Marrying in Poland, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Ukraine
Issue of Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (CNI)
The law in some countries (including Poland, the Czech Republic and Lithuania) requires that foreigners wishing to marry in that country must obtain a certificate stating that there are no impediments to their marriage. Impediments to marriage include being already married, marrying a minor, entering into a forced marriage or marrying a close relative. The certificate is known as a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (CNI).
The Australian Embassy in Warsaw can issue CNIs for use in Poland and Lithuania. The authorities in Poland and Lithuania will only accept CNIs issued by the Australian Embassy in Warsaw.
The Australian Consulate in Prague can issue CNIs for use in the Czech Republic. The authorities in the Czech Republic will only accept CNI’s issued by the Australian Consulate in Prague.
CNIs issued elsewhere, including in Australia, will not be accepted.
The current fee is the local currency equivalent of AUD$ 140.00. Payment can be made at the time of lodgement.
The CNI is valid for three months from the date of issue.
How to apply for a CNI
Complete the CNI application form. When completing the form, please note the following important points:
- Your signature must be witnessed on the form by an authorised witness as stated on the form. Please note that staff in the Consulate in Lithuania are not authorised to witness signatures or issue CNIs. If you lodge your application in person at the Australian Embassy in Warsaw, or at the Consulate in the Prague, your signature can be witnessed by a Consular Officer there.
- You must also complete the full details of your partner on the form
- If either of you have been legally married before, you need to include the original divorce or death certificate, whichever is relevant
- You need to provide your original passport, original birth certificate as well as your partner’s passport or national ID card, as we need to verify your personal details.
To make an appointment at the Australian Embassy in Warsaw, please call + 22 521 3444. Bring your completed CNI application form, your original birth certificate, original divorce/death certificates (if applicable), your original passport and your partner’s original passport or national identity document to the appointment. We do not accept copies.