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Paper work to get married in gent central?


Hi guys, my partner (EU citizen) and I (non-EU citizen) are trying to get married in gent I was wondering, do you know if the below documents are correct? (I will translate them in dutch and get apostille as well)

ID (e.g., passport)
Birth certificate
A prenuptial agreement (if required)
Proof of address (e.g., rental agreement, recent bills)
Proof of nationality
Proofs of civil status (e.g., a divorce or death certificate, if you have been married previously)
Proof of residence

Also since my partner lives in gent, I heard you have to go to a certain website to make an appointment to get married (I called commune to ask but she told me in dutch and I couldn't understand) do you know what website it is? Also is it difficult to make an appointment or get a spot because of corona?

Thank you so much for your help!


The city website relating to weddings is here and provides all the information you need. You can use google translate to translate it.

Feb 22, 2021 15:40

If your partner lives in Gent - and presumably speaks Dutch - why are you dealing with the commune when you can't understand what you are being told?
'I will translate them in dutch.' No can do. Translations have to be done by an approved translator and validated by the court.
Belgian documents must be less than 3 months old at the time of the marriage; 'foreign' documents less than 6 months old. (I guess there may be some flexibilty on these dates thanks to Corona but you should check.)

Feb 22, 2021 15:52

Thank Anon! This is exactly what I was looking for!

Feb 24, 2021 04:44

And thanks KASSEISTAMPER for your input. My partner unfortunately also doesn't speak any dutch even though he lived there for a while..

Feb 24, 2021 04:45

Something else be aware of though I've no idea how strictly the rules are currently applied and/or what effect, if any, Corona is having.
As a non-EU citizen you have to be able to show that your planned marriage is genuine and not simply a way for you to get access to EU citizenship.
How long have you been a couple?
How much time have you spent together?
How and how often are you in contact?
And so on and on.

Feb 24, 2021 10:19

Unfortunately your partner is not doing himself, or you, any favours by his failure to learn Dutch. It may not be compulsory for citizens of other EU states but it is both expected and sensible. You, eventually, will have no choice but to do so and it might be expedient to start doing so now.

Feb 24, 2021 14:03