarding an application to enter Switzerland for the purpose of family reunification.

If you are registered with a Swiss representation and have married or entered into a registered partnership in Switzerland you will need to report your change in civil status to the representation concerned so that the register of the Swiss Abroad can be updated. This will require submission of the following documents (as hard copy or in electronic form):

  • photocopy of the Swiss marriage certificate, Swiss family record or Swiss registered partnership document;
  • photocopy of the identity document of the foreign spouse or partner.

There is no fee for the registration in question.

If prior to the marriage or registered partnership your Swiss spouse or partner was not resident in the consular district of the Swiss representation, and plans to take up residence with you following the said civil status event, he or she will have to register in accordance with the application procedure described under the heading “Registration and change of address”.

Registration of Marriage celebrated in Switzerland

If you are registered with a Swiss representation and have married or entered into a registered partnership in Switzerland you will need to report your change in civil status to the representation concerned so that the register of the Swiss Abroad can be updated. This will require submission of the following documents (as hard copy or in electronic form): 

  • photocopy of the Swiss marriage certificate, Swiss family record or Swiss registered partnership document;

  • photocopy of the identity document of the foreign spouse or partner. 

There is no fee for the registration in question.

If prior to the marriage or registered partnership your Swiss spouse or partner was not resident in the consular district of the Swiss representation, and plans to take up residence with you following the said civil status event, he or she will have to register in accordance with the application procedure described under the heading “Registration and change of address”.

 

Registration of Marriage celebrated in Kazakhstan

For a step-by step guide, including which documents to submit, please click on one of the links below:

Marriage in Kazakhstan – Registration in Switzerland (PDF, 349.5 kB)

If you plan to take up residence in Switzerland after marrying, bear in mind that your foreign spouse will need a residence permit and may require an entry visa. Therefore, please consult the following step-by step guide:

Marriage in Kazakhstan - Registration in Switzerland and family reunion (PDF, 362.0 kB)

Preparation of Marriage or Partnership in Switzerland

If you are planning to get married in Switzerland, you must submit a request for marriage preparation. 

For persons living in Kazakhstan, this is done at the Embassy of Switzerland in Nur-Sultan. If one of the fiancés is living in Switzerland, the civil registry office at the place of residence is competent. Depending on the situation, it is therefore possible for the engaged couple to take these steps together or individually at different offices. The legal residency is paramount to determine the competent office. 

Persons living in Kazakhstan must book an appointment to appear in person at the Swiss consulate to complete and sign the following documents 

For a step-by step guide, including which documents to submit, please click on one of the link below:

Marriage in Switzerland – Application for marriage preparatory procedure and family reunion (PDF, 351.4 kB)